La Bise, or the French Double-Kiss: A Guide to Greeting in Quebec

5. Don’t waver, don’t hesitate.


The key is going with your gut and not taking too long to think. If you overanalyze at any point in the process, you’ll at best have an awkward and disoriented greeting and at worst end up kissing a complete stranger on the mouth. Just go with flow and trust your instincts.

You’ve done it. Don’t worry if you messed up, Montrealers are forgiving and love to help out. And remember, practice makes perfect!

Art by Marco Paradiso