Ther are about twelve skyscrappers in downtown Montreal. The first one to be builded was the Place Ville-Marie which is the creation of William Pei, that chinese architect who builded the piramid of the Louvres in Paris. This took place in 1962. After that the Tallest buildings were erected are not higher than the level of Mount Royal (235 meters). The IBM building has 55 stories and the 1000 Lagauchetière building has 51 but is at the same level because it was builded on a lower street. This is the story of the Montreal's skyscrappers.
Commercial downtown area is full of modern bulding, underground shopping malls (indoor pedestrian network of more than 30km, access to subways, trains and buses, interiors places, shoppings malls, even a skating ring!), victorian houses and of course Ste-Catherine street, the main road in Montreal. It's a commercial street with hundreds of stores usually part of chains, you'll also find a lot of arcades, video peep shows, movies theaters, fast food places, streets performers and homeless people asking for money. But what makes Ste-Catherine street most interesting, is the peoples that always seems to pass trought it. Around the Musee des Beaux Arts, you'll find upscale art galleries, gift shops, antique store and designers clothes and jewelry on Sherbrooke, Crescent and Bishop streets. To eat or spend the evening: Sherlocks bar (in the Dominion sqaure building on the second floor), Thursday (bar, dance, club and restaurant on LaMontagne street), Biddle (Montreal jazz institution on Aylmer street), Carlo's and Pepe's (tex-mex ambiance!). They aren't any good restaurant on Ste-Catherine st between Guy and bleury, it's either greasy fast food or very ordinary deli and steak places (few exception like the Commensal, a vegeterian restaurant). Great ambiance at the McGill University campus and it's ghetto where the students live, eat, party and never leaves! You'll also find there the Molson Center for hockey fans and St patricks cathedral.
Couldn't believe it when I saw all the shops, restaurants, theatres, cinema's here. So many shops under the ground. If you like shopping you have to go here, you can shop all day long (and still haven't seen all shops)
The Underground City. This is a great way to get around, once you figure out where you want to go in downtown. You don't have to wait on traffic lights and you can shop as you walk along. We were in Montreal in the summer, so outside was not so bad, but I am sure this is the only way to go during the winter.
Not much here except lots of big stores, malls, bars, etc......kinda like 5th avenue in NYC.....but still worth a see. You can gain entrance easily to the underground mall here as well
Picturesque cathedral with gorgeous domes. It's a 1/3 replica of St. Peter's in the Vatican. There's a park across the street to relax in.
The most modern architecture is, as expected, in the financial district along the Rene-Leveque in downtown.
Try to walk looking at the sky instead of looking at the floor. Incredible! Buildings are tall and everything can be seen in their mirrors. Great!
plate-glass facades with these fantastic reflections - there is a travelogue with some other pictures