October 12, 2012 ─ They say shopping is to Montrealers what breathing is to humans. Second nature. Downtown, especially, swirls with a daytime crowd of nattily-dressed 9-5ers, casual-chic university students and ultra-hip trendsetters. Come evening, the clink of glasses and clatter of plates signals the arrival of the cocktail and dinner crowd, decked head-to-toe in gorgeous glamour.
But where does that leave you, the downtown tourist? At shopping’s very epicenter! And a good place to start is the Montréal Eaton Centre. This 175-store, multilevel complex is chock full of goodies – clothing, shoes, eyewear, underwear, swimwear, jewelry, electronics interior décor, sweets, games – you name it, so much stuff it’ll make your heart sing and your wallet dance right open.
Ready to hit the shopping trail? Try this itinerary of food and fashion on for size. One, two, three… let’s go!
SHOP – For the incurable fashionista
The list of brand-name clothing finds at Bleu Marine & Co. is staggering, but we know that your style sense is definitely up for this mode mission. If you are looking for a little cosmopolitan to throw over your shoulders, make sure to check out the styles at Bedo. Like the upscale look of leather? Rudsak’s sleek and minimalist designs will have you breaking out the plastic lightning fast. And the styles at Guess will keep you at the head of the trend pack, guaranteed.
Break out of your fast at Le Commensal on McGill College Avenue, an airy vegetarian/vegan restaurant where you can order to go, or better, sit down to your meal and gaze at the crowds milling merrily about on the busy sidewalk from its super cool vantage point of big, second-floor windows.
SHOP – For Montréal brands
It’s always good to look after your feet – really, just think of how much time you spend on them. And Aldo’s footwear always has the fashion-inclined putting their best foot forward, plus their line of accessories will keep you looking so very put together, from top to bottom. Never to forget what lies beneath, the underthings at La Senza (bras, panties, bustiers and the like) were designed to keep you feeling ooh-la-la sexy.
You don’t have to go far to send the hunger pangs packing – the food court at the Eaton Centre has plenty to keep you satisfied, from crêpes to shish taouk to pad thai and beyond. Streetside, you might want to try Reuben’s on Sainte-Catherine: this landmark deli serves up a mean (we mean “juicy”) smoked meat piled high on rye with French fries and tangy pickle – yummy!
SHOP – For the wallet-conscious (but fashion savvy)
Like to look good but maybe your bank manager says take it easy? Well, there’s a solution for everything out there, especially when it comes to shopping. At Jacob, you can browse racks of clothing that keeps you chic, effortlessly and affordably. Tristan’s wide range of elegant styles for men and women are definitely worth a detour and Costa Blanca’s sophisticated looks will keep you feeling very on-trend and sexy!
Okay, it’s been a big day and you’ve earned your appetite. To end off this great shopping foray, treat yourself to the great fare at Guido & Angelina, just across from the Eaton Centre on Sainte-Catherine Street. This relaxed restaurant offers an Italian-influenced menu that your taste buds will love, not to mention vino and some dolce for your sweet tooth.