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    Flower Stand at Ste. Catherine W.
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    HMV - Ste. Catherine W
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    HMV groundfloor - Montreal
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    Linen Chest: Linen Chest

    by fairy_dust Written Dec 26, 2013

    As made obvious from the store's name, they sell linens. But they also sell small appliances, kitchen stuff, and decor. It's more high-end than departments stores like La Baie so it's a lot pricier, but all their stuff is good quality. Similar to a department store, but not big enough to be one, and most of what they sell is related to linens (especially bedroom and bathroom).

    What to buy: Bedsheets (including high thread count), blankets, bedspreads, pillowcases, pillows, towels, beds/mattresses (including the high-end memory foam ones), home decor, espresso machines and other small luxury appliances, dishes, utensils (including silverware), pots/pans, etc.

    What to pay: Quite pricey, but they sometimes have good sales (especially the Boxing Week sales).

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    La Baie (The Bay): La Baie (The Bay)

    by fairy_dust Written Dec 26, 2013

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    La Baie (aka The Bay) is a huge department store in downtown Montreal. There, you'll find everything you need, whether you're looking for clothes, shoes, accessories, toilettries/beauty products, souvenirs, linens, decor, appliances, etc. And it's a real Canadian company - it originated as a small, fur-trade post back in the olden days near the Hudson Bay (it was originally the Hudson's Bay Company), and eventually evolved to become a chain department store today found in most major Canadian cities.

    If you plan to stick around Montreal for a while (such as a long-term trip), visit frequently, or live in another Canadian city where the store is located, it might be worth it to get an HBC Mastercard (HBC - Hudson's Bay Company) and the accompanying points card - the mastercard allows you to gain points whether you use it at The Bay or not (you get more points if you use it at The Bay), and the points card is where your points are collected (and I think you can still collect points even if you don't have the mastercard - just use it at any Bay location to collect). When you collect enough points, you can redeem them for merchandise at The Bay.

    What to buy: I've bought clothes, accessories, beauty products, and towels here, but there's a lot more to it than just that!

    What to pay: Same as most department stores, though they often have sales and specials. Also, if you have an HBC Mastercard and use it to buy stuff, you'll get additional discounts.

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    Bonaventure Place: Underground City

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 21, 2013

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    Bonaventure Place

    In Downtown Montreal is a series of shopping malls and food courts, all linked by underground tunnels and providing links into the Metro systems. This is known as the underground city and lets Montrealians get around in winter without ever going outside. One of the major malls is the Bonaventure Place, with shops, food courts and even an ice rink.

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    HMV: Still there: HMV

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 4, 2011
    HMV - Le M��gastore - Montreal
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    HMV is probably the only landmark shop selling music, that is still there. "Le Mégastore" at St. Catherine West will stay there for some more years to come.

    Well, DVD's and games are the main thing now, but on the first floor there's still plenty of CD's to explore.

    Shop hours:
    Mo-Fr: 9AM - 9PM
    Sa: 9AM - 5PM
    Su: 10AM - 5PM

    What to buy: Music!

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    Galerie Crescent Contemporain or Gallery Crescent: The Crescent Street Experience in Downtown Montrea

    by ahamady Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Love this gallery, great hospitality, welcomed us, gave us a comfy chair, refreshments, and a relaxing chance to look at art while the kids made drawings. Helped us to pick an orginal artwork for our home, even arranged the delivery and hanging of the painting. They specialize in art exhibits and show a lot of serious art in both emerging and established artists. Prices were on target with our experience and we felt we were well educated on the artists and the artwork. They did not stop there they took us on Crescent and introduced us to the other boutigues we had interest in, we stopped in at La Pendulerie a great clock shop on Crescent where the owner Fabian even sells over 40 kinds of swiss chocolates, we tried over ten kinds ourselves, Christian the gallerist at the Crescent Gallery introduced my husband to the Formual One Boutique owners, this is my hubby's toy store and he was in seventh heaven, while I was introduced to The California Boutique where I bought an incredible sultry evening gown. We left our Crescent street new found friends with the promise we would be back for the Formula One in June.

