19 of Montréal’s prettiest green patios
This article was updated on July 11, 2019.
As soon as warm weather arrives in Montréal, the city transforms into a buzzing hub of activity, as locals and tourists alike flock to its famous patios, known locally as terrasses. From cocktails on the waterfront to dining amid skyscrapers or in intimate tree-lined courtyards, here are 19 of Montréal’s prettiest green terrasses.
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 was ranked second in Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2019. You’ll love it!
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.
Spacious, chic and flanked by luxurious greenery, the terrasse at Marcus, the jewel in the crown of the brand new Four Seasons luxury hotel, features an immaculate design by Zébulon Perron, a sublime menu developed by famous chef Marcus Samuelsson and spectacular views of the Leonard Cohen mural. It may just be the city’s trendiest new spot!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Les Rites Berbères
This excellent bring-your-own-wine Moroccan restaurant features a gorgeous vined patio. Savour delicious couscous while the rhythm of Kabyle music takes you on a journey to faraway lands.
This bring-your-own-wine Afghan restaurant has been serving satisfied customers on Duluth Avenue for more than 20 years. It has one of the prettiest patios in the Plateau, magnificently decorated with flowers, rugs and embroidery. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy delightful and exotic flavours.
Le Jardin de Panos
Montrealers have been flocking to this bring-your-own-wine Greek restaurant in the Plateau for 40 years to devour generous portions of souvlaki, chicken and filet mignon skewers, moussaka, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) and scrumptious traditional salads. This neighbourhood staple features an intimate patio decorated with magnificent greenery.
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.
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. Discover more summer patios in our guide to Montréal’s seasonal outdoor markets and spaces.
Fully renovated in 2018, the garden courtyard at Vieux-Port Steakhouse adds a touch of green freshness to a beautiful century-old building in Old Montréal. This jewel on Saint-Paul Street is an ideal place to unwind any time of the day.
This prized address in Old Montréal, situated on the popular Place Jacques-Cartier, houses an immense shaded terrasse with abundant colourful flowers and diverse foliage, with enough space to accommodate up to 400 patrons.
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.
This discreet Catalan wine bar, nestled on a peaceful residential street in Outremont, boasts one of the most beautiful green patios in the city. Don’t miss this exclusive address and local favourite.
The magnificent terrasse of this French bistro in Outremont has been a favourite of locals since 2015. Sheltered by wisteria vines on lattice panels, the space has a charming, retro feel. Majestic tranquillity waits to be discovered on the back courtyard of this local jewel tucked away on Van Horne Avenue.
More ideas: our Guide to Montréal's marvelous patios .
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.