14 terrasses for enjoying summer in the Quartier des Spectacles
June 3, 2022
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It’s warm and sunny – time to enjoy the season. Terrasse season, that is! Enjoy a cold one or a snack with friends next time you visit the Quartier des Spectacles.
Here are 14 terrasses, each with its own distinctive vibe, for enjoying the summer on each visit.
ABOVE THE STREETS
1255 Jeanne-Mance St.
Both a modern bistro and artisanal bar, this Quartier newcomer offers a unique culinary experience showcasing Quebec’s terroir. The kitchen uses locally sourced ingredients for its menu of regional dishes. And then there’s the panoramic terrasse overlooking Place des Festivals!
1201 Saint-Laurent Blvd.
Take the stairs to the third floor of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) and you’ll find the Foodlab. Its large deck offers excellent views of the skyline, and seems to float just above the treetops of adjacent Place de la Paix. There’s a seasonal menu and a tempting selection of natural wines.
STEPS AWAY FROM THE SAINTE-CATHERINE ST. EXCITEMENT
433 Mayor St. | 425 Mayor St.
Just around the corner from the heart of the festival action on Sainte-Catherine St., tiny Mayor St. is home to Café Parvis and Bar Furco. Shaded by lush plants, sip a coffee or a cocktail or share a charcuterie board or an irresistible pizza.
1433, City Councillors St.
A charming Japanese tavern with a slightly raised and very pleasant patio to dial back the sounds of the street. Most of the dishes are made for sharing, and the sake bombs are just plain fun. A great spot for groups.
1579 Saint-Laurent Blvd.
This picturesque tavern has some elegant Caribbean flair, with a large selection of craft beers on tap and a roster of delicious cocktails. Go at happy hour to enjoy some oysters with mignonette, wood-oven pizza or delectable jerk chicken.
QUARTIER LATIN HOT SPOTS
318 Ontario St. East
For nearly 25 years, this has been a favourite spot for draft beer, snacks and just hanging out on the huge terrasse. Discover the next generation of comedians at the adjoining Bordel Comédie Club.
1567 Saint-Denis St.
Beer lovers are always in for a pleasant surprise thanks to this pub’s regular new arrivals of microbrews. Whether you decide to sit out front on Saint-Denis or out back (near the Grande bibliothèque), you’ll be chilling in the heart of the action.
403 Ontario St. East
There’s been a breath of fresh air on L’Abreuvoir’s patio, thanks to a massive central floral arrangement that refreshes the whole space. And the cocktail and summer snacks menus are just as refreshing! The Mai Phai salad, with chicken or tofu, as well as the salmon tacos, are perfect for a sunny afternoon.
335 De Maisonneuve St. East
Adjoining the famous Cinémathèque québécoise, this bar is the place to go before or after catching a great film. Its cozy terrasse is ideal for impromptu after-work drinks.
1485 Jeanne-Mance St.
Located in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, overlooking Place des Festivals, the new restaurant from Haitian-born restaurateur Paul Toussaint celebrates pan-Caribbean cuisine and island culture. Its atmosphere evokes a traditional market – great for all kinds of get-togethers.
276 Sainte-Catherine St. West
This charming spot has a terrasse on Place des Festivals and an upstairs lounge with superb Quartier views. Its delicious vegetarian menu and energetic vibe recalling a Parisian brasserie make it a fine choice whether you’re hungry or thirsty!
87 Sainte-Catherine St. East
One look at the gate and colourful murals, and there’s no doubt you’ve found the patio at the Foufs! A large, eclectic crowd gathers to enjoy sunsets at this venerable Montreal institution.
NATURE IN THE CITY
Until September 30
Les Jardins Gamelin features one of Montreal’s biggest and greenest terrasses, surrounded by urban agriculture plots. There’s a program of free cultural activities each day. Plus, the snack bar is back with Les Survenants, offering some delicious street-food meals.
1412 Sainte-Élisabeth St.
Located on the street of the same name, perpendicular to Sainte-Catherine, this European-style pub is famous for its luxuriant courtyard that almost makes you forget you’re in the heart of the city.