    What to buy: Buy art in Montreal, prices are great, quality is the best at Galerie Crescent Contemporain, Formula One fans you got to see the Formula One Boutique on Crescent, Clocks, more of the world's finest clocks than I have ever seen in North America at fair prices at La Pendulerie, and can't say enough for my dress boutique on Crescent The California Boutique, could not find gowns like this outside of Saks or LA.

    What to pay: Orginal art works range anywhere from several hundred to thousands of dollars, while Formula one items range from dollars up ot hundreds of dollars, Clocks in the Swiss and German brand names have broad ranges while my dress is none of your business. Enjoy Crescent, it is like a small exclusive village.

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    Galerie Crescent Contemporain or Gallery Crescent: The Crescent Street Experience in Downtown Montrea

    by ahamady Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Love this gallery, great hospitality, welcomed us, gave us a comfy chair, refreshments, and a relaxing chance to look at art while the kids made drawings. Helped us to pick an orginal artwork for our home, even arranged the delivery and hanging of the painting. They specialize in art exhibits and show a lot of serious art in both emerging and established artists. Prices were on target with our experience and we felt we were well educated on the artists and the artwork. They did not stop there they took us on Crescent and introduced us to the other boutigues we had interest in, we stopped in at La Pendulerie a great clock shop on Crescent where the owner Fabian even sells over 40 kinds of swiss chocolates, we tried over ten kinds ourselves, Christian the gallerist at the Crescent Gallery introduced my husband to the Formual One Boutique owners, this is my hubby's toy store and he was in seventh heaven, while I was introduced to The California Boutique where I bought an incredible sultry evening gown. We left our Crescent street new found friends with the promise we would be back for the Formula One in June.

    What to buy: Buy art in Montreal, prices are great, quality is the best at Galerie Crescent Contemporain, Formula One fans you got to see the Formula One Boutique on Crescent, Clocks, more of the world's finest clocks than I have ever seen in North America at fair prices at La Pendulerie, and can't say enough for my dress boutique on Crescent The California Boutique, could not find gowns like this outside of Saks or LA.

    What to pay: Orginal art works range anywhere from several hundred to thousands of dollars, while Formula one items range from dollars up ot hundreds of dollars, Clocks in the Swiss and German brand names have broad ranges while my dress is none of your business. Enjoy Crescent, it is like a small exclusive village.

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    Underground City: It's cold outside, but it's warm in here

    by tuoedisni1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you happen to be visiting Montreal in winter, it's a good idea to know how to get to the Underground city. That is because this is a refuge from the bitter cold and a great place to shop. There are hundreds of shops here. Granted, it is a mall, but there are so many passageways that you feel like an explorer rather than a typical consumer.

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    Le Faubourg Sainte-Catherine: The Faubourg Sainte-Catherine

    by Pierre_Rouss Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lower level

    Le Faubourg Sainte-Catherine, constructed in 1986, is a 175,000 sq. ft. mixed use complex anchoring the west side of downtown Montreal on Sainte-Catherine Street.

    It's really a one stop for shopping for prepared food (bagel, meat, pastry, ethnic food, etc...), fruits and vegetables, wine, flowers, newspaper, book or simply take a coffee or grab a snack in the food fare on the top levels.

    What to buy: Similar to a market place, it is possible to complete your grocery shopping with quality gourmet products, in the heart of downtown Montreal.
    Also arts and crafts, carpets, haircuts, or go bowling!!

    What to pay: very affordable.

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    Underground city

    by blusky Updated Nov 17, 2010

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    What a surprise to take the metro and to discover that down there there's a parallel world of corridors, bars, restaurants and shops, all of it well connected. It doesn't metter whether you want to check out some of the luxurious depratment stores or just want to grab a cup of coffee or to have dinner with your friends in one of the ethnical restaurants. It's an excellent way to avoid freezing winter days and to do something fun.

