Place des spectacles, Montréal © TQ/J.-F. Hamelin

Shopping

Got the shopping bug and looking to find something unique, made in Québec and perfect for you? You’re in luck, as homegrown artisans, artists, creators and producers offer a wide variety of products. Whether you’re looking for locally sourced delicacies, branded clothing or an item with an original design, Québec’s creators will surely meet your tastes, budget and expectations.

What exactly are you looking for?

Montréal’s underground city features 32 kilometres of hallways and over 2,000 businesses. It’s the world’s most expansive indoor network!

Food items from Québec’s rich terroir will satisfy the most refined epicureans and are available in several supermarkets and speciality grocery stores. Public markets, with their friendly and lively atmosphere, are also sought-after locations to find this type of gourmet delights.

Road trip enthusiasts can visit some agritourism farms that sell their fruits and other harvests directly to visitors, and even offer guided tours of their properties.

Québec’s various gourmet routes give visitors an opportunity to taste exceptional local products and meet passionate producers.

Here are a few suggestions to satisfy the most discerning palates:

Maple products
Everyone knows that Quebecers have a sweet tooth! Without a doubt, maple syrup is one of Québec’s most popular sweet products. Maple butter, maple doughnuts and maple whiskey are but a few of the countless variations of this delectable amber-coloured liquid.

Honey
Buzzing from one boutique to the next, you’ll surely get an opportunity to sample Québec honeys. Their delicious flavours reflect the province’s extensive floral diversity. Both aromatic and sweet, they are a true comfort food!

Chocolate
With the skill of classical sculptors, Québec’s chocolatiers produce amazing little works of art as varied in shape as in flavour. A real treat for your eyes and taste buds! Moreover, don’t miss the opportunity to sample chocolate-covered blueberries.

Cheese
Whether they are soft, semi-soft, firm, blue-veined or fresh, Québec cheeses are undeniably popular and delicious. There are over 500 varieties to discover, including the famous cheese curds, poutine’s star ingredient!

Preserves
Jams, sauces, candied fruit, jellies, terrines and other preserves are very popular in Québec. Indeed, these were once a staple of colonists that had to weather long winter months, and Quebecers have since made them a speciality! Don’t miss a chance to sample jams made with cloudberries, a small northern fruit that’s big on taste!

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Maple products, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean © TQ/J.-F. Hamelin
Blackcurrant jam, Québec © TQ/J.-F. Hamelin

Québec’s craft beverage producers have created a range of original beverages, some of which stem from our particular climate. Ice cider, made with frozen apples, is a perfect example. Whether they’re sweet, fruity, hoppy, dry or bold, Québec beverages are all bursting with flavour and creativity.

These products are available at the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), speciality boutiques, supermarkets and some public markets across Québec.

Here are a few refreshing suggestions:

Ciders and wine
Without a doubt, ice ciders are one of Québec’s classic alcoholic beverages. When paired with a good Québec cheese, these will be sure to please the most avid epicureans.

Québec wines and standard ciders also pair very well with cheese. Many vineyards and cider houses open their doors to visitors looking to learn more about their trade, and even sample and purchase their products on-site. Moreover, speciality road circuits take those on the hunt for new flavours on specifically designed journeys.

Beers
Québec’s microbreweries work hard to please beer enthusiasts. Québec beers are truly original, brewed with care, and even amaze the World Beer Awards’ top tasters!

Liqueurs
Delectably sweet, Québec liqueurs stand out through the original contributions of their ingredients, including honey, syrup and blackcurrant, among others. Also, don’t miss out on meads, blackcurrant liqueurs and maple whiskeys!

Non-alcoholic beverages
As a major fruit and vegetable producer, Québec stands out through its apple-, cranberry- and blueberry-growing operations. Their harvests produce fresh, delicious juices high in vitamins and antioxidants. Rhubarb juice is yet another original fruit beverage you’ll be glad to discover! These products are available in several public markets and grocery stores across Québec.

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© TQ/J-F.Hamelin
© TQ/J-F.Hamelin

Fashion is a key sector among Québec’s creators. Indeed, this effervescent field is constantly evolving and turns heads through its bold, high-quality productions. Discover the latest looks and collections at any outlet of one of our many major designers, such as Marie Saint Pierre, Denis Gagnon, Judith Desjardins, Philippe Dubuc, Mélissa Nepton, Renata Morales and Valerie Dumaine.

