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The best malls in Montreal for shopping sprees

You won’t be window shopping after you pay a visit to the retail on offer at any one of the best malls in Montreal

JP Karwacki
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Yasmine Dalloul
JP Karwacki

Love them or hate them, you’ll find some reason or another to go to one, so why not stick to the best malls in Montreal? From the subterranean Underground City that connects Downtown Montreal and Old Montreal, to the last stops of every metro line, these are the place you go when you can’t find that good deal in the boutiques that make up the best shopping in Montreal—or for when the best flea markets didn’t yield the right treasures. Make the most of them with this handpicked list of shopping centers in and outside of the island.

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Where to find the best malls in Montreal

Centre Eaton de Montréal
Photograph: Stéphan Poulin

1. Centre Eaton de Montréal

The Eaton Centre is a name in and of itself when it comes to Montreal malls. Centrally located, it houses the cream of the crop for shopping in the Underground City—the umbrella term for the interlinked netwoek of Les Cours, Place Montreal Trust and Eaton Centre combined. Thanks to the Eaton Centre’s range of necessities and favorites, many who frequent the shopping malls of Downtown Montreal end up spending most of their time here. Pro tip: Treat yourself to a visit to Time Out Market Montréal for breakfast, lunch or dinner and skip eating the same old stuff out of paper bags in food courts. You’ll thank us later.

Quartier DIX30
Photograph: © Quartier DIX30

2. Quartier DIX30

You’ll want to book a full day to visit Dix30. As opposed to a single structure housing all of its tenants, Dix30 is more of an expansive village sectioned by different purposes. On the apparel side, it’s got a great collection of stores along with welcome local concepts such as Editorial and Frank & Oak. As for convenience, it’s got everything from opticians and a spa to an entire Adonis grocery store. The only thing better than their full-to-burst selection of eateries like Les Glaceurs, Juliette et Chocolat, Pizzeria NO.900, Mr. Puffs and a Brasserie T! spot are entertainments like a laser tag, a VR game room and a surf pool.

Plaza Saint Hubert
Photograph: © SDC Plaza St-Hubert / Martine Lavoie Photographe

3. Plaza Saint Hubert

Situated near the Marché Jean-Talon on the border between Little Italy and Villeray, Plaza Saint Hubert offers a wide variety of international cuisines and boutiques alongside locally loved franchises and curio shops. Whether you’re looking for a specialty haircare store, a wedding dress or an Aldo outlet, you’ll find it in this shopping strip that spans seven city blocks. It stretches out for blocks and includes stores stocking goods from all over the world. It’s a mall by a technicality, sure, but what other shopping area can you find a marijuana dispensary or some of the best bars in town at?


Plaza Côte-des-Neiges
Photograph: Plaza Côte-des-Neiges / @plazaCDN

4. Plaza Côte-des-Neiges

Even if it’s currently renovating, this mall is normally associated with being the cheaper place to go shop with features like a Renaissance outlet and a $5 movie theatre. But that’s not the only reason you come here. It’s a mall unlike any other in the city: It caters to a far more diverse range of shoppers with its Indian and Islamic fashions, Chinese herbal remedies, pan-Asian groceries, a solid Lebanese restaurant, one of the best Chinese restaurants in Montreal and an awesomely named internet café ‘Trans World II’. We love it, honestly—here’s hoping the upcoming facelift doesn’t change it too drastically.

Alexis Nihon
Photograph: Courtery Flickr/CC/Gone Coastal

5. Alexis Nihon

Alexis Nihon serves its purpose as one of Montreal’s most practical malls, and not just because of its being built on top of the Atwater metro stop. Offering everything you might need for apparel and beauty products, Alexis Nihon also sports interesting spots like a VR simulation room, an awesome pet store and an unbeatable MiniSo location. Seeing as the mall caters to its surrounding apartment buildings, you’ll also find convenience in the form of an IGA, Pharmaprix, Winners, Canadian Tire and Marshall’s as well. The food court here’s not our favourite, but it’s hard to say no to the Hong Kong-style bakery Harmonie on the metro level for desserts.

Carrefour Laval
Photograph: © CF Carrefour Laval / Philip Castleton

6. Carrefour Laval

Staking its claim as the best mall north of the island, this shopping center’s visually impressive features like fountains, skylights and gardens also has every store you could need. Carrefour Laval is huge, with enough room for all the usual brand names in addition to some boutiques that you’ll find missing elsewhere like Matt and Nat and Frank & Oak. Plus, the food court has a variety of choices that will please everybody.

Place Montréal Trust
Photograph: Craig Minielly

7. Place Montréal Trust

In the Underground City’s chain-link of shopping malls, folks regularly pass through one of this mall’s levels to either get to the next metro station or to pinpoint the store they’ve been looking for. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself lingering here: The city’s flagship two-storey Zara location gives you a lot of option to choose from, while its huge Indigo and café (with a baby grand piano folks are prone to noodle on) provides ample space for browsing. Down below on the metro level, this mall offers so many great boutique stores you never would’ve discovered without making the trek. Our favorite thing about it? Winners, a location that can’t be beat in layout, stock and most importantly, brisk lines at the cash (Christmas in Montreal notwithstanding).

CF Fairview Pointe Claire
Photograph: Courtesy Flickr/CC/Ross Dunn

8. CF Fairview Pointe Claire

Why would anyone who lives in the West Island need to leave when they’ve got the Fairview? This place has done a great job with providing all the necessary establishments every other shopping center in Montreal offers. A trip here can easily fill a day—if you’re into that—when considering how you can start it off browsing in Renaud Brey before buying that last minute outfit before a dinner date at The Keg. Some say there’s a great divide between West Islanders and Montrealers, and this is likely one of the reasons why. See for yourself.

Premium Outlets Montréal
Photograph: Becca McHaffie

9. Premium Outlets Montréal

Located by the Mirabel airport, this place packs in a lot of retail favourites that range from basic to the high-end with brands like Pajar, Moose Knuckles, The North Face and Kate Spade. As the name implies, you’ll be getting all your favorites at a great deal; the offerings at the Mirabel Outlets are where you go to grab the discounted goods. To finish it off, have a Beaver Tail at Queues de Castor, but we can’t guarantee they’ll be at outlet prices.

Les Cours Mont Royal
Photograph: © Tourisme Montréal / Mario Melillo

10. Les Cours Mont Royal

If you’re looking for something special to wear to an event, then Les Cours is your best bet. Not only does it house high-end apparel boutiques like DKNY and Harry Rosen, but there’s local boutiques specializing in haute couture in the mix as well. It’s a great place to prep all round with its spas and beauty facilities available, including hair removal specialists, pedicures and manicures, hair salons and more. Among all of these, a visit to Spa Diva’s a must, an urban spa specializing in all services you need to give you that day of pampering you deserve—its central location comes in handy when you’re looking to come down from a stressful day at the office.

Carrefour Angrignon
Photograph: Charles 🇵🇭

11. Carrefour Angrignon

One of the most family-friendly malls on this list, this shopping centre at the western end of the Green Line makes a point out of catering a lot to parents and their little ones. Even if you’re not interested in features like stroller rentals and breastfeeding rooms, you’ll be finding your most essential needs met in terms of clothing, shoes, sports equipment, home furnishings, vinyl, video games—heck, you can even fill your car’s tank at this mall. Given its distance from Downtown Montreal, you’ll likely find that the line-ups here are a bit more manageable than the big name spots that see the most foot traffic.

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