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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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A city below the snow

A nice cozy place to go when it is freezing outside. It is linked to the metro, which makes it very convenient and has all the necessary shops and outlets.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Hameed K
Manama, Bahrain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The 3 big shopping malls are connected and it's extremely convenient for customers. They have various choice for food , clothing and accessories

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Underground City has a large variety of stores.However, the quality of those stores is pretty low. While the concept of an underground might sound great, if you are looking for a great shopping experience, look elsewhere.

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Concord, New Hampshire, United States
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I may have missed something, but if I didn't, all it is is an underground tunnel to get from one side of town to a mall on the other side of town. Maybe if it was pouring rain or a snow storm, otherwise big deal.?

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Somehow I thought the underground city would be more than a glorified series of shopping malls. I was wrong. Unless you love mall shopping, skip this. It's nothing to be excited about, truly.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an interesting concept to link the city through a series of tunnels that flow under buildings. Good for a cold day, but I thought it was going to be more vibrant with more things to see in the different tunnels. Also, it leaves you with a weird feeling because you can walk great distances but have no visual... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was the most frustrating part of my Montreal experience. Not only was it difficult to find an entrance, but everyone we asked about it were giving completely different directions. Of which none helped. I've never been lost trying to get in somewhere. We walked for 1h30 and got no where.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place to go when it's raining or cold. There are so many restaurants and cafes that you will find what you want. The main train station comes into the underground city. There are so many retail shops as well that should satisfy any shopper.

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Manama, Bahrain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice cozy place to go when it is freezing outside. It is linked to the metro, which makes it very convenient and has all the necessary shops and outlets.

Thank Hameed K
Kiamesha Lake, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WOWWWWWW!!!!!! This vibrantly alive city beneath Magical Montreal! far exceeded our expectations. enter the Underground across the street from the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Hyatt Hotel is above this entrance. Delicious affordable restaurants, best Parisian Bakery in town, a dazzling night water and light show , safe, warm eclectic environment. we enjoyed a few hours of leisure strolling with... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting place. Lots and lots of shopping and different types of foods -- from fast food to fairly decent dining places.

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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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