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.
The Word Bookstore, a legendary used bookstore specializes in the classics and the humanities, and also has a large drama and poetry selection. Thanks to its location, close to McGill University, it stocks up on used text books at the beginning of the school year. The store also sells new editions of local writers, and its poetry selection is unsurpassed in the city.
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.
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.
Henri Henri is among the esteemed hat stores in the nation. Opened in 1932 by Honorius Henri and Jean-Maurice Lefebvre, it started off has a hat specialist only for men, but now caters to teens and women as well. You will find all kinds and types of hats here such as hustler, aviator, tweed, cowboy, safari, summer, fur and straw. They also have a wide range of accessories to complement a fedora which includes scarves, canes, umbrellas, hat cases, hat brushes, suspenders, tie clips, gloves and more.
Bordered by Jeanne Mance Street, Saint Catherine, René Lévesque Boulevard and Saint-Urbain, Complexe Desjardins is a multi-functional arena that houses a shopping mall, corporate offices, and hotels in Montreal. Various commercial companies and government offices are located in this complex. Besides the commercial use, the complex is a great place to spend a day with its boutiques, restaurants, food courts and fitness center as well as the regular events that are hosted here.
Keep up with the best in the fashion world at The Bay. From clothes to footwear, accessories to beauty treatments, it offers you the best of the range to choose from for everyone - men, women and children. It promises authentic and exclusive products to its customers. It is the most trusted name in the area for its shopping experience that will never disappoint.
Named after the now-defunct Eaton's, once one of Canada's most recognizable trademarks, this bright and airy complex still attracts shoppers in search of renowned brands, under one roof. Though not as big or famous as Toronto's landmark shopping center, Montreal's version boasts dozens of stores, two food courts and a multi-screen cinema. Shoppers will find every significant North American shopping chain, and many American visitors flock to Montreal Eaton Centre for the discounts offered by Canadian currency conversion. A day-long shopping-spree is bound to happen!