Ladies, if you love vintage, Maskarad boutique is as close to heaven as you’ll ever get in this lifetime. For years, I have walked by this fashion gem without ever stopping in, just because I mistakenly associated the sign with a medieval costume store.
Or maybe it’s because 99% of the time I strolled past, I was coming back from Mount Royal’s famous Sunday drumming festival, the Tam Tams, and was still under the influence of those intense dungeon and dragon jousters…
Well….BIG MISTAKE! Don’t let a sign’s font fool you!
Turns out Maskarad is one of Montreal’s most precious treasure troves.
Only a few doors away from Harmony Code Boutique (another very cool Montreal shopping destination) Maskarad is like an old attic filled with amazing, timeless pieces, both old and new. Persian rugs, chandeliers, pearls, brooches, glamour dresses, vintage shoes, sparkly jewellery — when I want to feel like Billie Holyday or some stylish jazz diva, I just head to Maskarad. Works every time!
I particularly recommend having a very thorough prowl through their accessories. They have hundreds of earrings, necklaces and beautiful bracelets, in addition to stunning clutches and vintage purses. Not to mention all the hats, head pieces, furs, and one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing that you’ll find in this cozy little boutique lost in time.
And all this right in the heart of the Plateau, Montreal’s funkiest neighbourhood!
My insider tip: Make it a day of it and go for brunch before you spend the day trying on sequined dresses and feather boas. One of Montreal’s most popular breakfast institutions, Beauty’s, is just on the corner. Famous for their waffles, warm friendly service and amazing lox and bagels, Beauty’s stainless steel diner is like stepping back in time. A perfect way to steep yourself in nostalgia for the day.
103 Mont-Royal West
Tel: 514 844-7676