Montreal-chic: from culinary to fashion
If I say the words ‘Canada’ and ‘chic’ in the same sentence, I guarantee that at least 90% of people surveyed would think of Montreal. The largest city and business centre of Quebec brings the same level of chic–meaning fashionable, with a touch of elegance and sophistication–to Canada, that Paris brings to France.
Coming from the Canadian Prairies, I really notice the level of sophistication seen on the streets of Montreal. Women don’t ever seem to leave home without a fashionable scarf around their necks, every accessory in sync, and perfectly coifed hair.
Even the chocolate of Montreal is highly sophisticated, and for the most part, ultra chic. But I’ll delve deeper into more delicious chocolate of Montreal in future posts. In this post, I wanted to share a few of the highlights I’ve enjoyed during numerous Montreal visits, with hope that it will inspire you to visit this ultra-chic French-Canadian capital. (Note that Québec City is the political capital of the province of Québec, but Montréal is certainly the fashion, cultural, culinary, and economic capital of Canada’s francophone province.)
montreal-chic is part of the culture of quebec’s largest city
Being someone who does not consider herself to be chic, I have a love/hate relationship with Montreal chic. It fascinates me. But it kind of disturbs me, as I always feel my appearance (down to the last accessory) is being observed and judged. Perhaps that encourages us ladies to up our game when we go to Montreal as we must always be sure to bring fashionable clothes and remember that accessories are equally as important as any outfit.
There are quite a few Anglophone (English-speaking) highly creative Canadians that I know who have moved to Montreal from other provinces. My guide during my most recent visit in July was originally from Saskatchewan, and decided to leave her Prairie lifestyle in favour of life with a French flair in Montreal. She now has her own tour company, and does a lot of work with Montréal Tourisme.
In 2017, Montreal turned 375 years-of-age. But she doesn’t look or act it! Montreal is beautiful, vibrant, and filled with confidence. A perfect city for anyone who loves top quality in food, fashion, culture and fun.
If you live in Montreal, what do you love best about your city? And if you have visited Montreal, what contributed most to the pleasure of your visit?
Sincere thanks to Tourisme Montreal for helping immerse me into the world of chocolate in Montreal, with a good helping of Montreal-chic.