The Best Shopping in Montreal
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
Montreal is a serious shopping town: The designer boutiques along the Boulevard Saint Laurent, shops in the Underground City, vegetable stalls at the Atwater Market, the venerable department stores, and comic book publishers in Mile End can deliver all the goodies—practical and whimsical—you're in the market for.
Marché Bonsecours, Montréal, QC H2Y, Canada
The Bonsecours Market is hard to miss, whether you are walking around Montréal's historic center or looking at the skyline from the harbor. A silver dome caps the long building, which dates from 1844 and was modeled on Dublin's Customs...
390 Avenue Laurier O, Montréal, QC H2V 2K7, Canada
While rue Ste-Catherine is the home of Montréal's international brands and shopping centers, avenue Laurier Ouest is the place to head if you are more interested in local designers and small boutiques. The street connects the neighborhoods...
138 Avenue Atwater, Montréal, QC H4C 2H6, Canada
The whole province of Quebec takes its agriculture very seriously, and consequently you can find some incredibly fresh, tasty products. The vendors at Atwater Market are passionate about what they sell, and they are more than happy to talk all...
705 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 4G5, Canada
With Montréal's infamously cold winters, shopping centers have some obvious appeals. The Centre Eaton de Montréal is one of the most popular, with 175 businesses including a food court as well as more upscale restaurants. The center...
160 Rue Saint Viateur E #105, Montréal, QC H2T 1A8, Canada
Did you know this is a Montreal-based brand? This menswear maker, specializing in shirts and suits hip professionals actually like to wear, has conquered indie circles all over the world with its web store, but over the past couple of years it has...
112 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1N8, Canada
We all know the 21st century hasn't been very kind to the music industry as of yet. But that doesn't stop À Paul Boutique from being quite successful, although I suspect people go more for the interaction with the exuberant owner and the cute shop...
56 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 4K6, Canada
You better have more than just $20 in your pocket when you visit Annex Vintage because it's assuredly going to cost you more than that - not necessarily because it's an overpriced place, but because the items are so thoroughly curated and well...
5135 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R9, Canada
211 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K5, Canada
Possibly the most important and influential publishers of graphic novels in the last 20 years, Drawn & Quarterly has a must-visit shop in the cool Mile End neighborhood. It sells work from the extensive D&Q catalog (which includes Joe...
417 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montréal, QC H2Y 2M3, Canada
Nestled on a quiet side street in Old Montreal, Quai 417 is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it type of place. The store isn't necessarily small, but it's extremely minimalist, both in decor and design. It sells upmarket, ready-to-wear clothing and...
1321 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3G 1P7, Canada
Montréal's main artery, rue Ste-Catherine, runs for seven miles along the length of the city. From its origins as a dirt road lined with farmhouses and orchards, the street today is now a thoroughfare passing through a number of...
2081 Rue de la Montagne, Montréal, QC H3G 1Z8, Canada
“She’s an original yet timeless Québec fashion designer—a rare combination. Marie Saint Pierre is known for using unusual fabrics with soft colors as well as black and white. Her designs feel really classic. I stop in when...
1300 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal, QC H3G 1H9, Canada
One of Canada's most venerable department stores, Holt Renfrew was founded in 1837 in Québec City, where it became known for the quality of its furs. The store was later to become the official furrier to the Queen—Victoria, that is...
65 Rue Saint Viateur E, Montréal, QC H2T 1A7, Canada
Welcome to the teeny-tiny atelier of the Montreal-based brand, famous for their iconic crew-neck sweatshirts with a bow. Talk about a souvenir shirt that is neither cheesy (looking at you, moose t-shirts found everywhere in Old-Montreal) nor...
2015 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2T3, Canada
I love exploring thrift stores in new cities, and Montreal was no different. As soon as I walked into the Eva B Cafe-Boutique, I was taken aback. I wasn’t sure whether to go for the jewelry, the hats, sweaters and boots, or the popcorn, tea and...
585 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 3Y5, Canada
The Hudson's Bay Company played a fascinating role in the development of Canada—its trading posts and fur trappers were long the only Western presence in parts of the country, and for a period it was the world's largest landowner. Over time,...
418 Rue Saint-Sulpice, Montréal, QC H2Y 2V5, Canada
This is the storefront to the internationally known high fashion web empire that few people – even Montrealers – know is based Montreal. SSENSE has been selling brands like Erdem, 3.1 Philip Lim, Givenchy, Chloé, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and...
469 Rue Milton, Montréal, QC H2X 1W3, Canada
We love bookstores especially used book shops.. One of our favorite things to do on our travel is search out English language book shops (or bookstore with English offerings). The Word is our favorite so far in Montreal. The Word is a used,...
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