There's a special kind of magic that Studio Ghibli movies evoke — a blend of child-like wonder, nostalgia, and a touch of the otherworldly. For those looking to relive the films' warm and fuzzy feelings in their everyday lives, there are shops in Montreal where Studio Ghibli's enchantments spill off the screen and onto shelves.
While we can't promise encounters with forest spirits or flying pigs, these destinations will transport Ghibli enthusiasts — old and new — straight into Miyazaki's illustrious imagination. You can stock up on Totoro origami, soot sprite chopsticks, and Kiki stationery for home, or grab gifts for a fellow Ghibli lover.
Here are some local shops to celebrate your love for Japanese pop culture and beloved animated films year-round:
Where: 362, rue Notre-Dame Est, Montreal, QC
Reason to go: Full of Totoro-themed decor, this Old Montreal café is an homage to the imaginative world of Studio Ghibli. Every sip of their matcha latte ($6.45) or comforting chai ($5.95) transports you to the wood spirit's gentle forest or a cozy spot by Calcifer's fireplace.If you’re feeling peckish, indulge in their Croque Poulet ($15.25), a ciabatta sandwich with chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and pesto. On the sweeter side, the "I Love" Crepe ($10.25), generously layered with Nutella, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream, feels like an edible embrace from Totoro himself. Muru melds French cooking and Ghibli-inspired magic, making it an essential pit stop for fans in Montreal.
La Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
Where: 176, rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC
Reason to go: Catering to the young and young at heart, this Mile End bookshop is the little sister of Drawn & Quarterly with reading material geared toward budding bibliophiles. But don't let that stop you from stopping in to look through their cute collection of illustrated Ghibli notebooks, postcards and other branded merch.
WXY Mode Lab
Where: 1255, av. du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC
Reason to go: This cozy Plateau store, dubbed "the most Gen Z spot ever" on TikTok, offers a selection of cute clothes and jewelry featuring beloved Studio Ghibli characters. Pick out the perfect Totoro pin from dozens of sizes and poses, earrings with Kiki and her cat, or a pair of socks covered in soot sprites.
Where: 4140, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Reason to go: Wear your love for Hayao Miyazaki's creations with a tattoo by one of the artists at this Plateau parlour that specializes in all anime styles, like this perfect rendition from Kiki's Delivery Service by Elen. Each artist has a different rate, depending on the design, details, and size required.
Chez Rhox Geek Shop
Where: 6375, rue St-Hubert, Montreal, QC
Reason to go: This Villeray one-stop shop for all things geek has Ghibli items you won't find elsewhere, like a Castle in the Sky robot puzzle and themed bento boxes with matching chopsticks. There are also $30 music boxes to keep your fave film tunes at your fingertips.
Otaku Manga Lounge
Where: 3623, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Reason to go: This bookstore café near the Quartier Latin serves the latest manga releases and Japanese refreshments, which you can enjoy in a cozy adjoining reading room. You can also get your hands on Studio Ghibli gear, like a soot sprite mask, deluxe Nausicaa box set, or Ghibli bento box cookbook (a follow-up to the popular original recipe book).
Where: 440, blvd. des Promenades, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC
Reason to go: This South Shore spot is under 25 minutes drive (or 45 min public transit ride) from Montreal and has a terrific selection of board games, figurines and comics. You can pick up a Spirited Away journal, Totoro notecards and art book ahead of back-to-school, or try a transparent puzzle.