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Underground City

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Centre-Ville (Downtown)
As featured in 3 Days in Montreal and 2 other guides
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Address: Downtown, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Phone Number: 5149901872
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Montreal's answer to the region's harsh winters, Underground City refers to...

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 surprise underground

A great surprise is the underground city with tunnels beneath the shops above. Great for the diverse weather conditions. You can shop until you drop, make your way across the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great surprise is the underground city with tunnels beneath the shops above. Great for the diverse weather conditions. You can shop until you drop, make your way across the city without being affected by too hot or cold conditions. Not obvious where the entrances are so you need to ask.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can travel just about the entire downtown area underground, and we're not talking about a tunnel. There are hundreds of stores and attractions here plus easy access to the Metro (subway.) Montrealers who live downtown can walk to work on the coldest, snow-iest winter day without a coat.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Amazing underground shopping centre, metro and businesses. Due to the winter weather, Montreal has this amazing and vast interconnected set of shopping areas. There are restaurants and entertainment. Well worth a visit but maybe leave the credit card behind!.,

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hundreds of shops and restaurants, all connected above and below ground in the heart of downtown Montreal, and fully accessible by the Metro. This is the ideal place to spend a rainy day or when visiting the city on business in the middle of January.

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A great place to shop when weather is foul, hot or cold, and winter in Montreal is unforgiving. My only complaint is, there's always so many people.

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Wilmington, DE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stores are over-priced including fast-food/cafes. But beautiful ambiance and convenience. Plus "safe" from the elements. Great for people-watching too.

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burlington ON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

While in Montreal go to the UNDERGROUND CITY near Harry Rosen. Inside on the 2nd floor is a free exhibit of 1000 designer dressed Barbies: Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle; CHER in her costumes; the royal wedding of William & Kate; Bob Mackie's costumes; the Dallas Cowboys; costumes from global communities; Liz Taylor as CLEOPATRA,....

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went with natives of Montreal. Zillions of shops. It would take a very long time over many visits to see everything in the underground city. We spent about 2 hours walking pretty briskly. Just when you think that you are getting close to the end of a trail, it opens into another huge multi-storied store or indoor mall. It... More 

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Aix-les-Bains, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A little hard to find. Had to ask our way. Wonderful sight when you get in. We only saw a small part of it and it makes you wonder if we shouldn't come back in winter to see it in full action.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We know the undergorund city is mainly due to the cruel Winter, but the Montreal one is intelligently designed with clear layout, and daylight in all major points!

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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.