Montréal restaurants in parks

Marché des Éclusiers
Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard

This article was updated on May 17, 2023.

Under leafy trees, on the banks of the river, beside a fountain or atop Mount Royal: here's a list of restaurants and counters that let you dine with Mother Nature. Feed your stomach and your soul!

A mom playing with her daughter at Atwater market

Along the river banks at the Lachine Canal National Historic Site

Over a 14.5-km area that stretches from the Old Port to Lac Saint-Louis, cyclists, strollers and pleasure boaters can stop on the banks of the Lachine Canal for a bite to eat. We recommend a snack from the very pretty Marché des Éclusiers or Atwater Market, where you can also stock up on local products. For drinks, check out the floating Canal Lounge café/barthe industrial/verdant setting of Riverside, the St-Ambroise TerrasseFinally, discover the craft breweries Memento and Messorem, perfect places to refresh yourself with good local beers in incredible settings.

More on this topic:  Water Fun in Montréal.




Plage de Verdun

Recharge by the river at Park Monseigneur-J-A-Richard

Featuring extensive parks along the St. Lawrence River, Verdun is one of the few neighbourhoods in Montréal that offer unlimited access to the river shoreline. Watch the waves ripple by at Crescendo, a restaurant that appeals to the masses with classic fare. It's the ideal spot to fuel up before heading to Verdun Beach for some serious relaxation or go peddling down the 21-kilometre waterfront bike path.

More on this topic: Montréal’s southwest borough and Verdun.


Mount Royal Park - Beaver Lake

Your choice of panoramic views at Mount Royal Park

A number of restaurants punctuate Mount Royal Park, the spectacular site designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (also the mastermind behind New York City's Central Park). Café des Amis has three locations within the park. You can also stop in at the Beaver Lake Pavilion, which looks out over the eponymous lake, relax on the terrace at Smith House or sip a drink at the historic Mount Royal Chalet offering breathtaking vistas of the city and beyond.

More on this topic: A guide to Montréal's parks and green spaces.


Square Saint-Louis

Kicking back at Le K in Square Saint-Louis

In the Plateau borough, in the middle of the charming Square Saint-Louis, which is bordered by brightly-painted Victorian houses, Le K can sate your cravings with a café au lait and a sorbet at tables around a kiosk that is truly sweet.

More on this topic: Vegetarian-friendly diners to try in Montréal.


Espace La Fontaine

Culture and foliage at Espace La Fontaine bistro

On the bank of La Fontaine Park’s delightful pond, the non-profit Robin des Bois restaurant-chalet serves up eclectic, homemade dishes inspired by culinary traditions from around the world. For a happy hour with friends, cultural activities such as yoga, Drag brunches, bingo or jazz: it's the ideal place to kick back, have some fun and meet new people.

More on this topic: Montréal picnic and park pairings.


4 to 8 Cocktail time at the Garden

Art Deco at the Botanical Garden restaurant

The restaurant of the Montreal Botanical Garden features art deco style and fresh dishes made with seasonal products, many of which are local and organic! The food is 100% vegetarian and served on an outdoor patio that abounds with flowers. For those who prefer to picnic in the park, there are lunch options to go.

More on this topic: The ultimate guide to vegan eating in Montréal and Where to eat healthy in Montréal.


Jean-Doré Beach

It’s totally beachy at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Over at PJD, each activity has its own little place to sit and snack. At the Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit and Espace 67, there are snack bars offering incredible panini sandwiches, fresh salads, snacks, beverages and frozen treats. Over at Jean-Doré Beach, la Roulotte serves mouth-watering summer classics that appeal to people of all ages. For beer or cocktails, stop by Bar-terrasse and grab a table under a parasol or in the sun—the choice is yours.

More on this topic: Montréal’s Top Summer Spots and The ultimate guide to beaches and pools in and around Montréal.

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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