Les Cours Montreal is an elegant shopping mall that occupies the premises of a swanky old hotel and contains upscale boutiques, a day spa, and a permanent exhibition devoted to Barbie dolls. Many original architectural and design features from the 1920s structure, including a grand curving marble staircase and a huge ceiling chandelier, remain in place.
Entrance to Les Cours Montreal is free, and even if you don’t plan on shopping, it’s well worth taking a peek inside if only to admire the grand features and fixtures, most notably that dazzling chandelier. In addition to fashion, accessories, and beauty boutiques, the mall also has restaurants, a salon, day spa, and the Barbie Expo, a museum fully devoted to the well-known doll.
Les Cours Montreal connects to Montreal’s Underground City—a sheltered system of interconnected malls, metro stations, theaters, museums, and other venues—and is often on included on guided tours of the labyrinthine network.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Les Cours Montreal is a must for shopaholics and architecture enthusiasts alike.
- Facilities include parking, bathrooms, and a food court.
- Free Wi-Fi is available on the third level of the mall.
- The mall is wheelchair accessible.
How to Get There
Les Cours Montreal is situated on Peel Street in Downtown Montreal; on the Metro, take the Green Line to the Peel station. Montreal’s central train station is about a 10-minute walk from the mall.
When to Get There
The shopping mall is busiest on weekends, with most shoppers arriving between 12pm and 5pm. Come before noon to experience it at its quietest.
Explore the Barbie Expo
The second level of the mall houses a museum dedicated to one of the world’s best-known dolls: Barbie. Displays include one-of-a-kind Barbies wearing creations designed by fashion-world VIPs such as Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, and Vera Wang. The collections also include Barbies modeled after famous figures, such as Beyonce and Marilyn Monroe, as well as Barbies fashioned to resemble characters from films such as Greece, Gone With the Wind, and The Hunger Games.