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Underground City

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
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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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It is huge, hundreds of stores and food courts, you find acces almost anything you need from churches to a train station, ice skating and hockey stadium.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Halifax, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I've never had a weakness for shopping. My Boyfriend and I left to hotel on a snowy saturday morning wondering what we could do while the weather was so bad. We decided on checking out the underground city, which is basically malls and shops connected by underground passageways. For a moment I thought I had walked right into Toronto, finding... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This underground city is great you have stores all over the place.. The only downfall is we were visiting and they didn't have maps to show you how to get any were...Maps is a must for people who don't come from there... a must see..

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Lima, Peru
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

It is huge, hundreds of stores and food courts, you find acces almost anything you need from churches to a train station, ice skating and hockey stadium.

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Adelaide, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

A little bit hard to follow the map at 1st attempt but once you get the hang of it you never need to go outside again' plenty of shops and places to eat, controlled temperature, entry from my hotel into the system excellent

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Gatineau Quebec
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

if you are in Montreal, it is in part because you want to experience the vitality on the street, see the people, enjoy the sites. you get none of that underground. just hurried people going from work to home or vice versa. use it if you want to be in from the inclement weather but expect endless corridor and endless... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Let me preface the following by stating clearly that I am Montrealais d'origine (born Montrealer). Having said that, I probably patronize la Ville Souterraine (the Underground City or RESO) no more than a half-dozen times annually, more often than not, whenever I receive out-of-town visitors. My loss, really, because the Underground is truly the ideal escape from our rather chilly... More 

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Whitby, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is absolutely a great way to get around and enjoy the city, especially when the weather out is bad. unlimited choices on what is available.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

RÉSO in Montréal is a complex network of tunnels and walkways that run above and below ground and connect shopping malls, banks, Metro stations and buildings in the Downtown area. The first sections were built in 1962 and then expanded in 1966 when the Montréal Metro was opened. There are over 32km of tunnels and walkways on the RÉSO system.... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We grabbed a map at the Info Booth at Eaton Centre (closest entrance is St. Catherine's) but it turned out to be very similar to the tourist map I got at my hotel. All the buildings in blue can be reached without going outside. Some signage is good, some nonexistent. Sometimes you have to follow the signs for the metro... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

1. You could go in for the shops, but most connected malls lack a sprinkling of the big luxury names or the mass department stores. So you end up walking round the food courts asking yourself why you came in. 2. Even in the ugliest gray of winter, the sights outside were much prettier. Note: the malls under which we... More 

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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.