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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
Fee: Yes
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Description: Montreal's answer to the region's harsh winters, Underground City refers...
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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A Great Place for Shopping

Loved the place. They have lots of shops with almost anything you're looking for. The maps can be a little confusing when trying to leave but it's not that hard. They have plenty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Albany, New York

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Despite using Google maps can be hard to find. Not that clear how to get from one part to another either. Found it somewhat of a disappointment too .

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Bedminster, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Wow, we went searching for the "Underground City" and what did we find? A mall. From which you could easily see the sidewalk. Seriously, there are better malls in New Jersey. Possibly, if you're from a land without malls, you could think this place is special, I suppose. But first you have to find it. We followed Google Maps and... More 

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Melbourne
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We felt that this underground venue is really just a large station with plenty of food outlets and not as many specialty shops as we expected. We found it difficult to locate, and then to find our way out again. Needs more signage. Cannot recommend.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The underground is large and spread out and is very confusing compared to other large undergrounds we have visited. It appears to be several different shopping areas connected by passageways that are not always clearly marked. If you find a store or location near where you want to go and concentrate and finding that you can manage to get around.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

If you have been during winter season in Montreal you know for sure what i am talking about. There are -25 degree celsius outside during day and this lasts for weeks, at least. So the underground city in downtown Montreal is the best place to spend the day or weekend if you are visiting the city. There hundreds of shops,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I dare say...there is more going on down below the city than on the streets! Absolute madness!! Stores, boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, salons, florists, markets, metro, Amtrak -you name it - it's down there! Careful, though! Without a skyline to follow, you can very easily get lost! Knowing a little bit of French helps because there are no signs in... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Loved the place. They have lots of shops with almost anything you're looking for. The maps can be a little confusing when trying to leave but it's not that hard. They have plenty of maps for you to look at.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Crazy long walk between sections. We discovered that not many locals know how to handle it. There are lot of shops and you can get lost easily. Go ahead and do it.

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Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

As a local, I can understand that it is confusing. For what seems "The Underground City", is just another mall or foodcourt belonging to a building. What is RESO then? Those are the tunnels that connect several commercial buildings downtown that make it the hyped 'Underground City'. The reviews you'll read here are not referring to the RESO, but to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The underground city is fantastick, lots of shopping and food options! On December 27th a couple of years ago Montreal had a wicked blizzard with some 30cm of snow. We're we come from everything in the city would have been shut down, but not here, it was business as usual and we didn't even have to go out in the... More 

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Address: Downtown, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Location: Canada  >  Quebec  >  Montreal>  > Centre-Ville (Downtown)

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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.