Tchotchke, knickknack, bauble, or doohickey; call them what you want, but souvenirs bought in those run-of-the-mill souvenir shops are more often than not, forgotten. Here is a list of 11 awesome places to buy unique, locally made, Montreal-inspired artisan creations. In other words, a souvenir that actually does justice to the fond memories of your trip to Montréal!
Boutique Onze: Boutique Onze sells vintage inspired women’s clothing and local indie designers. Stop in to check out the hand drawn “Montréal je t’aime” notebooks and a Montréal-made sleepy beaver pillow. (4146 Saint-Denis)
Galerie ZoneOrange: Located in the heart of Old Montreal, Galerie Zone Orange sets themselves apart from the usual souvenir stores in the area by selling original hand-made creations from artists based both locally and abroad. From ceramics, toys, clothing,and jewelry, ZoneOrange has something for everyone. (410 Saint Pierre)
Tresnormale: Check out the fantastic tresnormale t-shirts featuring beautiful photos and illustrations of urban MTL at their brand new store! (207 Fairmount West)
Art & Compagnie: Located in Old Montreal, Art & Compagnie describes itself as a home decor and cultural gift shop store. The store features many Quebecois and Canadian artists, any who are ben willing to customize products with words, names, and phrases. (347 Saint Paul East)
Indianica: This boutique specializes in Native and Inuit art made right here in Quebec and around North America. A great place to pick up some traditional soapstone carvings, moccasins, and hand-made dreamcatchers! (79 Saint Paul East)
Les Delices De L’Erable: Willy Wonka meets maple syrup at Les Delices de L’Erable, where they sell delectable sweet treats. Our favourite: the maple Grand Marnier gourmet syrup. There’s also a maple museum and bistro! (84 Saint-Paul East)
Jamais Assez: This trendy boutique sells home ware, art, and design products. Look for the “Eau de Celeri”— a fresh vegetable inspired perfume by Quebecois perfumer Monsillage. (5155 Boulevard Saint-Laurent)
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Boutique + Bookstore: A boutique and bookstore with a strong connection to art and design. They feature many products created by Quebec artists and artisans. A great place for gifts! (1380 Sherbrooke West)
Canadian Guild of Crafts: This gallery boutique downtown not only has one of the most beautiful and important permanent collections of Inuit and First Nations art in Canada, but also boasts an incredible selection of prints, ceramics, blown glass, wood and metal sculptures, and handmade jewelry made exclusively by Canadian artists. (1460 Sherbrooke West)
Raplapla: This adorable children’s boutique has made its name selling the Raplapla dolls. (69 Villeneuve West)
Summer Boutiques of the Montreal Science Centre: Located along the quay in which the Montreal Science Centre calls home, the summer boutiques are open from May 10 to September 28. Artisan crafts, accessories, clothes, and more! (Quay King Edward, Old Port)
Photo credits: Boutique Onze facebook, Boutique ZoneOrange facebook, Indianica facebook, Les Delices de l’Erable facebook, Jamais Assez website, MMFA: Eva Blue, Raplapla facebook, Canadian Guild of Crafts Facebook, Vieux-Port de Montreal, tresnormale webstore.
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