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Old 05-17-2012, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I am a 26 yr old male who will be traveling alone and am finally gonna visit Canada !! I am excited but am stuck between going to Montreal or Toronto ?

I am a foodie and LIVE to try new foods ! I also enjoy seeing diversity and how it plays out in different parts of the world. Basically my main attractions are culture and food ..

I am coming from NYC ...which one should I go to ??? Which one would I take more out of ??

Any feedback is GREATLY appreciated !!!
I'd usually recommend Montreal for food, but it's best for excellent simple fare. Deli, bagels, very good quality everyday meals etc. For fine dining from around the world, I think you'd prefer Toronto. Since you're so interested in diversity, Toronto is the more diverse city, although Montreal is diverse as well, with particularly good Arab and Vietnamese fare. On the whole, Toronto would be better for you.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Canada
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When it comes to food, I would vote for Montreal. Toronto is great and diverse but very spread out. Montreal, on the other hand, is dense and lives for food. It is a city of foodies, and you will not be disappointed.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:28 PM
 
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I live north of Toronto. Have visited Montreal several times. Both cities offer great food. Montreal is like a mini-Paris atmosphere. It's got that french vibe to it, the buildings are very old, cobblestone walk-ways, lots of outdoor patios, incredible chefs, etc. It's a great city. Coming from NYC, you might enjoy Montreal more because of the European feel to it. Toronto is closer to your usual big American city.

Toronto wins on diversity (most diverse city in the world), it's bigger, has the best shopping malls/ theme parks/tallest buildings in Canada. I have enjoyed incredible meals in both cities so regardless of what one you choose... you will be happy.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I live north of Toronto. Have visited Montreal several times. Both cities offer great food. Montreal is like a mini-Paris atmosphere. It's got that french vibe to it, the buildings are very old, cobblestone walk-ways, lots of outdoor patios, incredible chefs, etc. It's a great city. Coming from NYC, you might enjoy Montreal more because of the European feel to it. Toronto is closer to your usual big American city.

Toronto wins on diversity (most diverse city in the world), it's bigger, has the best shopping malls/ theme parks/tallest buildings in Canada. I have enjoyed incredible meals in both cities so regardless of what one you choose... you will be happy.
I actually think Montreal, architecturally, has much more of a New York + London influence than a Parisian one. Except for a few very old colonial buildings and the religious buildings, Montreal's old European architecture is the architecture of 19th century Britain, not France.
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I actually think Montreal, architecturally, has much more of a New York + London influence than a Parisian one. Except for a few very old colonial buildings and the religious buildings, Montreal's old European architecture is the architecture of 19th century Britain, not France.
I agree that the whole Paris-in-America thing is overdone. Montreal is really a mix of architectural styles. Some of it is New-Yorkish, some London-ish and some Paris-ish (think of St-Denis south of Sherbrooke for example). Also, the old part of the city - which is what sticks out for most tourists - has a definite French feel to it, although it is more typical of smaller cities in France than of Paris. Paris may have looked like this at some point but grandiose Hausmannian projects did away with all of that.

Also, the outdoor, often spiral, staircases thay you see all over the city are simply typical Montreal and aren't really borrowed from any other city as far as I know...
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:34 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I live north of Toronto. Have visited Montreal several times. Both cities offer great food. Montreal is like a mini-Paris atmosphere. It's got that french vibe to it, the buildings are very old, cobblestone walk-ways, lots of outdoor patios, incredible chefs, etc. It's a great city. Coming from NYC, you might enjoy Montreal more because of the European feel to it. Toronto is closer to your usual big American city.

Toronto wins on diversity (most diverse city in the world), it's bigger, has the best shopping malls/ theme parks/tallest buildings in Canada. I have enjoyed incredible meals in both cities so regardless of what one you choose... you will be happy.
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I actually think Montreal, architecturally, has much more of a New York + London influence than a Parisian one. Except for a few very old colonial buildings and the religious buildings, Montreal's old European architecture is the architecture of 19th century Britain, not France.
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I agree that the whole Paris-in-America thing is overdone. Montreal is really a mix of architectural styles. Some of it is New-Yorkish, some London-ish and some Paris-ish (think of St-Denis south of Sherbrooke for example). Also, the old part of the city - which is what sticks out for most tourists - has a definite French feel to it, although it is more typical of smaller cities in France than of Paris. Paris may have looked like this at some point but grandiose Hausmannian projects did away with all of that.

Also, the outdoor, often spiral, staircases thay you see all over the city are simply typical Montreal and aren't really borrowed from any other city as far as I know...
Thanks for the info. I just booked my trip to Toronto for this summer as I had reservations about coming to Montreal during the time of turmoil and rioting. One of these days I'll get to visit Montreal *sigh*
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:12 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I just booked my trip to Toronto for this summer as I had reservations about coming to Montreal during the time of turmoil and rioting. One of these days I'll get to visit Montreal *sigh*
wise choice

you will have your chances in the near future when this place turns into a cheap banana republic....right now its all about corruption and revolution
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Old 06-03-2012, 09:19 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Yes if you only visit one city, Montreal would be it. Just far more unique. I think you could do both in 7 days and even have time to check out Niagara Falls if you haven't seen it. But then again, if you stay in Montreal you can check out Quebec City and Ottawa so that sounds like a better option.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Thanks for the info. I just booked my trip to Toronto for this summer as I had reservations about coming to Montreal during the time of turmoil and rioting. One of these days I'll get to visit Montreal *sigh*
I think you made a good choice Chatty. Toronto really id an awesome city to visit. If you have the time take a day trip down here to Niagara Falls. It's worth the trip for sure. Lots to do and see.

I'm sure all Canadians will be proud to host the famous Queen of Chat.
Have a great time while here!!!!!
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:24 PM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I think you made a good choice Chatty. Toronto really id an awesome city to visit. If you have the time take a day trip down here to Niagara Falls. It's worth the trip for sure. Lots to do and see.

I'm sure all Canadians will be proud to host the famous Queen of Chat.
Have a great time while here!!!!!
Hehe! I wonder if Canada can "handle" the Queen of Chat

I was planning on doing a day trip or so into Niagara Falls as part of my trip ... Can't leave Ontario without doing that
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