The Complexe Desjardins shopping centre consists of 110 stores and restaurants offering a full range of products and services, from fashion for women, men and children to accessories, décor items, electronics and much more. Clientele can choose from a wide selection of restaurants, cafés and sweet shops, and enjoy several rest areas. The décor, where grand architectural elements blend harmoniously with abundant natural lighting and the fountain’s music, gives this shopping space a special character.
Located in the heart of Montréal’s downtown and the Quartier des spectacles, with direct access to the city’s underground network, Complexe Desjardins is one of the city’s largest and most visited multifunctional buildings. Three office towers as well as a shopping centre circle a large public plaza featuring a spectacular fountain at its centre. People come to Complexe Desjardins for business, work, shopping, a great meal—and even to enjoy a front-row seat to some 200 yearly events that take place on-site. Though it may be a Montréal landmark, the origins of this building are not as well known. Discover the story behind its creation.
In the beginning of the 70s, the Mouvement des caisses populaires et d’économie Desjardins and the Government of Québec joined forces to build a complex that would meet certain economic, social and human objectives. Since its inauguration in 1976, Complexe Desjardins, with its multifunctional concept, has become a dynamic hub for the business and cultural worlds, a meeting space for tourists and conference goers, and a popular shopping destination. It fosters a vibrant synergy among the entire Montréal community. Its activities are managed by Desjardins Property Management.
The history of Complexe Desjardins, the francophone population and the city of Montréal are all closely interwoven. Complexe Desjardins was built during an era when Montréal saw the construction of other landmark developments such as the Olympic Stadium, the Mirabel Airport and a number of other buildings in the downtown core. However, the complex stands apart in many ways, notably by the originality of its design, the octagonal shape of its towers and by the spirit that brought it to life.