Nothing like a warm coat to keep the cold at bay! There’s no doubt that harsh Québec winters drove our expertise to produce quality outerwear. It’s this northern climate that led to the proliferation of producers like Kanuk, Pajar, Quartz co., and many more, all of which design a wide array of cozy coats. Inspired by Québec’s Inuit culture, these often feature a fur trim. What a great heritage!

You can purchase Québec-made designer clothing in several boutiques and shopping centres across the province. Furthermore, several creators have streetside and online stores. You can find clothing made by Québec designers at such locations as the Rockland Centre’s Le Cabaret Éphémère, in Montréal, the Marché Bonsecours and Signé local.com. Québec City’s historic Petit Champlain district is also an excellent place to find Québec-made clothing.

Vieux-Québec © TQ/P. Gouyou Beauchamps
Vieux-Montréal ©TQ/D.Lafond
Vieux-Montréal ©TQ/D.Lafond

Artists
Artists are happy to welcome both enthusiasts and collectors in their boutiques, galleries and workshops. Moreover, several visual arts events are held in various regions across Québec. Québec’s painters, whether they favour a contemporary, classical or naive style, will amaze you through their forms, compositions and colours.

Moreover, you can take some time in the summer to visit workshops and studios that dot various art circuits. This is a unique opportunity to meet with and talk to Québec artists in their production spaces.

Rich in history and know-how, Aboriginal art has something to offer any art aficionados. Indeed, the renown of soapstone carvings and lithographs from the Far North has grown considerably. Furthermore, clothing accessories made by First Nations and Inuit artists, along with items inspired by their day-to-day lives, have long fascinated curious minds. Authentic dream catchers protect against the most terrible dreams. Montréal’s La Guilde is an important modern art gallery showcasing Inuit and First Nations artwork, as well as avant-garde arts and crafts.

Artisans
Québec boasts a wide range of talented artists. Potters, glassmakers, jewellers, weavers, woodworkers and other artisans produce surprising, original work! In fact, their creativity stand out against the world’s top talent.

Several arts and craft fairs are held throughout the year in various regions across Québec. During the holiday season, Christmas markets are the perfect place to find gifts made by local artists.

Moreover, various routes and circuits enable visitors to discover such sought-after products, which are also available at many other points of sale in Québec.

In Old Montréal, Marché Bonsecours features several Québec artists, artisans and creators. Truly a place to discover! Moreover, Québec City’s Petit Champlain district also showcases several Québec artists.

Antique shops and flea markets
The many antique dealers and flea markets dotting the province enable collectors to find unique items from Québec’s rich heritage. Montréal’s Notre-Dame West Street is also renowned for its many antique shops, while Amherst Street features plenty of vintage furniture dealers. Lastly, Québec City’s Saint-Paul Street boasts a few locations.

Art gallery, Montréal © TQ/M.- L. Leclerc
Sculpture by Sammy Angnatuk, Nunavik © TQ/H. Wittenborn
Wooden spoons, Québec © TQ/A. Quenneville

Products from Québec’s artisans at your fingertips

What could be better than visiting an arts and crafts show to discover the know-how of Québec’s artisans and creators? Our homegrown talent makes masterpieces out of a variety of materials, including glass, ceramics, paint, textiles, wood, natural materials, metals, leather, fur, etc. You’ll find unique pieces made with lots of heart and passion. These shows are also great places to pick up a distinctive souvenir or an original gift. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Montréal
Salon des métiers d’art de Montréal (Fall)  

Québec
Salon des Artisans et des Métiers d’Art de Québec (Fall)
Plein Art – Salon des métiers d’art de Québec (Summer)

Bas-Saint-Laurent
Salon des métiers d’art du Bas-Saint-Laurent (Fall)

Eastern Townships
Salon des métiers d’art de l’Estrie (Fall)

Chaudière-Appalaches
Salon des Artistes et Artisans de Beauce (Fall)

Laurentians
L’été des Métiers d’art Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts (Summer)

Mauricie
Salon des métiers d’art de Trois-Rivières (Fall)

Montérégie
Salon des Métiers d’Art de Saint-Hyacinthe (Fall)  

Remember that arts and crafts shows are but one option where you can find the works of Québec’s artisans. Indeed, Québec’s Christmas markets are also perfect places to discover local and unique products.

For more information, check out the Christmas market directory.

 

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