Montreal: the Most Romantic City in North America

Montreal: the Most Romantic City in North America

North America doesn’t usually cross my mind while thinking of a romantic getaway, but after this past weekend in Montreal, it seems that romance is closer to home than I previously imagined. There’s something very special about this Canadian city, something that makes it unique, and that’s exactly why it stands out.

Montreal is romantic for a multitude of reasons, but this winter weekend, I found five reasons that make it my choice for the most romantic city in North America.


To many, it’s the language of love, and in Montreal, it surrounds you. The language rolls ever so beautifully off the tongues of those who greet you with bonjour, and it decorates the storefronts, shops, and menus. There’s no escaping it here, and it’s what makes you feel as though you’ve been transported miles and miles from home.



Whatever love/hate relationship you may have with this winter precipitation, there’s no denying that it sets the stage for romance. Add in a city with a European feel, and the air is suddenly full of love.


Cobblestone Streets

Perfect for strolling down hand in hand with a loved one, Montreal’s Old Town has romance written all over it. It feels completely far from home and is quite comparable to city blocks in Europe. With cafés lining the streets and galleries to browse through, it’s easy to see the romance here, especially when the snow is gently falling.



A cozy crêperie, such as Crêperie Chez Suzette in Old Montreal, is the perfect spot to warm up and get cozy with someone you love. After strolling those snow-lined cobblestone streets, nothing is more delightful then feasting on a thin pancake, whether it be sweet or savory.


Snow Village

Sleeping in an ice hotel may not be everyone’s idea of romance, but there’s something about Snow Village that’s très romantique. To start, it’s set up in a park that’s secluded from the rest of the city. While here, you can cuddle up with your loved one at the ice bar, walk hand in hand around the village, dine at the ice restaurant while sitting on fur-lined ice seats, and even get married at the ice chapel. There’s clearly no shortage of love here, but you can take it to the next level by making your visit an overnight one. Nothing in the world is quite as romantic as spending the night in an igloo with the one you love.


Montreal is my first pick for most romantic city in all of North America. If you haven’t been, I dare you to visit, with or without a loved one, and not fall in love. I am pretty sure that you too will find this city is one that is very easy to fall for.

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Comments (35)

  1. Leah Travels

    Yep! I’d say that you got that right. Actually you could have just mentioned the crepes and left it at that. 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, yes, I completely agree. 😉

  2. Karla

    I’m very happy you fell in love with my hometown!

    We are quite fortunate to be able to live in the 2nd largest French speaking city after Paris 🙂
    There is no other place quite like it.

    Old Montreal is definitely a romantic spot, next time you visit make sure you go for a stroll all the way to Quai de l’horloge facing Le Fleuve St-Laurent and to top things off (during the International Fireworks competition in the summer) go to Le Chalet on Mt-Royal. Its a view you will never forget.

    À la prochaine 😉

    1. The World Wanderer

      Oh, yes, these are on my list for next time. I cannot wait to go back!

  3. @mrsoaroundworld

    Oh Erin, Montreal is a special place for me too. My first business trip – and I didn’t know a single person. It was lovely. I went back 5 years later on a girls trip and felt the same again. I need to go back!

    1. The World Wanderer

      How exciting! It is such a lovely place. I hope you get back there soon!

  4. Erin

    Looks so pretty! I think it’s so great how many ‘winter’ things you’ve done this season (which is not my favorite either). Also I’d like that crepe for lunch.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks! Yup, I’m trying it all and actually it’s helped. I don’t hate winter as much anymore, which is pretty crazy for me. Yes, I know, I dream about that crepe every day…

  5. Anita Mac

    Glad you enjoyed Montreal…it is a special place! It is one of my favourite places in Canada…we shall have to plan a summer excursion!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks for your tips! It really helped make my time there even better. 🙂 Definitely up for a summer excursion!

  6. Tawny of Captain and Clark

    Montreal sounds so very romantic! You had me at French speaking and crepes. I love the winter snowscape as well. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes, it was pretty spectacular. 🙂 The perfect mini-getaway.

  7. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    I’ve always wanted to go here!

  8. Sarah

    I completely agree! Montreal is my favourite Canadian city, along with Quebec city too. I actually thought about moving there but don’t think I could handle the winter!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I have heard that Quebec City is wonderful too, I have to add it to my list of places to visit. I would also move there if it wasn’t for the winter. Too cold for permanent living…at least for me!

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  10. Fiona

    I am yet to conquer Canada, but when I do, Montreal will be top of my list:)

    1. The World Wanderer

      Definitely! There are so many beautiful places and I’ve only been here. Lots to explore!

  11. Pola (@jettingaround)

    You sure make some good points, Erin. I did enjoy Montreal, but it was strange for me to see the old town end abruptly and a North American financial district start just a street over… But there were times when I truly felt like I was in France (and when a waitress at a cafe totally thought I was fluent in French – I guess my coffee ordering skills were perfected in Paris 😉 ). I’d go back to MTL just to see how I’d feel about it this time. And I’d love to check out the ice hotel.

    P.S. My pick for the most romantic North American city would be San Francisco. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      LOVE that the waitress thought you were fluent in French! I’m a bit jealous as I know NO French, haha. I must work on that!

      I have yet to visit San Fran, but I think it will be happening this summer!

  12. lola

    i’m COMPLETELY in love with Montreal. French is one of the reasons but my biggest reason is the personality of the city & the people. they really enjoy life, don’t take things too seriously & have an awesome sense of humor. just parfait for LOLA.

  13. the lazy travelers

    LOVE montreal. the hubs and i had the best anniversary weekend there. it’s so adorable and sooo close to new york!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I remember you heading up there! I think that was part of what made me want to go back. 🙂

  14. D.J. - The World of Deej

    Montreal has been on my list for a while…as you can imagine, the food is a big attraction for me:)

    1. The World Wanderer

      The food is amazing! You have to get there soon. 🙂

  15. Traveling Ted

    Never been to Montreal. Toronto will actually be my first Canadian city. I have been to Canada before, but only canoeing and fishing. After Toronto, Montreal is next thanks to this post.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I wonder what Toronto will be like…Montreal is my only experience with Canada. I’m hoping to get to Alberta in May to visit a friend I met in Africa, and experience the other side of the country.

  16. Kadie

    I’m heading their in June and I can’t wait! I’ll be sure to visit Crêperie Chez Suzette, it looks so yummy!

    You have to visit Old Quebec City if you love romance, it’s absolutely beautiful!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes, you must! Such an adorable place. I wrote a whole post on it too, if you are interested. I will definitely visit Old Quebec City – love romance! 🙂 Thanks for the tip.

  17. Frank

    Winter can be miserable here, but when it’s sunny and there’s snow on the ground it can be gorgeous:
    I’m happy that a sign that says “stop” in French gets you in the mood for romance 🙂
    Good job with the post!
    Frank (bbqboy)

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