Esplanade Tranquille

Esplanade Tranquille

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This new public space in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles is a versatile, all-ages destination open year-round. It is a welcoming spot with a diverse cultural program.

There is a comfortable terrasse in summer, a refrigerated skating rink in winter, and a multipurpose pavilion that include, common areas for taking a break, a café, Galaxie Brasserie restaurant, a game rental counter and a self-serve library. Esplanade Tranquille also has an all-seasons festive side, with intimate performances presented by the many festivals and events based in the Quartier.

Come have a look at your new space – your own backyard, the perfect place to have fun and get together with friends!


The weather’s warming up, and that means it’s time to close the Esplanade Tranquille skating rink. Thanks to everyone who came out to skate with us! We can’t wait to see you again next winter on the ice in the Quartier des Spectacles.

In the coming weeks, the rink will be transformed into a welcoming public space with furniture, other amenities and cultural activities starting in May. In the meantime, enjoy the Esplanade Tranquille pavilion and its Grand Salon, a quiet space to take a break, hang out with friends or read by the fire.


The Esplanade Tranquille welcomes you with a wide variety of free cultural activities and amenities to make the most of warmer days outdoors.

Discover the pavillon and its public spaces:

Café Tranquille

Open daily, Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

In the Grand Salon of the Esplanade Tranquille pavilion, Café Tranquille offers quality coffee made with Pista beans and a host of local nibbles.

See the menu online

Le Repaire

Located on the ground floor of the pavilion, Le Repaire is a lively and comfortable living space designed for visitors of all ages, alone or in groups. With a variety of modular furniture and large tables, you’ll feel right at home for eating, drinking, relaxing and participating in the various activities that will be held there. .

Le Grand Salon

Upstairs, the Grand Salon is an inviting and comfortable public lounge, designed as a place for socializing and relaxing. With its central fireplace and its cozy and warm atmosphere, it is a place to meet, to exchange and to share ideas. In winter and summer alike, the space hosts a variety of cultural activities. An exhibition, Henri Tranquille et sa librairie Tranquille, tells the story of the Librairie Tranquille bookstore and its owner through a series of displays featuring reproductions of archival materials, photos and unpublished writings.

Le Réfectoire

Also on the second floor is this brightly lit space featuring contemporary décor and a spectacular view of the Esplanade. It’s perfect for people looking for a quiet place to work, and it can also be rented for cultural, private and corporate events.


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Room rentals in the Esplanade Tranquille pavilion

The Esplanade Tranquille rental spaces offer modern, well-lit designs and cutting-edge equipment for conferences, round tables and every type of corporate and private event.

For more information on the spaces and the rental procedure, click here.


Esplanade Tranquille: origin of the name
Esplanade Tranquille is named in honour of the Tranquille bookstore, once located on the site, and its owner, Henri Tranquille (1916-2005). It is an important site in contemporary Quebec history, having hosted the launch of the Refus global manifesto in 1948.

A space designed to complement the Quartier des Spectacles experience
Esplanade Tranquille is the final phase of the public spaces project for the western sector of the Quartier des Spectacles. The other spaces are Place des Festivals, Promenade des Artistes, the Parterre and Sainte-Catherine Street. Located at a key downtown intersection – the corner of Saint-Laurent Blvd. and Sainte-Catherine St. – the Esplanade is designed to complement Place des Festivals. It was conceived as a human-scale public space. It is welcoming and comfortable, making it an excellent everyday gathering place for Montrealers and visitors. Esplanade Tranquille is a rest and relaxation zone, a place to get together with friends, and a place to have fun, enjoy a snack and be inspired by Montreal’s cultural heart.

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