Montreal is fast becoming the favorite vacation destination for young people. The history and culture draw in visitors of all ages, but the nightlife, attractions, and shopping, bring in the younger crowd. It also doesn’t hurt that Montreal has so many colleges and universities.
The Gay Village is a large area within Montreal where you can find great shops, restaurants, clubs, and more. The shopping here is phenomenal so you should definitely plan on visiting this part of town.
The Underground City is also quite popular for shopping and dining. The city created the Underground as a way to get around during the brutally cold winters. Now it is as much of an attraction as some of the museums in town. Ask your hotel for a map since the Underground is a series of streets much like a maze and it’s easy to lose your way.
Many come to Montreal for just one thing, the chance to shop a sample sale. Sample sales are a great way to save up to 80% off your purchases. Most fashion samples tend to be in the smaller size range. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as you will be doing a lot of walking from one outlet or sample store to another one. You might want to ship your treasures back to your house since most airline carriers now charge you for checked bags. Check with your airline ahead of time so you are aware of their fees and are not surprised when you go to check in for your return flight.
If you prefer shopping in a more familiar way, Montreal has many shopping malls throughout the city. Place Ville Marie is located in downtown Montreal and has many great boutiques. Eaton Centre is the largest shopping mall in Montreal and features stores such as the Gap, Old Navy, and Levi’s.
Recommended Shopping Areas in Montreal
Montreal’s Underground city was constructed in 1967 and has been growing in size ever since. It was originally designed to allow city goers refuge from the harsh weather in the winter. The Underground now connects thousands of Montreal businesses such as shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, business offices, bars, nightclubs, schools and shops. Shopping in the Underground City is second to none, with its endless supply of shops, stores and boutiques.
Sainte Catherine Street in Downtown Montreal is perhaps Montreal’s best known street. Not only is it lined with endless nightclubs, bars and strip clubs, Sainte Catherine Street is also lined with shops and boutiques selling the latest fashions.
Old Montreal is a historic area of Montreal with some of the city’s oldest buildings and also hosts dozens of boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Site seeing and shopping will keep you busy all day in Old Montreal.
Rue Sainte Denis
You will find trendy restaurants and high fashion boutiques on Sainte Denis Street, a fashionable area with boutiques of all flavors.
The Old Port of Montreal is a former shipping port located in Old Montreal and is a great place for site seeing, picking up souvenirs, dining and shopping in the little shops and boutiques located here in Old Port Montreal.
Le Main shopping district is the place to find cutting edge fashion from emerging designers. The fashion found around Le Main tend to be more stylish, edgy and wild. If you are looking for something off the beaten path, you need to visit Le Main.
Rue Sherbrooke is known as an exclusive section of Downtown Montreal. Exclusive boutiques and traditional fashions can be found on Rue Sherbrooke between Rue Guy and Rue de la Montagne. Here you will find fine jewelry, upscale fashions, antiques and more.