My parents were born on a sunny island in the Pacific, so I like to believe that I’m genetically opposed to winter. Thank goodness then for 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 French word réseau, which means “network.” You can download a PDF map of the whole shebang here. Click on “Underground City.” Everything in pink indicates where you can trek without ever stepping foot outside – a heavenly boon in sub-zero weather.
But back to shopping. Today I’m going to focus on the retail centres that run along Sainte-Catherine Street West (wand parallel to the métro’s Green Line. Check out the video above and come with me as I traverse five interconnected malls. Along the way, I’ll point out some choice Canadian stores (many are Montreal-based) to help inspire your holiday gift list. Let’s go!
625 Sainte-Catherine Street West
• HOME DÉCOR
677 Sainte-Catherine Street West
• WINE AND SPIRITS
• MEN’S, WOMEN’S LEATHER
• LINGERIE AND SLEEPWEAR
705 Sainte-Catherine Street West
• MEN’S, WOMEN’S SHOES
• BATH AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS
1500 McGill College Avenue (corner of Sainte-Catherine Street West)
• BOOKS, MAGAZINES, DVDS, CDS
La Maison Simons department store
977 Sainte-Catherine Street West
1455 Peel Street
• MEN’S, WOMEN’S MULTIBRAND FASHION