The Tastet Guide to the Most Beautiful Terraces in Montreal

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Montrealers have a very special relationship with terraces. As soon as the first warm days of spring arrive, we rush to the first outdoor table we can find, and soak up the sunshine. It’s a matter of life or death.

Since the terrace season is (too) short in our northern climate, we want to make the most of it. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to our favourite terraces in the city.

This guide is by no means an exhaustive directory of all the terraces in Montreal. Rather, it’s a list of our favourites: the most spectacular ones, the ones where we eat the best, the hidden gems, and the ones where we simply feel at home.

Do you have other exceptional terraces to suggest? Don’t hesitate to make a suggestion by following the link at the bottom of the page!

Happy discoveries! But above all, have a great summer!

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Rooftop Terraces

Bivouac

In the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, Bivouac offers modern boreal cuisine that showcases Quebec's terroir. On the terrace, you will have a front row seat to enjoy the shows on the Place des Festivals, without having to face the crowds.

1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance
Montréal
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Brasserie Le Réservoir

Overlooking Duluth Street, this charming terrace furnished with yellow picnic tables may not offer the most breathtaking view in town, but we love to go to discover the latest hopped creations of this excellent craft brewery. The food is also well worth the trip!

9 Avenue Duluth Est
Montréal

Les Enfants Terribles

Perched atop Place Ville-Marie, at 188m above sea level, the terrace of Les Enfants Terribles offers a spectacular 360° view of the city of Montreal. The view alone is worth the visit.

1 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa
Montréal

Labo Culinaire – Foodlab

Just steps away from Place des Arts and the hustle and bustle of downtown, the terrace of the Society for Arts and Technology's restaurant is a great option for happy hour with colleagues or for a drink and a bite to eat before a show.

1201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Nacarat

The sumptuous cocktail bar of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth also has a beautiful terrace; here you can enjoy the creations of the team of experienced mixologists while soaking up the sun or the late evening breeze. Win-win.

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal

Taverne Atlantic

One of our favourite Mile-Ex addresses and without a doubt one of the coolest terraces in Montreal. Pizza, beers, cocktails and natural wines. No fuss, just fun in good company.

6512 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Tiramisu

Freshly opened to the public, Carla's terrace on the roof of the Hampton Inn, a few floors above Tiramisu, is already shaping up to be one of the coolest terraces of the summer. On Thursdays, the terrace is packed with hip young people for their popular happy hour. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, come during the day or in the evening earlier in the week. Open daily from 11am to 11pm, weather permitting.

989 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Indoor and Covered Terraces

Candide

The 35-seat terrace at Candide fills up quickly on nice days. Chef-owner John Winter Russell offers a 100% local menu that is beautifully prepared and surprising. The magnificent wine list also contains a superb selection of Quebec beers, ciders and wines, as well as many delightful private import discoveries.

551 Rue Saint-Martin
Montréal
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Ferreira Café

Every summer, the chic Portuguese restaurant on downtown's Peel Street sets up its large tented terrace. It's the perfect place for a casual business lunch or to celebrate a special occasion.

1446 Rue Peel
Montréal
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Jatoba

Located in the former Philips Lounge, this superb Japanese restaurant also boasts a magnificent veranda. Here you can enjoy the delectable creations of renowned chef Olivier Vigneault.

1184 Rue du Square-Phillips
Montréal

Leméac

The classic French brasserie on Rue Laurier—which is one of our favourite French addresses—is bordered by a lovely covered terrace that allows us to enjoy the establishment's delicious cuisine outside, rain or shine.

1045 Avenue Laurier Ouest
Montréal

Maison Boulud

The elegant veranda of the Ritz-Carlton restaurant is worth a visit almost as much as its exquisite cuisine. Whether for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, it is one of the finest addresses in town.

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal

Marcus

When summer arrives, chef Marcus Samuelsson's magnificent restaurant opens its large windows. As if by magic, the dining room is transformed into a huge covered terrace with a breathtaking view of the magnificent Leonard Cohen mural by artists Gene Pendon and El Mac.

1440 Rue de la Montagne
Montréal

Verdun Beach

At the back of this charming Wellington Street wine bar is an equally charming covered and heated terrace—ideal for cooler evenings or for seeking shade when the sun gets a little too strong.

