Underground City
Underground City
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Montreal's Underground City, or RÉSO, is an impressive subterranean pedestrian network that spans 20 miles of tunnels. The network is largely climate-controlled, making it a perfect escape from Montreal's harsh weather conditions, especially during winter. You can find over 1,600 shops and facilities within the city and it connects three major shopping malls, hotels, offices, and more. It's also a great way to get to the metro, or spots like Place des Arts and Chinatown. It's easy to get lost, so join a walking tour to help you navigate the city and discover all the cool art and architecture. – Tripadvisor
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,074 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to Get Lost
    The apartment building we stayed in was linked to this very large underground network of passages and shops and places to eat. Also linked to the Metro. You can walk around much of downtown without ever going outside, which is great in bad weather. But the passages are very confusing to tourists and the signage is terrible, thus it is easy to get lost.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • N F
    Edmonton, Canada133 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just a mall
    This probably doesn’t even qualify as a “thing to do”. It’s just a network of ordinary shopping malls joined by uninteresting underground tunnels. It’s hard to navigate around and not especially nice inside. The fountain and food court at Place Desjardins is the highlight: after that it’s not worth the effort. If it’s raining or cold it’s probably better than walking around outside… that’s about the best you can say.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Florida B
    Vero Beach, Florida229 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good idea for bad weather bring your compass
    It was cold and raining so we decided to wonder around the underground. It was also a Sunday. The place was packed. It was hard to navigate too. Market One looked like a great idea. It was an upscale food court. We couldn’t find 2 seats together so we left
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Aslan's Traveler
    Burnsville, Minnesota628 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's basically a mall
    First a disclaimer, we are from Minneapolis, where the downtown buildings are all linked by second floor skyways. So, the idea of a bunch of connected buildings was nothing unique to us. That said, that's what this is, a bunch of buildings connected by tunnels. There is at least one very cool fountain in the Complex des Jardins and the Eaton center has a very nice "high-end food court" with various upscale options (no McD or Tim Hortons here). But otherwise, there really aren't any particular attractions, except for the various stores and restaurants--which are mostly in either Eaton Center or CDJ anyway. In fact, walking through the tunnels (at least on Sunday morning when we were there), can be a bit creepy.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • md1mm
    Sheffield, United Kingdom1,570 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to shop
    Unless someone tells you, you can not imagine how good and extensive the underground city is. Very clean, great shops, busy, and you can walk around whatever the weather. It is always one of the highlights of every visit I make to Montreal.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 16, 2023
  • travelingmom2674
    Bethesda, Maryland35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great, but confusing!
    Overall, this network of tunnels and venues is brilliant. My complaint is that the maps and signs are just not sufficient to help a first timer figure out where they are going. It is particularly confusing in the Victoria/Bonaventure area. We were walking around with several other tourists and none of us could figure out if we were really going the right way. I'm sure once you do it a few times it becomes second nature.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 21, 2024
  • Mai S
    Topanga, California38 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's HUGE.
    I really don't know what to think of the Underground City. I know it's necessary for the rough weather seasons but if you are used to the stand alone malls we have in the US thenyou are going to be a bit shocked. Because it's HUGE. 20+ miles huge. I took my daughter to check it out and we entered in the the Complexe Desjardins entrance. That center was okay. But pretty. There was a really big supermarket called IGA which was fun to walk around and see Canadian producst. The other mall stores however were not really for the younger set but it did have the coolest chocolate store there called Chocolat Favoris. We had the best chocolate dipped cones we ever had in our lives there. Highly recommend. The food court also looked cool but we had already had lunch before we got there. We finally asked someone what part of the Underground City was best and he sent us over the Eaton. Go there. More of the modern stores are there. I think it's pretty amazing that Montreal folks probably have this Underground City memorized.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 5, 2024
  • wireless_in_CA
    United States7,429 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not Very Navigable
    We started our visit at the Complexe Desjardins and initially thought this was a nice start to the Underground City. Here was a nice open area, shops, restaurants, grocery store where we picked up some items and restrooms. We followed some of the walkways to the other portions of the underground. However, there was a lack of maps or guidance to figure out what was next or where it went. After a short while we turned around. I could see this being very helpful on cold, rainy or snowy days if one knows where to go. If they did some type of mapping and posting then it might have more interest to visitors.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2024
  • Samsonjh
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom185 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not a city, more just a load of confusing walkways
    Ok, this is a bit of false advertising and IS NOT an underground city! It's basically a series of walkways that kind of link a number of shopping malls... and it's pretty impossible to follow!! The signs are hidden in random locations and are written in a way that don't catch the eye. I get it's probably useful in the bad weather and winter but pretty pointless any other time, it takes twice as long to get anywhere because you have to keep retracing your steps and you miss a lot of the sights of Montreal by being underground. Good luck trying to decipher the maps on the wall!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2024
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Craig H
Lowell, Massachusetts25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This "destination" gets talked up a lot, but the experience isn't nearly what the descriptions claim it is. Basically, enough buildings dug underground connections between each other that it's turned into a 30-kilometer waste of time. Sure, if it's the dead of winter, by all means head underground. But if it's any other time of year, there's nothing down there to hold a candle to what's up top. Do yourself a favor and stick to the good stuff above ground.
Written August 9, 2022
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Renee S
26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
My teen daughter and I were looking for the Underground city today after reading about it online. It is challenging to find if you cannot read French. We asked a security guard for directions, referring to it as underground city, and he was not sure what we were talking about. We finally found a segment at the train station. It did seem to connect a couple metro stations and was easy to walk between. It has food shops, and plenty of shoe shops. The big 4 floor area is an above ground mall, which is nowhere near what I expected when hearing the area called an Underground city. We got a lot of walking in, a not-so-impressive smoothie, and not much else.
Written April 7, 2023
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom21,909 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
RÉSO Underground City is a labyrinth of intrerconnecting walkways and tunnels that connect commercial, residential areas as well as shopping malls and office buildings in the Downtown district of Montréal. The network is so extensive that it is possible to complete a full circuit of the central area of the city combined with using the intregrated Métro system without needing to go above ground.

