Summer’s here! That means chalet trips, pools, and cocktails. Maybe people aren’t travelling so much this summer, but if you’ve got a shopping getaway on your mind, then get your seaside resort inspiration going and check out the great boutiques that Old Montreal and the Old Port have to offer.
Since masks have become henceforth required to enter public spaces, like these boutiques we’re showing you, you should visit VoltDesign before starting this shopping spree.
Here, they have a whole collection of masks, and each is just as beautiful as the last in both colour and design. You will definitely find the mask that accents your face, and let there be no doubt: their boutique in its entirety is pure joy.
John Fluevog Shoes, 180 Saint-Paul Street West
A few minutes' walk east from Place d’Youville, you will find John Fluevog’s boutique. Here, you will be able to find a pair of iconic and oh-so-original shoes for yourself. And they have a huge selection of kicks that seem to get more colourful the more you search through them. Then once you get your shoes, you gotta accessorize with some bottoms and accessories. Grab a new pair of pants or shorts and show off what you got!
Vaisseau D'Or Boutique, 110 Saint-Paul Street West
Can you picture a summer wardrobe without some Breton stripes? Impossible! We love this summer staple, and Vaisseau D’Or’s Saint James brand checks all of our boxes. What sets it apart from other pieces is its anti-UV material that can protect your skin from sun rays. It comes in dresses (our FAVORITE), shirts, and sweaters – now all you have to do is choose the pretty marine stripes that suit you best.
Sarah Pacini | Sarah Pacini MAN | Philippe Dubuc, 90 Saint-Paul Street West
The Spring-Summer 2021 collection by Sarah Pacini will charm you as easily as it charmed us. Their linen cardigans, skirts, and dresses are made of the perfect material to give you a chic vacation style. We love the lightness this pretty selection offers!
Le Walk-In Magasin Général du Vieux-Montréal, 34 Saint-Paul Street West
The Walk-In offers a huge range of backpacks from the Canadian brand Herschel. From city bags, to weekend bags, travel bags, or even hip packs and messenger bags, you can’t help but fall in love with this wide variety of bags.
Marché Bonsecours, 350 Saint-Paul Street East
A trip around Bonsecours Market, which is bursting with many cute boutiques, is a must for anyone who loves fashion. This is actually the place where la Grande Braderie, the great Quebec fashion celebration, is held. Drop by and take a look!
When protecting yourself from the sun, you also need to think about shielding your head. A great hat from Tête à Chapeau on the quay is the perfect stop. You can pick different styles, colours, and materials from this great kiosk.
Don’t forget about jewelry! Accent du Monde is another little booth on the riverside that you shouldn’t pass up. Treat yourself with a pair of brass Moroccan earrings with cotton pompom accents; you’re on vacation, live a little! This handmade designer jewelry will speak for itself, and you will love gifting them to yourself or your loved ones.
Chaussures Sandrini Shoes, 78 Notre-Dame Street West
Sandrini is the best place to find the shoes that best fit you. To combat the heat we’re in, we’ve found the perfect line of shoes in their “Fantasy Sandals” collection. Airy, colourful, and crafted from great materials, our eyes were drawn right away to the Sansa model. Created from a mixture of materials, its brilliance and feminine style are becoming, yet still comfortable enough to stand up to the paved roads of our neighbourhood.
Boutique Swell & Ginger, 231-A Notre-Dame Street West
Swell and Ginger holds a magnificent selection of jewelry and accessories to discover. Here, we treated ourselves to the Moroccan Boho straw shoulder bag, perfect for summer outings to the park or the beach. You may also end up falling in love with one of their pretty summer dresses… we just want to warn you now!
Bar à lunettes, 401 McGill Street
Now to add the final touches to your look, you might want to grab some sunglasses that you can bring everywhere from Bar à Lunettes on McGill Street. Optician Marie-Sophie Dion has a cute selection of shades for the whole family. Plus, their on-site opticians will be able to advise you on what will best work for you, according to your needs (you active types, we’re looking at you!). Our recommendation is the Marie-Sophie Dion collection – cute Quebec-made frames that will complement any face.
Mimi and August, 162 Saint-Amable Street
The swimming trend du jour is without a doubt the joyous, creative, and, above all, comfortable bathing suits from Mimi & August. Whether you’re a one-piece fan, or more of a two-piece wearer, between their irresistible patterns, inclusive and respectful brand approach, and the great cuts of each article, this is what we’ll be wearing to the spa, the river, or the beach!
Clusier, 432 McGill Street
We also highly recommend that you consider stopping by Clusier. The owner, Pierre-Benoit Duhamel, has mastered the art of bringing together everything necessary for a look that is at once relaxed, yet elegant, and has fully succeeded in giving personality and a chic and coherent harmony to each of his clients’ looks. From masks to polos, to shorts, jeans, and even blazers and jackets, he has anything you might need to completely overhaul your wardrobe for the season.
Once your shopping is done, all that’s left for us to do is to suggest taking a refreshment break on one of the many terraces that Old Montreal has to offer. Make the most of this summer in our neighbourhood!
© Photo 1 : Mimi et August
© Photo 2 : Bar à Lunettes