Old Montreal – is, as it’s name suggests, the oldest part of city Montreal, with some parts dating back to New France. This gorgeous, historic neighborhood is prime for trinkets and souvenir shopping (perhaps a bit overpriced) and there are a number of art galleries.
Montreal’s main shopping strip, St Catherine, has all the familiar brand name stores (Gap, Roots, H&M) and also showcases department stores that run from budget to upscale.
The Plateau (often referred to “The Greenwich Village of Montreal) has tree-lined streets, spiral staircases and colorful houses. Mile End is a melting pot of culture, largely Greek and Orthodox Jewish with a sprinkle of Italian, Caribbean, African, Asian, European and Latin American residents. Both areas have some wonderful cafes, boutiques, and vintage shops that provide more unique wares for those looking for a one-of-a-kind purchase.
If nothing else, simply take a walk down Saint-Denis Street and over to Saint-Laurent Boulevard (not too far from Parc Jean Mance), two streets that have countless wonderful restaurants, boutiques, and shops. These streets are close to Parc Jean Mance, a nice stop, especially if you’re with your family, because it features playgrounds, ball fields, a children’s swimming pool (summer) and outdoor skating rinks (winter).
Make sure you check out these areas before or after your next New England/Canada cruise.