Jared and I recently took a little venture up to Canada. We visited Nova Scotia, Quebec City (the dreamiest of cities), and Montreal. We fell in love with Quebec City's 400 year old history and its sheer beauty. Every time I looked up, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't actually in France. Montreal, as well, had the authentic French culture with an added spice of fashion, art, and quirkiness.
I had no idea where to even start in Montreal.
First, I knew I had to ressurect the French I learned 20 years prior.
Second, we had to choose where to stay: Old Montreal, Downtown, or Le Plateau/Mile End. We chose Le Plateau because its known for its shopping, coffee, diverse culture, restaurants and bagels. Yes, famous 24 hour bagel shops. We stayed one block from the popular Schwartz's Deli on Saint Laurent Boulevard.
Third, we had such little time, I needed a plan for shops to visit. I decided to reach out to someone that would know best, Montreal blogger, Marie-Eve Vallieres. We hit up a few of her suggestions in the limited time that we had. What I loved about Montreal's shopping was finding local brands in all the stores. Here are a few stores that we visited:
(I found a lot more stores that we liked and I'll note them at the bottom of this post.)
LA PETITE GARÇONNE
I loved this store. It felt like Old Paris with a modern, sophisticated edge. And talk about shoe envy. There were quite a few brands that I recognized and also local designers such as Matt & Nat, an ethical vegan Montreal based handbag and accessory line.
This was another store that showcased local designers. I was drawn more to the jewelry than anything else. They carried super creative pieces.
Ibiki brought modern street fashion to life. Its clean, white interior was filled with modern sporty styles in conjunction with oversize shirts, sweaters, jackets and bags. Black and white everywhere. I loved their limited addition Nike Sportswear shoes. Shoe lust, once again.
OTHER NOTEABLE MENTIONS TO VISIT:
- Mylène B
- Citizen Vintage
- Annex Vintage
- Simons (their department store but we found some cute things there)
- Boutique Mousseline
- Frank & Oak (men's)
Well that's it for now. I could do another post just on the places we ate. Montreal has AMAZING restaurants. If you end up visiting Montreal, message me and I can give a few suggestions. Til next time...