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Montreal is a shopper’s paradise. From the chic to the unique, Montreal has everything you could be looking for. One destination expert drew up a great list of her favourite places to shop. Holt Renfrew's & Ogilvys on Sherbrooke St West, near the Museum are best for shopping, as is the Bay & Simons. Also, for Quebec designers, go to CoursMontRoyal, the old SheratonMountRoyal with the original Chandelier still hanging gracefully in the center .
Rue Ste-Catherine is a must for shoppers, lined with trendy shops boasting the latest fashions. Many of Montreal’s major shopping plazas are also along or near Ste-Catherine, including the Centre Eaton, les Cours Mont-Royal, the Complexe Les Ailes and Place Montréal, all of which are part of Montreal’s underground city, a brightly lit system of tunnels, boutiques and restaurants that stretch for fifteen miles under the city. For shoes, dont miss Complexe Desjardins, they have 4 great shoe stores with makes such as Bornn, Josef Zeibel and more comfortable styles. La Senza , is a hit for underwear & bras , and PJs.
In Place Ville Marie, Terra Nostra, Danier, Browns Shoes, and more shops for ladies, as well as thru the passage to the Fairmont is a lovely store for ladies with different European Fashions.(near Gibson SPA )
More exclusive boutiques and traditional fare can be found on Rue Sherbrooke, between Guy and Montagne. Upscale fashions, jewelers and antiques can be found nearby at Le Quartier du Musée. Here you will find also the boutique and bookstore of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts .
Also be sure to check out the Notre Dame antique district which stretches from Notre Dame street at Guy until Atwater.
Here you will find everything antique as well as a crop of great restaurants and shops. A definite must see in the area is a gallery specializing in original posters from the Belle Epoque era to the Art Deco period, L'Affichiste Gallery located at 417 des Seigneurs corner Notre Dame street. The gallery is open most weekdays and weekends (call first to be sure). Across the street be sure to check out Milord Antiques (often featured in the pages of Town and Country), and if you're hungry there are lots of small restos where you can find good food at reasonable prices.
And for fashions that tend toward the more unique, edgy, stylish and wild, check out St-Denis St and “ La Main” or Boulevard St-Laurent, where the dominant trends of the shops are individuality and authenticity. Independent boutiques, emerging designers and cutting edge fashion leaders make this district an essential shopping destination.
Ave Mont Royal is a haven for funky boutiques and shops, including up and coming Quebec designers. Check out Vive la Difference for local handcrafted gifts and souvenirs.
If looking for hard to find Italian kitchen tools, exlusive kitchen articles imported from Europe, hunting or fishing gear, have a look at Quincaillerie Dante (since 1956), an institution in the ''little Italy'' district. For kitchen articles specifically from France, Arthur Quentin, on St-Denis St, is the place to go.
A wonderful boutique is called Aux Petites Indulgences. Located at the corner of St Jacques and Laporte, about a 10 min walk from the Atwater market. A vintage lovers paradise. Shabby chic, and more. You really have to visit, just for the fun of it. An eclectic mix of old and new items. Everything old is new again, and you will certainly find some really neat things in the boutique.
If you feet are feeling the pinch, the destination store for high quality walking shoes that look as good as they fee is Boutique Le Marcheur at 4062 Rue St-Denis in Sherbrooke.