Downtown Montreal offers every cosmopolitan luxury imaginable, with symphonies, art galleries and world-class museums. Walking is the best way to get around, especially during the warmer months. However, visitors should beware during the winter months sidewalks can be icy and hazardous. Locals avoid this by taking the stairs down to Montreal's famous Underground City, a 30km network of pedestrian corridors connecting 33 metro stations, office complexes and hundreds of shops.
A new bike lane on rue Mainsonneuve also provides easy and relatively safe downtown access for bicycles, and the nearby Rue Sainte-Catherine is usually packed with shoppers. Montreal’s Chinatown, accessible at the Place-D'Armes metro station is packed with delicious restaurants and gift shops.
The lower section of McGill University Campus is composed mainly of 19th-century neoclassical buildings and is definitely worth discovering. Further on, the impressive Mary Queen of the World Cathedral is a ¼-scale copy of St. Peter's in Rome and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts offers free exhibitions.
There is a wide range of accommodation in Montréal's trendy downtown district, including chic and intimate hotels like Le Germain and the five-star Hotel Omni Mont-Royal centered amongst fashionable boutiques, museums, fine dining, and the exciting nightlife of Montreal's chic Crescent Street.