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Underground City

Downtown, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Ville-Marie)
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As featured in Montreal on a Budget
Ranked #59 of 235 attractions in Montreal
Type: Malls, Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Montreal's answer to the region's harsh winters, Underground City refers to the extensive web of train stations, restaurants, department stores and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
64 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

Some parts of the so called underground city are quite fascinating and when wandering some of the deserted corridors it can feel a little like you've wandered onto the set of 2001 A Space Odyssey or Clockwork Orange. Mostly, however, it is just a series of inter-connected shopping malls and metro stations. At times geographically confusing and challenging yet also... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews 73 reviews
28 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This is all about expectations, I think. Having read about the underground city before our trip to Montreal, I think I was expecting something much more interesting than we actually saw. Yes, it's impressive that there's a network of walkways and tunnels that can keep people out of the cold (or heat). Beyond that, however, we just spent our time... More

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Andover, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Many of the subway stops on the subway open up to these hugh 3 or 4 story malls that are all underground. Most have nice shops and good restaurants. On a cold day enjoy exploring the city inside.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We ended up playing rock, paper, scissors as there were so many different directions we could go in. I was amazed at how well this underground network actually operated. What a BUZZ, I LOVED it !!!!!

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Hong Kong, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

The malls are more than you can cover in one time. Very good idea to react to extreme weather. The malls are quite good individually, but not really fascinating if you come from a metropolitan. It would be great if there are some themes to really 'link up' the whole city

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Barcelona, Spain
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The Underground City System (RÉSO) consists on many mall's underground stores and from other big buildings (such as the Congress Palace), that are connected so that you can walk around Montreal's city centre without having to go on the surface. This is specially useful in their cold super cold winter, although walking underground implies some detours. Regarding the commercial zone... More

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Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We visited Montreal in December. It was generally at or near zero degrees F the entire time we were there. This mall is attached to the metro and completely underground. It is a great attraction for escaping the cold and the there are many stores and food spots. Worth a visit.

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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

The underground city isn't exactly a city at all but more or a series of interconnected malls, plazas and subways. Seems like the idea of this as a tourist attraction is relatively new since the signage providing travelers guidance is at times confusing or absent. Impressive it might be as a feat of urban planning and architecture, the cool factor... More

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Washington, D.C.
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

The underground shopping arcade is just like any other mall, but underground and spanning several city blocks in different directions. You can get lost down here and should have a map with you so you can figure out which way to go to find your exit. The metro has stops along here as well so it's easy to get to.... More

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This city beneath the city has all of the goods and services as the city streets above without the weather. In August this is not important but stay at the Marriott downtown and have direct access to the subway via elevator in the lobby and you will not have to experience what cold can be! Montreal is one of the... More

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