Montreal’s Best Patios

In Montreal the terrasse is the prime location for people watching and soaking up the summer rays while they last. Here are our favourite patios in Montreal.

Image by Natalie Taylor

Image by Natalie Taylor

Le Vin Papillon

This wine bar is a welcome addition to the Joe Beef family and in its second year, now has a private back patio looking out onto Parc Vinet. The patio is simple and relaxed: string lights hang above wooden picnic tables where couples and friends convene but the piece de resistance is the cook working the open grill right in front of you. From chicken wings to grilled veggies and fresh snow crab when in season, everything is served, ready to order. Since Le Vin Papillon opens at 3pm, it’s the ideal way to spend the afternoon; to sip and savour without the crowds.

Where to Find:
Le Vin Papillon
2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal, QC
vinpapillon.com

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Image by Natalie Taylor.

Square St-Louis

Right off the “Main” on St. Laurent en route to the Sherbrooke Metro, this magical park is the ideal detour. In the main structure of the park, grab a seat and un café at one of the colourful tables just outside. Among the Victorian row houses, commuter traffic, and tourists, there’s no better park to soak up the atmosphere downtown than this one. Don’t forget to make a stop at the fountain before leaving.

Where to Find:
Square St-Louis
3466 Rue Saint-Denis
Montréal, QC

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Le Sainte Élisabeth

Off the touristy Rue St. Catherine and the Quartier Des Spectacles, this pub doesn’t look like much from the outside on a derelict side street. But walk through the doors and you’ll be transported to your own magical Alice in Wonderland vibe, where you’re encompassed by 47-foot ivy walls on the back terrasse. On weekends, there is a younger crowd but this is the perfect place for a cinq-á-sept on weekdays after a long day of touring and shopping.

Where to Find:
Le Sainte Élisabeth
1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth
Montréal, QC
ste-elisabeth.com

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Hyatt Regency Terrace

If you’re staying at the recently revamped Hyatt, ascend yourself to the sixth floor to the SIX resto lounge terrace, where you’ll have one of the best views of the Quartier Des Spectacles. At the height of festival season in the summer, this will be the place to be without having to navigate your way through the crowds. Come early for cinq-á-sept specials on Thursdays, which feature special DJ guests.

Where to Find:
Hyatt Regency Terrace (SIX Resto Lounge) Sixth Floor
1255 Jeanne-Mance
Montreal, QC
montreal.hyatt.com

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Auberge de Vieux Port

This terrasse is located in the only hotel that is situated along the St. Lawrence river. This means stunning panoramic views of the Port, the river, and the buzz of Old Montreal’s St. Paul Street. If you’re here on a national holiday, you’ll be in the prime spot to watch fireworks with your friends, the patio seats up to 100, so it’s ideal for large groups.

Where to Find:
Auberge de Vieux Port
97, Rue de la Commune Est
Montréal, QC
aubergeduvieuxport.com

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Jardin Nelson

This garden oasis in the heart of Old Montreal is the ideal end to a day of sightseeing or to the beginning of a great night. Known for its ambiance, with its lush horticulture, fountains, and live jazz band, this is a relaxing place to indulge in cocktail pitchers with girlfriends or for a sultry date night with your beau.

Where to Find:
Jardin Nelson
407 Place Jacques-Cartier
Montréal, QC
jardinnelson.com

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Cafe Santropol

This eclectic cafe has been attracting students and artists for 39 years and the back patio is one of its main reasons, regulars return. The back area is more like a lush garden and features a fishpond. It’s a casual spot to hang out and getting a cheap and cheerful lunch before heading out to Parc Mont Royal nearby. Try the Pepper Island sandwich filled with pesto and cream cheese topped with pepper jelly.

Where to Find:
Cafe Santropol
3990 St.-Urbain
Montréal, QC
santropol.com

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Image courtesy Facebook/TerrasseNelligan.

Image courtesy Facebook/TerrasseNelligan.

Terrasse Nelligan

The views of Notre Dame Cathedral’s gothic exteriors from this rooftop are worth the price of a cocktail alone. A place to see and be seen, Nelligan’s outdoor terraces is one of the top spots for your cinq-á-sept needs in the summer. Sip and savour over one of the many rosés on offer and if you’ve whet your appetite, you can order fish and meat fresh from the grill outdoors. C’est magnifique!

Where to Find:
Terrasse Nelligan
106 Rue Saint Paul Ouest
Montréal, QC
terrassenelligan.com

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