Montréal’s hidden terrasses

Laure Juilliard

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

This article was updated on June 4, 2021.

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

The inner courtyard at 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!

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.

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.

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!

Want more rooftop terrasses? Read our guide to Montréal's marvelous patios.

Griffintown

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.

Little Burgundy

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.

Saint-Henri

Riverside and the new 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!

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.

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!

Read more: Our guide to Montréal's lushest garden patios .

Little Italy

Vices & Versa

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

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

Manitoba

Located in an old cabinetmaking shop, this unique restaurant is one of the pillars of new Québec cuisine. Its terrasse, a sort of boho-industrial garden/garage, is ideal for sampling unique dishes from the menu, accompanied by a glass of private imported natural or organic wine.

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.  

More on this topic: Montréal’s two exes: Mile-Ex and Parc Ex.

 

Thirsty for more? Read our guide to 11 of Montréal’s prettiest green patios.

Laure Juilliard

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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