12 of Montréal’s prettiest green terrasses
On the hunt for Montréal’s amazing oases of escape? Here are a few lovely terrasses that offer lush pockets of greenery in the heart of the urban landscape.
When the sun’s rays warm the city, be sure to reserve the one little table in the middle of the vegetable garden of Joe Beef, which ranks number three on Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants of 2017. You’ll love it!
In cool and industrial Griffintown hides a superb vegetable garden/terrasse of the upscale HVOR restaurant. A veritable garden of Eden where you’ll find urban agriculture, local products and high-quality ingredients.
Maison Boulud in the Ritz-Carlton
Elegant, refined and looking out on a lush garden where cute little ducks paddle quietly around a pond, the three-Michelin-star Maison Boulud is a stunner!
Founded in 1976, this unassuming Plateau-Mont-Royal café is a must because it has one of the most beautiful green terrasses of the neighbourhood. A boho and luxurious locale where you’ll want to stay forever.
Hidden from the world by its high vine-covered walls, the Sainte-E is a popular place to have a beer and features one of downtown’s lushest and calmest terrasses.
Tucked away among the historic buildings of Old Montréal, the pretty stone-paved patio of Boris Bistro welcomes clients to cool off under the shade of its trees with a glass of wine and gluten-free appetizers.
Rumi is a go-to for culinary delights from the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia on a magnificent terrasse bordered by plants and shaded by the big tall trees of Hutchison Street. An Outremont gem, indeed.
La Croissanterie Figaro
Get the full French experience in an Art nouveau ambiance at La Croissanterie Figaro, just across the street from Rumi. Its beautiful terrasse provides a lush and lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of the major avenues.
Bordered by plants and flowers and illuminated by a giant string of retro lights, Hà’s terrasse on the Plateau is truly refreshing and always teeming with happy patrons. Reserve a spot to enjoy gourmet dishes inspired by southeast Asia’s culinary traditions.
Marché des Éclusiers
This is by far the top pick for sipping a spritz along the St. Lawrence River, with the bonus of being able to soak up views of the celebrated grain Silo No. 5 in the Old Port, a vestige of Montréal’s industrial era.
Check out our Guide to Montréal's seasonal outdoor markets and spaces, including Les Jardineries, the Marché des Possibles and the Station F-MR for more of the city’s summer terrasses.
La Terrasse St-Ambroise
Located along the Lachine Canal in a kind of industrial garden, this terrasse is part of a brewery that’s ideal for kicking back with a cold beer along the water.
Le Moineau masqué
If you feel like chilling in a shaded little garden decked out mismatched but quirky-cute furniture, head to the terrasse of the Moineau masqué, an adorable Plateau café on quiet Marie-Anne Street.
More ideas: our Guide to Montréal's marvelous patios and our suggestions on tucked-away terrasses.
Laure Juilliard, blogger
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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