Shopping The Underground City
Shopping The Underground City
Montreal's Underground City is the ideal place to go for a walk, summer or winter. But be careful, it protects from the weather but not from temptation! This amazing maze is made up of a 19-mile network of indoor paths linking restaurants, department stores, hotels, office towers and attractions.
From the hotel, begin your journey underground by accessing Place Ville Marie, a Montreal landmark designed by Henry N. Cobb and I. M. Pei. The tunnel linking Place Ville Marie to Central Station and the Queen Elizabeth was the birthplace of Montreal’s Underground City. On the lower level of Place Ville Marie, you will find a mall with some 60 boutiques.
Adjacent to Place Ville Marie, Montreal’s Eaton Centre stands in the heart of the entire underground network. The Montreal Eaton Centre is home to 175 shops, 32 restaurants and is also undoubtedly the largest shopping centre downtown.
Continuing West through the vast network of tunnels, you will come across the Carrefour Industrielle Alliance, its main anchor tenant being the famous local department store – Simons. La Maison Simons offers a vast array of men’s and women’s apparel. Not to be missed!
Still going West, you will find Les Cours Mont-Royal – what used to be the Mount-Royal Hotel now transformed into an intricate upscale shopping centre featuring boutiques such as: DKNY, Club Monaco and Harry Rosen to name a few. Take a break and enjoy some delicious sushi at Takara Restaurant, located in one of the atriums.
St. Catherine Street West
Canada’s longest shopping street and one of Montreal's liveliest, filled with fabulous stores, eateries and popular nightspots.
Located a quick 5-minute walk from the hotel (1 block north of Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth). Start at the eastern edge of the Ste-Catherine strip at Phillips Square, an interesting square in the heart of downtown, across from The Bay department store. This oasis in the middle of a busy street corner features a monument to King Edward VII; various street vendors on the north side include a wonderful flower market in the summer and a roasted Chestnuts outlet in winter. Have lunch at Le Grand Comptoir, a casual French bistro offering good cuisine at a very decent price or shop at the famous Birk's jewellery store on the northwest corner of the Square.
After lunch, begin your shopping adventure at The Bay – Canada's oldest department store, originally called the Hudson’s Bay Company, founded by the trappers as a fur resale outlet. It now features local and international fashion designers, cosmetics, homewear and furniture.
Continue heading West on St. Catherine to explore the various boutiques from French Connection to Nine West – it has it all, casual to upscale. At the corner of de la Montagne Street and St. Catherine, you will find Ogilvy’s one of Montreal’s higher-end department stores. Walk into the grand main floor of this building where you can find several of the latest designer fashions: Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Michael Kors, Aquascutum and several local designers as well!
Head up de la Montagne Street to explore more local designer boutiques such as: Nadya Toto, Marie St-Pierre and Camomille.
Wind down the afternoon on Crescent Street, lined with pubs and restaurants, such as Newtown where one can enjoy a cocktail on the rooftop patio with a view of the downtown area (in the summer months of course!).
Visit the narrow cobblestone streets of Montreal's famous European-style historic district, filled with cultural landmarks, museums, boutiques, sidewalk cafés and restaurants.
Begin your exploration at the Notre Dame Basilica – Montreal's oldest Catholic church, built in 1656, known for its intricately designed interior, which includes stained glass chronicling the history of the city. Head east on Notre-Dame to reach Place Jacques Cartier, where you will find many streetside cafés, restaurants and street performers (during summer months only). At the southern end of the Square, you will find one of the Old Town’s main street – rue St-Paul to admire several art galleries, old world architecture, quaint boutiques, souvenir shops and the Pointe-à-Callière archeology Museum.
Then treat yourselves to the delicacies at the bustling Olive & Gourmando bakery (corner of St-Paul and St-Pierre Streets) and mingle with the locals. After your break, walk up McGill Street back to downtown.