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.
Set in an art deco-building and in existence since 1933, this market has both indoor and outdoor sections. Aside from fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers, you have your choice of a wide variety of commodities: from specialty shops selling delicious baked goods to butchers and fishmongers. La Fromagerie boasts more than 400 types of cheese from France and Quebec, including a raw goat milk cheddar. The Premiere Moisson bakery is famous for its flaky croissants and game-based pâtés. Even if you have already done your food shopping, it is a great place for people watching.
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.
Unicorn is a charming store selling some chic and modish apparel and accessories for women. The boutique finds itself as a busy location in the city's Mile End neighborhood and lures fashion-conscious shoppers from all corners of the vibrant city. Merchandise comprises an eclectic mix of some outre designs and comfortable patterns laid out across an inviting store display. Unicorn houses an array of designer labels like Amanda Moss, Grob, Love Nail tree and Rare Specimens, among other up and coming labels. The owner has carefully hand-picked these products and also stocks a wonderful collection of accessories, shoes and jewelry.
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.
Named after the now-defunct Eaton's, once one of Canada's most recognizable trademarks, this bright and airy complex still attracts shoppers in search of renowned brands, under one roof. Though not as big or famous as Toronto's landmark shopping center, Montreal's version boasts dozens of stores, two food courts and a multi-screen cinema. Shoppers will find every significant North American shopping chain, and many American visitors flock to Montreal Eaton Centre for the discounts offered by Canadian currency conversion. A day-long shopping-spree is bound to happen!
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 collection is one of the best in the city.
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.
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.