Support our French neighbours by picking up some books from some locally-owned bookstores! These brick-and-mortar stores, most of which have also branched out into online sales as well, are proof one can build up a business based around things one loves to do. While researching for our previous column, we came across just a few more stores that might be of interest all located towards the middle of Montreal Island. Check them out!
2752 rue de Salaberry (Ahuntsic-Cartierville)
Librarie Monet cares more than who makes it onto the best seller’s page in La Presse. Take advantage of talking to their friendly staff members and personalised service. This bookstore specialises in three basic domains: general knowledge/university-oriented books, children’s literature, and a dedicated comics and graphic novels selection. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 am to 9 pm, and weekends from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The bookstore’s services open half an hour earlier for companies.
2054 rue Saint Denis (Ville-Marie)
This used bookstore carries mainly French books, though they have a selection of English books and also certain foreign languages (German, Italian, etc.) available for your perusal. Not specialised but a little bit of everything, you should find something you like within the many stacks of books in Mona Lisait. Hours are from Monday to Wednesday from 11 am to 7 pm, Thursday through Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.
5219 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges (Côte-des-Neiges/NDG)
From the loftiness of world literature to the latest antics of Astérix and his gang, you can find what you’re looking for at Olivieri bookstore. You can also order your books online here. When you’re done shopping to your heart’s content, you can also eat at their bistro just next door! The bookstore itself is open Monday and Tuesday from 9 am to 9 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 9 am to 10 pm, and weekends from 10 am to 6 pm. The bistro’s open from Monday and Tuesday from 11:30 am to 9 pm, Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 am to 10 pm, and weekends from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Le Port de tête
262 avenue Mont Royal est (the Plateau)
Selling new and used books, Le Port de tête offers a vast collection of philosophy and literature books handpicked by their attentive staff. Bright and organised, this bookstore will help you find all of your French book needs, and you can even find books that aren’t normally distributed in Québec available on their online store here. Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.