Located close to downtown, this open-air market has been serving lovers of fresh veggies, fruits, flowers, eggs and other organic produce since 1933. Many of Montreal's restaurant owners drop by on their daily shopping expeditions. Farmers simply drive their trucks up to a series of stalls, and customers can stroll buy checking out the goods. Surrounding Marché Jean-Talon are bakeries, health food stores, cheese shops, a horticultural center, and a host of other stores.
Set in an art deco-building and in existence since 1933, this market has both indoor and outdoor sections. Aside from fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers, you have your choice of a wide variety of commodities: from specialty shops selling delicious baked goods to butchers and fishmongers. La Fromagerie boasts more than 400 types of cheese from France and Quebec, including a raw goat milk cheddar. The Premiere Moisson bakery is famous for its flaky croissants and game-based pâtés. Even if you have already done your food shopping, it is a great place for people watching.
Located in the cultural and tourism heart of Old Montreal, this neoclassic building dates from the mid-18th Century. It has been home to a city hall, a reception center, and public markets. In fact, following an 1849 fire in the Parliament Building, it became the seat of the United Canada Government. Today, following two restorations, the silver-domed building is used as an exhibition hall. It teems with sidewalk cafes, boutiques, souvenir shops and fine arts galleries. You will find everything from maps to fashion accessories and First People's art.
If you are an aficionado of all things vintage and antique then a visit to the Antiques Loft 9 comes most recommended. This place is stocked with a variety of articles that are sure to transport you back in time. From oil paintings, vintage jewelry to archaic, wooden furniture, rustic lamps and more, Antiques Loft 9 is filled with unique finds all you need to have is an eye for details. It could get a bit challenging for you to navigate through these items, but you can always approach the amicable owner for assistance and help.
Unicorn is a charming store selling some chic and modish apparel and accessories for women. The boutique finds itself as a busy location in the city's Mile End neighborhood and lures fashion-conscious shoppers from all corners of the vibrant city. Merchandise comprises an eclectic mix of some outre designs and comfortable patterns laid out across an inviting store display. Unicorn houses an array of designer labels like Amanda Moss, Grob, Love Nail tree and Rare Specimens, among other up and coming labels. The owner has carefully hand-picked these products and also stocks a wonderful collection of accessories, shoes and jewelry.
If you have ever wished to own a custom-made, stylish hat, then Ophelie Hats is where you should belong to. Located on the busy Saint Laurent Boulevard in the city's Chinatown neighborhood, this specialty boutique boasts of an exciting display of hats, in designs that cover various definitions of contemporary and classic. Founded in the year 1990 by Corine A. Serruya, a known Montreal-based designer, Ophelie Hats sells chic headpieces for fall, summer and winter. Other hair accessories like pins, clips and headbands also form a part of its trendy merchandise.
Souvenir du Quebec has served as a popular city institution for quite a few years. It is a well-stocked souvenir shop which has an assorted collection of keepsakes for everyone. The shop has t-shirts, key-chains, maple syrups, postcards, mugs, glasses, and many more interesting items. Drop by the shop and select quirky and unique souvenirs for your family and friends.
Enter Boutique Arts en Mouvement in Bonsecours Market and you are sure to be lured by the captivating stuff offered here. If you have an eye for skilled craftsmanship, then this place offers the best of it through tastefully presented pieces of art. Chic and classic home decorative will redefine your interiors. Mystic articles, handcrafted gems and unique items on offer are the most ideal gifts for any occasion. If not as a gift, you are sure to buy these to spoil yourself. An essential stop, this place surely guarantees a visit again.
Indianica is a popular souvenir store which features Inuit and Native art items. A Montreal icon for quite a few years, it displays an enticing collection of locally manufactured souvenirs and art works. Navajo, Zuni and Hopi jewelry pieces made by local artists are also on sale here. Art and history lovers can also find unique hand-crafted products, fur accessories and other interesting souvenirs.
If you happen to be strolling along the quaint streets of Old Montreal, take a few minutes to check out the unique collection at Heritage Gallery. Opened by Kosta Dios, this family-run establishment is a cross between a gallery and and a shop which reflects its owner's love for native art and his experience as a furrier. Along with an array of beautiful pieces of art and fur accessories, the store has branched into gift items, each of which is carefully hand picked to add to the impressive collection. Whether it is to buy the perfect art piece for your living room or simply to soak in the local art, this is a great place to visit.
Steve's is a legend in Canada among professional and amateur musicians, guitarists especially. Stocking all things musical, from amplifiers to clarinets and sheet music (Mozart to Zeppelin), and employing a staff of genuine professionals, this store and its Toronto and Ottawa cousins are truly the source for anyone looking to buy (or rent) an instrument. They are unusually open to test drives, and some people spend all day trying out electric guitars and posing for the other customers.