Montréal's hidden patios

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Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard

These terrasses may be tucked away, but they are worth the detour. Here are our top picks for the city’s prettiest hidden patios, neighbourhood by neighbourhood.

Old Montréal and Old Port

Marché des Éclusiers

Le Marché des Éclusiers

For a happy hour by the water in a magnificent setting, head to the Marché des Éclusiers, which houses a seasonal restaurant, a coffee bar and a bar that showcases local crafts and tasty foods. A delightfully picturesque spot on the canal.

 

Jardin Nelson

Located right off Place Jacques Cartier in the heart of Old Montréal, Jardin Nelson has a hidden courtyard where colourful flowers and shrubs are set against the building's historic architecture. Complete with singing birds, it's a little corner of paradise!

 

Restaurant La Traversée

Located aboard the Bota Bota floating spa, this gorgeous, water-level patio gives you amazing views of the St. Lawrence River and Old Montréal’s picturesque greystones. Enjoy a sublime Québec terroir-inspired menu featuring fresh local products.  

 

Wolf & Workman

This Burgundy Lion offshoot treats you to excellent products from the distilling industry and delicious locavore cuisine on its verdant and colourful patio.

 

Le Polisson

With a menu is inspired by the bounty of the sea, Le Polisson shines the spotlight on local products best savoured on its pretty stone-paved patio in the back.

 

Be sure to check out these rooftop patios, hidden high above the neighbourhood: Auberge du Vieux-Port, Terrasse Nelligan,  Terrasse Place d’ArmesTerrasse William Gray and Perché.

Latin Quarter

Brasseurs du Monde

On the quiet terrace tucked away at the back of this relaxed gourmet pub, you can chat, play cards and catch up on old times in a friendly atmosphere while enjoying comfort food washed down with house beers and cocktails.

Downtown and the Quartier des spectacles

 

Jatoba

Jatoba

Open year-long, the inner garden of Jatoba is a wonder to behold. Boho-chic, elegant and lush with greenery, it’s one of the most beautiful terrasses to enjoy gourmet Japanese cuisine in the city.

 

Papito

The popular little brother of Furco and Café Parvis is offering a new, friendly formula of dishes to share - snackettes, meats, vegetables - on its hidden terrace, which for now at least, is still a well-kept secret!

RoseOrange

Freshly opened, Montréal’s highest terrace can be found atop PVM. It's the ideal spot in which to sit back, relax and take in a magnificent sunset in a designer setting designed by A5 Hospitality and Sid Lee Architecture.

 

Escondite

We love the upbeat yet off-the-beaten-path terrasse at Mexican restaurant Escondite. Go to this little pop of colour in downtown Montréal to enjoy the cocktails, ceviche, tacos and chill vibe.

 

Nacarat

The patio of the chic cocktail bar Nacarat, located on the third floor of Fairmont le Reine Elizabeth, is an excellent spot for sipping drinks and soaking up downtown Montréal’s breathtaking cityscape, including The Ring.

 

Renoir

Enjoy exquisite French cuisine in a secret inner courtyard dotted with pretty parasols, plants, patio lights and breezy, laid-back spaces.

Maison Boulud | Veranda

La Maison Boulud

The restaurant at Montréal's sublime Ritz-Carlton Hotel is home to one of the most beautiful hidden garden patios in town. It's an island of serenity in a bustling metropolis.

 

Marcus

Nestled within the Four Seasons Montréal Hotel, this superb gourmet restaurant by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson offers upscale cuisine on an intimate, leafy, designer terrace, with the added bonus of overlooking the popular Leonard Cohen mural. A cocoon of luxury away from the hustle and bustle of the city a few floors below.

 

Cafe Il Cortile

Tucked between two buildings that offer a relaxing respite from cacophony of the city centre, the patio of this Italian restaurant features a stone-paved inner courtyard with hanging plants and flowers. Not only does it have oodles of European charm, but it’s one of Montréal’s hidden star hangouts.

 

Biiru

The 40-seat patio of this excellent izakaya springs to life come warmer weather. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Sainte-Catherine Street, it’s one of downtown Montréal’s best-kept secrets. 

 

Poincaré Chinatown

This rooftop patio, one of Chinatown’s untapped treasures, offers amazing views of the neighbourhood and downtown. Choose from a menu that offers a curated selection of beers, wines, cocktails and lacto-fermented nibbles.

 

Terrasse Alizé

Perched on the 9th floor of the Humaniti hotel, Terrasse Alizé offers local cuisine alongside refreshing cocktails with a unique panorama of the cityscape. 

