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Underground City

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
As featured in 3 Days in Montreal and 2 other guides
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Address: Downtown, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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+1 514-990-1872
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Montreal's answer to the region's harsh winters, Underground City refers to...

Montreal's answer to the region's harsh winters, Underground City refers to the extensive web of train stations, restaurants, department stores and hotels all connected underground.

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Cold weather essential

Lots of places to eat and shop. Metro stations close by. Only warning is that instead of braving the cold, you will have to walk a lot more.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Mississauga, Canada
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Timmins, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Montreal the day following a snow storm, so walking was much more pleasant underground. The streets above ground were difficult to navigate due to the snow, and it was very cold. Underground has so many shops and restaurants, and it's a great place for people watching.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

That is a different world under the city's ground. Very lively and happy place. One needs a couple of days to explore it.

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of places to eat and shop. Metro stations close by. Only warning is that instead of braving the cold, you will have to walk a lot more.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

During a recent snowstorm (no surprise), I spent three hours exploring the maze. Fascinating. In the winter there's also an incredible public art walking tour w/ more than 50 installations. Fun!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We started at Eaton Centre and walked all the way to our hotel. The shops are nothing spectacular, standard to any other mall in American. I thought there would be more stores unique to Canada.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very cool concept! Love how you can get out of the cold and explore montreals underground shopping centres. Many different malls to choose from. Loved it!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While the main part of the underground city is easily accessible from ground level on Sainte Catherine Street, you can also access it from many block away through a maze of underground tunnel walkways, but it is also easy to get lost or disoriented! Enter from Sainte Catherine's Street and note the stores closest to your entrance and you will... More 

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It makes complete sense. Montreal can be really cold, and snowy in the winter. And the winter can last a long time in Canada. So, why not have the malls interconnected, and other businesses too? While you're at it, connect different parts of the city so you can travel distances while staying warm and dry! Brilliant! There are no down... More 

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Rexton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Regardless of the weather outside, get yourself underground and wander the shops. There are thousands of them adjoined from several city blocks above and are easy to navigate. There is something for everyone, boundless shops with eager shop keepers ready to serve you. A great way to get in tune with an awesome city and its people.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not sure what the sadness is about when it comes to this place. It's madebfor ppl that love to Shop as well as getting out of whatever weather is outside. For ppl saying they have last year's clothing so I'm guess old navy is selling pass year clothes huh. There's name brand appeals as well as small boutiques try it... More 

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Staying in Centre-Ville (Downtown)

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Montreal's towering skyline is concentrated in the Downtown area, its nexus of commerce and commercialism. A suffusion of luxury hotels, flagship stores, high-end restaurants, and corporate headquarters characterize the neighborhood, which by nightfall transforms from a business district into a youth-culture hotspot, with hip bars, clubs, and restaurants heavily peopled by students and young professionals. The once-seat of millionaire's 'Golden Square Mile', an incongruity of stately mansions and dapper brownstones sit between glass skyscrapers, creating a visually lush urban landscape. Beneath the sidewalks lay the Underground City, the world's largest below-ground mall, a labyrinth of over 1,500 shops and eateries that echo the profusion of cafes, gallerias, cinemas, and fashion outlets above. From the scholarly array at McGill University to the carousing crowds of Rue Crescent, visit Downtown to shop by day for what you'll wear there by night.
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