And while many of these brands are homegrown, a number of Toronto’s hottest establishments happen to have Montreal roots.
So we’ve rounded up 12 of Montreal’s biggest brands that have already established themselves as some of the biggest names in the 6ix.
Bravo, Montreal. Bravo.
After finding quick success in Montreal, this luxury leather retailer branched off into the rest of Canada – first by setting up shop in the country’s highly profitable women’s shopping destination Artizia, and then by opening its second freestanding location in Toronto’s Eaton Centre. Each Mackage store features a full range of outerwear and accessories for both men and women in an array of rich hues and textures – which are perfect for standing out during the harsh Toronto winters.
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Known for dressing the likes of Montreal’s elite, Joshua David set up shop on Toronto’s Yonge Street and has quickly become one of the city’s most favorable spots to shop both designer and local names. Here you’ll find elevated basics and updated workwear, one visit to this boutique and you’ll quickly realize why Joshua David is one of the city’s favourite places to shop.
As health and wellness continue to be a staple in the lives of Torontonians, it comes as no surprise that Montreal’s Lolë active wear has become such a hit. Here you’ll find beautiful women’s fitness and active gear in an array of hues and patterns. Lolë reminds us that it’s important to ditch the plain black yoga tights and opt for something more fun instead.
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If one thing’s for certain, 2016 was the year for over indulgent soft serve ice cream. Once Montreal’s popular La Diperie opened its doors in Toronto, other locale ice cream joints we’re faced with some serious competition. La Diperie serves up more than 20 types of sugar coma inducing flavours and toppings, which is why it’s quickly become one of the hottest spots to grab dessert.
Considering poutine is Canada’s favourite comfort food, we were thrilled when Montreal’s popular Poutinville opened its doors in Toronto. Nothing hits the spot better than a heaping dish of steaming fries, savoury gravy, and gooey cheese. This is one Montreal import we definitely can get behind.
At Frank + Oak you’ll find a store that’s unlike anything else you’ve seen before. Aside from being filled with clean table displays and racks of understated pieces in a palette of neutrals, navy, and black, you’ll also find a quaint coffee shop and a barber to complete the experience. With two Toronto locations, Frank + Oak has quickly become the go-to destination to shop for contemporary menswear.
If you’re looking to rub shoulders with some of the city’s most elite, look no further than this trendy Montreal supper club. Serving up mouthwatering, modern Italian dishes and specialty cocktails, this is a spot where you can both start and end your night.
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This past year the popular Quebec fashion retailer opened two Toronto locations and has quickly become a go-to spot for locals to stock up on stylish clothing, accessories and home goods.
This quaint Montreal home décor store has set up shop on Toronto’s trendy Ossington strip and has quickly become a must-visit shop for unique home goods and accessories. Here you’ll find everything you need for your home, from furniture and lighting to bedding, home accessories, and rugs.
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This Montreal-based creative agency is known for crafting innovative consumer experiences to drive value for brands. After setting up shop in Toronto’s Distillery District, Sid Lee has quickly become a dominant player when it comes to reinventing local brands.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this life-changing chocolate-lovers paradise, you need to make it a priority ASAP. Here you can indulge in decadent chocolate desserts and treats and try one of their many types of hot cocoa. Make sure to bring both your appetite and your sweet tooth.
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Montreal’s uber hip Apt 200 has quickly become Toronto’s favourite apartment to chill at. Whether you’re looking to unwind over a game of pool or get down to the sounds of the live DJ, Apt 200 is the place to be.