Whether you’re looking to buy for your best friend, colleague or that notoriously hard-to-buy-for person in your life, we’re convinced you’ll find something special at one of these unique Montreal shops this holiday season…
Montrealers love their tea. Especially with winter chills taking over now, what better way to warm up than having a big mug full of your favourite flavour? Camellia’s is a one-stop shop for some of the most authentic tea you will ever taste; a great gift for your tea-adorning friends. The store also carries a very special collection of tea ware and teas created by some of Asia’s most talented craftsmen, books and wonderful chic tea sets.
General 54 is a boutique and gallery located in Montreal’s super hip Mile End district. They represent over 30 different designers and artists from Montreal and beyond with an array of fun and unique jewellery, clothing, cards, and accessories. They are also home to the “Glasgow” clothing line created by co-owner Jen Glasgow. A great selection of things for your artsier gang. (Image from attitudeloft.com)
Ladies, we know that girls can be picky, especially those fashion savvy young professional females that find there are not enough unique places to shop for new threads and accessories. If you want to put a smile on their face this holiday season, Editorial might be the right stop located in the heart of downtown Montreal. The aim of the store is to embody the essence of a fashion magazine’s closet, mixing high-end street wear labels with affordable fashion and jewellery lines. Girls, get your shop on and be prepared to be overwhelmed, the selection is plenty and awesome!
For those of your bunch that adore being young professional chefs in their own kitchen, Les Touilleurs is more than a regular retail store. In addition to having a large variety of quality kitchen tools and having won multiple awards for their concept, the store itself is a work of art, where each item is presented at its best. Filled with the coolest of kitchen accessories imaginable, they also bring the culinary experience to a new level by offering cooking classes given by the best chefs in Montreal (another great gift idea).
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
Books always make a wonderful and lifetime gift. One place where you might truly find some of the greatest fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels is Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. Located in the Mile End neighbourhood, they sell the best in today’s comics, fiction and art books by publishers from around the world, a truly distinguished medley of unique books that would make any bookshelf beautiful.
Les Chocolats De Chloe
Located on the bustling St. Denis Street lies a small but oh-so-damn-good chocolatier. Les Chocolats De Chloe makes some of the best chocolates in Montreal. This is the place to get artisanal chocolate for your sweet-toothed friends under their Christmas tree. All their flavours are hand-crafted, delectable, and come in the coolest little packaging ever! (Image courtesy of alexandroutraveldesign.com).
Not sure what exactly to get your friends, colleagues or family? Zone Maison is the perfect one-stop shop, housing everything from decorative to practical items combining variety, quality, the latest trends, and affordable prices. Anything from home accents and bathroom accessories to gadgets, bags and books, they have thousands of gift ideas even for the pickiest of YP shoppers.
Are you looking to spend a little more than usual? Visit Want Apothecary. Nestled amongst local boutiques, fine grocers, florists and Cafes on the charming Sherbrooke Street West, this is a carefully curated lifestyle shop. A selection for men and women, the store stocks a selection of highly desired international fashion brands, including Acne, Filippa K, Nudie Jeans, WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie and more. Smart fashion, beauty essentials and home wares for the trendy YP!
If you are music lovers like us, getting a vintage Beatles or newest Metric single on vinyl is as amazing as getting a new art piece, and this is where one of Montreal’s favourite Music stores, Phonopolis, comes in. You can play it, frame it or just show it as a decorative piece in your home. Phonopolis is most notable for focusing on local music, small indie labels and emerging bands, and also sells cds. The staff is comprised of bilingual helpful musicians who are eager to assist in finding that perfect gift-wrapping piece.
Espace Pepin’s concept meets somewhere in between art, design, and fashion. It’s located on St. Paul Street in Old Montreal, known for its beautiful, higher end concept stores, art boutiques and fashion houses. Not only does it have a strong focus on Canadian talent, but everything in the store is picked exclusively by the Pepin family, whose genes have passed on a beautiful mélange of art and commerce.