In a city with as much history as Montreal, it’s no surprise there’s an entire strip on Notre Dame (Antique Alley) dedicated to all things old and rare. However, rare items, conversation pieces and genuinely cool cultural artifacts can be found throughout the island. Treasure hunters, look no further. Here, Montreal’s best antique stores.
Packed with porcelains and sculptures from Japan, China, India and Tibet, Petit Musée has, since 1890, dealt with rare antiques from around the globe, suitable for the most discerning collectors. 1494 Sherbrooke St. West, 514-937-6161.
Every square inch of this shop is covered in 1930s-to-1960s era memorabilia, from glass Coke bottles and street signs to cigarette cases and watches. 2652 Notre Dame St. W., 514-939-2007.
Boasting 14,000 square feet of eclectic stock, Daisy’s is bound to have something for everyone, though finding it is surely half the fun. 7 Grand Blvd., Ile Perrot, 514-453-3564.
Jack’s is the ultimate in retro modern furniture, house furnishings and more, with a focus on ’50s, ’60s and ’70s design; think shag rugs and zebra print. 1860 Amherst St., 514-596-0060.
For an entirely unusual shopping experience, try Empire, which holds weekend viewings followed by weekday auctions on everything from Rolexes to crystal chandeliers. 5500 Pare St., 514-737-6586.
If you’re interested in living like Napoleon did, head to Grand Central, which specializes in 19 th century European antiques from the U.K., France and elsewhere. 2448 Notre Dame St. W., 514-935-1467.
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