Quality Hotel Midtown
6445 boul Decarie
Montreal, QC H3W 3E1
Phone: (514) 739-3800
Fax: (514) 739-5616
Likely the closest thing the province of Quebec has to a French-only book superstore, this chain has been around since 1965 and has been a major player in the industry ever since. Offering bright, cheerful interiors that encourage browsing, the idea is much the same as the city's English-language superstores; but some locations offer an extensive selection of multimedia products, CDs, and children's books on top of the always-impressive stock of books from Quebec, France and other parts of Europe.
J&R Kosher Meat and Delicatessen is the brain child of Robert Nemes who immigrated from Romania. He started this shop in 1952 to cater to the Jewish community in the neighborhood. This meat shop is one of the oldest and most renowned in Quebec that supplies quality meat. The shop relocated from its original address to a bigger space in Cavendish Mall. Over the years, the store has moved one notch higher by including amazing varieties of hamburgers, smoked meat, sausages and weekly specials as well as packaged food, takeout and delivery options.
This exotic grocery store in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce area has earned a reputation for the best lamb and the freshest pistachio nuts in the city. Halal meats, including goat and veal, are sold here, as well as dried beans and Middle Eastern delicacies that will tempt even the most timid gourmet. You can sample one or two of the mouth-watering Middle Eastern pastries and sweets, or the flatbread as big as a skateboard. Look for Patak's curry paste and pickle products, as well as hard-to-find Turkish Delight and irresistible halvah.
Be careful when you step into this store, as the delightful pieces of furniture on display are sure to blow you away! Crafted to perfection, each artifact is designed for comfort and durability. Experts in their field, they provide innovative ideas and furnishing to deck up your home and office according to your requirements. From classic chairs and tables to computer furnishings, innovative kitchenware and quirky bathroom fittings, they cover everything required to redesign your home.
This beautifully decorated, three-storey bookstore has a unique, eclectic selection of hand-picked books from predominantly British to international writers. The setting features a collection of Canadian art works which are lovingly set among the books, tucked into crafted wood-panel shelves. Also featured are CDs, current affair publications, biographies, books on food and wine, design, travel, and unusual children's books. The book store organizes monthly 'Notes at Random' presentations of recently published books, house favorites, events, and signings. In an age when books are picked from internet databases, this shop still does it the old-fashioned way.
A Homburg Canada Real Estate Investment Trust property, Place Alexis Nihon is an urban complex adjacent to downtown. Some 38,000 visitors, workers and students flock to it daily. Built in the year of Expo 67, Place Alexis Nihon is a multi-purpose complex, featuring two office towers, a residential tower, a three-level shopping center and a parking with over 1,100 spaces. Place Alexis Nihon is a strategic hub that caters to the daily needs of countless visitors by providing unique services steps from downtown. The complex is directly connected to the Atwater Metro station and offers numerous services, a variety of shops and superstores (Canadian Tire, IGA, Pharmaprix, Sports Experts, Winners and Zellers), and a food court with over 25 restaurants, making it an essential part of any shopping excursion!
St-Viateur is in constant competition with Fairmount Bagel, located just one block North, and it is very hard to tell the two apart. Locals are fiercely loyal, however, and will have patronized one or the other for generations. The traditional sesame-seed variety is now supplemented by poppy seed, whole wheat and many other flavors. This 24-hour bakery is located in the interesting Mile End district, once home to the majority of Montreal's Jewish community. Only cash is accepted. This bakery also provides catering facilities.
Juliette Chocolat is a confectionery boutique that features a wide array of chocolates; including Guanaja from South America, Manjari from Madagascar, and Jivara from Ecuador. This boutique operation offers a vintage selection from specific plantations and recipes from various countries. Juliette Chocolat serves classic dark, milk and white chocolates, as well as Grandma's style. Juliette's frustration with not finding a hot chocolate that fit her standards inspired her to open her own shop. Hence, the birth of Juliette Chocolat. For those with semi-nocturnal sweet tooth, check out the late hours this confectionery shop holds.
With over 20,000 titles to choose from, it's a good bet that you'll find what you're looking for in a used or antiquarian book at this venerable establishment. Most items sell at cheap rates but rare titles will set you back a few thousand dollars. The store offers a good selection of science fiction and mystery, but few best sellers or romance novels. A couch is provided for your reading enjoyment. Those looking for hard-to-find titles would do well to consult the knowledgeable and helpful staff here.
This book seller specializes in literature and literary criticism, including all the works of F.R. Leavis and Q.D. Leavis, the well-known Cambridge critics and publishers of the 1930s magazine Scrutiny. In all some 10,000 titles are crammed into about 152 square meters (500 square feet). A good selection of ancient history includes all the major world empires - Chinese, Egyptian, Inca, Aztec, Hindu and Babylonian. All in all, it's one of the city's best known and loved independent bookstores.
BBAM! is a melange of pop culture and vintage goodies. Drop in to take a look at their collection of art, book, vinyl records, clothes and more or for just a cup of coffee. You could even attend their live music performances which range from jazz to folk. The gallery truly celebrates art in every form. Check their website to keep yourself updated with the latest events.
A co-op run by the students of nearby Concordia University, this bulk-oriented downtown store specializes in organic produce. According to the management, prices are very competitive since there is a minimal mark-up. Sandwiches, snacks and fair trade coffee are available to go, and members can place special orders through the manager. Only cash payments are accepted.