The city is slowly coming back to life after a long and brutal winter. Park benches have been set up again, festivals are popping up downtown and the trees are finally starting to grow leaves.
In imitation of the city's ephemeral summer setups, pop-up restaurants tend to take root all around Montreal. For a limited time, while the weather permits, you can enjoy amazing food in these restaurants.
These establishments usually only stay open until mid-September, after which you'll have to wait a whole nine months before they open again, so better enjoy them while they're here!
Homard Des Îles
Where: 2 locations: 360 rue de la Commune E. & Quai Jacques-Cartier.
What: This is the other restaurant owned by Muvbox. They serve amazing lobster rolls and pizza. You can find out more here.
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Where: Esplanade Sunlife
What: This beautiful outdoor space is inspired by "biergartens." They have bars, food stalls and fun activities all summer long. Not to mention that they go a long way to be mindful of the environment by making the most of urban farming, for example.
Where: Esplanade Sunlife
What: Gourmet food trucks, run by some of the city's most elite chefs, come together on the first Friday of each month until October. Beer, burgers and dumplings, oh my!
Les Jardins Gamelin
Where: 1500 rue Berri, Montreal
What: This public space adjacent to the Berri-UQAM metro station features eateries and public performances. The grand opening is on May 30th.
Where: 5705 rue de Gaspé, Montreal
What: This outdoor work space transforms into one of the best terrasses for your 5 à 7, with music, DJs and food trucks at your disposal for a sun-soaked afternoon. More info can be found here.
Village Au Pied Du Courant
Where: 2100 rue Notre-Dame E., Montreal
What: This Village, located by the St-Lawrence river, is reinvented every year by designers and locals. They showcase local chefs on the site, where you can also lie in the sun and listen to live music.
Where: 22 ave. Atwater, Montreal
What: This stunning boat on the Lachine canal is the perfect spot to cool off on a warm summer day. The unique café/bar is a necessary stop after an afternoon spent at the Atwater market.
Where: 6731 rue de l’Esplanade, Montreal
What: This Mile End bar opens each year in a local garage.
Where: To be announced
What: Though the official dates for the opening of this lego-themed bar are yet to be announced, you'll definitely want to go once it's open. The bar has fun, lego-themed drinks and bites to eat. The other locations of the Brick Bar are also super Instagram-able. Find out more here.
Where: 364 rue de la Commune E., Montreal
What: Terrasses Bonsecours is a mainstay in our summer sangria crawl. The beautiful outdoor terrasse is located on the banks of the Old Port, and they serve amazing drinks and fun tapas.
Where: 100 rue Saint-Paul O., Montreal
What: This beautiful terrasse, located on the roof of the Nelligan hotel, is only open in the summer. The photogenic location has a great view of the Old Port. Their sangria rocks and their food is even better.
Where: 5439 1/2 blvd. Saint-Laurent, Montreal.
What: This pop-up restaurant is beloved by Montrealers. The wine bar has a great selection (duh) and the cutest décor you've ever seen. The restaurant re-opens in mid June.
Where: 5080 rue St-Ambroise, Montreal.
What: This huge terrasse is located on the edge of the Lachine Canal, which makes it a perfect place to stop off after a nice, long bike ride. They serve Saint-Ambroise beer and a few simple snacks and dishes. The perfect casual spot!
All of these places are excellent locations to get some amazing food that isn't normally available throughout the year! And because many of these pop-up restaurants are located outside, you'll make the most of the summer sun!