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 will include food service, a green roof 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 Esplanade Tranquille welcomes spring and summer 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

Opening hours of the pavillon

  • Sunday to Thursday: 9am to 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 9am to 11pm

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.

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bookstore and its owner through a series of displays featuring reproductions of archival materials, photos and unpublished writings.

The café du Grand salon offers comforting sandwiches and snacks as well as a variety of hot and cold beverages to quench your thirst while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Tranquille Esplanade.

Open daily from 10am to 3pm.


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Room rentals in the Esplanade Tranquille pavilion

The Esplanade Tranquille pavilion has two rooms available for rent:

  • Le Réfectoire
    This room features a spectacular view of the Esplanade. It is perfect for cultural, private and corporate events. Its capacity is 80 guests in cocktail mode or 60 in its dining room configuration.
  • L’Arrière-scène
    This room can be used as a workspace for production teams, as an artists’ dressing room or as a space for hosting school groups. It holds approximately 115 people depending on configuration.

Rental procedures, prices and technical riders for each room will be posted soon. Please note that during peak festival season, from mid-May to mid-September, festivals will be given priority for renting these spaces.

For more information, write to or call 438-373-4430


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.


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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