Montréal’s hidden patios

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard has been written for over 10 years. She specializes in lifestyle, tourism, travel and food, she writes as much for the media as for companies, agencies, freelancers or associations. Always in search of innovative concepts and good addresses, she is also constantly preparing her next trip.

This article was updated on June 28, 2022.

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.

Vieux-Montréal et Vieux-Port

 

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.

 

Downtown

 

Jatoba

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

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.
 

Biiru

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

Renoir

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

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 Carla

Located on the 6th floor of Chinatown’s new 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.  
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

Le Passé Composé

This popular brunch destination boasts a gorgeous terrasse under the trees and white shade covers. It's a superb spot to savour a meal with friends or family. The poached eggs are highly recommended!

 

Quartier des spectacles

 

Labo culinaire - Foodlab 

This is by far one of our favourite high-perched hangouts. Located in the SAT building, this spacious and inviting terrasse offers a farm-to-table menu complemented with a selection of signature cocktails, local beers and organic wines. It's a refreshing place in every sense!
 

Le Bivouac

This brand-new restaurant in the DoubleTree by Hilton Montréal at the heart of the Quartier des spectacles deserves the detour. Its lofty, panoramic and sublimely chic patio (designed by Zébulon Perron) offers you spectacular city views in a very cozy setting.

 

South-West

 

Le Richmond

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

Spanel

This hidden patio is cozy, verdant and tucked away from sight. Make it your stop for a sweet or savoury French crepe (or both!) and amazing coffee.
 

Chez Sophie

Enjoy delicious French-inspired cuisine by chef and owner Sophie Tabet, who trained in a great Parisian Michelin-star restaurant, in the quiet sanctuary of the patio.
 

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 and Liverpool House, two other establishments run by the same talented people. 
 

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.
 

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. Café Malté, uniquely built using recycled pieces of grain silos, just opened this year. 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.

 

Verdun

 

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

 

Les Rites Berbères

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

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!
 

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.

 

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 viennoiserie or for brunch with friends.
 

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!
 

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.
 

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.

Little Italy

 

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.

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!

Mile Ex

 

Taverne Atlantic

This eatery and bar at the corner of Parc Avenue and Beaubien Street features superb Art Deco style and a hidden rooftop terrace that's popular with Montréal's in-crowd. Even if you're not into people watching, you'll love the unique views of the city.  

Hochelaga

 

Le Jardin de La Pépinière

This four-season space, hidden behind the Giovanelli studios in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve feels like a great big family garden and patio. Come here to play with your kids, telework in the shade of the trees, play pétanque, enjoy a snack on the grand terrasse, dance, take a workshop and enjoy garden-fresh products.

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard has been written for over 10 years. She specializes in lifestyle, tourism, travel and food, she writes as much for the media as for companies, agencies, freelancers or associations. Always in search of innovative concepts and good addresses, she is also constantly preparing her next trip.

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