Posted on July 26th, 2012 by .

With over 5000 restaurants in Montreal, no matter where you are in town there’s always a great one just a few feet away. You see those flat things sticking out of the sides of them- filled with umbrellas, people laughing, sangria and sunshine? Those are called terrasses (or “patios”), and Montrealers live for them…

We here at The Montreal Buzz have done a decent job of covering all sorts of terrasses, from rooftops to courtyards, but there are just simply far too many to cover by ourselves. So what did we do? We took it to the people! We recently asked on our Facebook Page which were YOUR favorite terrasses, patios, and sunny drinking places in Montreal, and boy did you guys deliver a stellar list!

L’Autre Version (295 St-Paul East): Impeccable Mediterranean food, with a cozy terrasse and a dessert menu to make an grown man weep: Sugar tartelettes, chamomile froth, white chocolate mousse, lime jelly ganache and, wait for it, “coffee paper”.

Croissanterie Figaro (5200 Hutchinson): Like it was plucked right off the Left Bank of Paris and dropped on the trendier side of the Atlantic, locals love the Croissanterie and its wonderfully pretty waitstaff. Get the Chocolate Rum Croissant and enjoy it like nobody is watching.

Sinclair Restaurant at the Saint-Sulpice Hotel (414 Saint-Sulpice): Everyone knows this is the best-kept secret terrasse in Montreal, which makes not that much of a secret I guess. First item on the cocktail list? The “Sangria Sinclair au vin blanc”. Get at least two. Feeling peckish? Six words: Lobster roll, basil mayonnaise, homemade chips.

Le Sainte-Elisabeth (1412 Sainte-Elisabeth): If you’re into enchanting courtyards with 45-meter tall ivy-covered walls, trees, flowers, and a golden glow cast from a giant lantern then this is definitely your new favorite spot. If not, stay very far away.

Terrasse St-Ambroise (5080 St-Ambroise) Located a few minutes from Atwater Market, Le Terrace St-Ambroise overlooks the Lachine Canal and can be reached directly from the bike path. From the terrasse, a simple turn of your head and you’ll be seeing exactly where the beer you’re drinking comes from.

Terrasse Hotel Place d’Armes (55 St-Jacques West): This terrasse is so lovely, it was even featured in a fancy Tourisme Montreal video! Drawer dropping views of the Notre-Dame Basilica and the surrounding city scape, combined with fine food and finer cocktails… What could be better?


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