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    ‘Underground City’ Shopping

    by tiabunna Updated Jan 16, 2008

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    Montreal is famous for its complex of underground tunnels linking buildings, in particular the shopping centres. When winters are freezing, shifting things underground away from the weather does indeed seem to make eminent sense – as well as being rather unique. So we just had to experience this for ourselves.

    According to the information we received, the ‘Underground City’ now takes in 33km of connecting passageways and links over 1700 boutiques and businesses. That isn’t hard to believe, because with our lack of local knowledge we soon were … um … lost! Undaunted, we pressed on, finding some shops selling the goods we needed (more summer clothing).

    While we did our shopping though, I came to the realisation that our ‘above ground’ shopping malls are equally windowless – so the experience of shopping underground felt very like being at home. And, interestingly, the Montreal shopping complex in the photos even had a glass dome over the top, through which trees were visible (photo 2): that was definitely less claustrophobic than usual in a ‘standard’ shopping centre!

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    Downtown: Sainte-Catherine Street Sidewalk Sale

    by brazwhazz Written Oct 25, 2007

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    Corner of Sainte-Catherine and Peel Streets

    Sainte-Catherine Street is Montreal's main shopping street. If a major international chain has a store in Montreal, it is likely to be found here. Countless souvenir stores, street vendors and coffee shops compete with those larger chains on the city's most bustling street.

    While this means you will very few original, smaller stores in this part of town, it also means that this is perhaps the best place to feel the pulse of Montreal during the day, as you cross the full gamut of locals, whether they are on their way to/from work, lazing around or shopping themselves.

    Every year in July, Sainte-Catherine's merchants holds a huge sidewalk sale, from Saint-Marc Street (Guy metro) to Jeanne-Mance Street (Place-des-Arts metro), which covers most of the street's shopping area. In 2008, the sidewalk sale will be on the weekend of July 12-13.

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    Holt Renfrew: High End Shopping on Sherbrooke Street

    by excentrus Updated Aug 11, 2007

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    Sherbrooke St. entrance, Holts
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    Very special "department store"....and quite expensive. Good new resto in the semi-basement. Mostly high-end men's and women's fashion....most all the designers are here. Well not exactly the designers themselves, but you know what I mean. Bring your credit cards, they actually have great sales. Good cosmetics area...and strangely, not too much attitude. I like this place...great to visit when you feel like a million bucks. It is also next door to the Musee des beaux arts, so you can kill two birds with one stone.

    What to buy: Designer clothing (men and women) and cosmetics. Have a bite to eat after shopping.

    What to pay: A lot, unless it's on sale.

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    You name it!: Rue Sainte-Catherine

    by excentrus Updated Aug 11, 2007

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    corner Peel and Ste-Catherine
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    Sainte-Catherine Street is the main downtown artery for shopping. Unlike most North American cities the downtown of Montreal is vibrant and always hopping. There are four very large stores (Ogilvies, The Bay, Simons and Les Ailes de la Mode) and hundreds of other shops and shopping centres. You can find anything you want. In the winter you don't even have to go outside (although I would recommend that you walk on the street). The underground city is huge...and you can access it from many metro stations...go to METRO McGill and start from there.

    What to buy: Fashion, fashion, fashion. Non-canadian visitors can have their sales tax refunded. Lots of foreign exchange shops with good rates will assist you. Every day is a sale day :-) Imagine, with all the money you will save...you can go out and have a good time.

    What to pay: The sky is the limit :-)

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    The Underground...

    by jadedmuse Written Jul 31, 2007

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    The famous "Underground City" of Montreal includes such great shopping complexes as:

    > The Eaton Centre

    > Les Galleries University

    > Cours Mont Royal

    > Complex Les Ailes

    > Place Montreal Trust

    > Place Ville Marie,

    ...and more.

    In fact, Montreal is the perfect city in which to shop, when it's bitter cold and snowing outside. In fact, you're MOTIVATED to do nothing BUT shop until you drop.

    What to buy: Anything and everything from food and/or fashion, to clothing and couture...even furniture (if you can haul it back home!)

    What to pay: Runs the gamut.

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    Leather Coats & Jackets

    by jadedmuse Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    I feel sort of guilty promoting leather, but there's so much of it on rue St. Catherine in the heart of downtown Montreal - You'll find the nicest leather jackets at great prices at any of the small speciality shops along this particular street.

