Quality Hotel Montreal East
8100 av Neuville
Anjou, QC H1J 2T2
Phone: (514) 493-6363
Fax: (514) 493-6412
This 1912 Beaux-Arts building is the crowning achievement of well-known architect Marius Dufresne. It was at one point converted to a community center, but has recently been re-opened as a functioning market. It is easily the finest food shopping to be had in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, drawing gourmets from across the city. Major vendors include a branch of the renowned Première Moisson bakery and a specialty store selling unique Quebec food and wine. Cheese, flowers, deli selections and fresh meats are also on hand.
Mestiza is a wonderful little Mexican food store located in the heart of the charming neighborhood. Nadia Roland, the owner, travels frequently to Mexico in order to stock up on regional Mexican delicacies. The open and colorful space is a refreshing change from the clutter of the surrounding Latin American grocery stores. The variety of authentic ingredients available is pretty impressive. From homemade salsas and fresh cheeses to five different types of mole sauce, it is a Mexican cuisine paradise. For beginners and aficionados, Nadia also offers great Mexican cooking workshops throughout the year.
St. Viateur and Fairmont Bagels get all the hype in Montreal, but there's also a place called Beaubien Bagel, hiding away from the beaten path. They cook up tasty bagels in a wood-burning stove and serve some nice flavors, including poppy seed, blueberry, chocolate, onion, or oatmeal-raisin. You can order a bagel sandwich with salmon spread and cream cheese for cheap. Beaubien Bagels is 21 years old, and the only one in the east end. If you go in, say hi to the hard-working Susie, one of the owner's daughters.
Located close to downtown, this open-air market has been serving lovers of fresh veggies, fruits, flowers, eggs and even live fowl since 1934. Many of Montreal's restaurant owners drop by on their daily shopping expeditions. Farmers simply drive their trucks up to a series of stalls, and customers can stroll buy checking out the goods. Surrounding the market are bakeries, health food stores, cheese shops, a horticultural center, and a host of other stores.
Le Point G is a confectionery shop that prides itself on producing artisanal ice creams, pink pralines, chocolates, and specialized cookies. The red, white and green contemporary decor gives the shop a fresh and airy ambiance. Le Point G also serves hot drinks, breakfast and lunch. The store is designed to be somewhat of a shopping experience, and somewhat of a taste buds' dream. Sumptuous desserts are always on the French chefs' menu. Check out the website, which includes mouth-watering pictures and videos of the great desserts enjoyed here.
This is Montreal's best source for non-mainstream videos of all descriptions, both to rent and buy. The inventory is arranged by the film's director and country of origin, and while the store is particularly strong in European film and classics, it stocks modern Hollywood's releases as well. The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable, and two-for-one rentals during the week are good value. The store benefits greatly from Montreal's student community, while its owner and proprietor is himself an active player in the local film scene.
Boule de Neige Bookstore a charming little bookstore stocks an intriguing selection of titles on the broad subject of self-exploration and discovery, meaning everything from Eastern religions to mountaineering, from travel to new age. The atmosphere is suitably calm and relaxed, and the staff can guide you through their stock towards dozens of paths to enlightenment, in both French and English. After a day combing through hundreds of stores, this is a great place to feed the mind.
Tucked in underneath the prototypical Montreal staircase, in the middle of Rue St-Denis's busiest strip, this old-time candy shop offers treats imported from the four corners of the globe. European and local sweets predominate, and most are stocked in glass jars straight out of a 1950s movie set. You will spend more than a couple of nickels for your fix, of course, but once Madame Décarie cheerfully guides you through her delightful little hideaway you will hardly notice. It is one of Montreal's real hidden gems.
Kids and adults alike will enjoy this massive game and toy store. From a simple chess set to the latest role-playing games, from kites to books, from stuffed animals to Monopoly (the Montreal Edition) and from Pokemon to tarot cards, there isn't much in the world of leisure that you cannot find here. The staff are all game nuts themselves, each with his or her own area of expertise. Le Valet has the feel of a place that knows it is at the top of its game.
Originally a second hand clothing store, this well-known establishment now designs clothes under its own label and used clothing now represents only about 20 per cent of its stock. The store is known for its street wear and targets the 15-29 crowd with everything from CAD20 t-shirts to CAD150 leather pants for both sexes; it is a favorite of the goth community. It also specializes in formal wear and does a brisk business in used leather jackets.
Bagels, for the uninitiated, are round pieces of dough boiled and then fire-baked; the Montreal bagel differs from the New York variety in its smaller size. They are toasted with cream cheese or spreads and for sandwiches; most buy them by the dozen. Only years of practice will allow the connoisseur to distinguish between these bagels and those from St-Viateur, which lies one street to the north. Their various merits and flaws are the subject of endless local debate. Open 24 hours and seven days, they also offer a delivery service.
This is the best source for outdoor clothing and equipment the city has to offer. High quality name-brand gear includes legendary makes like The North Face, Sierra Designs and Lowe Alpine. Dedicated outdoors men and women themselves, the staff prides itself on promoting outdoor activities through selling their customers the right equipment at the right price. A convenient rental service for out-of-town trips is also available. The shop runs a growing online outlet as well.