Holiday shopping in Montreal made fun and easy

Looking for one of a kind items for those special friends and family members on your holiday gift list? Look no further than L'art des Artisans du Quebec for high-end crafts handmade by artists from Montreal and the rest of Québec. Here on Ste. Catherine St. West, you'll find textiles, pottery, ornaments, wood carvings and blown glass - all of which make great gift items.

To complete your holiday shopping list, continue further west along the same street, taking in the holiday decorations along the way to Simons, Quebec's department store. Here’s where you’ll find contemporary fashions from young Quebec designers; they're often on sale, as the collection changes seasonally.

Other good choices for holiday shopping include the boutiques that line rue St. Denis and St. Laurent in the Plateau District, where you'll find chic clothing and original accessories often at bargain prices. 

Old Montreal is ideal for more upscale gift items, including both decorative and functional glassware, arts and crafts and sculptures and paintings. The two main markets – Jean Talon in North Montreal and the Atwater Market in the west end of downtown – are ideal for the foodie on your list and those who appreciate fine Quebec wines and spirits.

Place Ville Marie
Photo courtesy of The food court. Photo courtesy of Ville Place Marie.

Comprising four office buildings and an underground shopping plaza,it's known locally at PVM and is situated in the heart of downtown. You'll find over 80 upscale boutiques and stores offering ready-wear-collections and high-end products as well...  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 Quebec...  Read More

Marché Jean-Talon
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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

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% wool...  Read More

Irreverent, cheeky, tasteless, chic, trendy, retro, contemporary, politically correct/incorrect - Bang-On has a t-shirt that suits everyone. If you've been dying to find a shirt with the Pillsbury Dough Boy emblazoned on the front, a pop art Che...  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

Maison Marie Saint Pierre is renowned for its use of unconventional fabrics and textures that balance natural and technological notions. Marie-Pierre carries her expertise to furniture, leather goods and perfume as well as her upmarket...  Read More


Simons is a real local gem that is 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 unique...  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

Parc Mont-Royal
Boulevard St Laurent
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Since 1792, "The Main" has been the dividing line between the east and west sides of Montreal. Saint-Laurent Boulevard, a.ka. "the Main" is by far the busiest street in the city and the commercial hub of Montreal. The melange of cultures here is...  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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