The historic district of Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) and its 17th-century buildings are some of the oldest pieces of architecture on the continent. Notre-Dame Basilica, Place d’Armes, Place Jacques-Cartier, the Château Ramezay, the Pointe-à-Callière museum, and the Old Port (Vieux-Port) are just some of the attractions that draw residents and visitors from all over the world to this part of town—but another big draw is the shopping.
Designer boutiques (like that of famous Montreal designer Denis Gagnon) and other trendy fashion shops line the streets, especially Rue St. Paul. Head inside Bonsecours Market (Marché Bonsecours) for a classy but small collection of stores. Rue Notre-Dame has ‘Antique Alley’ with over 50 shops alone. You’ll also find loads of trinkets on the street (some of them do repeat themselves), which will interest those who enjoy shopping for souvenirs.
Ogilvy’s is a famous, luxurious department store, and even though it’s technically in the downtown area, you should still try and go (it’s not too far away). The company was founded in 1866, but this magnificent building was built in 1908. There are independent boutiques inside, too.
Perfumeries, jewelry, furniture, high-end crafts, art galleries, and even limited-edition books (like at Librissime) await you and your wallet. There are literally hundreds of establishments in Old Montreal, and the best way to find what you’re looking for is to wander around the cobblestone, pop inside stores that look appealing, grab a hot drink on the outside patios, then keep wandering.
You can get here by taking the metro to the Place-d’Armes, Square-Victoria, or Champ-de-Mars stations.