If you are a true Montrealer, summer prompted one desire: discover new terraces and revisit your favorites. Which one will you choose for your next afternoon of soaking up the sun with a drink in hand?
The Local: Brasseur de Montréal (Montreal Brewery)
You've probably heard of this brasserie (brewery) located on Ottawa Street in Griffintown for several years now. But did you know that over a year ago they opened another location on Berri Street, near Old Montreal? A new opportunity to savor your favorite beers in a neighborhood heritage building.
Although in the heart of the city, the terrace offers a calm and relaxed atmosphere. You can stop by after a long walk through your favorite streets of Old Montreal or following a bike ride. Definitely the place to enjoy a drink and burger with sweet potato fries.
If you like comfort food, with the distinction of being made with beer, then you’ll love this place! Also, at the request of customers, tapas will soon appear on the menu! As for us, we will definitely be returning to taste the goat cheese cake and fried calamari with chorizo ... we salivate just thinking about it!
We like: the relaxed atmosphere, craft beers and diverse menu.
The High End: Terrasse Nelligan (Nelligan Terrace)
The terrace on the 5th floor of the Nelligan Hotel has built a reputation over the years, and with good reason! The views of the heritage building roofs throughout Old Montreal visible from the terrace is alone worth the detour! See for yourself...
We tried the summer specialty: the clear sangria. A pure fruity delight to quench your thirst during those hot summer days! A definite must this summer for you and your 5-7 friends or colleagues, Terrasse Nelligan also organizes events like $1 oysters and champagne! Thursdays.
We like: the funky drinks and the unique views of Old Montreal’s rooftops.
The Festive: Terrace Place d'Armes
Another terrace with a unique view of Old Montreal is Terrasse Place d’armes. Located at 55 Saint-Jacques Street West, on the 8th floor of its namesake chic hotel, the place is open until 3am on weekends and occasionally welcomes a DJ to liven up the evening. Check out their Facebook page!
We recommend the mojito, the house specialty offered in multiple varieties ... We also tested their sangria served with sparkling wine, which gives it a more enjoyable sparkling touch.
On the food side, it’s the perfect place for a snack or dinner with colleagues. If you are greedy, like us, you'll have trouble choosing between the butcher, the cheesemaker and Burrata.
We like: the different snack foods and the festive atmosphere any time of day!
The Unmistakable: Jardin Nelson (Nelson Garden)
We couldn’t talk about Old Montreal terraces without mentioning Jardin Nelson (Nelson Garden), a neighborhood institution for over 30 years! You’ll be instantly charmed by the cozy backyard atmosphere. Whether you are a fan of brunch or want to spend a romantic evening for two, the terrace is open from morning to night. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy a sangria amidst the afternoon heat!
It’s not only the beauty of places that makes them worth the trip! We also go for the terrace’s culinary specialties: pizza and crepes. As the restaurant hosts many tourists, the chef honors Quebec culture by revisiting its classics, such as the crepe with apple, bacon, cheddar, maple syrup and the famous chômeur pudding. One word to describe them: decadent.
We like: the beautifully flowered backyard, the jazzy atmosphere and the diverse menu!
The Trendy: La Terrasse sur l’Auberge
Don’t be fooled by the medieval-looking entrance, La Terrasse sur l’auberge is anything but old. In fact, this four year old the terrace is one of the most fashionable and trendy in the neighborhood!
A big fan of panoramic views, this terrace definitely offers the most spectacular views. You’ll feel like you’re on vacation as soon as you walk in.
The mojito and clear sangria are the most popular drinks. Beer lovers will also be quite pleased as they offer a great variety. But, in my opinion, the drink of the summer will be the Proseccle: Prosecco and house-popsicle. A novelty that, to our delight, will soon be on the menu. We’re already planning our next visit!
We recommend the Terrasse sur l’auberge for nights out with friends and summertime fireworks!
We like: the trendy atmosphere and breathtaking views!
Our Favorite Terraces:
The Local: Les brasseurs de Montréal
755 Berri Street
The High End: Terrasse Nelligan
106 St-Paul Street West
The Festive: Terrasse Place d’armes
55 Saint-Jacques Street East
The Unmistakable: Le Jardin Nelson
407 Place Jacques Cartier
The Trendy: La Terrasse sur l’auberge
97 de la Commune Street East