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Underground City

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Address: Downtown, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Montreal's answer to the region's harsh winters, Underground City...

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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Shopper's meca

This should be any persons dream for retail therapy. Could literally spend days down there and not get to all the shops.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Lee-Anne C
Nanton, Canada

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The underground network is very impressive, its some where to go either during the summer when its hot and humid out and great for the winter time when its chilly out and you want to do some shopping, or just get around the city. During the winter also we do have in February where they bring the tunnels to life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This vast underground network allows one to enjoy many shops and eateries in relative warmth during the winter, but is open year-round. The design and variety, and layout is impressive, and really something to see when you are in Montreal! Maps are available (stop in at a tourist office or get online). You can get to malls, decorative lobbies, and... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There really isn't much except some restaurants and fast food places at one end. The underground passages seem to go for miles, and the store fronts facing the passages are empty. But it is a good way to get out of the rain or snow.

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Montreal, Canada
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Montreal and am still amazed when I go shopping in the underground city. It like another world. I brought my nieces and there were amazed at the stores and restaurants you can go to all while under ground. We spent the day shopping and eating, once we were done, it was night time and we didn't even... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The underground city of Montreal is unique in the world. In the deep cold days you can walk all over Montreal downtown and uptown without any problem get shopping done go to the movies and have dinner

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Nanton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This should be any persons dream for retail therapy. Could literally spend days down there and not get to all the shops.

1 Thank Lee-Anne C
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to hide from the heat or the rain. Lots of fun wandering through the tunnels. Lots of shops along the way.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can get lost in this maze under Montreal but you must visit the Underground City during your stay. It is easy to get there from the train station or any metro stop. We stayed at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth which connects to the Undergound. You can walk through quite a bit of downtown Montreal without going above ground and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found it hard at first to figure out where to get into the Malls. I ended up going through the Via Rail Terminal. I know there is probably another way, but this is the way I went. There is also a $10 all day outdoor parking lot next to the Mcdonalds or Tim hortons in the same complex.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you read about the Underground City on Wikipedia, it says that most city folk don't even know about it! They just consider it the tunnels that connect downtown together. So don't go around asking for it. Just enter through any train station and start Roaming! Some spots in the web are more interesting, else it may just seem like... 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.