Looking Good in Montreal: Best Places to Shop for Guys and Gals

There's something about travel that brings out the shopper in all of us - even if we don't like shopping at home. We all have a love/hate relationships with our clothes, and travel only heightens the emotions. We forget to pack something, or we need something unexpectedly, or we just want to see what Montréal has to offer that our own city may not. As a sophisticated and fashionable city, Montreal offers lots of great boutique shopping in addition to all the big box stores you're already familiar with. You'll be overwhelmed with choice. That's why 10Best compiles a list of the best clothing stores in town. From independent boutiques to upscale chains, to popular and well-established department stores, we tell you where to find terrific basics and quality fashions that will get you through any clothing crisis. Popular possibilities? Try La Maison Ogilvy and Boutique Marie Saint-Pierre. Looking for something more casual? Good quality souvenir clothing? We've got you covered - from head to toe. And the best part ? Good shopping is easy to find. Looking for boutiques? Cruise St. Laurent and St. Denis or Laurier Avenue. Looking for your big box and local department stores? Head to Ste. Catherine St. West downtown. 

Complexe Desjardins
Photo courtesy of The main foyer. Photo courtesy of Complex Desjardins


Strategically located in front of Place-des-Arts and the Place des Festivals, the Complexe Desjardins houses 110 stores, a hotel, food court and several restaurants. You'll find the usual big brand names, a few bargain stores and some specialty...  Read More

Marché Bonsecours
Photo courtesy of Marche Bonsecours. Photo courtesy of Vieux-Montreal


The beautiful domed tower of the historic Marche Bonsecours is one of the most recognizable buildings in Old Montreal. It shares the same name as the nearby church. In the past, this building has served as a public market, a concert hall,...  Read More



The 9,000-square-foot shop, in the Beaux Arts Dominion Square Building on Ste Catherine St. west, is a series of small bright rooms of white marble and oak floors, decorative columns and vintage Parisian furniture. Originating in Toronto, this...  Read More

La Maison Ogilvy


This department store has offered fashionistas great clothing options amid British shopping traditions since 1866. Venerable British brand Aquascutum is well-represented as is the store's proprietary label and Paul & Shark, Montréal-based...  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



This high-end department store has been serving Montréal's fashion elite since 1837 when it began as a hat shop. Customers can book the services of a personal shopper and alterations on full-price merchandise is always complimentary. These...  Read More



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



This fashionable shop/artists/designer's co-op sits on Montreal's hippest shopping street, St. Denis - home of the best boutique shopping in Montreal. Revenge - the name suggests Quebec designers showing up those from France - takes great pride...  Read More



Not only will you find a huge selection of top of the line brands at Harry Rosen's but expert tailoring is also available on site. For top-quality merchandise for any business or social occasion, this clothier ensures that their clientele looks...  Read More



Only two other Canadian provinces even offer Tristan locations but not nearly the number you'll find throughout Montreal and her suburbs. Spare, elegant shops all around town create the perfect backdrop of this Canadian chain's urban chic...  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, About.com, Aol, Matador,...  More About Sherel