Souvenir Shopping Part 3, Montreal (Self Guided)

Montreal is an exciting city that features all kinds of entertainment. And if you like shopping, here you can find some of the most beautiful and promising shops and markets. Take this walking tour for a unique shopping experience in Montreal.
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Souvenir Shopping Part 3 Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Part 3
Guide Location: Canada » Montreal (See other walking tours in Montreal)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Author: doris
Les Cours Mont-Royal

1) Les Cours Mont-Royal (must see)

A lot of fun and excitement is in store for you at Downtown Montreal, such as the popular upscale shopping center Cours Mont-Royal. It was in 1988 that the Mount Royal Hotel was converted to a shopping mall and has since been offering discerning customers a range of designer brands.

On your trip to Montreal, browse through the exclusive boutiques and shop for your favorite fashion clothes and accessories. This shopping mall offers a great ambiance and a unique shopping experience for men and women.

Mount Royal Hotel was constructed in 1922, designed by a prominent architectural firm Ross and MacDonald. This hotel featured 1,100 rooms and was the largest in the British Empire at that time.

The French name Les Cours originates from the fact that the shopping mall is organized around four courts. David Ruben Piqtoukun, a popular artist, is the author of six bird-human sculptures that are placed under the main skylight.

Go right up to the top of the building and you will find luxury condos on many floors. All condos have separate entrances and elevators and are completely independent of the mall. As it is connected to the underground network of transportation hubs, hotels and shopping centers of the city, you can access this building through the Peel Metro Station.

Enjoy shopping for your favorite clothes, or watch events, such as fashion shows, after a unique Montreal spa experience at Cours Mont-Royal.

Why You Should Visit:
The architecture inside truly is gorgeous, and the boutiques are for the most part classy and high-end, but you may also find some unique places that sell reasonably priced items...

Stop by the Barbie Expo – a unique large display of over 1,000 dolls spanning different eras, wearing outfits from major designers including Dior and Givenchy.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 10am-6pm; Thu-Fri: 10am-9pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Roots Canada

2) Roots Canada

What to buy here: Roots Canada Clothing.

Everybody recognizes the iconic beaver! Founded in 1973, Roots Canada successfully mixes the concepts of both alpine and urban lifestyles, and has known a growing popularity worldwide since then, with almost 200 stores - but not one is better than the Montreal branch, located at 1035 Sainte-Catherine Street West, right in the heart of the shopping district (open from 10AM to 9PM from Monday to Friday, from 9AM to 9PM on Saturday and from 10AM to 6PM on Sunday). Decorated with large wooden beams and floors, forest green painting, paired with a compulsory Canadian smile and an overall feel-good vibe, the store offers a large range of items like traditional sweatshirts ($70), original watches ($150), as well as the new favorite leather satchel ($175). Roots Canada products have a reputation of lasting throughout the years, thanks the quality fabrics and sturdy built, which helps justify the expense. Pretty much all Canadians have owned a Roots item at one point in their lifetime! Such pretty Montreal souvenirs will make you want to wear them all the time - talk about something that won’t be covered in dust on your fireplace mantel!
La Maison Simons

3) La Maison Simons

What to buy here: Winter Accessories.

Canada is well known for its rigorous weather and Montreal is no exception – temperatures can get as low as -40 °C in the winter! Proper attire is essential in order to avoid frostbites or extreme shivering, and fortunately you should not have a problem finding a solution to this matter, regardless of where you are in the city (especially if you plan on using the famous underground complex downtown). Most high-street stores carry a winter accessories line that’s filled with muffles, hats, scarves and gloves, in all colors, fabrics and shapes, giving you dozens of options to fit with your trusty winter coat. The most popular store for winter accessories is called La Maison Simons and is located right in the heart of the shopping district (977 Sainte-Catherine Street West, opened 10AM to 6PM from Monday to Wednesday, 10AM to 9PM on Thursday and Friday, 12PM to 5PM on the weekends), and prices vary between $10 and $30. To perfectly blend in Montreal’s winter scene, why not put your work boots on and help the Montrealers shovel the snow off their staircases?
Underground City

4) Underground City (must see)

Officially known as La Ville Souterraine in French, Montreal’s Underground City is frequented by tourists from all over the world. Here you can find a set of complexes in Downtown Montreal interconnected below and above the ground. This is the largest complex of its kind in the world and is also known as the Indoor City.

Underground City was created based on urbanist Vincent Ponte’s vision. In 2006 November, a commemorative plaque was unveiled at Place Ville-Marie in his honor. As you browse around this city, you will find that some portions of it are above ground, too.