We have been visiting RÉSO Underground City for many years and on our most recent visit in January 2023 we used the underground network in order to stop off at various landmarks enroute. Over the years signage has improved but it could be better, sometimes we ended up down blind alleys scratching our heads. Even though it can be confusing on some of the less central parts of the network it is still a fantastic system and worth exploring on any visit to the city.
Written February 23, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,074 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The apartment building we stayed in was linked to this very large underground network of passages and shops and places to eat. Also linked to the Metro. You can walk around much of downtown without ever going outside, which is great in bad weather. But the passages are very confusing to tourists and the signage is terrible, thus it is easy to get lost.
Written June 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jadstrim
Randolph Center, VT53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
If you do not know French finding this place without assistance can be troublesome. The tunnels connecting all are by subway not walking (as far as we could see). Finally walked above ground to Eaton Center from which you can access the main shopping area.
Written March 18, 2023
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Mai S
Topanga, CA38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I really don't know what to think of the Underground City. I know it's necessary for the rough weather seasons but if you are used to the stand alone malls we have in the US thenyou are going to be a bit shocked. Because it's HUGE. 20+ miles huge. I took my daughter to check it out and we entered in the the Complexe Desjardins entrance. That center was okay. But pretty. There was a really big supermarket called IGA which was fun to walk around and see Canadian producst. The other mall stores however were not really for the younger set but it did have the coolest chocolate store there called Chocolat Favoris. We had the best chocolate dipped cones we ever had in our lives there. Highly recommend. The food court also looked cool but we had already had lunch before we got there. We finally asked someone what part of the Underground City was best and he sent us over the Eaton. Go there. More of the modern stores are there. I think it's pretty amazing that Montreal folks probably have this Underground City memorized.
Written April 5, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rick Evans
Seattle, WA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Montreal is a Great walking city to enjoy history, food, architecture and more. ( I’ve heard of the epic jazz music and comedy but now yet experienced myself.) My Uber driver recommended Schwartz smoked meats and Fairmont bakery bagels… yes, go eat at both! Bota Bota is a must for relaxation, water circuit and massage! Basilica Notre Dame evening light show is amazing along with touring the nearly 200 year old church. Hockey was fun and so much more.
Written March 1, 2023
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Aslan's Traveler
Burnsville, MN628 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
First a disclaimer, we are from Minneapolis, where the downtown buildings are all linked by second floor skyways. So, the idea of a bunch of connected buildings was nothing unique to us. That said, that's what this is, a bunch of buildings connected by tunnels. There is at least one very cool fountain in the Complex des Jardins and the Eaton center has a very nice "high-end food court" with various upscale options (no McD or Tim Hortons here). But otherwise, there really aren't any particular attractions, except for the various stores and restaurants--which are mostly in either Eaton Center or CDJ anyway. In fact, walking through the tunnels (at least on Sunday morning when we were there), can be a bit creepy.
Written November 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

wireless_in_CA
United States7,429 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We started our visit at the Complexe Desjardins and initially thought this was a nice start to the Underground City. Here was a nice open area, shops, restaurants, grocery store where we picked up some items and restrooms.

We followed some of the walkways to the other portions of the underground. However, there was a lack of maps or guidance to figure out what was next or where it went. After a short while we turned around.

I could see this being very helpful on cold, rainy or snowy days if one knows where to go. If they did some type of mapping and posting then it might have more interest to visitors.
Written April 23, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

N F
Edmonton, Canada133 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This probably doesn’t even qualify as a “thing to do”. It’s just a network of ordinary shopping malls joined by uninteresting underground tunnels. It’s hard to navigate around and not especially nice inside. The fountain and food court at Place Desjardins is the highlight: after that it’s not worth the effort. If it’s raining or cold it’s probably better than walking around outside… that’s about the best you can say.
Written July 22, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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