By Vanessa Muri
No longer just the Plateau’s hip little sister, Mile End has become a serious shopping destination with a plethora of unique, stylish boutiques. (Not many neighbourhoods come with their own official Vintage Map!)
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menswear maven: Owner Julie Parenteau of Boutique Manhood has an eye for the guys and caters to the hip, young professional with brands like J.C. Rags and Fred Perry. 5226 St-Laurent Blvd.; 514/273-4626.
charmed, we’re sure: Yin to Manhood’s yang, Unicorn stocks trendy garb for ladies via predominantly local labels, including Barilà, Valerie Dumaine and Mélissa Nepton. 5135 St-Laurent Blvd.; 514/544-2828.
spice, spice baby: The first Canadian location of the Spice Station family carries over 300 varieties of spices, salts, peppers, chillies, sugars and teas. (The heady aroma is intoxicating.) 174A Bernard St. W.; 514/274-1514.
vintage trifecta: General 54 is a gallery for Canadian designers, eco-friendly labels and a handpicked vintage selection. Be sure to check out second-hand sister stores Local 23 and Annex Vintage, and pick up a copy of that Vintage Map. 54 St-Viateur W.; 514/271-2129.
beloved bookstore: Since 1984, S.W. Welch has been a Montreal mainstay for those craving second-hand literature and rare books. 225 St-Viateur W.; 514/848-9358.
Take a break>> For the best espresso in the district and a vibrant local vibe, hit Café Olimpico (124 St-Viateur W.; 514/495-0746) to recharge your batteries. Don’t be deterred by the line, it moves quickly!
committed to fashion: Both sexes will find a well-edited collection of vintage apparel and accessories to pursue at Citizen Vintage, a former pop-up shop that has put down firm Mile End roots. 5330 St-Laurent Blvd.; 514/439-2774.
jewel of the mile: Charlotte Hosten has been creating her sculptural couture jewellery for years but just opened her eponymous boutique this November. 122 Bernard Ave. W.; 514/274-8511
design drama: The eye-catching window displays (envision plastic human organs) may draw you inside Les Étoffes, but the edgy, alternative fashion keeps you there. 5253 St-Laurent Blvd.; 514/544-5500.
bespectacled: A recent addition to the Mile End’s vintage crew, Les Montures is an equestrian-themed antique eyewear shop. 174 Bernard St. W.; 514/507-8282.