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.
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 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 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, post cards, mugs, tall glasses and many more interesting items. Walk in to the shop to get one of the best suited souvenir for your family and friends.
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.
Indianica is a popular city art gallery specializing in Inuit and Native art items. A Montreal icon for quite a few years, it displays an arresting collection of locally manufactured souvenirs and art works. Navajo, Zuni and Hopi jewelry pieces made by local artists is also on sale here. Art and history lovers can also find unique hand-crafted products, fur accessories and other interesting souvenirs.
Offering some exciting designs in fur fashion for women and men, Elysee Furs is popular for its exhaustive merchandise sewed out of the finest fur in the industry. Be it contemporary or old-fashioned, you can find a gamut of designs and silhouettes carved out in the legendary fabric which has ruled the fashion scene for ages. Elysee's selection centers around sheared mink, coyote, fox, lynx and otter fur, among other species. Its shelves also display an exuberant collection of scarfs, muffs, capes and cashmere jackets.
IGA Marché Louise Ménard is a nice spot in Downtown to shop for your groceries. Stroll through their aisles of meat, dairy, fresh produce, deli, cheese, beer and wine, fish, seafood and food products. Their prices are reasonable and the items displayed are of good quality.
ROONEY is a fashion boutique for men and women. The shop is into regular and designer wear. Rooney started its store business since early 2006, post which came up with the idea of online shop to cater to its worldwide customers. The products on display include modish apparel, shoes, bags and other accessories. The attractively dressed mannequins will surely make you drop in the boutique for a unique shopping experience.