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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:
+1 514-990-1872
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 in winter to get out of the cold

Visited Montreal in March 2009 and came upon the underground shopping from my hotel which connected to underground Montreal. Really nice to get out of the windy, cold weather of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Prince George, Canada
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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited Montreal in March 2009 and came upon the underground shopping from my hotel which connected to underground Montreal. Really nice to get out of the windy, cold weather of winter. Shops and restaurants throughout the tunnels. I was happy to see the Bay as most of the shops weren't great in quality.

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Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Given that this place is huge and convoluted, I'd expect there to be a detailed map of the underground city. It was very overwhelming to navigate.

Thank missladee77
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited Montreal for Christmas. It was cold and some days were snowy and wet. Our hotel was very close to an entrance to the Underground City. It was nice to be able to walk around without freezing, getting our feet wet or slipping on icy pavement.

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Saratoga, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The underground city is a collection of malls connected by walkways and escalators that allow people to get around the center of the city without having to brace the winter cold. The stores and restaurants are nothing special. You see the same stores everywhere. However, it is a very nice way to get around the city when it is freezing... More 

Thank JoanJh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had to go to the "underground city" because the rental car company was there. The only reason I give it 1 star is because we had breakfast and it was decent and the service at the restaurant was very good. Do not invest a minute of your visit there, unless you need to take a train (station and subway... More 

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great place to get out of the wind and the snow for awhile. You can get lost as there are areas with little to no activity and other areas that are bustling. Hard to find the entrances as there are reportedly about 100, but we weren't looking that hard.

1 Thank Bonnie5901
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's just an underground mall. Yes, it's an easy way to traverse the city when it's cold, but I don't understand all the attention this place gets. At the end of the day, it's just a mall. I wouldn't go out of your way to see this. If your hotel happens to be part of it as ours was, then... More 

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are miles, as in over 4 miles of underground shopping, restaurants, and activities for you to enjoy. I go to the fabulous city of Montreal 3 or 4 times every year. Been there in every season, every day of the week, over major holidays, etc. and have spent hours having fun finding all the different ways to get where... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

underground city is a smart idea for the cold weather city. the wind and snow is heavy in Montreal, people cannot stand for the cold weather. but the underground city connected all the buildings and subway station. it is very large and convenient.

Thank Sherry W
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were dodging raindrops all day during our visit, but when the skies opened up we headed underground to look for a Metro Station. Little did we know that we would end up wandering the Underground City for hours. This place must be a god-send during those cold, blustery Canadian winters.

Thank Michael g

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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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