Terrasses and Placott’arts to kick back and relax

Jani Pronovost

Jani relishes life’s little pleasures, especially those she can share with others. She and her trusty runners regularly take to the city’s streets in search of new things to see, eat and tell stories about! Between film sessions, she channels her creative energy into the written word. 

Please note that, due to the heightening of sanitary measures, entertainment activities, including ambulatory activities, in downtown Montréal will be put on hold as of Monday, September 21. Pop-up events and performances, particularly the “Cabaret ambulant” (roving cabaret), are therefore postponed to later dates.

This article was updated on September 17, 2020.

Once you've discovered the most beautiful restaurant terrasses, check out the best outdoor spots and dive into the creative and quirky landscape that gives downtown Montréal that certain je ne sais quoi. Bask in the vibrant vibe and musical atmosphere - and watch for amazing surprise performances! 

TULIP Prenez Place: The joy of sharing time around the table

Where? Parc Hydro-Québec (Sainte-Catherine West, near Saint-Urbain) 

Why you should go: 

  • For great gourmet discoveries, plus the unique attractions of the Quartier des Spectacles 

  • It's a green oasis, well-hidden under an illuminated canopy  

  • There's a 100-metre-long table to relax, eat and drink. A rare installation that's both artistic and functional 

  • To discover Catherine Pogonat's music playlist from ICI MUSIQUE

Until Sunday, October 11, 2020. 

TULIP DADA: Warm and welcoming

Where? Peel Street 

Why you should go: 

  • For its unusual, quirky concept 

  • For a chance to discover the Dadaism art movement 

  • For the fun activities on weekends 

Until Sunday, September 27, 2020. 

Shā Tān public place: Pennants, garlands and lanterns set the mood

Where? Chinatown, at the corner of Saint-Laurent and René-Lévesque 

Why you should go: 

  • To feel like you're in a traditional Chinese courtyard and to experience the atmosphere of night markets in Asia 

  • For the urban beach in the heart of downtown 

  • To savour the many specialties offered by Chinatown restaurants 

  • To discover Philippe Fehmiu’s music playlist from ICI MUSIQUE

Until Sunday, September 27, 2020. 

Le Terrain de jeux public space: Two refreshing interactive installations

Where? Place d’Youville 

Why you should go: 

  • For the iconic musical swings 

  • To play in the unique interactive Fontaine Be Water fountains - a place to cool off in the day and enjoy the sparkling illuminations in the evening   

  • For the historic ambiance of Old Montréal 

Until Sunday, September 27, 2020.

TULIP HUB XP_MTL / Le Monastère : Original and fanciful

Where? In the garden of the Centre St Jax, Sainte-Catherine Street West, corner Bishop Street 

Why you should go: 

  • For the playful fiberglass sculptures of different animals native to Québec 

  • To be immersed in a world of circus arts and the chance to see top artists perform before your eyes! 

Until Sunday, October 4, 2020.

The Urban Forest: to a break and disconnect from the bustle of the city

Where? 2175 Victoria Street 

Why you should go:  

  • For the pop-up concerts on Sundays in August 

  • For the beautiful and colourful art installation 

Until Sunday, October 4, 2020. 

Installations on the Place des Festivals: Green and relaxing

Where? Place des Festivals 

Why you should go: 

  • For the island at the north of the square with original background music by Patrick Watson, mixed by Mathieu Parisie 

  • For the picnic tables painted by six MU artists 

Until Sunday, October 11, 2020. 

Jardins Gamelin: Discover Montréal's urban agriculture

Where? 1500 Berri Street 

Why you should go: 

  • For the tons of musical surprises 

  • For the colourful illustrations by Montrealer Vincent Tourigny having fun with social distancing 

Until, Sunday, September 27, 2020. 

HUB: A series of innovative installations

Where? Four options: across from 2000 Sainte-Catherine West, near 1515 Sainte-Catherine West, across from 1035 Sainte-Catherine West and at Square Phillips 

Why you should go: 

  • For the 100% Quebecois musical atmosphere, created specially for the project by local artists 

  • To meet the local chienfluenceur ("influencer dog" - yes, there's a dude in a dog suit) and say, "Salut mon Réal". It gets quirky downtown! 

Until Saturday, October 3, 2020. 

Would you like to check out even more creative outdoor spaces to take a break? Discover the seven Placott'arts, rest stops designed by Montréal artists and designers, presented in collaboration with the artistic collective MASSIVart

Placott’art - ERRANCES and Chaise Saint-Laurent

Where? Dorchester Square 

Why you should go: 

  • For the painted wood platforms, a work by Jose Luis Torres 

  • For the Chaise Saint-Laurent, an assembly of sheets of steel 

Until Monday, October 12, 2020. 

Placott’art — Ça va bien aller! and Waxhead’s Home for bird friends

Where? Place Jean-Paul Riopelle 

Why you should go: 

  • For the rainbow of colours that takes over Place Riopelle 

  • To admire graffiti and street art culture, with works by street artist Waxhead 

Until, Monday, October 12, 2020. 

Placott’art — Cartes Monumentales : Rocher Percé

Where? Place de la Paix 

Why you should go: 

  • To discover an artist's vision of an iconic Québec landmark  

  • To get the feeling of travelling and getting away from it all  

Until, Monday, October 12, 2020.

Placott’art — La Vague

Where? In front of the King Edward Quay 

Why you should go: 

  • To take a break by the St. Lawrence River with family or friends 

  • To follow the "wave" (you'll see) and get great photos opps 

Until, Monday, October 12, 2020. 

Placott’art — Los Trompos

Where? Place des Festivals 

Why you should go: 

  • To awaken your inner child and compete to see who can spin the top the most 

  • To admire this work of art, initially commissioned by the Museum of Arts in Atlanta 

Until, Monday, October 12, 2020. 

Placott’art — Oscillation

Where? Quartier Latin 

Why you should go: 

  • To use your own movements to create playful social interactions 

  • To play a musical instrument — without even touching it! 

Until, Monday, October 12, 2020. 

Placott’art — ÇA VA BIEN

Where? On Sainte-Catherine East, between Atateken and Wolfe 

Why you should go: 

  • To take advantage of safe and comforting resting areas 

  • To wonder what your creations might have been. It's all for fun, but it sparks some really good conversations. 

Until, Monday, October 12, 2020. 

While downtown Montréal looks different this summer, its unmistakeable energy and creativity are still shining brightly. The amazing range of things to see and do continues to wow locals and visitors alike.

Find these amazing facilities and many other surprising animations happening downtown Montréal in this interactive map.

Jani Pronovost

Jani relishes life’s little pleasures, especially those she can share with others. She and her trusty runners regularly take to the city’s streets in search of new things to see, eat and tell stories about! Between film sessions, she channels her creative energy into the written word. 

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