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05 Jul 2020

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Address Book: 12 Terraces in Old Montreal That Feel Like Summer Vacation

Address Book: 12 Terraces in Old Montreal That Feel Like Summer Vacation

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 (the summer vacation destination) for you to unwind at and take full advantage of the summer season!

Of course, as with all your gatherings, please respect social distancing guidelines. To help you out, all businesses have made disinfectant gel available to customers in their establishments.

Graziella: the Dolce Vita of Italy – 116, rue McGill

Do you enjoy Italian fare? The terrace at restaurant Graziella will have you instantly enraptured by 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.


© Photo Credit 2: Graziella

Le Marché des Éclusiers

With its lit garlands decorating the area, its farm-fresh products, and its proximity to the river, you will find Marché des Éclusiers 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.

Cartet: Fine Gourmet, Full Gourmand – 106, rue McGill

Enjoy the terrace at Cartet during 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.

Boris Bistro: Relax in a Trendy Hybrid Urban-Nature Space – 465, rue McGill

Also on McGill Street, drop by the terrace at Boris Bistro, so named in homage to the owner’s dog. This restaurant 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.

© Photo Credit 3: Félix Rioux

La Scena

Scena holds one of the most breathtaking views over the city and the river – truly a scene to behold! A bit of a departure from the rabble of Montreal summer festivities, this Quay Jacques-Cartier business makes for a fine meal-length stopover. The establishment is open from 9 a.m. to 5 or 5:30 p.m., depending on the day, and is an excellent outdoor point of interest.

Jardin Nelson: Uncompromising Cuisine in Luxury – 407, place Jacques-Cartier

With its luxuriously designed interior courtyard, Jardin Nelson is the perfect place for that vacation-y feel! On Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m., and Friday to Sunday from noon onward, come get away in this warm oasis to sample eco-friendly and farm-fresh products: organic flour used in their pasta and crêpes, and a great selection of maple-based products. As a bonus, try pairing your meal with one of their refreshing sangrias; relaxation assured!

Terrasses Bonsecours: A Party with the Perfect View – 364, rue de la Commune Est

For more than a decade now, Terrasses Bonsecours has been celebrating summer with music! Opening at noon, come party with some of the most popular star DJs in Montreal! The dance club on the first floor gives a stunning view over the Old Port. And don’t miss their European festivity-inspired Sabato Saturdays or their Boozy Brunch Sundays - it will totally make you forget tomorrow is Monday! Bye-bye Sunday blues!

Vieux-Port Steakhouse: A Peaceful Steak Dinner – 39, rue Saint-Paul Est

Surrounded by magnificent centennial buildings, the superb garden courtyard of Vieux-Port Steakhouse, full of 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 the clouds: Vieux-Port Steakhouse serves only AAA quality Canadian beef.

Good to know: During the week, they serve a two-service table d’hôte formula starting at $15. It’s a perfect place for a business dinner or a lunch break with co-workers.

© Photo Credit 4: Vieux-Port Steakhouse

Auberge Saint-Gabriel: Festive Age-Old Gastronomy – 426, rue St-Gabriel

Are you looking for a terrace to gather with your friends? Look no further than L’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.

Good to know: Keep the party going in their speakeasy, Le Velvet. After all, there’s no need to get up early on vacation…

Terrasse Nelligan: Life, Sights, and Summer Happen Here – 106, rue Saint-Paul Ouest

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. La terrasse Nelligan is one of the most emblematic rooftops in Montreal, no contest! This place is top of the must-see list this summer!

© Photo Credit 5-6: Terrasse Nelligan

Terrasse Place D’Armes: A Well-Kept Secret – 55, rue Saint-Jacques Ouest

Set in a century-old building’s 8th floor, Terrasse Place D’Armes offers you a unique and magnificent view over Place D’Armes Square. The terrace is partially covered, so you can sit back and enjoy a good mojito (their raspberry one is just perfect) in any weather. And if you find yourself craving a late night snack, they’ve got you covered. Indulge in a plate of salmon tartare, or share a cheese and charcuterie tray with your friends. Their terrace is open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Monday, Wednesday, and Sunday, and open till 2 a.m. on Thursday to Sunday!

Terrasse Le 419-Vieux-Port: A Taste of the Ocean Life – 419, Place Jacques-Cartier

This is a great French restaurant where you can get seasonal food: Oysters ($1 per) from Monday to Friday to complete a surprise happy hour. Lobster from Îles-de-la-Madeleine. High-quality seafood platters. Terrasse Le 419-Vieux-Port is a must for any seafood lover! This cute red-roofed terrace is ideal for those who want to experience that beach vacation feel for a few hours.

© Photo Credit 7: Terrasse Le 419-Vieux-Port

© Photo Credit 1: Geneviève Giguère

© Photo Credit 8: Terrasses Bonsecours