Cracking the top 50 on the list of world fashion capitals according to the Global Language Monitor, Montréal is a city full of flair, style and innate fashion sense. Montrealers effortlessly combine original, vintage and trendy elements for a look all their own.
Rather than follow the trends, Montrealers push the fashion boundaries, mixing styles and creating new ones. Québec's top fashion designers are recognized for trend-setting looks and haute couture inspirations. Every February and September, local designers showcase bold new creations during Montréal Fashion Week (MFW), an event drawing national and international buyers (also open to the public!). Attracting over 500,000 visitors every year, the Fashion and Design Festival in August brings the biggest names in fashion to the streets of downtown Montréal.
From haute couture to ready-to-wear fashion, from antiques to art galleries, Montréal is a huge and eclectic shopping mecca. Start your spree on Sainte Catherine Street, one of North America’s longest and most dynamic shopping arteries. Its 15-kilometre length yields as many one-of-a-kind shops as big-name brand stores. From there, escape the heat (or cold!) via the underground pedestrian network, home to more than 1,700 shops and several department stores.
Take time out in Montréal, where relaxation is an art form. Montréal’s excellent collection of spas – urban, trendy, holistic, and rural – and beauty centres will energize both your body and soul. Whether it’s snow-yoga, a mani/pedi in a café, or floating freely in your own personal egg-shaped bath, you’ll find unique ways to rejuvenate.