I was recently in Montreal for a family reunion and managed to squeeze in a bit of my own sightseeing (read: shopping and flea-ing) I stayed with my family in Old Montreal, which is a beautiful, historical area right on the St. Lawrence river. We had brunch at Olive & Gourmano (the coffee here is amazing) and across the street I popped into a beautiful little shop Espace Pepin.
A favorite travel blog of mine, The Run In had some great recommendations on spots to check out in the city. If you're visiting Montreal, be sure to scour their blog for a guide to the city through the eyes of local tastemakers. The Marches aux Puces St. Michel (the St. Michael's Flea Market, for all you non-French speakers) came highly recommended by them and it didn't disappoint! This market is BIG and chock full amazing finds. I found a lot of great vintage jewels as you can see below...
After the flea, we took the metro over to the Mile End neighborhood. This area is known for it's hip shopping and great restaurants. We stopped for a pint at the artisanal brasserie, Dieu du Ciel. I had a hibiscus wheat beer here that knocked my socks off. From there I dragged my family to several shops all over the neighborhood. They were very patient with me ;)
Mile End Must See Shops:
Monastiraki for art prints, small press and zines from local talent.
Annex Vintage: great vintage selection, denim, harem pants and straw bags
If you have the time to walk around, there is so much great street art to see in Montreal. I found one mural that was especially beautiful below.
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