Montréal’s fabulous terrasses

© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin - Terrace on Saint-Denis Street © Verses Restaurant - Verses Restaurant

© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin - Terrace on Saint-Denis Street

Published on April 27, 2009 – There are many things synonymous with Montréal summers: open-air concerts, fireworks, festivals, tam-tams in the park… but the quintessential Montréal pastime has to be terrasse-sitting. We thought we’d scout out a few places to sit and sip. Just don’t forget your sunscreen and sunglasses.

The Plateau has long been Montréal’s go-to spot, and to it Montrealers definitely go. Which means that finding a free seat can be tricky, because this hip neighbourhood is so popular. Expect to see crowded terrasses lining the streets, although remember that lots of other gems are hidden from eyesight. Follow your ears to the sounds of clinking glasses and cheer, and your patience will be justly rewarded.

Over on Bernard Avenue in Outremont, Café Souvenir is a favourite among the residents of this upscale neighbourhood. Courteous service and breakfasts that stretch until late afternoon make it popular with the beautiful people. Across the street, chef Ian Perrault reinvents the art of ready-to-eat by pampering clients with gourmet sandwiches served on organic bread, on his pretty terrasse adjoining the Théâtre Outremont.

Old Montréal, for its part, also offers a number of excellent places to bask in the sun while you sip a white, rosé or sangria. Some popular spots include the lush terrasses of Boris Bistro or Auberge le Saint-Gabriel, the oldest inn in North America. And if every table at ground level has been snapped up, just look to the sky for inspiration. Rooftop terraces, like Terrasse Nelligan, the Hôtel Nelligan’s rooftop terrace, offer primo spots for soaking up Montréal’s skyline as you savour your cocktail.

Plateau Mont-Royal

Bernard Street

Boris Bistro

Auberge le Saint-Gabriel

Terrasse Nelligan