Concierge.com's insider take:
The city's main shopping strip is lined with North America's biggest fashion chains and shoe shops. Simons is Montréal's version of H&M—check out the flirty selection of socks and hosiery and the house-brand mittens, scarves, and toques, which are as warm as they are cool (977 St. Catherine St. W.; 514-282-1840; www.simons.ca). This is also where you'll find the red-stoned facade of the historic Hudson Bay building, home of department store The Bay (585 St. Catherine St. W.; 514-281-4422; www.hbc.com), and its longtime rival Ogilvy (1307 St. Catherine St. W.; 514-842-7711; www.ogilvycanada.com). If department stores were siblings, The Bay would be a price-conscious suburban mom, and Ogilvy her snooty sister-in-law, draped in Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Michael Kors accessories. Nearby The Bay is the headquarters of Birks, which stocks everything from diamond rings to gold watches to crystal decanters (1240 Phillips Square; 514-397-2511; www.birks.com).
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