Do you have a friend that likes to stop by the same place every morning for coffee to go? Does your sister wax poetic about that one restaurant or bring you there every chance she gets? Giving the gift of a well-liked brand is a simple and effective way to bring happiness! And of course, the Gens du Vieux have been showing off their creativity these past few months, figuring out ways to let their clientele bring a little piece of their favourite stores home with them. This allows people to support their local businesses differently, becoming a brand ambassador with proudly emblazoned clothing, accessories and products.
Paquebot Café, 520 St-Laurent Boulevard
Established in le Vieux since 2018, Paquebot Café has quickly become a neighbourhood staple thanks to its quality coffee and warm personnel. If you want to spoil someone who swears by their Zab coffee, order them a reusable Paquebot mug, and one of their nice hats that come in many different colours.
Café Olimpico, 419 Saint-Vincent Street
A veritable mainstay in the historic neighbourhood, le Café Olimpico has been a coffee lover’s oasis for several years, and any coffee fan would be happy to get a bag of their favourite blend in a reusable tote bag, accompanied by a reusable travel or ceramic mug and a T-shirt (in white or black) – each item proudly sporting the Café Olimpico brand!
Aloha Espresso Bar, 15 de la Commune Street West
The Aloha Espresso Bar café with the charming pineapple brand is offering bags of its house coffee, mugs with their fruity sigil, and for the real gourmands, a packet of their house granola blend or their MacNuts granola (macadamia nuts and chocolate) – or maybe even both, just go nuts!
Structure, 460 McGill Street
In the historic neighbourhood for two years now, Structure roasts and packages all its coffee in Montreal. It makes for a tasty local gift that goes well with one of their T-shirts (classic print or the limited edition), made by Nil Apparel. They are woven, dyed, embroidered and sewn in Montreal as well.
Cafécito, 64 Prince Street
At this cute little Havana-inspired café, Cafécito, you will find their iconic pink-lidded reusable travel mugs, bags of their house coffee, as well as tote bags subtly inspired by 90’s pop culture! With such cute bags, you won’t need any other gift wrapping!
Café Ludo & Panda Boxing, 640 Saint-Paul Street West
The boxing club Panda Boxing and Café Ludo share the same address, the latter taking residence in the vestibule of the former. The boxing club’s panda mascot and the café’s fox can be found on items like stickers, skateboards, sweaters, boxing wraps, etc. And, like any café worth its name, you can get a bag of their house coffee. These gifts definitely pack a punch!
Monopole Café, 782 Wellington Street
Much like a swag stand at a rock show, Monopole Café has T-shirts that pay homage to all the local businesses that have accompanied them on their adventure through the years. An original idea for the area regular in your group.
Chez Mère-Grand, 800 Berri Street
A combo grocery, café, and brunch spot (when allowed!), Chez Mère-Grand puts everything you need to create a pleasing, gourmet gift basket at the palm of your hand! Homemade granola, orange flower madeleines… and especially their Snickers flavoured snack spread!
Épicerie Marinelli, 759 de la Commune Street West
Recently open in the neighbourhood, Épicerie Marinelli is the place to go if you want to spoil the Epicurean near and dear to your heart. Sauces, pasta, oils, vinegars; a great selection awaits you. And you should definitely toss a bottle of wine and a bag of the eponymous coffee beans in your gift basket. To round out the order: a Marinelli cap and hoodie!
Le Petit Dep, 179 Saint-Paul West and 461 Saint-Sulpice Street
At Le Petit Dep – general store, upscale boutique, and ready-to-eat counter – you will assuredly find one or more gifts for your family and friends! We particularly love their selection of sweaters and rompers for children. And older fans of the store aren’t left out: they’ll love their branded T-shirts or their flower water bottle. Wrap everything up in a Le Petit Dep reusable bag, and you’ve got a themed and ecologically responsible gift!
Les Pyrénées, 320 Saint-Paul Street West
If you’re looking for a gift to please your sweet-tooth dad or your mom who likes savoury foods more, you can find what you need to fit any tastes at Les Pyrénées. To help you save some time on your search, they have come up with some attractively themed gift baskets for you to choose from, including the Discovery Basket, the Gourmand Basket, and the Epicurean Basket, just to name a few. And why not let yourself try their cloth-wrapped duck foie gras? It is Christmas for you too, after all!
Comptoir 400, 400 Place Jacques-Cartier
Situated right in the heart of Place Jacques-Cartier, Comptoir 400 offers a bunch of products to please the gourmands of your group. Chocolate, nuts, Panettone, coffee (their espresso that they sell by the bag is an absolute must-try!)… You can choose whatever products you want to give, and they will create a beautiful gift basket for you. It’s just that easy!
Beavertails, 123 de la Commune Street East
Since 1978, the Beavertails pastry shop has been around… to our taste buds’ greatest pleasure! If you want to put a smile on a Beavertails fan close to you, you can find great gifts at their physical locations, or on their website, such as aprons, mugs, T-shirts, and masks with their logo – fits easily in a Christmas stocking!
Mimi & August, 162 Saint-Amable Street
For a fun and original gift, drop by the boutique Mimi & August, now on Saint-Amable Street. Socks, hair accessories, reusable Café Yo mugs with patterns we’re going crazy for, sweaters that are selling like hotcakes, beanies, and art prints. You will unearth some real treasures here.
Le Walk-In Magasin Général du Vieux-Montréal, 34 Saint-Paul Street West
Back in the day, the village general store was the place to go to find everything in one place. Absolutely everything! So you may have guessed that Le Walk-In Magasin Général would hold a huge array of potential gifts – jewellery, fashion accessories like cute scarves and hair clips, and of course the perfectly named “Cute Little Things” section. We love their candles (5 fragrances available) and their stainless steel earrings.
Boutique Bonjour Montréal, 421 Place Jacques-Cartier
If you only want to make one stop for your holiday shopping, make your destination Boutique Bonjour Montréal! You will find everything here, for all budgets and for any age! We love their brand-name items – Bonjour Montréal mugs, T-shirts and hoodies – great for family outside our borders, and their gourmet Mlle Catherine product range. With that under the tree, you can share a magic moment as a family around a good hot cocoa or enjoying crepes!
N.B.: Does your business also offer nice gifts, but is not yet on our list? Don’t hesitate to write us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to include it.
Photo credit: Structure Torréfacteurs; Épicerie Marinelli; Panda Boxing; Les Pyrénées; Ludo Café; Cafecito; Aloha; Mimi & August; Épicerie Marinelli; Le Magasin Général; Queues de Castor; Paquebot Café; Boutique Bonjour Montréal; Monopole