There are few pleasures as great as sitting on a Montreal terrace in the sun with fancy cocktails in hand and several friends around you as the St Lawrence River sparkles below. Unfortunately, the season of relaxation and sun is coming to a close, meaning your chances to visit a gorgeous outdoor dining area are running out. We'll be trading the sunny weather for what looks to be an aggressively awful winter.
That means now is the prime time to try as many terrasses as possible before their doors close for the winter, and we have 24 excellent options to check off your 2023 bucket list today.
There are plenty of top-tier rooftop and ground-floor terraces to choose from, in areas from Old Montreal to Saint-Henri to right in the heart of downtown Montreal. Whether you're more of a William Gray Hotel or a Riverside person, you're sure to find something to your liking in Montreal this summer.
Where: 5020, rue Saint-Ambroise
Why you should go: This ubiquitous summer-time (and winter-time) favourite opened for the season on May 5 with a brand-new Central American theme!
Where: 690, rue Notre-Dame O.
Why you should go: Farsides' terrasse opened at the end of May. The restaurant describes the "newly renovated" space as an "island garden oasis."
Where: 4019, rue Wellington
Why you should go: Patrons at the cozy terrasse at Bar Palco can enjoy coffee or drinks into the evening. It opened in April.
Where: 3990, rue Saint-Urbain
Why you should go: A staple of the Plateau, Café Santropol's garden terrasse space opens with the warm weather, and you can sample their famous sandwiches au frais (as the Lord intended).
Pub le Sainte-Élisabeth
Where: 1412, rue Sainte-Élisabeth
Why you should go: For beer and cocktails in a vine-covered outdoor space, le Sainte-Élisabeth's terrasse space is a great option. It opened early in the season: on April 11 this year.
Where: 985, boulevard Saint-Laurent, sixth floor
Why you should go: Who would have thought that this chic terrasse sits atop the Hampton Inn on Saint-Laurent? Get to the sixth floor and enjoy the beautiful sunset views.
Where: 1708, rue Notre-Dame O.
Why you should go: This Griffintown spot is open seven days a week, with outdoor space as well as a cozy interior.
Where: 5080, rue Saint-Ambroise
Why you should go: A canal-side favourite, this terrasse unfolds under the shadow of the towering abandoned Canada Malting plant with its now-famous (and mysterious) pink cabin. The terrasse opened in early May.
Where: 153, rue Saint-Amable, fourth floor
Why you should go: Perché's terrasse, with its views of Old Montreal, opened on May 5.
Where: 1, Place Ville Marie, 44th floor
Why you should go: This terrasse with a cozy, upscale resto-bar nearby opened its doors in late summer 2023.
Where: 403, rue Ontario E.
Why you should go: The Abreuvoir terrasse is open nearly year-round, with the warm season starting in March and opening hours stretching into the early morning.
Where: 407, Place Jacques-Cartier
Why you should go: This stunning outdoor space opened for the season in April.
Les Enfants Terribles
Where: 1257, avenue Bernard
Why you should go: This spot is open seven days a week until 10 p.m.
Terrasse sur L'Auberge
Where: Fifth floor of the Auberge du Vieux-Port, 97, rue de la Commune E.
Why you should go: Open since May 5, this terrasse offers a beautiful view from the rooftop of the Auberge du Vieux-Port.
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Where: 5579, avenue Christophe-Colomb
Why you should go: A Millennial favourite, this terrasse in the heart of the Plateau offers plenty of beer. Note: It has not yet publicly indicated a 2023 opening date.
Terrasse William Gray
Where: 421, rue Saint Vincent
Why you should go: This renowned spot atop another Old Montreal hotel is open every day: until 10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and until 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Café Il Cortile
Where: 1442, rue Sherbrooke O.
Why you should go: An Italian gem, Café Il Cortile's terrasse is tucked into a little pocket of downtown Montreal.
Bar Plan B
Where: 327, avenue Mont-Royal E.
Why you should go: Despite the name, this bar is no second choice!
Where: 3709, boul. St Laurent
Why you should go: This rooftop tropical oasis features lush greenery, a Riviera Maya vibe and a bespoke cocktail list to die for.
Where: 2233, rue Pitt
Why you should go: The terrasse at Messorem is open pretty much all year, with beer options galore and space for all of your hoppy friends.
Where: 1440, rue Drummond
Why you should go: For an upscale, royal vibe, Bar George is certainly a good option.
Where: 4026, rue Wellington
Why you should go: The courtyard terrasse at Benelux's Verdun location has plenty of beer and cocktail options and space for large groups.
Where: 355, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest
Why you should go: A luxe locale with richly coloured fabric indoors and light, airy space under the sun, this rooftop terrasse is a perfect spot to impress your next date.
Where: 1255, rue Jeanne-Mance
Why you should go: This terrasse gives a little chic with early evening energy, located very nicely in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles.
This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.
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