 

Terrasse Carla

Located on the 6th floor of Chinatown’s Hampton Inn, this 7,000-foot terrasse is the brainchild of the team behind Le Blossom, Le Red Tiger and Tiramisu, immersing guests in a tropical décor with arresting city views. The menu features French- and Vietnamese-inspired dishes and a spectacular list of cocktails.  

 

Le Bivouac

A recent addition to the Quartier des spectacles, this new restaurant in the DoubleTree by Hilton Montréal is worth the detour. Its lofty, panoramic and sublimely chic patio (designed by Zébulon Perron) offers you spectacular city views in a very cozy setting.

 

Emmanuelle

This sublime 3,500-square-foot private salon features, among other things, a splendid four-season pergola perched above the Quartier des spectacles. Inspired by the iconic French film Emmanuelle, the hushed decor designed by Atelier Zébulon Perron invites guests to enjoy a unique, intimate experience that appeals to all five senses.

 

Muze Lounge & Terrasse

Perched atop the Honeyrose Hotel in an exotically lush, jungle-like setting, you can enjoy an urban view of the Quartier des spectacles with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. 

SAT Pop-Up Terrace

When it comes to a rooftop patio, this is one of our favs. From now until the opening of the SAT's next restaurant - Pavillon - this large, spacious and lively terrace invites you to drink in Montréal’s summer vibe thanks to a selection of beers, wines and cocktails accompanied by a small, but mighty, menu. Refreshing!

The Village

Moqueur

Moqueur

This bar-restaurant celebrates the culture and cuisine of New Orleans in the heart of a large, sublime 60-seat hidden terrace. Here you can dine on creative, exotic and spicy dishes, generously washed down with signature cocktails. An evening on fire!

 

Grenade

This Asian bar and terrasse is one of the Village’s best-kept secrets.  Grab a seat in the luxurious patio—which even has a small pond—and order one of their inventive Asian cocktails.

South-West: Griffintown, Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri

Bazart

Bazart

Inspired by the beach restaurants of Mykonos, Ibiza and Tulum, the Bazart restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with grilled meats and small mezzes made from fresh, local ingredients. All this in a bohemian-chic courtyard worthy of a lush city garden. You won’t want to miss it!

 

Le Richmond

With its industrial-chic loft feel, the indoor terrasse of the Richmond is the ultimate place to savour upscale Italian cuisine.

 

Candide

Tucked away in an old presbytery in the middle of an off-the-beaten-path street, Le Candide dazzles with a prix-fixe, four-course menu that showcases local and seasonal products. Savour it on their secret terrasse, far away from the world.

 

Le Vin Papillon

Another must, where vegetables grow and organic and natural wines flow. The restaurant’s secluded terrasse in the back is Little Burgundy’s hottest ticket. We also strongly recommend the discreet patios at Joe Beef (ask for the little table set in the garden) and Liverpool House, two other establishments run by the same talented people. 

 

Mignon

This retro-looking neighborhood bistro in trendy Little Burgundy specializes in steak and French fries, and boasts top-quality ethically-raised Angus beef. Simply take a seat on their lovely, leafy terrace hidden at the back of the restaurant, and you're good to go!

Riverside St Henri

Riverside and the Café Malté

Riverside pops up like an unexpected surprise on a large industrial plot facing the Lachine Canal. It boasts a massive green patio with picnic tables and a sizzling atmosphere. Discover Café Malté and its unique construction built using recycled pieces of grain silos. They serve fresh cold brew and soft-serve ice cream. Be sure to bring the kids—and even your dog! 

 

Le Club Social P.S.

This excellent little café and its pretty patio are tucked away behind the restaurant Elena, a typical Italian neighbourhood restaurant. Its sunny space is perfect for enjoying small plates and sipping drinkies.

 

Messorem

Facing the canal at the junction of several southwestern neighbourhoods is where you will find this industrial microbrewery run by three music enthusiasts that offers excellent beers brewed on site and an unpretentious menu on a beautiful outdoor terrace. A hidden and urban "nugget" of a patio that welcomes children and dogs with open arms.

Verdun

Promenade Wellington - Palco

Bar Palco

Retreat onto the leafy patio at the back of Bar Palco, which twinkles under glowing string lights, then sink back into a wicker chair and feel the #verdunluv vibe. Order a platter of charcuteries or local cheeses and try one of their homemade cocktails.

