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With over 20,000 titles to choose from, it's a good bet that you'll find what you're looking for in a used or antiquarian book at this venerable establishment. Most items sell at cheap rates but rare titles will set you back a few thousand dollars. The store offers a good selection of science fiction and mystery, but few best sellers or romance novels. A couch is provided for your reading enjoyment. Those looking for hard-to-find titles would do well to consult the knowledgeable and helpful staff here.
Drawn & Quarterly, one of the world's premiere publishers of graphic novels as well as many other book gems, runs a vibrant flagship store in Montreal's Mile End district. Framed by its brick walls, Drawn & Quarterly showcases local publishing houses, independent comics, and small-run presses. It's like a well-curated art gallery with hand-picked objects, where bibliophiles can admire these works of art and thumb through them. They also have book launches galore with the likes of Gaiman and McKean, as well as numerous workshops.
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.
Likely the closest thing the province of Quebec has to a French-only book superstore, this chain has been around since 1965 and has been a major player in the industry ever since. Offering bright, cheerful interiors that encourage browsing, the idea is much the same as the city's English-language superstores; but some locations offer an extensive selection of multimedia products, CDs, and children's books on top of the always-impressive stock of books from Quebec, France and other parts of Europe.
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.
While there is no dearth of antique and vintage items stores in Montreal, The Little Shop is certainly one-of-its-kind. Perched on a busy street, it is easy to dismiss it as a run-down brick structure. However, the moment you step inside and a treasure trove of rare vintage pieces greet you. Peruse its exhaustive collection featuring old cameras, belts, hand-woven rugs, traditional prints and vintage wedding dresses. Vintage cutlery, Anne dolls and Baptism outfits are also on display at this vibrant Montreal space.