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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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Nice in winter to get out of the cold

Visited Montreal in March 2009 and came upon the underground shopping from my hotel which connected to underground Montreal. Really nice to get out of the windy, cold weather of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Prince George, Canada
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Perth, Australia
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The underground city is not an urban myth. It does indeed exist, but don’t expect to find any signs like ” underground city this way”. Look for “RESO” written in small letters on obscure doors around downtown. Open the door and be consumed by the labyrinth for the next few hours, or until you stumble upon an exit. Not that... More 

Thank Tracy M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Huge underground system connecting swathes of Montreal. Not very well signposted or easy to navigate for non-locals. Interesting in summer but I presume it's vital in winter to escape the freezing conditions.

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Bernardsville, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a bit of a disappointment to us as the underground was little more than a second rate underground shopping mall with a food court, and a way to walk underground in inclement weather.

Thank PattyO34
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you plan on visiting this place be prepared to walk, it goes on for miles. All the main street entrances are marked by a 'RESO Sign'. 'Via Rail' is located underground beside a large food court. The food choices are decent but the same as you would find above ground. You can access the 'Eaton Centre Shopping Mall' without... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited Montreal in March 2009 and came upon the underground shopping from my hotel which connected to underground Montreal. Really nice to get out of the windy, cold weather of winter. Shops and restaurants throughout the tunnels. I was happy to see the Bay as most of the shops weren't great in quality.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Given that this place is huge and convoluted, I'd expect there to be a detailed map of the underground city. It was very overwhelming to navigate.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Montreal for Christmas. It was cold and some days were snowy and wet. Our hotel was very close to an entrance to the Underground City. It was nice to be able to walk around without freezing, getting our feet wet or slipping on icy pavement.

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Saratoga, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The underground city is a collection of malls connected by walkways and escalators that allow people to get around the center of the city without having to brace the winter cold. The stores and restaurants are nothing special. You see the same stores everywhere. However, it is a very nice way to get around the city when it is freezing... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to go to the "underground city" because the rental car company was there. The only reason I give it 1 star is because we had breakfast and it was decent and the service at the restaurant was very good. Do not invest a minute of your visit there, unless you need to take a train (station and subway... More 

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a great place to get out of the wind and the snow for awhile. You can get lost as there are areas with little to no activity and other areas that are bustling. Hard to find the entrances as there are reportedly about 100, but we weren't looking that hard.

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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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