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Shopping – Fashion – Gifts Montreal : 95 Results

Practical information : Treat yourself (& others) Montreal

TimetableTimetable

Businesses are usually open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm (until 9pm on Thursday and Friday), Saturday from 9am to 5pm or 6pm, and Sunday from 10am or noon to 5pm. However, in the city centre, a major shopping centre, the opening hours are more extensive, both in summer and in winter. In the Montreal area, schedules can vary from one city to another and are often reduced off-season, or even closed altogether (although it is generally possible to make an appointment). In cities and small towns, there may also be days that are closed, most often on Sunday and/or Monday.

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Budget & TipsBudget & Tips

The cost of living is lower in Quebec than in Europe. However, some products are more expensive, particularly in the gourmet sector (cheese, alcohol, etc.). While the posted price may seem appealing, it should not be forgotten that sales taxes are never included, unless otherwise stated. You must therefore add 14.975% tax on your purchases (certain products benefit from partial or total tax exemption such as printed books, unprocessed food, etc.). Payments by debit or credit card are generally accepted everywhere. Note that there has been no tax rebate program for visitors for many years.

SalesSales

Sales are a common practice in Quebec, whether they are generalized at a certain period (end of season) or offered on an ad hoc basis in a specialized type of business (hardware stores and renovation centres during the July 1st moving season). Québec also participates in major sales such as Black Friday (Friday following American Thanksgiving in November) and Boxing Day (Boxing Day), but the consumer frenzy is much less palpable here than in the United States.

What's very localWhat's very local

There are of course some great classics to bring back from a stay in Montreal such as, for example, clothing or accessories bearing the effigy of the Canadiens hockey team, maple products, local alcohols (artisanal beers, gins...), objects in the image of the destination made by artists/designers, etc... Be aware, however, that haggling is not at all a common practice in Montreal, except perhaps in some ethnic neighbourhoods.

Tourist trapsTourist traps

The great classics bearing the destination's logo are always popular with visitors. Unfortunately, souvenir shops are often filled with items made in China and are omnipresent in Old Montréal and downtown. The same is true of certain craft shops. So make sure to buy local and authentic in order to encourage the local economy.

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