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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
Phone Number: +1 514-990-1872
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Alice in wonderland just fell through the rabbit hole!

Huge amount of shops, great variety. Would have preferred better quality restaurants. The fast food was not bad, ut a few more upmarket ones would add value to the mall

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Anna G
Boston, Massachusetts
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The ideal place for shopping all underground! miles and miles of malls, restaurants , cinema, theaters, the works! You can spend entire days without setting foot outside! It is the best when it is minus 20 outside or sweltering in mid-july!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Huge amount of shops, great variety. Would have preferred better quality restaurants. The fast food was not bad, ut a few more upmarket ones would add value to the mall

Thank Anna G
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Under the city you find restaurants, shops of every kind. Forget about the weather and just shop ,shop and shop some more. Every brand imaginable is present. If you jst want to walk around do so...always busy .

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Montreals underground city, it is a huge sprawling interconnected series of malls passages lined with small stores, it twists and turns, inter connects with the metro, it can occupy several vertical level both below and above ground including the principal stores and some hotels. For a visitor it can be very confusing to navigate, you loose all sense of direction... More 

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Winchester, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited in the Summer, when the weather was beautiful outside. If the weather is pretty outside, you need to take advantage of the sun, however if it is raining or snowing then the Underground City is the perfect destination. It is easily accessible via the subway. There are lots of stores and restaurants all underground, be careful it's so... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

More like a mall. We could not find anything worth calling an underground city. It's mostly several malls connecting - that way you can walk for miles and miles in a warm place if It's rainy or cold.

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Georgetown, Ontario
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the underground is a collection of your normal mall stores situated in downtown Montreal. the nice thing is that when the weather is bad you can shop till you drop as everything is connected underground.

Thank GSouth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to dodge the weather but expect to get lost and make sure to find a map, it’s a huge complex underground filled with shops and food.

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Woodbine, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You might need a map to get around here, especially if you are looking for something in particular. Handy way to get around town if you want to avoid cold or rain. The shops had hefty price tags so we didn't buy a thing. Food courts have free wi-fi.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With over 30 kms of tunnels, you could seriously become a mole person, and with the extremes of HOT humid summers and bitterly cold winter winds one can see why this refuge was developed. You can find everything here from shopping malls, to restaurants, to hotels & the metro connects it all ! Easy to get turned around but very... More 

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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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