13 of the best patios to soak up the sun in Montreal

Jul 31 2020, 12:56 pm

Besides being able to revel in the sunshine with a meal, a few drinks, and a couple of pals, patio season is something of a godsend in Montreal.

Considering we were cooped up for a few months, it’s very refreshing to grab some rays and get served outside.

Regardless of if you call it a patio, a terrace, or a terrasse, Montreal is oozing with great options to soak up the great outdoors (and some nifty restaurants.)

Whether you’re planning a meal with pals, a post-work 5 à 7, a quick coffee, or an intimate dinner with your partner, there’s definitely a patio in Montreal waiting for you to enjoy.

Just take note, as recommended by health officials, if you choose to participate in events outside of your home, please adhere to COVID-19 health and safety measures, including wearing a mask indoors, proper physical distancing, and frequent hand-washing.

Terrasses Bonsecours


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Arguably the most popular patio in Old Montreal, Terrasses Bonsecours is a giant option that essentially puts you right on the Saint Lawrence River. Known for their elaborate Grand Prix parties, and their tasty sangria, Terrasses Bonsecours offers a great atmosphere and totally Instagrammable views of the Old Port.

Address: 364 rue de la Commune Est
Phone: 514-864-4444

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Terrasse St-Ambroise


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McAuslan’s Terrasse St-Amborise is an extremely popular option when the weather is nice. The open-air craft brewery serves up classic BBQ grub and a widespread selection of beer.

Soak up the sun, the Lachine Canal, and knock back a few pints of St-Ambroise’s Pale Ale.

Plus, kids and dogs (on leashes only) are allowed.

The St-Ambroise Terrasse team asks guests to “respect social distancing and wash your hands regularly.”

Address: 5080 rue St Ambroise 
Phone: 514-939-3060

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Canal Lounge


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Just steps away from the historic Atwater Market, this patio doesn’t just offer a view of the water, its actually ON the water.

The Canal Lounge opened to the public in mid-July and is running at limited capacity because of you-know-what and doesn’t allow groups of more than eight people.

The floating terrace bills itself as “the perfect spot to get in the nautical spirit for 5 à 7,” and is open from now until October.

Address: 22 Atwater Avenue, Montreal
Phone: 514-451-2665

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Terrasse sur l’Auberge


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With views of the Old Port on one side and the Saint Lawrence River on the other, this rooftop patio offers panoramic views that are unparalleled in the city.

Terrasse sur l’Auberge started taking hotel and dinner reservations as of July 31 with health precautions in place.

Address: 97 de la Commune St E, Montreal
Phone: 514-419-1349

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Café Olimpico


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Patios aren’t exclusive to the meal crowd.

This old-school coffee shop, a staple in Montreal, was first founded in Mile End in 1970 and has since become a neighbourhood institution.

Find the sprawling terrace at all hours as locals sip espressos and nosh pastries with all the necessary COVID-19 precautions in place.

Address: 124 Rue St-Viateur Ouest
Phone: 514-495-0746

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Sir Winston Churchill Pub



Sir Winston Churchill Pub, known better as Winnie’s, has three bars inside one historic building and two terraces. One of which is street-side to the constantly-busy Crescent Street.

If you’re into pints and people watching, Winnie’s is your go-to.

Address: 1459 rue Crescent
Phone: 514- 288-3814


Terrasse Place d’Armes


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This rooftop oasis, perched atop Hôtel Place d’Armes, offers sweeping views of downtown and Old Montreal. The partially covered patio is open rain or shine and has all the precautions in place as directed by public health.

Address: 59 Saint-Jacques
Phone: 514-904-1201

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Terrasse Nelligan


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Whether you’re enjoying brunch or just bevies, this terrace offers Instagram-worthy views amongst Montreal’s rooftops, and its heaters and retractable awnings will ensure you comfort on those chilly summer nights.

Address: 106 Saint-Paul St W, Montreal
Phone: 514-788-4021

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Hotel William Gray


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Crowning this luxury hotel located on Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal, this rooftop terrace boasts unobstructed views of the St. Lawrence River and Montreal’s Ferris wheel. Go for the views and stay for brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks, or heck, even a wedding or two.

“The safety and health of all our guests are our priority which is why we have implemented a protocol with new security measures to ensure a return in the best conditions,” says the hotel’s website.

Address: 421, Saint-Vincent
Phone: 514-656-5600

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Pub Le Sainte-Élisabeth


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When it comes to vine-covered patios, it’s tough to top Le Sainte-Élisabeth. If you want all the glory of being outside but still the privacy, Le Sainte-E and its scaling ivy walls are for you.

The historic spot opened to the public at the beginning of July with all the necessary safety measures in place.

Address: 1412 rue Sainte Élisabeth


Kampai Garden


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This on-street patio hangs right off the bustling Ste. Cat and is a great option for cocktail pitchers, comfort food, and then some dancing.

The urban jungle is a perfect mix of city life and greenery.

Address: 1616 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Phone: 514-379-6161


Joe Beef


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Joe Beef and its sister locations, Liverpool House and Le Vin Papillon, make up some of, if not all, the most coveted restaurants in the entire city.

Their cozy outdoor garden patio is no different.

Address: 2491, rue Notre Dame Ouest
Phone: 514-935-6504


Monkland Taverne


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Monkland’s vibrant neighbourhood fixture offers fixed-price market grub, a cool retro design, and a patio that features a small garden.

Plus, you’re right in the middle of NDG’s busy Monkland traffic. The kitchen is open until 9 pm as a result of the pandemic.

Address: 5555 avenue Monkland


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