March 28, 2013 ─ Montréal is a destination for all things fashion: from streetwear, to vintage, to ready-to-wear, to haute couture. You can find unique pieces either at a charming boutique, a trendy pop-up shop or a high-end department store. Antiques, retro furniture and home décor stores are also popular stops in some of the more eclectic neighbourhoods. When it comes to shopping, Montréal is like a candy store for adults.
Where to shop
Hit Sainte-Catherine Street at high speed as it offers about 15 km of intense shopping ground to cover. You’ll find almost every store imaginable along this main artery, and if that’s not enough, head below the street to the underground pedestrian network where some 1,700 shops open their doors, rain or shine – a great way to escape the elements while shopping your heart out. Sainte-Catherine Street is also home to a few of Canada’s most elegant and upscale department stores for those who love luxury.
Speaking of the finer finds, a trip to Laurier Avenue West and Bernard Street will lead you to some of the city’s finest boutiques for tablewear, home décor, art and high-end fashion. The Plateau is the place to go for more affordable but trendy ready-to-wear fashion, unique second-hand clothing, hip streetwear and locally made jewellery. The three main Plateau streets to stroll while you pop in and out of shops: Mont-Royal, Saint-Denis and Saint-Laurent.
Finally, and by far not the least important to-do on your list, are the designer boutiques in historic Old Montréal. Here you will also find Saint-Paul Street, dotted with little gift shops and galleries selling crafty local wares, art, unique tablewear and décor items.
Montréal’s stellar souvenirs
Stock up on locally made items and fine food products at one of Montréal’s many markets. Icewine, maple products, fine cheeses and chocolates are the things to get at any of the popular public markets. Marché Bonsecours in Old Montréal is a one-stop-shop chock full of local designers, artists and artisans offering such finds as fashion, one-of-a-kind jewellery and Native Canadian art. Museum and art gallery gift shops sometimes outshine the exhibits themselves!
Shop like a pro
If all the options overwhelm you, book a tour with Montréal Shopping Tours to leave the driving and the destination decision-making to a local fashion expert. Discover an insider’s take on the local shopping scene while enjoying exclusive discounts.
Although Montréal is a shopping paradise all year round, if you’re visiting the city during the summer months you’ll have the additional advantage of sidewalk sales and exclusive fashion events like the shopping rally, which takes place during the Festival Mode et Design. Shops stay open late, DJs spin and shoppers enjoy cocktails and gift bags while they spend!
There you have it. Now you’re ready to come to Montréal and shop ’til you drop!