The downtown terraces we’re ready to rediscover!

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Les terrasses du centre-ville

With sunny days ahead, we can’t wait for the start of terrace season.

To officially kick off the summer, we’ve got some excellent downtown terrace suggestions for every taste and every budget. Rooftop, street-side, indoor, and hidden—we’ve compiled a full list of gems for a fantastic summer in Montreal’s central district.
Besides being a top tourist destination, the downtown core is also a great place for Montrealers to stroll among the city’s skyscrapers, shopping hot spots, and cultural venues.
Here’s a quick guide through downtown’s different enclaves to help you discover some of the best al fresco options.

Golden Square Mile

Bound by des Pins Avenue at the foot of Mount Royal, Guy Street to the west, Sainte-Catherine Street to the south, and Université to the east, the Golden Square Mile showcases part of Montreal’s rich architectural heritage with its Victorian style and sumptuous homes. Among the city’s grandest neighbourhoods, it offers an array of luxury boutiques. Just head to de la Montagne Street for some fantastic window-shopping!

Maison Boulud

Opened in 2012 by Michelin-star chef Daniel Boulud in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Maison Boulud has one of the most beautiful terraces in town. The restaurant’s revisited French cuisine never fails to deliver a unique and elegant gastronomic experience. The terrace’s idyllic setting is a haven overlooking the hotel gardens—an escape from the city that makes any meal or drink in good company that much better.

Maison Boulud
Maison Boulud

Ferreira Café

Serving authentic Portuguese cuisine since 1996, Ferreira Café is one of Montreal’s must-visit restaurants. Though it’s been adapted and updated over the years, the menu has never lost sight of the traditional elements that make Ferreira Café an institution. In summer, the terrace on Peel Street takes us on a journey to Portugal. The beautiful blue Mediterranean-style terrace is an invitation to discover the essence of modern Portugal in the heart of downtown Montreal.

Ferreira Café
Ferreira Café

Quartier international

The Quartier international, or international district, is the heart of Montreal’s and Quebec’s business community. Before the pandemic, it was a hub for tourists and businesspeople from around the world with its cluster of over 60 international organizations, including the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Centre CDP Capital, Centre de commerce mondial world trade centre, Tour de la bourse stock exchange tower, and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

W Montreal

This summer, W Montreal will host the Terrasse W Montréal, a green space in Square Victoria serving a series of original cocktails created by 10 mixologists from 10 popular W destinations around the world. Because it will be difficult, if not impossible, for Montrealers to go abroad this summer, W Montreal will bring the world to the city with different cocktail themes week after week, including a sangria remastered by W Ibiza, Chatuchack iced tea from W Bangkok, and You’re so Melb from the brand-new W Melbourne.

Hôtel W Montréal
Hôtel W Montréal

H3 restaurant

Housed on the 8th floor of the Humaniti complex, H3 is dedicated to showcasing local gastronomy. Chef Jean-Sébastien Giguère works with seasonal products to concoct dynamic menus that move with the times. The restaurant boasts one of the best wine cellars in town, and sommelier Hugo Duchesne always finds the perfect pairing. H3’s terrace is adjacent to the hotel’s lounge and pool area, but on another level. Open to hotel guests and visitors alike, the terrace is a superb setting for a glass of wine or delicious meal with local flavours in the heart of Montreal.

Restaurant h3
Restaurant h3

Shaughnessy Village

This friendly and lively neighbourhood around Concordia University’s downtown campus is the most densely populated neighbourhood in all of Quebec. A diverse mix of residents, students, and businesses keep local restaurants and bars buzzing.

Kampai Garden

Kampaï Garden is a place to unwind and enjoy simple and effective dishes while sipping a house cocktail dreamed up by Lawrence Picard. Every summer, crowds flock to the two beautiful terraces. You’ll be spoiled for choice at Kampaï Garden, with its garden terrace and street-side dining on Sainte-Catherine Street, which host students from neighbouring universities and Montrealers from all over the city in a friendly atmo­sphere. When it opened, Kampaï Garden made it its mission to bring people back to Faubourg Sainte-Catherine, and it has definitely delivered. The chic beer garden is a bustling local favourite.

Kampai Garden
Kampai Garden

Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

Just steps away from Concordia University, Sammi & Soupe Dumpling is the perfect spot for students and anyone looking for quick, affordable, and tasty soup dumplings. The small space, which hums with customers from lunch to closing time, will inaugurate a terrace this summer.  With delicious dumplings and a few rays of sunshine, Sammi & Soupe Dumpling proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy the good life!

Sainte-Catherine

Extending over 11 km, on and around Sainte-Catherine Street remains a destination of choice for local and international tourists and Montrealers, offering Quebec’s most wide-ranging gastronomic and retail offers.

Marcus

At Four Seasons Hotel Montreal, enjoy a unique dining experience orchestrated by superstar executive chef Marcus Samuelsson in his namesake restaurant. Located on the hotel’s third floor, Marcus has a breathtaking sundrenched terrace where you can sit and enjoy a gourmet menu and great city views. Designer Zebulon Perron created an elegant restaurant and terrace space: a chic and timeless brasserie sprinkled with a touch of contemporary art.

Marcus
Marcus

Nacarat

In the heart of downtown Montreal, Bar Nacarat at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel has made a name for itself as one of the best cocktail lounges in town, complete with a terrace where you can sip your cocktail on comfy outdoor couches, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in a marvellous urban oasis. There are a few surprises in store this year, with the opening of a terrace for guests of Rosélys, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant that merges gastronomic cuisine and bistro style in a sophisticated art-deco atmosphere.

Nacarat
Nacarat

Quartier des spectacles

Montreal’s premier entertainment district, the Quartier des spectacles is home to Place des Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, the NFB, and countless cultural spaces. It also hosts most of the city’s international festivals, which attract tourists from across Quebec, Canada, and around the world.

Café Parvis

Café Parvis is a long-standing favourite of many Montrealers, with its relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere, comforting and tasty dishes, and sublime decor. In the summer, it boasts one of the most beautiful terraces in town, all dressed in wood and flowers. From morning to night, the pleasant outdoor space welcomes passers-by eager for a coffee break or pre-dinner drinks.

Café Parvis
Café Parvis

Kamúy

Ensconced in one of the extraordinary capsules on Place des festivals, where Taverne F used to operate, Kamúy is a halo that makes Caribbean culture shine throughout the city. When the warm weather arrives, the restaurant opens its fantastic urban terrace so patrons can enjoy its colourful and flavourful dishes from their front-row seats to the city’s cultural happenings.

Disclaimer: at the time of writing, restaurants had not yet officially opened their terraces. We recommend you contact the restaurants for updated information.

With the support of Ville-Marie borough