4816 Rue Wellington
Montréal

Restaurants

Biiru

We love this little izakaya for its festive atmosphere, its décor full of nods to Japanese pop culture, and its tasty and affordable menu. We also love the lovely terrace illuminated by Japanese lanterns.

1433 Rue City Councillors
Montréal

Boxermans

Located in the parking lot behind the restaurant, the Boxermans terrace is a bit of an insider's secret. In the summer, since the atmosphere is so festive and friendly, chef Grégoire Routy and his team move the kitchen outside. The menu changes according to the season and the chef's desires, and is absolutely exquisite. Check it out!

1041 Avenue Van Horne
Montréal

Brasserie Bernard

The brasserie on the street of the same name has become one of Outremont's favourite addresses over the years. We love to sit on the terrace and watch the passers-by while enjoying the French-inspired cuisine.

1249 Avenue Bernard
Montréal

Le Butterblume

Open for lunch from Tuesday to Friday and for dinner from Thursday to Saturday, Butterblume is a charming café-restaurant where we eat very well. We've been told that this summer, their terrace on St-Laurent Boulevard—facing the Van-Horne viaduct—will be even more beautiful and comfortable than in previous years. (The terrace will open at the beginning of June)

5836 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal
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Restaurant Damas

Damas’ sumptuous Middle Eastern decor—both inside and outside on their terrace—is breathtaking. Not to mention the sublime Syrian cuisine of co-owner chef Fuad Nirabie!

1201 Avenue Van Horne
Montréal

Escondite

What better way to enjoy the summer than with a margarita and delicious authentic tacos? With its lovely back terrace, Escondite Drummond is the perfect place to escape to Mexico for an evening. A little further east, the Escondite Union also has a very nice terrace.

1224 Rue Drummond
Montréal

La Fabrique

While La Fabrique is particularly appreciated for its comfort food during the cooler seasons, its sunny terrace on St-Denis Street is just as inviting when the weather warms up.

3619 Rue Saint-Denis
Montréal
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We love to sit at the charming little terrace of the restaurant Hà, just in front of the Jeanne-Mance park, to enjoy their delicious dishes with Southeast Asian flavours.

243 Avenue du Mont-Royal Ouest
Montréal

Hoogan et Beaufort

To say that the terrace at Hoogan and Beaufort is magnificent is an understatement. Located in the remains of the Angus Shops, the large terrace welcomes you for lunch and dinner to discover the dishes of chef-owner Marc-André Jetté.

4095 Rue Molson
Montréal

Icehouse

This Tex-Mex restaurant on the plateau has been one of our favourites since it opened, and its small terrace has a lot to do with it. Chef Nick Hodge's cuisine - fried chicken, tacos, brisket, popcorn shrimp and his signature lobster roll - is even better in the last rays of sunshine, especially when washed down with a good bourbon lemonade.

51 Rue Roy Est
Montréal

Joe Beef

Joe Beef and Liverpool House are true institutions in Little Burgundy, and both have lovely terraces behind their addresses. Vinette, the little seafood bar hidden in the alley behind the restaurants, also has its own terrace. Since 2020, you can even enjoy the cuisine of these restaurants in a nice biergarten set up by the Joe Beef group in collaboration with the Sud-Ouest borough.

2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal
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Luciano Trattoria

Luciano is one of our top Italian restaurants in Montreal - and for good reason. Located in a former garage in the Petite-Patrie, the trattoria offers delicious food by Luciano D'Orazi, which can be enjoyed by the large garage doors opening onto St-Zotique Street or on the small terrace next to the restaurant.

1212 Rue Saint-Zotique Est
Montréal

Maison Publique

After a few years of setbacks with the city, chef-owner Derek Dammann finally has his own terrace - and it's beautiful! At last, you can enjoy his hearty English gastro-pub cuisine under the stars.

4720 Rue Marquette
Montréal

Le Petit Alep

Petit Alep is the friendly little brother address of Alep restaurant, just a few steps from the Jean-Talon market. Here, they offer Syrian and Armenian cuisine with rich spicy flavours and a magnificent wine list that invites you to share. The street-side terrace is also very nice!

191 Rue Jean-Talon Est
Montréal

Restaurant Mélisse

An excellent address for weekend brunches as well as for lunch or dinner, Mélisse offers fresh and delicate cuisine in a luminous setting where white and green reign. The charming terrace, lined with plants, wooden furniture, pastel touches, and white parasols, is comfortable and inviting.

