Downtown MontrealMontreal

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Beneath the skyscrapers, this neighborhood offers grand civic spaces, high-end shopping, 30 concert halls and the world’s largest underground complex.

Downtown is the home of Montreal’s beautiful skyline and vast subterranean center. Come to Downtown for shopping, a mix of modern and heritage architecture and world-class concert halls and museums.

Spend daylight hours on the long stretch of Saint-Catherine Street which features blocks of high-end boutiques and shopping malls, plus access to the Underground City. After sunset, head to Crescent Street to spend the evening hopping between the many pubs and restaurants set amid classic Montreal townhouses.

The Underground City is one of the largest subsurface complexes in the world. A total 20.5 miles (33 kilometers) of pedestrian walkways run under Downtown, connecting metro stations, concert halls and shopping malls. Shop in the Promenades Cathédrale, an underground mall built to support the once-sinking Christ Church Cathedral above.

Take a walk through the Golden Square Mile on the west side of Downtown, which features the exquisite Victorian mansions of Montreal’s old upper class. This section is also home to McGill University, one of Canada’s top schools.

Downtown is the location of Montreal’s world-class annual festivals. The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place in Downtown’s Quartier des Spectacles. These 250 acres (one square kilometer) of the city contain over 30 concert halls, including the Montreal Symphony House. Visit during a festival to see this part of Downtown come alive. The Montreal International Jazz Festival alone consists of about 800 concerts, and tens of thousands of people attend.

Spend a few hours in Montreal’s best fine arts institutions, also located in Downtown. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum in the city. It features a wide range of painting and sculpture from around the world, plus an exhibition dedicated exclusively to Québecois and Canadian art.

Most of the metro stops in Downtown are along Maisonneuve Boulevard, which is just one block away from Saint-Catherine Street. Bus stops are abundant throughout the area. Downtown covers a very large space, so it is a good idea to use public transportation. Paid parking is available in garages throughout Downtown. Look for southeast garages which tend to cost less than others.

Top Hotels in Downtown Montreal

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
4 out of 5
900 rue De La Gauchetiere West, Montreal, QC
CA $131
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Bell Centre and Christ Church Cathedral. Notre Dame Basilica and Saint ...

4.2/5Excellent! (7,082 reviews)

"It was a great location and worth the price. Accessibility"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown
Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown
3 out of 5
155 Rene Levesque Boulevard East, Montreal, QC
CA $94
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street, The Underground City and Complexe Desjardins. Notre Dame Basilica and ...

4/5Very Good! (2,249 reviews)

"A lot of plastic and styrofoam at the breakfast. Overall a nive experience. Silent and good service."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Hotel Faubourg Montreal Downtown
Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal
Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal
3 out of 5
161 Rue Sainte Catherine E, Montreal, QC
CA $97
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is steps away from Metropolis and Sainte-Catherine Street. The Underground City and St. Denis Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,370 reviews)

"Loved the fact it was so close to the Telus theatre and lots of restaurants and bars nearby. Cell phone friendly. New lock technology (to me) Walk up to your room with your card, and door unlocks."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Best Western Plus Hotel Montreal
Loews Hotel Vogue
Loews Hotel Vogue
4.5 out of 5
1425 de La Montagne, Montreal, QC
CA $179
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground City. Montreal ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,878 reviews)

"Fantastic location! Staff was very friendly. The hotel was very clean and well kept."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Loews Hotel Vogue
Hotel Monville
Hotel Monville
3.5 out of 5
1041, rue de Bleury, Montreal, QC
CA $161
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in Ville-Marie, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Underground City, Notre Dame Basilica and Place des Arts. Christ Church Cathedral and Bell ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,808 reviews)

"Parking great location lots to do amazing breakfast super cool room service"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Hotel Monville
Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites
Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites
3 out of 5
1193, Place Phillips, Montreal, QC
CA $149
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

This family-friendly Montreal hotel is located in the business district, steps away from St. Patrick's Basilica, Sainte-Catherine Street and The Underground ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,073 reviews)

"Close to everything to eat and drink Awesome pool and balcony"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2020

Le Square Phillips Hotel And Suites

Popular things to do in Downtown Montreal

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(294 reviews)

Explore Canada’s unique cultural heritage and engage with international modern art at this large museum that houses more than 40,000 objects.

Top activities in Downtown Montreal

Aerial Silks Experience for All
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Aerial Silks Experience for All

CA $31
Per adult
3-Day Passport Montreal: 28 Attractions & Public Transportation
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3-Day Passport Montreal: 28 Attractions & Public Transportation

84% of travellers recommend
CA $131
Per adult
Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets
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Observatoire Place Ville Marie - Tickets

82% of travellers recommend
CA $22
Per adult
Montreal Grevin Wax Museum Tickets
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Montreal Grevin Wax Museum Tickets

86% of travellers recommend
CA $22
Per adult
Electric Fat Tire Bicycle Ride on Mount Royal
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Electric Fat Tire Bicycle Ride on Mount Royal

100% of travellers recommend
CA $86
Per adult
Private Session with a Local Photographer in Montreal
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Private Session with a Local Photographer in Montreal

CA $54
Per adult

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