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Location, Location, Location: Montreal's Complexe Desjardins
Complexes Desjardins: Montreal Entertainment District Shopping Destination
Part government office building, part shopping centre, Montreal's Complexe Desjardins is a high traffic building complex for a reason. Its location.
Situated in the heart of Montreal's entertainment district, Complexe Desjardins is a convenient spot to escape the winter cold or to get a break from Montreal's notoriously humid summer heat, courtesy of its link-up to Montreal's underground city.
The Complexe is also a choice climate-controlled shortcut to get from the entertainment district to Chinatown or if needed, to catch an event or conference at the city's largest convention centre, the Palais des congrès.
Find out more about what goes on in its vicinity. Click above on the slideshow to discover what major festivals are held just outside, where to stay if visiting the neighborhood, and where to eat in the area.
Getting to Complexe Desjardins
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Complexe Desjardins Hotel: The Hyatt
Linking up directly to the Hyatt Regency, one of Montreal's leading hotels for its choice location in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, Complexe Desjardins is footsteps away from most of Montreal's major festivals, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs, Montréal en Lumière, and Nuit Blanche.
To discover other top accommodations in the neighborhood, consult this roundup of Montreal Jazz Festival hotels.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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Complexe Desjardins Events
Located across the street from Place des Arts, Montreal's chief contemporary arts museum, and Montreal's outdoor festival hub, Place des Festivals, a plaza featuring over 200 programmable fountain jets hosting art installations and major events year-round, millions walk through Complexe Desjardins every year.
The Montreal Jazz Festival alone attracts two million people just outside the Complexe's doors over the course of two weeks, not to mention the hundreds of free shows held throughout the Quartier des Spectacles, like Nuit Blanche in the winter and Just for Laughs in the summer.
But Complexe Desjardins also hosts its own events, like during Christmas when a slew of family-friendly activities including indoor train rides and appearances by Santa line the halls.
As for every February, Montreal cheese festival Fête des fromages d'ici offer the public the chance to sample roughly sixty different made-in-Quebec cheeses free of charge. Favorites can then be purchased at a... discount on-site.
And every February or March, it's the Mondial des Cidres when Quebec cider producers have ticket-holders try some of their best products, including bubbly. Special tasting and cider-pairing events are usually tacked on as well.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Where to Eat Near the Complexe Desjardins
You technically don't have to leave Complexe Desjardins to get a casual bite to eat, since a food court graces its below ground floor. There's also Bâton Rouge, a steakhouse located on the grounds.
Hyatt Regency Hotel's tartares available at the bar on the 6th floor aren't half bad either.
On the topic of tartares, for one of the best French bistro experiences in Montreal, take the Complexe's Ste. Catherine Street exit and cross the street for a seat at Brasserie T. Foie gras, tartares, and select French fare/market cuisine is on the menu.
And for some of the best pizza in Montreal, take a left and walk five blocks for a taste of Il Focolaio.