Montreal's Best Shopping: Top Choices for the Savvy Shopper

Like most other things about Montreal, shopping is also a pleasure. From pleasant shopping streets that span at least eight city blocks and include trendy bars, restaurants and cafes with friendly staff to local markets and specialty craft shops, you'll find everything you need and want right here. It's actually a tough job to pare the offerings down to just 10 of the best but we've done it.

No visit to Montreal is complete without at least one shopping excursion. In fact, choosing to visit Montreal specifically for the shopping experience isn't a bad idea. In other major cities, your best option is often a large, overcrowded shopping mall and while those exist in Montreal, they're not your only option.

From all the shops, stores, boutiques, ateliers and markets in the city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best offerings. We deliver a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Montréal shopping on your own. If your time here  is really tight and you don't have the leisure to take it all in, we present our Best Shopping list for Montréal. All of our suggestions are easily accessible from downtown either by foot or public transportation.

Olives et Épices
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Free delivery, cooking classes featuring the best uses of olive oil and lemon infused oils starting at $12.95 a bottle? No wonder Olives et Epices is such a long time local favorite. Owned by the De Vienne family (much revered among Montréal's...  Read More

L'Art des artisans du Québec
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Looking for arty pillows for your sofa? How about hand- crafted blown glass pieces in an array of colors and designs? Here you will find an extensive collection of ever-changing pieces of functional art at very good prices from top Québec...  Read More

Ben & Tournesol

Ben & Tournesol is best described as high-end home decor. From the depths of Westmount - a bastion of taste in itself - comes some noteworthy objects for yourself or others. The latest cool weather must-haves include soft, natural, 100%...  Read More


Simons is a real local gem in that it's easy to miss. Most travel guide sites fail to mention this quintessential Quebec department store. Simon's focuses on quality fashions for the whole family. A particularly good value is the Twik line - a...  Read More

Welcome to eight blocks of shopping pleasure - if only because the shops and boutiques are evenly interspersed with cafes, bars and restaurants to relieve the strain of shopping and appease those who would rather be doing something else. In...  Read More

Le Fromentier
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Le Fromentier is Montreal's premier artisanal bakery complete with organic choices making it a hot spot in an neighborhood already saturated with these. Montréal's Laurier Avenue east has more than its fair share of specialty food shops and...  Read More

Gourmet Laurier
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A real foodies delight, Gourmet Laurier has been inspiring Montreal chefs - both amateur and professional for over half a century. This is the place to head for those hard-to-find ingredients. The imported treasures include spices, teas,...  Read More

Les Chocolats de Chloé

This tiny, inviting space with sparkling glass shelves in the middle of The Plateau invites chocoholics to peer into the open kitchen to watch the creation of luscious chocolate treats. Chloé and her friendly staff love talking about their...  Read More

Usually known as the party street for McGill students and former hangout of controversial local writer Mordecai Richler, Crescent Street, named for its formed curved shape, has become one of Montréal's premiere fashion destinations. Designer...  Read More

Marché Jean-Talon
Photo courtesy of Courtesy of Tourisme Montreal. Photo by Ron Stern

Open year round, this Montreal landmark has been supplying locals with fresh produce, local meats and cheeses, desserts and dry goods since 1934. This is the place everyone adores. It's a whole city block of nothing but stall after stall piled...  Read More


Meet Sherel Purcell

Sherel Purcell is a travel writer who specializes in golf, Montreal and Quebec, contemporary art, cycling and food and wine. Her articles appear on USA Today's 10Best,, Aol, Matador,...  More About Sherel

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