Calling all sunglass-enthusiasts in La Belle Ville! This vibrant city is bursting with some of the coolest eyewear boutiques in all of Canada. From everyone’s fave BonLook to avant-garde Bar à Lunettes, you’ll be sure to find your new go-to pair at the best places to shop for sunglasses in Montreal. And peep our ultimate Canada-wide round-up of the best sunglasses shops in every major city from Vancouver to St. John’s.
Find it: 1338 Notre-Dame St. W, 5431 St Laurent Blvd,., voskins.com
The low-down: Located in Griffintown and Mile End, this elegant eyewear shop is what vintage dreams are made of. The interior is dotted with intricate rugs, antique furniture and globes, which perfectly match their sunglasses’ throwback vibes.
Brands: Ahlem, AM Eyewear, Bob Sdrunk, Dita, Eyevan 7285, L.G. R, Mykita, Salt and more
The pair we love: Andy Wolf’s 4716, which are a ’90s candy-colour dream in shades of light pink, yellow, purple and blue
Find it: 1500 McGill College Ave., Unit B004A, Place Montreal Trust, 4020 St Ambroise St. #499, 999 Boulevard des Galeries-d’Anjou, CF Galeries d’Anjou, plus other locations in Toronto, Ottawa and more, bonlook.com
The low-down: From their cool Canadian collabs with Olympic figure skater Tessa Virtue, bad-ass feminist Liz Plank and more, to their iconic minimalist chic aesthetic, this v. trendy Montreal-based company is all the rage right now and for a good reason.
The pair we love: Stellar in Rose Gold, which is giving us serious Instagram fashion influencer vibes—from the tiny frames to the blush hue, we seriously need to buy a pair stat
Bar à Lunettes
Find it: 401 McGill St., baralunettes.com
The low-down: Specializing in avant-garde eyewear, this contemporary boutique offers a hand-picked selection of OTT finds from over 30 independent designers around the world. If you want a pair of shades that capture your bold style, this spot is for you.
Brands: Bar à Lunettes
The pair we love: Any of the brands’ sunglasses are v. futuristic with statement-making geometric shapes in loud-and-proud hues—click here for all of the inspiration you’ll need.
Georges Laoun Opticien
Find it: 4012 St Denis St., 1396 Sherbrooke St. W, georgeslaoun.com
The low-down: Art and technology are at the core of this local family-owned business, which carries designers with similar values. From non-glare coatings to statement-making frames, you’ll find eyewear that delivers on both innovation and style.
Brands: Boz Eyewear, Kuboraum, L.A. Eyeworks, Munic, Porsche Design, Thierry Lasry and Vinylize
The pair we love: Pawaka’s Satu 1—between the dramatic geometric shape and stand-out black and white colouring, these shades scream high fashion
Find it: 7050 Jean Talon St. E, vu.ca
The low-down: Home to the largest selection of eyewear in La Belle Ville, this spacious, expansive eyeglass store takes pride in showcasing both higher-end designers and more up-and-coming labels. Bonus: they have this super cool Vu Virtuel which lets you try on frames virtually if you choose to purchase them online.
Brands: Blac, Danish Heritage, Lamarca, Munic, Vinyl Factory, Xavier Garcia and more
The pair we love: Etna Barcelona’s Miramar for the perf mix of hipster and contemporary thanks to the round frames and gold metal detailing—you can’t go wrong with this goes-with-everything pair