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.
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.
Located in a beautiful colonial building on rue Notre-Dame, Milord Antiques offers an array of beautiful items which date from the 18th to the 20th Century. From beautiful Classical-style furniture to Modernist nick-nacks, there is something here for every taste. Established in 1991, the shop is a member of the Canadian Antique Dealer's Association and also collaborates with the Harbor View Center for Antiques in the United States, thereby ensuring that only the most high-quality antiques are available in their collection.
Montreal's first used record outlet is in many ways still the best. Poky, musty and full of great finds in both the CD and book departments, it's a source of great, unexpected treasures. Though it offers a fairly impressive selection of used rock, R&B, classical and world music, the shop really shines in its assortment of jazz, blues, electronica and other experimental genres. You can check out the catalog online, or consult the extremely knowledgeable staff, who will be glad to let you have a listen to your prospective purchases.
This book seller specializes in literature and literary criticism, including all the works of F.R. Leavis and Q.D. Leavis, the well-known Cambridge critics and publishers of the 1930s magazine Scrutiny. In all some 10,000 titles are crammed into about 152 square meters (500 square feet). A good selection of ancient history includes all the major world empires - Chinese, Egyptian, Inca, Aztec, Hindu and Babylonian. All in all, it's one of the city's best known and loved independent bookstores.
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.
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.
L'Art des Artisans du Québec is a shopping store that showcases artwork of local artisans and craftsmen. Founded in the year 1997 by Danielle Duguay and his team, the establishment not only encouraged local artisans and their work but also helped them in reaching out to the masses through the store. From clothing, jewelry to home decor, the items sold here are quirky and can also be purchased as a gift for loved ones.