Montreal is definitely known for its beautiful terrasses. Because of our long, dreary, freezing winters that I don’t even want to think about right now, we really know how to make the most of sunshine and warm weather.
This explains our many, amazing terrasses. There are terrasses for every occasion, but some of the most beautiful are the outdoor terrasses lined with so many plants and flowers that we almost forget that we live in a city.
Here are some of the beautiful garden terrasses in the city! Get lost, enjoy the cool shade, and grab a great drink.
Where: 3990 rue St-Urbain
What: This magical café in the Plateau has some of the best sandwiches in the city (not to mention hands-down the best carrot cake in the world). They have a great selection of iced drinks to sip on while you lounge in their outdoor garden.
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La Sainte Elisabeth
Where: 1412 rue Sainte-Élisabeth
What: This beautiful pub in the heart of the city is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Their courtyard has a wall full of climbing plants that is absolutely stunning. And a great selection of beers on tap.
Where: Belvédère Camillien-Houde.
What: This suspended café has an absolutely fantastic view of the city. They serve drinks from Thursday to Sunday, and I think it’s the perfect reward for climbing the mountain, don’t you?
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Where: 407 Place Jacques-Cartier
What: This garden nestled in the heart of the Old Port has one of the most beautiful terrasses in the city. They have lush plants and fantastic cocktails. No wonder it’s always busy on sunny evenings.
Where: 1603 rue Ontario E.
What: Grenade is definitely one of the most beautiful courtyards in Montreal. Their food is AMAZING and they have some really cool cocktails.
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Where: 433 rue Mayor
What: This restaurant is great if you’re just grabbing a drink, but you should definitely try their pizza while you’re there too. Their street-side terrasse is lined with fragrant herbs and flowers.
Where: 6731 ave. de l’Esplanade
What: This outdoor spot in the Mile End is a little more industrial than the other garden terrasses on the list, but the sun-soaked spot definitely deserves a mention.
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Where: 1184 Place Phillips
What: This high-end Asian-inspired restaurant has some fantastic dumplings. Whether you’re going for a drink or dinner, you have to sit in their beautiful courtyard.
Where: 465 rue McGill
What: Boris Bistro is one of my favourite places to eat in the Old Port. They have delicious tartars and a great selection of organic, affordable wines.
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Where: 5080 rue St-Ambroise
What: We all know and love this lush terrasse by the canal. They serve the St. Ambroise beer that they make on tap, which makes for the perfect afternoon refreshment.
Where: 1844 rue Amherst
What: This Haitian restaurant, co-owned by Winn Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire is a seriously fun restaurant with some great dishes and strong cocktails. They have a beautiful terrasse, too.
Where: 1680 rue St-Denis
What: This huge bar on Saint-Denis boasts a large, beautiful terrasse filled with plants and flowers. Go for the décor, stay for the great music and ambiance.
Where: 364 rue de la Commune E.
What: This swanky terrasse in the Old Port has a ton of greenery, both real and fake. Not to mention their famous sangria, which comes in dozens of variations.
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Where: 550 boul. de Maisonneuve E.
What: This ephemereal outdoor space does it all: concerts, pub quizzes, great drinks… All in one beautiful space.
Where: 185 rue Louvain O.
What: This ephemereal outdoor work space doubles as a perfect place for a 5 à 7. As the name suggests, this place is filled with greenery, making for beautiful photos.
Where: 1134 ave. du Mont-Royal E.
What: This fun Cuban-themed restaurant is great for all festive occasions. Their terrasse has fairy lights, a wall of plants and cute chairs. What more can you ask for?
Where: 1708 rue Notre-Dame O.
What: This steakhouse transforms in the summer with a pop-up terrasse and lush indoor decor. The food tastes just as good as the restaurant looks, which is very good indeed.
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Where: 994 rue Rachel E.
What: This Montreal must-try serves poutine that is reknown all around the city. Go for the poutine, and stay for their beautiful terrasse.
Where: 1504 rue Sherbrooke O.
What: This classy Italian restaurant is perfect for a date-night spot. Its romantic interior is strung with lights, and its outdoor terrasse is like a little oasis in the city.
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Auberge Le St-Gabriel
Where: 426 rue St-Gabriel.
What: This classic bar has a beautiful hidden terrasse. The old building, built in 1688, makes for the perfect backdrop to a night out with friends.
Check it out here!
That concludes the list of lush places to grab a drink or a bite to eat in the city! Enjoy and make sure to take some pictures for the ‘gram.