    Before I decided to go the PETA-friendly route of "p-leather", I used to wait for any upcoming business trip to Montreal in order to do any type of fashion shopping. Unique boutiques abound, and the Canadian dollar is priced right.

    NOTE: For even funkier stuff, head directly over to rue St. Laurent.

    What to pay: Ranging from $75 USD to $800 USD

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    LAOUN ANTOINE: Designer Eyeglasses & Frames

    by jadedmuse Written Jul 31, 2007

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    Nothing special looking from the outside - but wait until you enter. Two floors of the coolest designer eyeglass frames in town.

    What to buy: I used to actually wait for business trips to Montreal in order to buy my eyeglass frames here. There's an optometrist on the premises in case you need an update on your eye measurements. Frames range from the hottest stuff out of France and Italy, to cool looking designs from Japan.

    Up until the day before I got my lasik surgery a few months ago, I was still getting complimented on my eyeglass frames (and I've accumulated a pretty good collection of them, as it was hard to resist buying them at such good prices and in such great colors and designs).

    What to pay: Anywhere from $50 to $500 USD...but even the hippest, hottest frames are still accessibly priced (thanks to the Canadian dollar)

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    Complexe desjradins: Complexe desjradins

    by eternel2002 Written Jun 15, 2007
    La grande place Inside Complexe desjardins
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    Complexe Desjardins is the largest building in the Montreal metropolitan area.
    It includes: 3 office towers, access to Hyatt hotel, big food court, 3 bank offices, commercial gellery with a lot of shops, A big grocery store (IGA) and a big public place for special events.
    It has many entry/exit from all streets around and from 'Place des Arts' metro station.

    What to buy: Accessories, Children's Fashions ,Department Stores Drugs, Cosmetics And Health, Food Services, Footwear, General Merchandise And Stationery, Home Furnishings, Leisure And Recreation, Mall Entertainment, Men's Fashions Services, Unisex And Specialty Fashions, Women's Fashions.

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    Downtown: Centre Eaton

    by eternel2002 Updated Jun 10, 2007

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    Centre Eaton is one of the major shopping centers in downtown Montreal, located in the heart of the downtown between Maisoneuve and St-catherine streets, it's linked to McGill metro station and the underground city, with 3 floors full of shops of mostly men's and women's clothes and shoes, and a Food Court in the ground floor contains a variety of fast food restaurants.

    What to buy: Accessories, Children's Fashions ,Department Stores Drugs, Cosmetics And Health, Food Services, Footwear, General Merchandise And Stationery, Home Furnishings, Leisure And Recreation, Mall Entertainment, Men's Fashions Services, Unisex And Specialty Fashions, Women's Fashions.

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    From Westmount to the Plateau: Shopping on the Island

    by s_odyssey Updated Aug 23, 2006

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    Montreal, Summer 2004

    Westmount Square:
    Children's clothes and toys and Specialty shops

    Plateau Mont-Royal & Outremont
    Excellent restaurants and funky shops

    Underground City:
    Start off at Place Ville Marie

    Old Montreal:
    St Paul Hotel and Olive café

    Two Open air markets: Atwater and Jean-Talon

    TOURISTS: Keep all your receipts, you are entitled to have your taxes reimbursed (forms available at the airport and in some stores).

    What to buy: Buy your wine and beer at an SAQ store rather than a corner store (only a limited variety available at corner shops or depanneurs)

    Shops are not allowed selling alcohol past 11pm

    Montreal Bagels!!
    You have got to eat them straight away while they are hot. Find them at le Faubourg Ste Catherine and at St Viateur Bagels.

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    Downtown: The Underground City & the Malls

    by wahine76 Updated Jul 31, 2006

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    As you may already know, Montreal is renown for its underground city. What mostly interconnects the underground city are the different malls that we have downtown. You can basically go thru the malls without even putting a foot outside..great during the winter time or the summer time when its too hot and humid! Start East at Union street at The Bay department store, then to Place de la Cathedrale mall, Complexe Les Ailes mall* & Les Ailes High-End Department Store, Eaton Centre*, Montreal Trust mall*, Simon's Department Store to finally Les Cours Mont-Royal mall on Peel Street*. The 3 malls with a * are the most popular ones that have all the big famous stores such as The Gap, Old Navy, Jacob, Tommy, Guess, Zara, Mexx, LeChateau, Aldo, Pegabo, LaSenza, Tristan...Simon's is a great Quebec department store that has nice cheap clothes where as Les Ailes is an High-End Quebec department store. Les Cours Mont-Royal, on the other hand, is less mainstream, and offers a great variety of hip/trendy independant boutiques. There are other malls connecting to the underground city such as Complexe Desjardins (metro Place des Arts) and Place Ville-Marie, but the stores there arent that great. All of the malls have great food courts in their basement with a large variety to eat from at a low price...anything from Mediterranean to Veggie healthy food, Mexican to Sushi...Eaton Centre and Simon's have the best ones.

