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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 (Self Guided), Montreal

It would be a pity to leave Montreal without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Montreal, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 1
Guide Location: Canada » Montreal (See other walking tours in Montreal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Author: Daniel
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bonsecours Market
  • Les Delices de L’Erable
  • Saint-Paul Street
  • Complexe Desjardins
  • The Bay
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Bonsecours Market

1) Bonsecours Market

What to buy here: Artisan Jewelry.

Quebeckers have a long history of working with their hands, ever since the first settlements in the 17th century, whether they were carpenters, painters, cooks or jewelers. This heritage is still very strong today and results in beautiful local works of art, always made with love by expert artisans, and jewelry being the prevalent industry. With the ever growing popularity of certified Canadian diamonds, which are mined, cut and polished in the Northwest Territories of Canada, it’s only natural that this trend has inspired the artisan-jewelers of Montreal, offering a few hand-made and unique items. Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, there is certainly something perfect for a special someone – and nothing says “from Canada with love” like a certified diamond! The best place to get your hands on such coveted treasures is at the Bonsecours Market (350 Saint-Paul Street East, opening hours vary) in Old-Montreal, the local artisans’ Mecca. Obviously, these treasures come with a salty bill, but an exceptional piece of diamond jewelry is a priceless and timeless souvenir.
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Les Delices de L’Erable

2) Les Delices de L’Erable

What to buy here: Maple Products.

A trip to Montreal would not be complete without some sort of maple souvenir. After all, the province of Quebec is by far the largest producer of maple syrup in the world, with about 75% of the global supply! Once you have grabbed a mandatory can of syrup (remember, the darker the syrup, the stronger the taste), make sure to take your taste buds a little further down the sweet path and explore the vast range of products available, such as maple butter, maple candy, maple tea, maple cones, maple liquor and even maple cookies! The prices vary according to the quality and origin, but expect to pay around $7 for a syrup can and $5 for other produces (excluding the liquor, which is around $25, available at authorized liquor stores like SAQ). While the peak maple season is in March-April, there is a small selection year-round in grocery stores and markets, but if you have to chance to visit the specialized boutique Les délices de l’érable in Old-Montreal, you are guaranteed a sweet time! The store is located at 84 Rue Saint Paul Est.

Operation Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 7 pm; Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 7 pm.
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Saint-Paul Street

3) Saint-Paul Street

What to buy here: Aboriginal handicraft.

First Nations and Indians are essential parts of the Canadian history, and their beautiful handicraft and art is very much coveted – the authentic pieces that is, not the generic stuff you can get in the tourist’s shops downtown. Their highly artistic culture dates back from several centuries, and has been passed on from generation to generation since then. There are many different items to choose from, but the most popular key pieces are the dream catchers, a web woven on a willow hoop, which varies in size and color and is often decorated with beads or feathers depending on the artist’s family beliefs. It was given to infants as a protective gift and hung over their bed to chase away the nightmares. While most of the dream catchers are sturdily made today, they were initially meant to dry out by the time the kid reached adulthood. The prices depend on the dream catcher’s size, of course, but expect to pay at least $15 for a small one in the specialized boutiques of Saint-Paul Street in Old-Montreal.
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Complexe Desjardins

4) Complexe Desjardins

On your trip to Montreal, pay a visit to the city’s downtown where you will find one of the best multifunctional buildings called Complexe Desjardins. Apart from many office buildings, this complex features a hotel and a shopping mall.

As this complex is close to some of the major tourist attractions in Montreal such as Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the Quartier des Spectacles and Place des Arts, it is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Complexe Desjardins offers at least 200 public activities for free each year. Access to this complex is from Rene Levesque Boulevard, Jeanne Mance Street, Saint-Urbain Street and Saint Catherine Street.

Enter Complexe Desjardins and you will be impressed with its massive size. It is in fact known to be a city within a city with a coverage area of 4 million square feet. In Montreal Metropolitan area, this is the largest building with four majestic towers and houses many government and private offices.

Complexe Desjardins was constructed in 1976 and has many restaurants and shopping centers apart from the Hyatt Regency Montreal Hotel with its impressively large atrium. This complex has a total of 99 floors and three parking levels. Enjoy delicious food at one of the best food courts here.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Bay

5) The Bay

What to buy here: The Bay Point Blanket.

Not only is The Bay the most popular chain store throughout the country, it is also the oldest company in all of North America. While it may look like another generic department store, it has a strong Canadian identity and is not afraid to show it, with many typically Canadian products in store, including the famous memorabilia from the 2010 Winter Olympics. But one of the most coveted items is without a doubt the point blanket, a large wool quilt woven with four large colored striped on each end, representing The Bay’s color theme: red, blue, green and yellow. The blanket was traditionally south after by the First Nations in exchange for beaver pelts, and has now become a Canadian classic and a pricy collector’s item - although a regular quilt will cost around $260. What could be more representative of a Montreal visit than a warm quilt to snuggle yourself in on those chilly nights? Make sure to pay a visit to the Montreal branch of the chain, located at 585 Sainte-Catherine Street West.

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Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Souvenir Shopping Part 3

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles

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