Top 5 Malls & Shopping Centres in Montreal
Best Shopping Malls in Montreal
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Best Malls to visit or shop in Montreal
Shopping is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Montreal. As locals know, boutiques and indie cafes in and around Montreal’s many unique arrondissements are where it’s really at for that true Montreal experience. But that can be overwhelming for tourists, who often want to hit many spots at once. And even locals want that mall experience from time to time, especially once winter sets in, or when you have several items on your list.
Luckily, Montreal has that covered for you. Here are the top 5 shopping centres in and around Montreal for all your splurging needs:
Let’s start with the obvious. The Eaton Centre is the mall in downtown Montreal. It certainly isn’t the only one, but it is the largest in the heart of downtown and serves as a nerve centre for the many smaller shopping complexes and amenities nearby, which are accessible via passageways from the Eaton Centre.
The huge centre houses over 175 stores, restaurants and service outlets, as well as the renowned Grevin wax museum. You can access the Eaton Centre directly from the McGill metro station, at street level, or from one of the many other centres connected to it.
A few years ago, Carrefour Laval wouldn’t have made the list. Not because of the shopping experience, but due to accessibility. Today, thanks to the orange line metro extension, you can easily get from Montreal to this awesome mall via public transportation.
There is a huge selection of retailers to visit including Zara Home, TopShop, Armani Exchange, Fossil, Forever 21, Coach and of course, Crate & Barrel.
The mall itself has a large food court, but it is also surrounded by a variety of restaurants ranging from crowd favourite, P.F Changs, to the trendy Table 51.
Carrefour was recently given a facelift that saw the addition of a beautiful indoor garden and massive skylights that give your shopping experience a bright, warm, airy feel, even on the coldest of Montreal days.
Quartier Dix30 is not easily accessible by public transport. And the size of this outdoor (the stores are all indoors, but you access each individual shop from outside) shopping complex means it really is best experienced by driving to it and around it. But it makes the list because you’ll find stores here that you won’t easily find anywhere else in Quebec. Stores like Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Anthropologie, Desigual, Bulk Barn, Frank + Oak, Marshalls and many, many, MANY more.
There are also spa services like Rouge Nail Bar, a wide selection of restaurants and several shops devoted to chocolate. Yes. Chocolate.
Carrefour Angrignon is a bit of a hidden gem, located in the very accessible city of Lasalle. The relaxed atmosphere and range of retailers make this a great place to wander away an afternoon.
What really puts Angrignon on the list is the collection of old school favourites like Jean Bleu, Payless, Ardene, BestBuy and Bentley, as well as a few unique spots like Hockey Experts, eXpertComics, Sunrise Records, TradeSecrets and Le Coin du Jouet.
Located in the Town of Mount Royal, Rockland is an upscale shopping experience for Montrealers who want to look and feel their best. It’s a place to truly see and be seen.
Here you’ll find such retailers as Stuart Weitzman, Change, Rudsak, Michael Kors, L’Occitane en Provence, m0851, Tom & Capucine, SoftMoc and Sephora.
There’s also a Nautilus Plus, Magenta Photo Studio and valet service during the busy holiday shopping season.
No Montreal mall list would be complete without at least a mention of the underground mall. The underground, or RÉSO, as it is officially called, is more a series of halls and passageways connecting the various shopping centres, hotels, major complexes and transit centres throughout the city.
Throughout the roughly 33km of tunnels, you’ll find a variety of hidden (and not so hidden) gems where you can pick up unique gifts, grab a bite to eat, get the perfect espresso or even settle in for a classic Montreal 5a7.