They are connected by tunnels and have excellent lighting. Both under and above the ground are air-conditioned and most tunnels are large enough to accommodate shops on both sides. Banks, condominiums, hotels, apartment buildings, shopping malls, seven metro stations, universities, museums, Bell center amphitheater and arena, a regional bus terminal and two commuter train stations operate from the 32 km tunnels spread over 12 square kilometers.

You can access the Underground City from at least 120 exterior access points. Underground City is used by at least 500,000 people every day during winter.

Why You Should Visit:
Shop, eat & drink and walk to another part of town, all out of the weather! Very clean, well lit/ventilated and dry (even when the rain is pouring above).

There is a revolving restaurant on the top floor which is worth a visit for lunch as the views are fantastic.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 9:30am-6pm; Thu-Fri: 9:30am-9pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tim Hortons

5) Tim Hortons

What to buy here: Tim Hortons Coffee.

No proud Canadian misses out on an outing to Tim Hortons. Even though the coffee & doughnuts chain is nothing fancy or glamorous, entering one of the stores is always a comforting experience – locals affectionately call it a “Timmy time”. It’s like coming home! Everything on the menu is tasty and much less expensive than other similar chains. Montrealers are always more than willing to encourage this truly Canadian company, founded by a hockey player in 1964. There’s even a popular saying stating that bad driving is tolerated if you are heading to Tim Hortons! If you are tempted to indulge on a doughnut and coffee break, you won’t need to look very far: there are over 10 branches open 24/7 in downtown Montreal only. You can even take the pleasure back home by buying one of the coffee tins available in stores or in supermarkets, whether you opt for the regular flavor, a tasty hazelnut twist or a sweet French vanilla treat. Too bad their doughnuts cannot be exported as well!
Bell Center sports bar and shop

6) Bell Center sports bar and shop

What to buy here: Hockey Memorabilia.

If you happen to visit Montreal between late September and early May, there is no way you can miss out on what locals call the “hockey fever”. Being the official 21st century religion of the city, the tri-weekly games are the most important social events of the winter, and everyone’s invited! If you can’t get your hands on tickets, there is still a possibility to be quite close to the action by watching the game at the sports bar in the Bell Center, cleverly located at 1909 Canadiens de Montreal Avenue, just a little bit south of the business and shopping district. The atmosphere is electric and unforgettable! A good pint, a bucket of chicken wings and a live game – enjoying hockey in Montreal doesn’t get any better than that. And while you are there, make sure to visit the Canadiens souvenir shop, which offers hundreds of memorabilia items, from traditional hockey jerseys ($120) to baby bibs ($10) to license plate frames ($5). There’s something for every hockey fan in your entourage! Opening hours are from 9:30AM to 6PM from Monday to Wednesday, 9:30AM to 9PM on Thursday and Friday, and 9:30AM to 5PM on Saturday and Sunday. Also note that the store closes its doors two hours before the start of a game, so make sure to plan ahead!

Walking Tours in Montreal, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Montreal

Create Your Own Walk in Montreal

Creating your own self-guided walk in Montreal is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Top Museums and Galleries Tour, Montreal

Top Museums and Galleries Tour, Montreal

Montreal is a wonderful city blessed with many examples of great French culture. Among them are Montreal's museums and galleries, which offer a diverse view of the local and international culture that flows through the city. Take this walking tour to explore the most exciting exhibitions of Montreal's museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Ville-Marie Nightlife

Ville-Marie Nightlife

Montreal is a vibrant, multicultural city, offering fascinating nightlife options. The choice of bars, dance clubs and lounges is fabulous. Take the walking tour suggested below to experience the most exciting nightclubs in Montreal.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Montreal is an old, yet at the same time, modern metropolis, flagship of Canada's Quebec. Sitting on an island in the Saint Lawrence River with Mt. Royal (to which the city owes its name) at its center, Montreal represents a blend of architectural moods, from French colonial to bohemian, and a wealth of cultural trends and notable attractions – historic buildings, parks, museums, galleries...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Old Montreal Walking Tour

Old Montreal Walking Tour

Take a tour to discover the oldest district in Montreal. It features numerous unique houses dating back over 300 years, museums, art galleries and a great choice of fine restaurants and cafés. Here you'll also find two of the most popular churches in Montreal - the Basilique de Notre Dame and the Chapelle de Notre Dame de Bon-Secours. Enjoy exploring the highlights of Old Montreal.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Religious Buildings Walking Tour, Montreal

Religious Buildings Walking Tour, Montreal

Montreal is considered one of the most amazing Canadian cities. With an old and rich history, this city offers some great sights for those who are interested in religious buildings, not to mention the world’s famous St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal that is a gem of Montreal. Take this walking tour to discover some of Montreal's most famous religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.3 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Montreal for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Montreal has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Montreal, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.