October 9, 2009. Clueless about Toronto, Paddy and I learned that under the city are 16 miles of shops. It is the largest underground shopping complex in the world. A worker in the downtown district could ignore rain or snow and simply leave the office and go below without adding outdoor garments.
It was a nasty, rainy day outside and we entered near the Bank of Montreal around Queen and Bay street. We walked around a bit and decided to have lunch.
Using a map of the small sector we were in, we found the Duke of Westminster restaurant. Our pretty waitress was very pleasant and made our lunch most enjoyable. She was nice enough to let us photograph her for our travel web page. Great food too !
After lunch, it was back to our walking tour. We were overwhelmed by the vastness of it all. Shops of all types, food bays, banks, holiday displays and markets with fresh fruit abounded.
A historic 1845 bank building is celebrated by the brick by brick construction of it's original facade.
The underground city has a mix of classic and modern architecture. It's a very camera friendly place.
The underground city is a most interesting place, it's no wonder that more than 100,000 people visit it everyday.