Thursday, April 22, 2010

Shopping Japanese in Montreal

Tuesday I visited with my wife a (very) small japanese boutique in downtown Montreal. It's called “Coco Montreal Space.” They have imported goods from Japan, designer's accessories, cookies and many bargains (used books & clothes). It is located at 4055 Ste-Catherine West, #135-B (downstairs, near Metro Atwater) and is open Monday through Friday from 13:00 to 18:00. They also have a small room where they plan to offer various workshops and language courses. It's cute, but they don't have much stuff.

“Coco Montreal Space” is related to the Coco Montreal free newspaper, dedicated to Canada-Japan cultural exchange (mostly for Japanese expats and Japanese language students).

This reminds me that there are a few other places to shop Japanese in Montreal:

First, there is the “Collection du Japon” store and its related “R. Uchiyama” Japanese Green Tea importer. It is located at 460, Sainte-Catherine West, #423 (Metro McGill, entrance near the Future Shop, on the 4th floor) and is open 13:00-18:00 (Tue-Fri), 10:00-16:00 (Sat). We visit it frequently and recommend it. You can find all sorts of Japanese stuff there: kimonos, books, decoration, kitchen ware, etc.

There is also the “Miyamoto” food store located at 382 Victoria Avenue (near Metro Vendome) and opened 10:00-20:00 (Mon-Fri), 9:00-17:00 (Sat & Sun).

I can also recommand the Japanese restaurant “Sakura Gardens” if you want a “real” Japanese food experience. It is located at 2170 de la Montagne (near Metro Peel). It is opened 11:45-14:30 (Mon-Fri), 12:00-14:30 (Sat) for lunch and 17:30-22:00 (Sun-Thu), 17:30-22:30 (Fri-Sat) for dinner.

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