02 Jul 2022

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Address Book: 15 Terraces in Old Montreal That Feel Like Summer Vacation

Address Book: 15 Terraces in Old Montreal That Feel Like Summer Vacation

Last updated: July 2, 2022

When you think about terraces, your mind most likely turns toward those you can find in Old Montreal. Whether you’re among friends or family during a trip to le Vieux, or among colleagues on a lunch break or happy hour, there is definitely a terrace in the historic neighbourhood for you to unwind at and take full advantage of the summer season! Enjoy terraces in le Vieux, and live like a local!

Of course, as with all your gatherings, please respect the safety guidelines in effect.

McGill Street Area

Boris Bistro, 465 McGill Street

Urban, trendy, and very relaxed, the charming Boris Bistro, so named in homage to the owner’s dog, and its terrace will definitely win you over with its French bistro menu. Under the shade of its trees, in the middle of a house with no roof but no shortage of charm, drink a coffee during a well-earned break from work. Or, if you’re a vacationer, settle down for an aperitif in the form of a delicious local beer or an exclusively imported organic/natural wine.

Good to know: Boris Bistro has been a Gluten-Free Certified restaurant since June 2018.

Restaurant Graziella, 116, McGill Street

Enjoy the Dolce Vita of Italy. Do you enjoy Italian fare? The terrace at Restaurant Graziella will have you instantly enraptured with their contemporary menu, which draws inspiration from traditional classic and regional Italian cuisine. Their fresh, seasonal ingredients will ravish your tastebuds! To accompany your meal, choose a bottle from their wine menu specially chosen to perfectly complement the food of chef Graziella.

Le Cartet, 106 McGill Street

For the fine gourmet and full-on gourmand! Enjoy the terrace at Cartet any time of the day. Be it for breakfast, lunch, or supper, treat yourself with the dish du jour and you will be instantly transported! A small, sumptuous escape from your everyday worries will do you some good. This weekend, come fill your belly and your eyes with one of their famous weekend brunches.

In the Cité du Multimédia

Restaurant Mélisse, 719 William Street

Healthy, gourmet cooking! At Mélisse, you will find a ready-to-eat selection as well as a menu available at their order counter, and desserts that you undoubtedly find a little bit more room for. A particular attention has been paid here to bring every element of this culinary experience in harmony: the décor and terrace are welcoming and superb, their dish presentation is creative, the flavours nuanced, and their wine options are divine.

Place Jacques-Cartier Area

Jardin Nelson, 407 Place Jacques-Cartier

Luxurious terrace and food without compromise! With its richly designed interior courtyard, Jardin Nelson is the perfect place for that vacation-y feel! Make a getaway to this warm oasis and sample eco-friendly and farm-fresh products: organic flour used in their pasta and crêpes, and a great selection of maple-based products.

Perché Terrace, 153 St-Amable Street

Relaxation way up high! If you aren’t in the mood to cook, but you want to enjoy a meal in the sunny outdoors, Perché Terrace, situated on the 4th floor of Hôtel William Gray, is just the place for you! Throughout the summer season, this restaurant is offering refreshing dishes and sophisticated cocktails, to be enjoyed as you admire a magnificent view over the neighbourhood!

El Pequeño Bar, 401-A rue St-Vincent

Ah, nothing like the warmth of Cuba! One of life’s pleasures! And you can find it on this terrace, nestled among the old stones of St-Vincent Street, removed from the commotion of Place Jacques-Cartier. The bright colours of the building directly complement the vibrant flavours of the establishment’s cocktails. Props to the terrace for being able to accommodate more than the 9 spots available within the tiny Cuban bar, making this a must-visit this summer!

Vieux-Port Steakhouse, 39 Saint-Paul Street East

Surrounded by magnificent centennial buildings, the superb garden courtyard of Vieux-Port Steakhouse, brimming with flowers and encircled by stone walls, will delight you so much that you will lose all sense of time once you dig into your appetizers and copious main dish. Beef fanatics will be in heaven: Vieux-Port Steakhouse serves only AAA quality Canadian beef.

Auberge Saint-Gabriel, 426 St-Gabriel Street

Serving up festive gastronomy for centuries! Are you looking for a terrace to gather with your friends? Look no further than Auberge Saint-Gabriel, definitely one of the trendiest spots for Montreal nightlife! If you want to celebrate an event in your life, big or small, their preset combos make this the best place to do it. This historic institution offering high Quebecois cuisine will delight even the pickiest of eaters.

Nelligan Terrace, 106 Saint-Paul Street West

The view, true living, summer; it’s all happening here! A summer menu that blends creativity and exquisite flavours in brunches, lunches, and dinners that you really need to experience first-hand! Pair one of their savoury dishes with a cocktail from their well-stocked drink menu. Our favorite: their excellent, bubbly mimosas. Nelligan Terrace is one of the most emblematic rooftops in Montreal, no contest! This place is top of the must-see list this summer!

Place D’Armes Terrace, 55 Saint-Jacques Street West

A well-kept secret! Set in a century-old building’s 8th floor, the Place D’Armes Terrace offers you a unique and magnificent view over Place D’Armes Square. We recommend their raspberry mojito, and for brunch, their mascarpone waffles are a must-have…

Terrasse William Gray, 421 Saint-Vincent Street

Witness a magnificent view over Place Jacques-Cartier and the Saint-Lawrence River. This terrace on the 8th floor of Hôtel William Gray is a must for your next happy hour drink destination. Not to mention their changing noontime menus that make you want to leave the office for lunchtime.

De la Commune Street Area

Le Marché des Éclusiers, 400 de la Commune Street West

With its lit garlands decorating the area, its farm-fresh products, and its proximity to the river, you will find Marché des Éclusiers to be a nice little place to come and ease your thirst. During the daytime, we love coming here when the market is in full swing with local merchants at their stalls. And in the evening, we admire the festive spirit of the market’s boho chic guinguette aesthetic.

La Catrina, 117 de la Commune Street West

Mexico at your door! La Catrina welcomes you into a warm, authentic Mexican ambiance, and is serving dishes and drinks, each more gratifying than the last! In addition to their delicious tacos, tempt yourself with one of their famous margaritas. While settled into this terrace in the old neighbourhood, you will most assuredly get the feeling of being seaside… right on the riverside!

East Notre-Dame Street Area

Kyo Bar Japonais, 711 Côte de la Place d'Armes

Hungry for sushi? This restaurant set in the Place d’Armes Hotel-Boutique serves an impressive variety of delicious sushi. You could even choose to look out over the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal while sipping on some sake.

Café Paquebot, 520 St-Lawrence Boulevard

To start your day off right before going to work, make a stop by the terrace at Café Paquebot. Whether you’re a kombucha type, a cold brew type, or even a coffee-lemonade type, they have something here to fit your mood. While you’re here, we’d recommend getting your hands on a bottle of organic private import wine to cap the day.

N.B.: We update this list regularly. If your restaurant also has a nice terrace and is not yet mentioned here, please write us so we can include it here! info@sdcvieuxmontreal.com

© Photo Credit 1: Geneviève Giguère

© Photo Credit 2: Graziella

© Photo Credit 3: Cartet

© Photo Credit 4: Félix Rioux – Boris Bistro

© Photo Credit 5: Vieux-Port Steakhouse

© Photo Credit 6-7: Terrasse Nelligan

© Photo Credit 8 : Terrasse Bonsecours