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Shopping spots in Montreal

13 Jul 2010  Consumer society victim.
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 11 votes

Montreal is a shopping mecca! You can find great deals or unique finds everywhere. However, there are a few spots that stand out.

Through my extensive experience at lightening my wallet, i've assembled a list of interesting venues.

I am active on the Montreal board and will answer PM so if you have any questions or are looking for something very specific, feel free to ask me. I am happy to help a fellow shopper!

EDIT: Added closest metro station. Some spots have many stations so i might not name them all due to limitations on the amount of text i can put. Thank you giraffez for the suggestion!

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Montreal
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Shopping, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Underground City
    Underground City, Montreal, Quebec

    A special note: the underground city isn't referred to as such by locals or by road signs.
    This is a network of malls that run underground. The biggest is the Eaton Center, with several floors of shops. Being malls, you will find all the international and local chain stores.
    The entrances are scattered around, many can be found along Saint-Catherine street.
    METRO STATION: McGill, Peel, Bonaventure (and more)

  • 2. Simons (department store)

    Located on Sainte-Catherine's, it deserves a mention of it's own. This Quebec department store originated in Quebec City and due to its enormous success, it's branching out. The clothing ranges from extremely affordable to designer labels, women and men, alll ranges. Excellent places for accessories, leggins, fashion stockings and of course clothing. Two floors. Linked to the underground city.

  • 3. Sainte-Catherine street

    This incredibly busy street is filled with upscale to normal boutiques. While new shops pop up every day, and the sprall gets longer and longer, the most concentrated cluster of chops is found between "De La Montagne" street and "Saint-Denis"
    METRO STATION: McGill, Peel, Bonaventure (and more)

  • 4. Plaza St-Hubert

    An Outdoors mall that stretches along St-Hubert Street. The sidewalk has overhanging roof to protect the shoppers from rain.
    This street is known for it's staggering amount of dress shops, be it from deisnger wedding dresses to cheap reproductions. Shoes, jewelery and other stores can be found here.
    This is THE place to hit for events and proms.
    METRO STATION: Jean-Talon

  • 5. Mount-Royal Avenue

    A bohemian atmosphere that really comes alive in the summer. You'll find a lot of independent clothing and shoe stores, some eclectic trift shops and lots of cafes to rest your aching shopping feet. There are a lot of unique finds and good deals to be made on this street. You can continue your shopping foray on Saint-Denis as well.
    METRO STATION: Mont-Royal

  • 6. Saint-Denis street (Latin Quarters part)

    Starting near Berri-UQAM station and going north, there is a mecca of shops, restaurants, cafes... etc
    No big chains here. Many shops have things made from local artisans. This street is great for things out of the ordinary. Specialty teas, hand made jewelery, tobacco shops, skate shops, local made bath products... You can really make special finds here.
    METRO STATION: Berri-Uqam

  • 7. Saint-Laurent Street

    This street is littered with lounges, cafes and restaurants but there are also many shops. Most of the shops here are exclusive Quebec designers and some higher end boutiques, but there are a few stores that cater to a lower budget. Practically all of the stores are non-chain meaning the merchandise cant be found elsewhere.
    A really fun street to do cafes and a bit of shopping. PArticularly good if you're tired of shopping at Dynamite where on every street corner, there is a girl wearing the same thing as you.
    METRO STATION: St-Laurent

  • 8. Ogilvy

    This department store is home to the elite designer brands. Anne Klein, Hugo Boss, Burberry, MAC, Luis Vuitton... It's all there along with their price tags!
    Staff is extremely friendly so don't be scared to go in even if it's just to look.
    METRO STATION: Lucien L'allier, Peel

  • 9. Marche Central

    An outlet mall on the island of Montreal but not downtown. It is possible to access it using public transport but it is recommended for people with cars as it takes time to walk from shop to shop due to the large scale of each one. There is plenty of free parking around.
    The shops are all designer names and chains offering in-season, off-season items at a big discount price.
    Recommended for people comming to Montreal with the intent to shop and find good deals. A bit removed for a tourist with a tight schedule.
    METRO STATION: Cremazie, Parc, bus, walking or taxi required.

  • 10. Carrefour Laval

    A positively huge indoors mall in the Laval suburb. It is accessible through the metro and a small bus ride but it is quite far from downtown Montreal for a tourist.
    There are many upscale boutiques here, and even some stores have 2 locations in the mall itself. The decoration is beautiful and the food court has been recently redone.
    Carrefour Laval is worth a stop if you are staying in a Laval hotel and have a car. Not recommended for an internationnal tourist.
    METRO STATION: Monmorency, taxi or bus required