Plateau-Mont-Royal

Khyber Pass

This Afghan restaurant lets you bring your own wine and dine on their spectacular hidden terrace, which is decorated with pretty plants and colourful murals. It's like entering a whole other world!

Bistro Auprès de ma blonde

This Plateau institution has been serving patrons since the 1980s. Sit back and relax on its verdant, tucked-away terrasse out back as you savour tasty dishes and home-made sangria.

 

Les Rites Berbères

This glorious green terrasse offers cool reprieve when the temperature rises. They serve incredible couscous and other Berber specialities.

 

Plan B

Plans for a relaxing evening are rock solid with this bar, just off the busy sidewalks of Mont-Royal Avenue. Its lush little terrasse in the back offers a cool little hideaway to sit and sip a cocktail.

 

Casa Del Popolo

Tucked away in a back courtyard, this little patio offers patrons a breath of fresh air in between the indie music sets hosted by the house.

Café Santropol

The garden patio at this café is a hidden oasis in the Plateau-Mont-Royal area. There's even a burbling fountain in the middle!

 

La Maison Oflore

This ravishing little hidden Plateau gem beckons with flowers and plants and a feel-good vibe. Go alone to indulge in a dreamy a café and pastry or for brunch with friends.

 

Rhumerie Barraca

Feel like a tropical getaway? Head straight to this tiki-bar’s hidden terrasse on Mont-Royal Avenue. Rum, tequila, mojitos and sangria are paired with tacos and other exotic tapas, plus sunshiney rays, all on the menu.

 

Azalea

This bar and wine shop offers tasty Persian-inspired mezze accompanied by natural, organic or totally eclectic wines. Here, you can drink well and eat well surrounded by a hidden garden, well away from the noise.

Mile-Ex, Little Italy, Petite-Patrie

Taverne Atlantic

On the corner of Parc Avenue and Beaubien Street is where you’ll find a bar with a superb Art Deco decor hiding a rooftop terrace. Popular with Montreal's “in” crowd, it offers memorable moments and a unique view of the city. See you there!

 

Iconoglace

This beloved ice cream shop in the Petite-Patrie neighbourhood offers a decadent menu of frozen treats in all shapes and colours! Soft-serve unicorn or hobbit poop, blizzards or naked on the beach slush are just a few of the many creative – and tantalizing – choices on the menu. Order your ice cream masterpiece and enjoy it on the terrasse at the back overlooking a pretty Montréal alley. 

 

Bar le Vestiaire

This popular bar in Plaza St-Hubert is the place to share a plate of nachos or devour a scrumptious burger, washed down with one of the many local or international beers available on tap or by the bottle. The terrasse tucked away out back is a wonderfully calm spot to stop and sit a spell.  

 

Anémone

This newcomer to the Montréal foodie scene offers vibrant cuisine in a category all its own, featuring local products and dishes imagined by Mike Madokoro and Minh Phat Tu. The terrace hidden behind a sliding garage door is as fabulous as the menu.

Vices & Versa

Pull up a seat under the leafy canopy of this upbeat and always-hopping Little Italy microbrewery.

 

Pumpui

Go here for some of the best curry in town. Get cozy on the fuss-free little patio in the back and discover delights like “Gaeng Kaek” or “Gaeng Kiew Wan Luk Shin Plaa” as you introduce your palate to a world of flavours.

 

Snowbird Tiki Bar

Located on the Plaza St-Hubert, the Snowbird Tiki Room's hidden terrace is a secret tropical hideaway. Open every day, it's the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends, fruity cocktails served in sculpted "Inca" or "pineapple" glasses in hand.

Outremont

Boxermans

A winsome Outremont wine bar, Boxermans has a very lovely and calm back patio. Your go-to for an authentic local experience.

 

Provisions Butcher Shop and Wine Bar

Here's a truly excellent restaurant with a private patio serving gourmet sandwiches and a seasonal tasting menu. It's a place you don't want to miss!

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard

Originally from Paris, Laure Juilliard made Montréal her home over 15 years ago and has never looked back. Won over by her new city's unique energy, cultural vibrancy and gastronomic effervescence, she loves exploring all the coolest spots. A writer and blogger specialising in lifestyle, culture, travel and gastronomy, she has lent her pen to Tourisme Montréal for more than 10 years, in addition to magazines such as ELLE Québec and Clin d'œil, as well as a variety of well-known companies and agencies. Always on the lookout for innovative concepts and the best addresses wherever she is in the world, she is also always planning her next trip.

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