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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Centre-Ville (Downtown)
(514) 398-9769
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed January 26, 2004

It was 30 below and yet in the underground city it was like being in 30 above weather--the shops and the restaurants were well worth the visit--everything is underground and connected through the pedistrian walkway and the metro--very easy to find the place you have...More

62  Thank Navigator35615
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed April 23, 2009

The most important thing to know is that the "Underground City" is not one, unified thing. It's made of a bunch of different malls, which just happen to be interconnected with each other. Each mall has its own hours, and its own policy on locking...More

13  Thank pnaw10
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All reviews above ground huge mall gare centrale eaton centre rainy day street level great place to shop cold weather lots of shops downtown montreal old montreal tunnel winter metro reso maze interconnected
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you find yourself in Montreal, looking to do some shopping but the weather has you reluctant, then be sure to try out the underground "city" of shopping "malls". I especially recommend the Complexe Desjardins with it's indoor water fountains.

Thank 403rayt
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very cool spot to get all your shopping done. Major malls are all interconnected through the underground. What a great place to go when in Montreal...doesn’t matter what it’s doing outside...rain, sun, fog, snow....it’s all the same in the underground! Got a lot of our...More

Thank 296KevinB296
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had read a lot about this labyrinth of shopping malls, but you cannot take in just how big it is, we really entered by accident, we went into Simons and somehow we ended up in the underground city, we took advice and didn’t wonder...More

1  Thank 43ericb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having never experienced this sort of thing before, it was quite interesting. Stores galore. Largest food court I’ve ever seen. While I didn’t walk the entire length, found the part I navigated easy to follow. You just have to pay attention. Since the city is...More

Thank 09fxdc
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an interesting way to visit a city (reminded me of Japan) but challenging as well. Glad we were not afraid of getting lost!

Thank ELLlady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Underground City is very convenient and is a fun shield from the cold, but the signs are bit confusing and it's not really a place to leisurely stroll. I'd hate to encourage tourists as it's clearly that city dwellers use these passage ways to...More

1  Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The underground is a great place to avoid the weather, but it can be very tough to navigate. Once you get to the shopping area, it is easy to navigate, but trying to get through the tunnels from you hotel is a bit confusing. Nice...More

Thank mayhewtravelor
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The crisp fall temperatures were just coming in when we arrived in Montreal. We were bundled up roaming the streets with wind blowing in our faces. We were pleasantly surprised when we discovered the underground. It was warm and convenient compared to the cold temperatures...More

Thank TinkerbellesMom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A decent way to spend the day if there’s bad weather outside. We felt lost at times, but following the rule of just keep walking in the direction of the “RESO” signs you saw got us where we needed to go (although circuitously at times)....More

1  Thank lws07
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

amazing that you can walk almost anywhere in Montreal without having the be exposed to the elements. I image in winter these walkways are packed with commuters. There are plenty of shops to view while walking. We walked from near McGill to Old Town and...More

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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
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August 30, 2018|
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Response from smichelini2017 | Reviewed this property |
Parking is an issue throughout the shopping district and Old Montreal. There are places to park, but if possible I would leave the car at your hotel and take a cab or the metro. They provide easy access throughout the city... More
January 3, 2018|
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Response from Robert V | Reviewed this property |
The Queen E and the InterContinental. These are high end facilities. I am not aware of any mid-range hotels attached to the underground city. That does not mean there are none. Peel Street has a hotel just across the street... More
Althea H
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Julie C | Reviewed this property |
There isn't a "best" entrance. It depends on where you are. If you just want to walk through then start anywhere and walk in any direction. There are multiple directions to go and sometimes more than one way of going to the... More