2. Downtown Montreal Shopping Malls Part 2
3. Montreal Shopping Malls Outside of Downtown
A shop-a-holic checklist of sorts, below is a succinct list of Montreal's largest/better known/more prolific shopping malls. You won't find Montreal's major markets such as the Jean-Talon Market or the more unique shopping destinations like the outdoor awning-lined Plaza St. Hubert on this list, but the best Montreal shopping centres showcasing brand name clothing, jewelry, knick knacks, electronic goods, you name it, are all just a click below.
*Please note that during the holiday season and most of the month of December, most Montreal shopping malls remain open until 9 p.m. every day, closing at 5 p.m. on December 24 and remaining closed on Christmas day, December 25 as well as New Year's, January 1st. Some shopping centres also open later on Boxing Day, December 26. Call the malls you wish to visit to confirm their hours of operation just in case they don't follow the norm.
Downtown Montreal Shopping Malls: Part 1
A one-stop shopping pilgrimage, Montreal's downtown core is packed with malls and shops in the thousands with brand names galore as well as local labels and designer stores. And nearly all of downtown's shopping malls are connected to Montreal's underground city. The following Montreal shopping centres are listed from west to east, each within walking distance from another and all are easily spotted on Ste. Catherine Street except for Les Cours Mont-Royal, which is one street north and Place Ville-Marie, just one street south of Montreal's preeminent shopping thoroughfare.
- Westmount Square
The beginning of Ste. Catherine shopping features Westmount Square, a low-key yet somewhat ostentatious shopping locale better known for its food court, private clinics and Westmount spa than for its boutiques, technically located in Westmount and close to the edge of downtown.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Friday 10:30 a.m – 6:30p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday closed.
Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and Greene; Atwater Metro
INFO: (514) 932-0211
- Place Alexis-Nihon
On the edge of Westmount and downtown Montreal and adjacent to the island of Montreal's largest English CEGEP, Dawson College, Place Alexis-Nihon is three floors of about 100 stores, characterized by mostly affordable clothing, accessory boutiques and specialty shops. Department stores include Canadian Tire, Zellers, Winners and Sports Experts.
Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Consult the website for detailed department store hours as well as Christmas holiday hours.
Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and Atwater; Atwater Metro
INFO: (514) 931-2591
- Faubourg Ste. Catherine
Composed of a scarce few clothing stands and/or specialty shops along with superior food court food and small markets, the Faubourg Ste. Catherine is closely linked to Concordia University's downtown campus and is a place to go for food more than anything else. Shops include La Fine Gueule du Faubourg and Odessa Fish Market.
Hours: Everyday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and Guy; Guy-Concordia Metro
INFO: (514) 939-3663
- Museum Quarter
I'm cheating a little here. The Museum Quarter isn't a shopping centre. Rather, it's a small perimeter of the downtown core filled with high end boutiques as well as a couple of luxe department stores carrying designers as varied as Vivienne Tam, Tracy Reese and Yohji Yamamoto.
Hours: depends on the boutique/store
Getting There: Guy-Concordia Metro or Peel Metro
INFO: details and map here
Upscale, high-priced items, buying a hat at Ogilvy's could easily cover your average Montrealer's monthly rent. From fur to jewelry to cosmetics, you'll find the likes of Hugo Boss, Anne Klein, Burberry, Jones New York and more.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and de la Montagne; Guy-Concordia Metro
INFO: (514) 842-7711
- Les Cours Mont-Royal
On the topic of rent, Les Cours Mont-Royal is kind of like Ogilvy's trendier baby sister, featuring a range of fashion boutiques from mid to upscale. You'll find brand names like Versace, Prada, Armani and Club Monaco.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday to Friday 10 a.m.- to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Getting There: on Peel, above Ste. Catherine, one street north; Peel Metro
INFO: (514) 842-7777
Sandwiched in between Les Cours Mont-Royal and Place Montreal Trust, at least from underground, Simons is one of Montreal's hotter department stores, featuring apparel for every price range. Stick to the ground floor for deals and go upstairs for a higher end shopping experience.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Friday 10 a.m.- to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Getting There: on Ste. Catherine, between Metcalfe and Mansfield; Peel Metro
INFO: (514) 282-1840
- Place Montreal Trust
Just blocks away from McGill University and smack in the middle of downtown Montreal, Place Montreal Trust covers a wide range of budgets. Not much of a department store presence here unless you count Zara, this shopping centre's strength is its mix of affordable and mid-range boutiques like Mexx and Smart Set. Place Montreal Trust also houses one of Montreal's largest bookstores, Indigo.
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and McGill College; Peel or McGill Metro
INFO: (514) 843-8000