In december, the cold enter the town but there is also the magic of Christmas. All the main streets (Ste-Catherine, St-Laurent, St-Denis, Mont-Royal and St-Hubert) are decorated with lights and rubans. Many of those streets also have christmas carols singers with costumes and candy for the little ones.
Shopping at this time of the year is cool !
The name Archambault comes from Edmond Archambault, the first co-owner of this institution in Montreal since 1886. At the beggining, Archambault was known for selling mostly sheet music, instruments and accessories. Today, besides that, they sells also cd's, dvd's, books and more.
What to buy: A very large selection of Quebec singers and groups, world beat music, jazz and classical music. And of course mainstream music from the States and England.
They also have a large selection of french books, dvd's from Quebec movies and tv series, and of course mainstream movies from the States and all over the world.
What to pay: Between 12.99$ to 19.99$ for cd's
Between 16.99$ to 34.99$ for dvd's
The first Simons store opened in Quebec city in 1840. There is a sense of tradition in this store but also a good understanding of all the new trends. Men and women can find something very interesting in all the choices available. Each fall, i always go there for the new male collection.
What to buy: - men and women clothing
- hats, scarfs, coats
What to pay: It depend a lot, but it's a little bit more for a very good quality.
Complexe Desjardins is a big shopping complex, part of Montreal's underground city. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, Complexe Desjardins has over 100 shops and restaurants. It also has a big food court. It is directly adjacent to and accessible from the Hyatt Regency hotel. It is also directly accessible from Montreal's contemporary art museum.
What to buy: Mostly retail stores: clothing, shoes, electronics, etc.
Montreal offers great street shopping whether its downtown along Ste-Catherine street, from Place des Arts to Guy street youll find all kind of stores. There are a few department stores on that street such as La Baie (or TheBay), Les Ailes, Simon's and Ogilvy at the corner de la Montagne, which is a little more conservative and High-End (Louis Vuitton, etc.).
Other great places to go street shopping are rue St-Denis street (which has more independant shops and has a french flair) between Sherbrooke & Mont-Royal avenue.
Mont-Royal avenue is another cool street, which is more artsy, that has a lot of great Friperies or if you prefer Vintage Shops.
If youre more into expensive clothing or art, Sherbrooke street near The Museum of Fine Art (at the corner of Crescent street) has a few high-end stores such as Escada & Chanel as well as the Holt Renfrew Department store which has all the famous expensive brands and boutiques. Metro Peel.
Smaller posh streets are Laurier (metro Laurier) in Outremont which is more French and Green avenue (metro Atwater) in Westmount which is more English. Those 2 streets have nice posh independant boutiques.
What to pay: Depends.
St Catherine street (rue Ste Catherine) is the main street in Montreal from where you'll be able to buy pretty much anything you need! There are plenty of bigger and smaller shops, mega-stores, a few department stores (Simons, La Baie) and some shopping centres (Eaton Centre is the biggest). Most of them are in the area between metro stations Guy-Concordia and Place-des-Arts. And don't forget to check out all the nice shops underground!
Of course it all depends on how much you like or dislike to shop but it's easy to spend a whole day (and all of your cash!) here. And as shopping passes for hard work stop to rest your feet once in a while in the cafés along the way. Presse café opposite Zara clothes store serves excellent wraps!
What to pay: Depends on the store. Anything from a few bucks to huge amounts.
From Papineau's to Atwater's metro stations, there is Ste-Catherine's street.
This commercial streets own an old The Bay (kind of a Macy's) and Eaton center but mostly all kind of commercial shops (La Senza, Simmons, ...) as well of more underground ones (Labyrinth), cinemas, Gay village (beaudry metro station)...
Going on that street in the 50's was a trip! ... And still is in our days... ;)
No trip for me is complete without some shopping. We discovered the Underground shopping area in downtown Montreal and I was blown away by it. Twenty-two miles of walkways with hundreds of stores are nestled under the city. Many major buildings and Metro stations are connected to it so you can spend a whole day wandering around without every having to go outside.
It's not a claustophobic as you would think. Many areas have sky lights to let the sun in. You could got lost in here but there are maps and I suggest getting one before you start out. Our hotel was connected to it and for a few hours at least we walked around in a nice, climate-controlled city within a city.
I came across this wonderful Chocolate shoppe on my way back from the Museum of Fine Art. I intended to purchase a gift box of chocolates but once I saw the homemade creme glace'e I couldn't resist. I chose a dip of mocha almond on a sugar cone. I also purchased a gift box of assorted chololates. It was $12 Can for a box of 12. This is a great assortment. The gift was nicely wrapped in blue tissue with a gift card. A special treat for someone special.
What to buy: All the chocolates are exquisitely exotic, outstandingly rich and simply Divine.
St. Catherine's street is the place to go to shop, with lots of boutiques and unique clothing stores not found in the States, it is definitely my number one choice for clothes & shoe shopping. Also on St. Catherine's street is Eaton's Center, which is a huge shopping mall complete with everything. The cool thing about St. Catherine's is although it is lined with shops, the streets parallel to it are lined with cafe's and bars that are constantly buzzing (outdoor in the summer time and indoor otherwise).
What to buy: Buy Everything! it's the best city to do some hardcore shopping, prices a lower than the States and Europe and the variety is much bigger.
Don't forget to go underground in Montreal. No, I'm not talking about a hidden nightclub where you can rave all night. I'm talking about the Underground City, an network of connected shopping malls and passageways that enable locals to escape the cold in the winter and affords many shopping opportunities year-round.
Go to the Promenade de la Catherdral which is underground at Metro McGill. It's a big underground mall and has a lot of cool stuff in it. Or did. Or can. Hum. Check it out. It's connected to the underground, so worst case you can just scoot off underground to the next place.
What to buy: 14 hams
What to pay: 14 hams!
I find that going out to the suburbs and shopping where the locals do, can save money. A trip to "Place Versailles Mall" is worth it. Although it is a bit of a ride on the metro (they are speedy and trip is quick), you can sometimes save over buying downtown in one of the larger malls or department stores. There is even a movie theatre and small food court inside.
What to buy: Practically evrything can be found in this mall. They have a Zellers at one end.
What to pay: Prices usually much cheaper than you will find in the city centre.
Every city has its popular shopping districts. In downtown Montreal the place to go is famous Rue St. Catherines (Street).
Though it runs a great distance east & west, the most popular stretch is between Atwater on the west and St. Laurent on the east.
You should also be aware that underneath much of the central area of this strip (between Stanley and Aylmer are a series of interconnected underground shopping malls. They're especially nice to go in when it's -15C or colder outside!
What to buy: St. Catherines has an enormous variety of stores of every kind imaginable, from huge department stores to the smallest boutiques.
It also doubles as a "cruising strip" for young men and women in their fancy cars!
There are many shops to choose from and the entrance to department store, Ailes de la Mode
The cathedral was raised high in the air and a vast complex of stores and passage ways were built under it.
A beautiful park was built behind the church with flowers a fountain, trees and benches. A very peacful spot in the heart of downtown traffic. Behind it they built a many storied comple called Place de La Cathedral. Picture follows%c+
What to buy: Hundreds of choices
What to pay: all prices