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Best 5 Terraces to Check Out This Summer

The 5 Best Terraces in Montreal This Summer

There truly is nothing more Montreal than a good terrace – the official court of our unofficial pastime, people watching!

As soon as the weather allows, we strongly encourage you to grab whatever spot you can find and just soak it all in. Once you’ve re-connected with the terrace lifestyle, then you can start getting a little more choosy about where you park yourself for an afternoon or evening.

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When that time comes, here are our top 5 picks for best Montreal terraces:

1. Brasserie T!

Brasserie T! is the sister restaurant to the renowned restaurant Toqué! Situated right in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, and alongside the unique water jet fountain, T! is the perfect place to spend brunch, a lazy afternoon or an evening before or after taking in a show.

The food is absolutely to die for (and includes a special 9:30pm menu for post-show-goers), the location can’t be beat and the fountains provide a refreshing cooling effect on a hot summer’s day. What more could you want?

2. Jardin Nelson

Even on a rainy day, the terrace at Jardin Nelson is stunning, romantic and comfortable, thanks to its giant retractable awnings, parasols and pergolas! Which is especially awesome since it is best to have reservations, and there’s no telling what the weather will be. They even have outdoor heating to keep their terrace season going as long as possible.

And it truly is a “jardin”! The restaurant employs professional gardeners who keep the lush plants and flowers blooming and vibrant all season long. Add that to the amazing food and live jazz, and you won’t want to leave.

3. Pub le Sainte-Élisabeth

Pub le Sainte-Élisabeth has one of the most stunning enclosed terraces in the city. It’s very popular, but also quite large and can accommodate quite the crowd. The ivy covered walls and enclosed location make it almost feel like you’re way outside the city instead of just two steps from UQAM.

Officially, they only serve drinks and do not have a kitchen. But you can actually order takeout from nearby restaurants. The pub servers will even provide you with a menu! Arrive early to ensure you get a table.

4. McAuslan - St. Ambroise

The menu is small (but yummy) and given that it’s a brewery, the drinks list is primarily beer (with a cider and two wine choices thrown in), but this charming terrace is one of our favourites because it’s accessible via the bike path along the Lachine canal and has a relaxing canal-side vibe.

McAuslan terrace is the perfect place to cap off a bike ride or jog along the canal and its somewhat obscure location means you aren’t bothered by foot or road traffic. Just be sure to take a cab back if you go for the tasting paddle ;-)

5. Labo Culinaire

Located atop the Société des Arts Technologiques building, Labo Culinaire, or FoodLab, is one of the city’s newest terraces and is quickly becoming a favourite, thanks to its creative and dynamic menu dedicated to celebrating local produce and organic wines.

If you’ve never been to the Société des Arts Technologiques, its stunningly modern and energetic new terrace is the perfect excuse to take in an art show and experience some amazing talent before indulging in smoked mussels, endives au gratin, herb and leek tagliatelle or braised beef paired with the perfect wine. Yum!

Do you have a favorite terrace that you’re excited to visit this summer? Please share in the comments and tell us why you love it!

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