Montreal Shopping Malls

A List of Montreal's Major Shopping Centres or Centres d'Achat Located Downtown

Montreal shopping malls located downtown include Place Montréal Trust.
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A shop-a-holic checklist of sorts, below is a succinct list of Montreal's largest/better known/more prolific shopping malls. You won't find Montreal's major public markets such as the Jean-Talon Market or the city's more unique shopping destinations like the outdoor awning-lined Plaza St. Hubert on this list, but the best Montreal shopping centres showcasing brand name clothing, jewelry, knick knacks, electronic goods, and other assorted consumer goods are all just a click below.

*Note that during the holiday season and most of the month of December, Montreal shopping malls generally remain open until 9 p.m. every day, closing at 5 p.m. on December 24 and remaining closed on Christmas Day, December 25 as well as on New Year's Day, January 1st. Most shopping centres then reopen on Boxing Day, December 26, usually by 1 p.m. Call the malls you wish to visit to confirm their hours of operation just in case they don't follow the norm.

Downtown Montreal Shopping Malls

A one-stop shopping pilgrimage, Montreal's downtown core is packed with malls and shops in the thousands featuring brand names galore as well as local labels and designer stores. And nearly all of downtown's shopping malls are connected to Montreal's underground city.

For your convenience, the following Montreal shopping centres are listed from west to east, each within walking distance from another. All of them are easily spotted along downtown shopping thoroughfare Ste. Catherine Street except for Les Cours Mont-Royal, a mid- to high-end shopping centre located one street north of the street and Place Ville-Marie, a more middle-of-the-road shopping destination with dozens of floors of office buildings just one street south of Montreal's preeminent shopping thoroughfare.

  • Westmount Square
    The beginning of Ste. Catherine Street shopping features Westmount Square, a low-key yet somewhat ostentatious shopping locale better known for its food court, private clinics and Westmount spa than for its boutiques, technically located in Westmount and close to the edge of downtown.
    Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Friday 10:30 a.m – 6:30p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday closed.
    Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and Greene; Atwater Metro
    INFO: (514) 932-0211

     

    • Place Alexis-Nihon
      On the edge of Westmount and downtown Montreal and adjacent to the island of Montreal's largest English CEGEP, Dawson College, Place Alexis-Nihon is three floors of about 100 stores, characterized by mostly affordable clothing, accessory boutiques and specialty shops. Department stores include Canadian Tire and Winners.
      Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Consult the website for detailed department store hours as well as Christmas holiday hours.
      Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and Atwater; Atwater Metro
      INFO: (514) 931-2591

     

    • Museum Quarter
      I'm cheating a little here. The Museum Quarter isn't a shopping centre. Rather, it's a small perimeter of the downtown core filled with high end boutiques as well as a couple of luxury department stores carrying designers as varied as Vivienne Tam, Catherine Malandrino and Yohji Yamamoto.
      Hours: depends on the boutique/store
      Getting There: Guy-Concordia Metro or Peel Metro
      INFO: details and map here

     

    • Ogilvy's
      A shopping destination filled with luxury items, buying a hat at Ogilvy's could easily cover your average Montrealer's monthly rent. From fur to jewelry to cosmetics, you'll find the likes of Hugo Boss, Anne Klein, Burberry, Jones New York and more.
      Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 10 a.m to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
      Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and de la Montagne; Guy-Concordia Metro
      INFO: (514) 842-7711

       

      • Les Cours Mont-Royal
        On the topic of rent, Les Cours Mont-Royal is kind of like Ogilvy's edgier baby sister, featuring a range of fashion boutiques from mid to upscale. You'll find brand names like Versace, Prada, Armani and Desigual.
        Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday to Friday 10 a.m.- to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
        Getting There: on Peel, above Ste. Catherine, one street north; Peel Metro
        INFO: (514) 842-7777

       

      • Simons
        Sandwiched in between Les Cours Mont-Royal and Place Montreal Trust in Montreal's underground city, Simons is one of Montreal's hotter department stores, featuring apparel for every price range. Stick to the ground floor for deals or go upstairs for a higher end shopping experience with the likes of DSquared2, Yohji Yamamoto and Stella McCartney.
        Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Friday 10 a.m.- to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
        Getting There: on Ste. Catherine, between Metcalfe and Mansfield; Peel Metro
        INFO: (514) 282-1840

         

        • Place Montreal Trust
          Just blocks away from McGill University and smack in the middle of downtown Montreal, Place Montreal Trust covers a wide range of budgets. Not much of a department store presence here unless you count Zara, this shopping centre's strength is its mix of affordable and mid-range boutiques like Winners and Smart Set. Place Montreal Trust also houses Montreal's largest brick-and-mortar bookstore, Indigo.
          Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
          Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and McGill College; Peel or McGill Metro
          INFO: (514) 843-8000

         

         

        • Eaton Centre
          Across the street from Place Montreal Trust, the Eaton Centre is the quintessential shopping destination of downtown Montreal as the largest shopping mall in town, housing over 175 stores and food court stands as well as access to free wireless Internet. Notable flagships include The Gap, Old Navy, Le Château and Levi's.
          Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
          Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and McGill College; McGill Metro
          INFO: (514) 288-3710

         

        • Complexe Les Ailes
          A downtown newbie on the block of sorts, the Complexe Les Ailes has been around since 2002 and is a little more upscale than its underground neighbors, the Eaton Centre and Promenades de la Cathédrale, with over 50 boutiques including the likes of XXI Forever, Sephora, M0851 as well SAQ Signature and Swarovski, of which the latter two are exclusive to the downtown area.
          Hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.​
          Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and University Street; McGill Metro
          INFO: (514) 288-3759

         

        • Promenades de la Cathédrale
          Yes, the Linen Chest is still there along with 60 high street boutiques and food court stands, including Limité, Aldo, Yves Rocher and more.
          Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m to 8 p.m., Thursday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
          Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and University Street; McGill Metro
          INFO: (514) 845-8230 extension 215

         

        • Complexe Desjardins
          Right in front of performance arts complex Place des Arts is located Complexe Desjardins, a multipurpose building counting up to 110 stores and stands with a great food court and affordable, high street boutiques.
          Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9:30 a.m to 6 p.m., Thursday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
          Getting There: corner of Ste. Catherine and Jeanne Mance; Place-des-Arts Metro
          INFO: (514) 281-1870

        The Rest of Montreal's Shopping Malls

        Below are other major Montreal shopping malls outside of the downtown core, all large multi-floor shopping destinations with department stores, large food courts and a wide array of boutiques to suit all sorts of budgets.