Upgrade your selfcare game with these Montréal finds

Janine Hopkinson

Janine Hopkinson moved to Montréal 25 years ago and has been in love with the city ever since. She mostly works, writes and hangs out in Mile End, and credits all her best ideas to her daily hikes in Mount Royal Park.

This article was updated on January 7, 2021.

It won’t come as a surprise that Montréal knows how to take care of your senses. This fall, it’s all about indulging your wellness needs by making your space a bit cozier, your table a bit more comforting and your selfcare even kinder. For inspiration, check out our local shopping recommendations to take good care of yourself and someone you love today.

Note: Due to current public health directives, some businesses and attractions may be temporarily closed or may have reduced hours or services. We recommend that you call or visit their websites to get the most up-to-date information on the availability of online purchases. For more details on the current situation in Montréal, click here.

Table talk

Stock up on delicious ingredients and made-for-the-gourmet accessories at these artisanal foodie fix destinations. Visit Marché Artisans for delicious pantry items and gourmet coffee, and stop by the ultra-grammable Le Petit Dep for ready-to-eat specialty products. Réunion offers carefully selected brands for the art of the table—perfect for elevating your stay-at-home kitchen game.

Natural skincare

If beauty’s your thing, Montréal has home-grown natural skin care lines that rival the big names, with gentle ingredients and careful preparations to soothe and nourish your skin. Enhance your routine with skincare, teas, supplements and more from Maison Jacynthe Montréal. Grab some cute jars filled with kindness from BKIND’s non-toxic, vegan line for your home spa or care packages.

Stay at home treasures

Up your home comfort by outfitting your space with objects from these unique collections. Concept boutique Maison Pepin offers always-surprising housewares and fashion items curated by owner Lysanne Pépin. Visit 101 Artisans, arloca and Casa Luca to add a touch of handmade to your décor. For items that feel at once well-travelled and fresh, the collection at V de V has a heritage feel with a modern edge, while La Dépendance Espace Design Gourmand offers inspired gifts and home items with a distinctly Scandinavian feel.

Pretty & pretty

Have you met Swell & Ginger, Mimi & August, and Buk & Nola? If there’s one theme uniting these three destinations, besides their sweetly paired names, it has to be pretty. For children’s items, décor and fashion, these neighbourhood boutiques offer a beautiful array of items connected by an undeniable softness that is both lovely and modern.

Wrap it up

Create a locally sourced care package (for yourself or someone you love) with unique finds. Start with made-in-Montréal candles and home scents at Les Citadines. Add a one-of-a-kind, giftable objects from the ever-revolving themed collection at Bref. Source a vintage or contemporary treasure or two at Ex-Voto, and wrap it up in style with paper from Les Voisines. Finish it off with a card that says Made with love, from Montréal.

Janine Hopkinson

Janine Hopkinson moved to Montréal 25 years ago and has been in love with the city ever since. She mostly works, writes and hangs out in Mile End, and credits all her best ideas to her daily hikes in Mount Royal Park.

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