Montreal Shopping and Districts

(Montreal, Quebec - QC, Canada)

Montreal is home to an enormous selection of shopping malls, department stores and fashion boutiques, which tend to be divided by streets and districts.

Some of the main shopping areas in Montreal are centered around Sainte Catherine Street - which is lined with literally hundreds of shops, around St. Paul Street - along the side streets and at the Marché Bonsecours, St. Laurent Boulevard - featuring an extensive selection of alternative ethnic shops, the Westmount area - with many exclusive areas, and throughout the downtown district - where you will find some of the city's main shops and high-street chains.

One of the most unusual features of the shopping scene is the famous 'Underground City', which is an extensive series of underground tunnels, malls and commercial areas, together with metro stations, hotels, restaurants, movie theaters and businesses. With tunnels spreading around the McGill Metro Station, the Windsor train station and the Place des Arts, the 'Underground City' network offers perfect protection from weather extremes, particularly during harsh winter months.

Opening Hours

Generally, shops in Montreal are open between 09:00 to 18:00 from Saturday through Wednesday, and between 09:00 to 21:00 Thursday and Friday. Most shops, department stores and malls also open on Sunday between 12:00 to 17:00, although opening hours can vary, particularly with smaller, independent specialty shops.

Shopping Centers

Cours Mont Royal
Address: 1455 Peel Street, Sainte Catherine, Montreal, Quebec (QC), H3A 1T5, Canada
Tel: +1 514 842 7777
One of the most attractive shopping centers in downtown, the Cours Mont Royal contains many major high-street chains and international designer stores. With stylish architecture and a number of popular eateries, a visit to the Cours Mont Royal is a memorable retail experience.

Complexe Desjardins
Address: 4 Complexe Desjardins, Montreal, Quebec (QC), H5B 1E5, Canada
Tel: +1 514 845 4636
Close to the Place des Arts, the Complexe Desjardins stands in downtown and is a large building, housing a number of shops, restaurants, and also a hotel. This complex is also home to many seasonal events, including the annual Montreal Jazz Festival.

Montreal Eaton Center
Address: 705 Sainte Catherine West, Montreal, Quebec (QC), H3B 4G5, Canada
Tel: +1 514 288 3708
The Eaton Center is one of the city's main shopping areas, containing over 150 shops and around 30 restaurants, including a vast selection of designer outlets and fashion boutiques, such as The Gap and Benetton. A six-screen cinema is also available at the Eaton.

Place Montreal Trust
Address: 1500 McGill College Avenue, Sainte Catherine, Montreal, Quebec (QC), H3A 3J5, Canada
Tel: +1 514 843 8000
With five floors, around 100 shops and a host of restaurants, the Place Montreal Trust is a modern complex, standing close to Sainte Catherine Street. Housing many impressive high-fashion stores and large bookstores, this mall is close to the Eaton Center.

Place Alexis Nihon
Address: Atwater, Westmount, Quebec (QC), H3Z 3C1, Canada
Tel: +1 514 931 2591
A popular retail area situated between Sainte Catherine Street and De Maisonneuve Street, the Place Alexis Nihon is home to many large stores, fashion boutiques and specialty shops.

Faubourg Sainte Catherine
Address: 1616 Sainte Catherine Street West, Guy, Montreal, Quebec (QC), H3H 1L7, Canada
Tel: +1 514 939 3663
Housed in a large and spacious building on the western side of downtown, Faubourg Sainte Catherine is a daily indoor market. Here you can find an extensive range of food, with over 60 shops, including bakeries, butchers and fish stalls, together with a large food court.

Place Ville Marie
Address: 1 Place Ville Marie, René-Lévesque Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec (QC), H3B 4A7, Canada
Tel: +1 514 866 0808
The Place Ville Marie is a large and modern shopping center, with a large selection of shops, boutiques, banks and also a terrace restaurant. The Place Ville Marie is connected to the city's underground network.

Maison Simons
Address: 977 Sainte Catherine Street West, Mansfield, Montreal, Quebec (QC), H3B 4W3, Canada
Tel: +1 514 282 1840
Located in the heart of the city center, Maison Simons is a major department store, with three floors and a vast array of merchandise. The shop itself dates back to the 1840s.

Underground City
Address: 800 de La Gauchetière Street West, Montreal, Quebec (QC), H5A 1J6, Canada
Tel: +1 514 843 8000
Montreal's famous Underground City is the biggest underground pedestrian network in the world, and is home to a large selection of shopping areas, restaurants and cinemas, with more than a staggering 1,500 shops in total.