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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
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Nice walk on a Rainy Day

In town for the weekend and as luck had it, it rained all Saturday. My friend took my wife, daughter and I to the Underground City. We had a nice dry walk around and my wife got... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Bracebridge, Canada
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Bracebridge, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In town for the weekend and as luck had it, it rained all Saturday. My friend took my wife, daughter and I to the Underground City. We had a nice dry walk around and my wife got to do some shopping.

Thank MuskokaMan
South Berwick, Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I found the Underground City fine, but it was just a "mall" with a food court. It was raining outside so it ended up being a good place to retreat to.

Thank Ginnylou03908
North Reading, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We entered the complex after a bus tour we took and had planned to wander through to get to our hotel which has an entrance/exit right around the corner. WE got lost and could not figure out how to get there despite having a map. We finally exited and made our way home via the streets. I will say the... More 

Thank travelingkate01
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's a great idea for a very cold winter city and a challenge of construction completed. But basically is a web of paths that connects important buildings to the life of downtown and also provides shopping stores to entertain you indoors.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were in town during horrible weather. We weren't shopping but it was still cool to see all of the underground "malls". There are many. Least impressive was Eaton Center. The Cours Mont-Royal underground shopping was lovely. It was great being able to say in at a hotel (Le Westin) that goes right into the tunnels. Everything is available there.... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Built to combat the deep snow experienced by Montreal, this is a way of walking around the city without going outside. I'm sure for locals it is brillant but is somewhat confusing for the visitor. My advice is to experience it rather than try to get somewhere.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Montreal underground city is fun to visit as it shows you how Montrealers get around during hot summer days and cold winter days. There is lots of shopping to do and even movie theaters but the fun part is to use the passageways to make it to other buildings downtown and the exiting onto the street and seeing where... More 

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Stavanger, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When inside a modern shopping mall, you could be in any city. Their all the same, so unless its havy rain or so hot you will escape underground, skip it.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Since it has rained for 2 days, we have enjoyed shopping & dining in this nice underground city. There are a large variety of shops & there are food count areas to enjoy a meal or just a coffee. We found this very nice to stay out of the rain.

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A city under a city. Talked to a lovely information lady and she said some People never see the light of day during the winter. It has literally everything you could want.

Thank Gena C

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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.
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