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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
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+1 514-990-1872
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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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Great place to visit for some food and shops. It's very easy to loose while strolling around. Shops are not different to those of any shopping center.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Montreal’s Underground City, a massive web of tunnels that connects a major area of downtown office buildings, hotels, museums, banks, condominiums, great deals on smoked meat, shopping malls, metro stations, and even the Bell Centre. When navigating this subterranean complex, you’ll know you’re on the right track when you see these four little letters: RÉSO, a short form of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We HATED this place. We went here looking for things that were open and things that were inside because it was cold. We walked in circles - the signage was terrible. We finally found one area that was not totally dead, and it was nothing more than a food court. (We got a coffee and a pastry from one of... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is hard to believe that when you visit in the summer that in winter it is absolutely freezing. So much so that Montreal has a network of underground walkways and tunnels with shops. So you can walk parts of the city without venturing outdoors. We only went underground for a peek, to see what it was like and see... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well it rained for two days in Montreal last week so this attraction came in handy. The underground city, also known as RESO, is not really a tourist attraction but an ingenious labyrinth of tunnels, atria, walkways and lobbies that connect just about everything in downtown Montreal. It's used by a half million people per day. You can shop here,... More 

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Thank ParkerSturbridge
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not one single place! It refers to the different tunnels that connect the major buildings and shopping malls in downtown Montreal. Google map places an indicator randomly, somewhere around the center of town. There is nothing particular about this spot. (It's across the street from my place of work and I see tourists following directions to this very... More 

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Great place to visit for some food and shops. It's very easy to loose while strolling around. Shops are not different to those of any shopping center.

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Vermont
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The underground city is a varied and unique assembly of places. Posh shops are joined by subway tunnels with various levels of ornamentation- from bare concrete to nicely finished. Periodic "squares" appear with restaurants and shops. The correct path is not always clear, hence the Adventure.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I work in Montreal and have been for over 39 years. The Underground City is amazing to visit, shop and eat. It is vast and very practical on bad weather days (especially in winter). Everyone should visit, it is something to see and it follows the metro (subway), it's not a labyrinth.

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Thank Chantal B
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This is the first time we have visited this place it is very large and you probably could get lost but there are information places and everyone seems willing to help. A lot of eateries with delicious looking food. We will definitely return our next trip

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Honestly, the name is misleading. All it is is huge network of shopping malls underground. For people who dislike winters or who want to avoid a rainy day, it can be a useful way to get around in parts of downtown without stepping outside. It even links up the orange and green metro lines. But if you're allergic to crowds,... 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 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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