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favorite places to shop for cookware/ dinnerware in Montreal

I am about to relocate to this wonderful city. Except my beloved Le Creuset cookware (which I accumulated through year end sales, garage sales and sheer luck) I don't have much stuff and I would love to start building up some collection of knifes, dinnerware and other stuff; slowly. I am already blowing a lot of money on rent, so I am looking for good deals. What are your favorite:

Discount stores
Restaurant supply stores
Thrift stores
And other hidden gems

For food hardware shopping? Merci beaucoup!

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  1. Mona's restaurant supply on du Parc, just north of Mont-Royal for pots/pans/bakeware.

    Dollarama for small glassware like prep bowls (3 for $1) or stuff like squeeze bottles.

    La Soupiere is a nice kitchen-ware shop, and usually has good knives on sale, but they are quite pricey for bakeware and gadgetry. I'm not actually sure how their knife prices compare with somewhere like Mona's, though, even if they do have 15% discount signs out.

    Home Sense and Winners are good places to snag a bargain, but not if you go with a specific item in mind. They frequently have paderno or le creuset stuff though.

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    1. re: eoj

      I very much like Quincaillerie Dante - full to the rafters with stuff from pricy to gadgets that cost a couple of dollars, and such a part of the history of my neighbourhood. (See the Gourmet Montréal issue).

      There is a Chinese kitchenware shop on St-Laurent just north of Bellechasse, east side - opposite side from Canadian Tire in that rundown strip between the end of the Plateau and beginning of la Piccola Italia. It can have very good prices for Asian prep and sauce bowls.

      I have found bargains at Winners (where on earth is Home Sense? Does it have another (French) name? but of course it is a lucky chance. I've had as much luck at somewhat upscale church bazaars and garage sales... ah, my wee oval Vandesca Ware ramekins, from St-Madeleine d'Outremont church bazaar last week! Still happy about those...

      1. re: lagatta

        Lagatta - HomeSense is attached to several Winners outlets in Montreal, including the ones at Decor Decarie & Fairview. There are others as well: http://www.homesense.ca/en/search_res...

        1. re: kpzoo

          Thanks! Since I live north-central, and don't have a car (or want one) I rarely get out to such malls except of course Marché Central, a short bicycle ride from my place - but I could fairly easily get to either Décarie Square or Place Versailles, by metro or bicycle.

          1. re: lagatta

            If you cycle to Marché Central, you'll find a HomeSense next to the FutureShop there.

            1. re: rillettes

              At Marche Central, it's not HomeSense, it's Home Outfitters. Two different entities entirely - the first is the same company as Winners, the second is owned by The Bay. HS will have decent finds from time to time - not HO, imho.

              1. re: cherylmtl

                There isn't also a HomeSense attached to Winners? Haven't been to that location in a while, but a lot of Winners now have the sister housewares store adjoining it.

                1. re: kpzoo

                  Unfortunately there isn't (but there is a Krispy Kreme there...). There are only five HomeSense stores in the Montreal region. Decarie Square is probably the most central of them.

                  1. re: cherylmtl

                    Ah, thanks! I've been to the one at Decarie Square but was disappointed with the selection. The one at Fairview had much more stock.

                    1. re: kpzoo

                      The one at Decarie square is near the Namur metro stop. As with all Winners, the selection really varies depending on when you go. When I was there, there was a great selection of nice bakeware. I got a paderno bundt pan for $12.

                    2. re: cherylmtl

                      On a side note, the Krispy Kreme in Marché Central is closing. I think today might be their last day.

                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        You're kidding! Guess the novelty of sickly-sweet donuts wore off on Montrealers. ;-)

                  2. re: cherylmtl

                    Shows how much I know about big-box stores. Yay me, I guess.

            2. re: lagatta

              I would love the name and address of Chinese kitchenware shop..plzzzz..send to carolelortie1@hotmail.com

              desperately looking for traditional soup/rice bowls...

              I check with google map but cannot see the place...

              Have a great day!!!!

              1. re: carolelortie

                It may be closed now. I'll go and check - it is or was a bit south of here between Bellechasse and Beaubien on St-Laurent.

                There is also a Chinese kitchenware shop in old Chinatown - also on St-Laurent, but much south of where I live, between La Gauchetière and René-Lévesque, on the west side of the street, much closer to René-Lévesque (north) than to La Gauchetière. You can't miss it if you walk up that block. They don't sell groceries; nothing but kitchenware.

                Kim Phat and Marché Hawaï also have good kitchenware selections. And if you are ever in Ottawa, check out T&T Supermarket.

                1. re: lagatta

                  I'm pretty certain it's still there. I don't remember the name either, but it's the only shop like that in the area. It's really not hard to find. It's across the street from the Canadian Tire, IIRC.

          2. Also Tzanet on l'Acadie just across from Costco has lots of pots and pans. They supply restaurants also. Some of their prices are negotiable (at least they used to be).

            1. You can check out Pascal's on Bleury and La Gauchetiere street. It's a restaurant cookware supplier, but is open to the general public (Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday).

              1. I like Depres-Laporte, a very big store which supplies restaurants but is retail-friendly, on Cure-Labelle in Laval and I also like to go to Ares at Centre Laval. These are both really big stores with a lot of the big names as well as generic stuff and the prices are reasonable (as compared to Dante for example--although neither is a discount store by any means). Just for the record, I don't live in Laval.

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                1. re: thelonious777

                  Are you saying Dante is more expensive than Ares? My experience is that Dante offers some of the best prices around and lots of high-quality, non-big name stuff that's really affordable.

                  1. re: carswell

                    I think Depres-Laporte is more affordable than Dante. Ares is not really a bargain (high overhead in Centre Laval) but the advantage there would be that I've seen a lot of higher end (and big name) stuff you don't find elsewhere and for that big name stuff I'm not sure Dante is cheaper. I could be wrong but my fiancee and I recently bought a lot of stuff when we moved in together and this was my impression. Personally, I've never thought of Dante as being a great value although I think its a great store.

                  1. Although not on the island, Ares in Laval has an excellent assortments of goods, and at quite reasonable prices as well.

                    1. If you have some free time to shop online and check the weekly special, there is great deals to make at the bay. On the 5th floor in the downtown shop they have a huge selection. Don't buy full price, it is a ripe off, wait for the sales. You can get up to 60% discount on the colors of the year of le creuset stuff. From 30 to 60% on al kind of cook pots, pan, utensils, great brand knife and glass ware, peugeot salt and pepper grinder, alclad cookware etc.

                      I also love Home Sense, great deals on great name stuff. One of my favorite shop is Arthur Quentin on Saint-Denis, it is not cheap but they sell good quality. The price are good, better than other places. They have everything; glass, from simple to fancy, pots, pan, cut board, knifes, kitchen gadget etc. For example, the creuset pots full price are cheaper than other places. If you keep an eye on their facebook page you will be aware of the sales.

                      For small appliance i watch the sales at maxi & cie and Canadian Tires. Again, you can get up to 60% discount on almost every small appliances they have in the store.

                      Décodécouverte is in the same hbc thing as the bay and if you watch the sales you can make great deals too. Almost every week in their flyer, there is a 20% discount coupon you can use on almost anything is the store.