Souvenir Shopping Tour, Montreal

Souvenir Shopping Tour (Self Guided), Montreal

It would be a pity to leave Montreal without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. On this walk, you will find some of the most interesting shops and markets in Montreal. Take this self guided tour to hunt for a truly unique and authentic made-in-Canadian product that will mesmerize your trip for the years to come.
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Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping Tour
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 or 0.8 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Les Cours Mont-Royal (LCMR)
  • Roots Canada
  • La Maison Simons
  • Underground City. Place Bonaventure
  • Tim Hortons
  • Bell Center Sports Bar and Shop
Les Cours Mont-Royal (LCMR)

1) Les Cours Mont-Royal (LCMR)

Linked to the city's huge net of underground malls, Les Cours Mont-Royal is a rather small – but elegant – upscale shopping center housed in a former hotel – once the largest in the British Empire, having featured 1,100 rooms! The architecture inside truly is gorgeous, with original ceiling mosaics and a dazzling giant chandelier adding elegance to the main hall.

While boutiques are for the most part classy and high-end (e.g. DKNY, Harry Rosen, or Ethan Allen), you can also find some unique places that sell reasonably priced items, so don't be discouraged or intimidated. Come here to find trendy shoes/kicks, a suit, a classy outfit, luxury street ware, coffee, healthy snacks or lunch, and more.

Albeit small, the food court is quite nice, and there's also a spa and a hair salon if you're in need of a beauty break.

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:
[LCMR] Mon-Wed: 10am–6pm; Thu-Fri: 10am–9pm; Sat: 10am–5pm; Sun: 12pm–5pm
[Barbie Expo] Mon-Wed: 9am–8pm; Thu-Fri: 9am–9pm; Sat: 9am–6pm; Sun: 9am–5pm
Roots Canada

2) Roots Canada

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 on Sainte-Catherine Street West, right in the heart of the shopping district.

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 apparel, leather bags, small leather goods, footwear, active athletic wear, and home furnishings. 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!

The store opens from 10 am to 7 pm from Monday to Wednesday, from 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday and Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday, and from 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday.
La Maison Simons

3) La Maison Simons

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 on Sainte-Catherine Street West, and its prices are very reasonable. The business was established in 1840 by the son of a Scottish immigrant to Quebec and has gained well deserved reputation for offering quality winter accessories.

The store opens 10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Wednesday, 10 am to 9 pm on Thursday and Friday, at 10 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, and at 11 am to 5:30 pm on Sunday.
Underground City. Place Bonaventure

4) Underground City. Place Bonaventure

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. Place Bonaventure is an office, exhibition, and hotel complex in Downtown Montreal. The building takes its name from Bonaventure Station, a former railway station located nearby. Place Bonaventure is connected to Montreal's underground city

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

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 alone. 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

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 on Canadians 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 Canadians 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!

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