    What to buy: You can buy everything, the choice is excellent and there's something for every pocket.

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    Underground City: The City beneath the City

    by Tom_Fields Updated Oct 13, 2009

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    One of the open areas
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    One can only imagine the severity of Montreal's long winters. What do people do? They head underground, to the vast pedestrian network known as RESO. It seems to stretch on forever; one could spend days here.

    Every kind of shop and restaurant is somewhere down here. The hallways are crowded, and you can spend plenty of time just watching all the people go by. Constantly being expanded, this sprawling complex goes on for 19 miles.

    What to buy: You can find virtually anything here.

    What to pay: Prices are about average for Montreal.

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    ODYSSEE: Second hand books (and some records)

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 13, 2009
    Odyssee

    ODYSSEE is a small shop with little walking space, due to the loaded book shelfs.

    Great to explore if you are in search for that particular book you are still looking for.

    And there are some records; ELVIS, Jazz and classical ones.

    What to buy: Books.

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    Cheap Thrills: Second Hand Music - From records to DVD's

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 13, 2009
    Cheap Thrills / Montreal / Street entrance

    Cheap Thrills is housed at the second floor of a "restaurant". The stairs lacks yeras of maintenance what makes it a unique piece of shopping challenge.
    The shop is spread over several rooms and is cramped with salesware.
    Count to find many local specialities.

    Store hours:
    Mo-We: 11AM - 6PM
    Th-Fr: 11AM - 9PM
    Sat: 11AM - 6PM
    Su: Noon - 5PM

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    DISQUIVEL: Small but great Selection LP's

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 12, 2009
    DISQUIVEL

    Disquivel is a small record shop but with a remarkable selection of exotic records.

    If you are looking at more than just main stream, you must pay this hop a visit.

    In the Documentary and Instructional bins were some undiscovered beauties.

    2009 Update: I was searching for this shop and it looked like the street address numbers had changed. Starting rainfall stopped my search, but I'm afraid this is yet another shop that either discontinued its business or move outside downtown.

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    MARS Record & Revues - CLOSED: Second Hand goodies in a basement

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Sep 12, 2009

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    MARS was just relocated to a basement. This place was loaded with secondhand records and comic books. I hope the owner can sort things out.

    2009 Update: I looked in vain for the basement. My general feeling was that a number of second hand dealers moved from downtown to the suburbs into cheaper locations.

    What to buy: Jazz records.

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    Downtown grocery stores: Self-catering

    by brazwhazz Updated Jul 7, 2008

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    Provigo at 3421 Avenue du Parc

    If you prefer to make your own meals, or if you just want to save some money on food, there are a handful of supermarkets in and around the downtown area:

    ALIMENTATION POIVRE ET SEL

    865 Sainte-Catherine St. East, one street east of Saint-Hubert St. (5 minutes on foot from Berri-UQAM metro)

    IGA

    1500 Atwater St., inside the Place Alexis-Nihon shopping mall between Sainte-Catherine St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd. (accessible by underground tunnel directly from Atwater metro, just follow the signs to Place Alexis-Nihon)

    5 Place Desjardins, inside the Complexe Desjardins building bordered by Sainte-Catherine St., Jeanne-Mance St., René-Lévesque Blvd. and Saint-Urbain St. (accessible by underground tunnel directly from Place-des-Arts metro, just follow the signs to Complexe Desjardins)

    PROVIGO

    3421 Park Ave. (Avenue du Parc), at the corner of Sherbrooke St. (5 minutes on foot from Place-des-Arts metro)

    1953 Sainte-Catherine St. West, at the corner of Fort St. (5 minutes on foot from Guy-Concordia metro)

    PA SUPERMARCHÉ

    1420 Fort St., between Sainte-Catherine St. and De Maisonneuve Blvd. (5 minutes on foot from Guy-Concordia metro)

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