December 31, 2002
Then I checked out rue St-Denis and that was it--there are loads of stores on both sides of the street and little restaurants and cafes for more than 100m. So this is the place where shopping is easy--well, at least window shopping. I never have bought much from this area as, being a tourist, I didn't need much furniture and I wasn't in the mood to buy trendy clothes (I'm not that trendy a person myself:-)). But it is fun! You definitely feel like you're in Europe on this street.
My favourite store chain in all of Canada, Fruit & Passion, originates from Quebec so naturally there's a branch on this street--it has the loveliest fruit scented soaps and lotions anywhere!
There are cafes that have their patios on the sidewalk--it seems like an impossible thing to do with sidewalks that narrow but they do it anyway. Grab a seat and, once again, you have a great spot for watching people stroll by!
On this street, the buildings are quite old (of the style you see in photos of Montreal) so you'll see alot of pretty buildings and also some of the steepest (and probably narrowest) outdoor staircases you'll ever encounter--it's amazing that people actually get to their apartments, offices, etc., in the wintertime by climbing these slippery 85-degree angled stairs but hey, this is Montreal, and it's looks that count--and they do that well here!
This street even has a website of its own--though only in French it seems--with a lot of pictures, so you'll manage even if your French is limited to merci and bonne nuit (sic?): rue St-Denis.
From journal Montreal - European flare in North America