    What to buy: Wanna buy something canadian?

    - Cheap tops at "d" Dynamite, Le Garage, Simon's or LeChateau

    - Cheap international cuisine at the Food Courts

    - Hip brands like Space FB (Francois Beauregard) at Les Cours Mont-Royal.

    - Nice cheap lingerie and underwear at La Senza

    - Cheap trendy shoes at Aldo or Pegabo

    - Great clothing for the office or dresses for cocktails at FC - Femme de Carriere, Tristan or Club Monaco.

    - Great & not expensive make-up brand CARGO at Les Ailes

    - Good quality/price clothing at Jacob.

    - Canadian Dept stores are: LaBaie (The Bay), Les Ailes, Simon's, Ogilvy and Holt Renfrew (high-end).

    What to pay: Depends on how much you like to spend on clothes, etc...

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    Downtown - Place Montréal Trust: A little bit of everything

    by etrehumain Written May 5, 2006

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    The entrance on Ste-Catherine st.
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    In an elegant surrounding, Place Montréal Trust offers five floors of stores and services, where the fashion offer changes constantly. You will find there stores like Zara, Mexx, Winners, Indigo bookstore, La Vie en Rose et Cie and Omer DeSerres opening its doors in April 2006.

    What to buy: Clothes, books, shoes, cd's, dvd's, electronic equipment, lingerie and so much more.

    What to pay: Very affordable. You can find good deals here.

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    Downtown - Cours Mont-Royal: Very nice, very nice

    by etrehumain Written May 5, 2006

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    Many floors, many stores
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    Mostly clothing stores, Les Cours Mont-Royal is very chic and trendy. If you want exclusive pieces of clothes, this is the right place for you. Many great names are here: Harry Rosen, Monaco, Exchange, and many more.

    What to buy: Clothes, clothes and clothes.

    What to pay: A little bit more than the other malls in that part of the town but you will find very nice clothing stores.

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    Downtown: Shopping in downtown Montreal

    by eternel2002 Updated Feb 14, 2006

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    The underground city contains many shopping centers and boutiques that are linked together, it's good when it is cold so you have not to go out.
    There are many shopping centers in downtown: Centre eaten, complexe les ailes de la mode, La baie, Simons ..etc and lot of boutiques of all famous brands inside, as well as outisde on st-catherine street.

    What to buy: everything

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    Downtown: Downtown Shoping on Ste-Catherine Street

    by Gwenvar Updated Dec 18, 2005

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    Square Dominion on Ste-Catherine street

    When coming to Montreal, lots of tourists come downtown, on Ste-Catherine street and around, to shop. Don't worry, it's not a tourist trap as all Montrealers alike or almost, do a lot of their shoping here, as well. This is where you'll find what has been called the 'underground city'. I've always found it to be a strange appellation, since it does not have everything that a city includes...but I guess that it hits the imagination of people. Nonetheless, it's very practical to have around, as we are stuck in snow, a good many months of the year, and helps us to go around much faster and effectively. To find it, just go down in any shoping center of the said street , and you will automatically be within it, as they all interconnect as well as interconnecting with the metro stations that serves them. But to see tourists coming here with a guide, always feels a bit surrealistically strange to me. But I guess that it's because I'm used to it, and perhaps it might be innovative for people from overseas...But what many will find innovative is the fact that everyone crosses the street regardless of the colour of trafic lights, that's how we separate Montrealers from tourists.

    What to buy: Anyhow, you'll find lots to buy, and you can look for the best deals all you like, since there are so many stores around. There are plenty of restaurants as well, inside the shoping centers, usually the lowest level, and on the street itself.

    Stores are open every day. From around 9-10 am to 6-9 pm on week days. And 9-10 am to 5 pm on weekends.
    The Square-Dominion building on the picture, is where the Montreal's tourist office (Infotouriste Centre) is located at 1001 Square-Dorchester Street (corner Peel and Ste-Catherine Streets), Peel Metro.

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