This St. Laurent boutique utilizes the time capsule approach to vintage, showcasing furniture, apparel, accessories and knick knacks in such an arrangement that walking in, you may feel as if you’ve just stepped back in time. “Not Made In China” is their credo, and it certainly holds true. The storefront houses all sorts of authentic vintage kitsch, spanning from the 1940s to 1970s - everything from house wares and cowboy boots, to old Playboy magazines and vintage suitcases. To the owners of this boutique, there’s more to vintage than just great style; it can be a means of preserving history. Stop by to shop, or simply to gawk at the beautiful madness of this chaotic shop. -Christine Pepperdine
Les Folles Alliees is a vintage and secondhand items shop for eccentric clothes and accessories. The shop has some really unique outfits for almost all eras from 1920's till date. The decor of the shop is so lively and colorful giving a pleasant shopping experience. Walk in to get the vintage attire collections for any occasion under the sun.
Juliette & Chocolat is a confectionery boutique that features a wide array of chocolates; including Guanaja from South America, Manjari from Madagascar, and Jivara from Ecuador. This boutique operation offers a vintage selection from specific plantations and recipes from various countries. The specialty restaurant also serves classic dark, milk and white chocolates, as well as Grandma's style. Juliette's frustration with not finding a hot chocolate that fit her standards inspired her to open her own shop. For those with semi-nocturnal sweet tooth, check out the late hours this confectionery shop holds.
Boasting furniture, accessories and objets d'art from the 20th century, this little store is like IKEA for those who would not be caught dead shopping at a superstore. Still, many colors, shapes and designs here are quite reminiscent of the Swedish giant's more upscale products; there is a definite slant towards Scandinavian design. It makes a great stop on any tour of the shops on Rue St-Denis, and for those with the budget it is a source of limitless unique gift ideas.
As hard as it is to believe, Rue St-Denis is home to two separate boutiques devoted entirely to medieval clothes and paraphernalia. Here in the Red Dragon's Workshop you will find swords and maces with which to fight the Black Knight, and chain mail armor to ward off his counter-attacks. It is all too easy to get caught up in the bodices, lavish undergarments, outrageously ugly picture frames, books, CDs and intriguing medieval musical instruments. The staff are certifiably nuts about their chosen obsession, and are eager to guide you through their bizarre inventory.
In the heart of the hippest shopping on Rue St-Denis is this landmark natural food store. From the outside it looks more like a simple herbalist; the window display offers a nice selection of gift baskets and cosmetics. Inside, however, you will also find vitamins, fruits and vegetables, cheeses and ultra-healthy ice cream alternatives. Prices are not the most reasonable; this is no college co-op. But for high-end merchandise and high-end customers, this is perhaps Montreal's most upscale option for organic food.