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Run by Louise Bouchard, one of Quebec's foremost herbalists, this upscale boutique pampers its customers with plants and herbs, essential oils, cosmetics, gifts, herbal teas and outstanding service. Aside from running one of the finest such stores in North America, Bouchard imparts her knowledge to the next generation at l'Herbolist College in Montreal. Manufactured in-house and claiming myriad restorative powers, the teas are a perfect complement to the house brand cosmetics, soaps and lotions. The beautifully decorated interior attracts throngs of rue St-Denis shoppers in search of some serenity.
One of Montreal's premier sources for French-language hardcover comics, rare books and CDs, this browser's paradise is also located in the midst of a perfect day's shopping on Rue St-Denis. Favorites like Tintin, Asterix and Obelix keep company with rare volumes of crime fiction, some first editions, posters, original drawings and a wacky assortment of used CDs. It is a great place to find a gift, and collectors with a taste for francophone literature will find few more impressive resources in the city.
Downtown Montreal's La Passe is a book-store that doubles as a performing arts space. Surrounded by an urban jungle, this laid-back bookstore stocks an extensive collection of labels, both forgotten classics and new releases. Alongside, one can also scour for some rare, out-of-print titles, theater books, pocket guides and philosophy novels. In the past, La Passe has played venue to acclaimed bands and solo musicians, including the likes of Vieux Néant and Basalte, among others.
This grand dame of St-Catherine Street stores has undergone many changes since it first opened more than 130 years ago. What was once the store of choice for genteel Montrealers is now a series of upscale boutiques, ranging from the Pavillon Christofle crystal ware shop to Gifts and Gear for gardeners. During the Christmas holiday season, the store revives its famous antique Enchanted Village from the 1940s. It is not uncommon for dozens of shoppers to stop and watch the mechanical animals bobbing up and down in the display window.
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.
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.