719 Rue William
Montréal

Moccione Pizza

Opened in the former space of the restaurant Moccione—which will soon reopen at a new address—this take-out counter serves some of the best pizza in town, which can now be enjoyed on their terrace.

380 Rue Villeray
Montréal

Vin Mon Lapin

One of our favourite restaurants in Montreal, Mon Lapin has recently doubled the size of its dining room to better meet the incessant demand. It also has a nice terrace on St-Zotique street, which means we'll have even more chances to get a table!

150 Rue Saint-Zotique Est
Montréal

Renoir

The luxurious French restaurant of the Sofitel, in the city centre, offers high quality French gourmet cuisine. The terrace with its large yellow umbrellas welcomes guests from morning to evening every day.

1155 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal

Rumi

Just around the corner from Hutchison and Fairmount, with a terrace that stretches around the restaurant, Rumi invites you to discover the flavours of the Silk Road, which once crossed Central Asia and the Middle East. A beautiful journey full of flavours and spices!

5198 Rue Hutchison
Montreal
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Restaurant Tuck Shop

This excellent Saint-Henri restaurant - which is also one of our must-visit addresses in Montreal - also has a beautiful wooden terrace. Like the restaurant, the terrace is small, but lovely!

4662 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

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Les Canailles

Les Canailles

Located in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Les Canailles is a very nice address that offers two terraces in the summer: eight places in the front and about fifteen in the back. The atmosphere is very cosy, ideal for a celebration. The house offers a bistro menu with a predominantly Mediterranean influence.

3854 Rue Ontario Est
Montréal

Khyber Pass

Khyber Pass is a charming bring-your-own-wine restaurant on Duluth Avenue that serves what is arguably the best Afghan cuisine in Montreal. The restaurant's terrace seats about 50 people and offers a unique oasis on sunny days. The food is comforting, colourful, and deliciously spiced. The portions are generous and the prices are affordable.

506 Avenue Duluth Est
Montréal
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Pizzeria Napoletana

Located in Little Italy, Pizza Napoletana has been making Neapolitan pizzas for three generations. The Dante Street institution is also a bring-your-own-wine address, so you can enjoy your favourite wine with your Neapolitan pizza. In the summer, the terrace is an integral part of neighbourhood life in this pocket of Little Italy; it also helps to ease the line-up that seems to be a fixture here—but it's worth waiting for!

189 Rue Dante
Montréal

La Prunelle

Duluth is a charming street full of good addresses, with an atmosphere that is always conducive to a nice outing. La Prunelle, a famous bring-your-own-wine restaurant serving French-inspired cuisine, is always a great option.

327 Avenue Duluth Est
Montréal

Les Rites Berbères

In the heart of the Plateau, owner Mohand welcomes you here as if it were his home. The restaurant offers fine North African cuisine: think couscous, chorba or tchekchouka. The address also reveals a lovely haven of peace at the back, which makes you forget the hustle and bustle of the city for an evening. The 50-seat terrace is half covered (ideal for rainy days) and the other half is covered by vines (ideal for hot days).

4697 Rue de Bullion
Montréal

Wine Bars

Bar Henrietta

When the warm weather comes around, Bar Henrietta welcomes you to its beautiful terrace with a European flair. On the menu: delicious and refreshing cocktails, beautiful bottles from small producers and delicious Portuguese-inspired bites.

115 Avenue Laurier Ouest
Montréal

Alma

Alma welcomes you to its beautiful terrace to sample Catalan wines and a delicious five-course menu. If it's full, head next door to Tinc Set, a rotisserie and tapas bar run by the same owners, Juan Lopez Luna and Lindsay Brennan.

1231 Avenue Lajoie
Montréal

BarBara Vin

BarBara is one of those places that has been busy since it opened; a victim of its own success! Everything here is done just right, from the Italian-inspired menu, to the décor, to the wine list, not to mention the atmosphere and service. In the summer, the festivities spill outside onto their long terrace.

4450 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Bar à Flot

Brought to you by the Buvette chez Simone team, and located right next door to the beloved wine bar on Avenue du Parc, Bar à Flot completes the Buvette's offer with an inspired and reflected offering. Plus, we’re in love with their white terrace.

4857 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Buvette Chez Simone

The terrace of Buvette chez Simone is a classic of our summers on Avenue du Parc. The terrace of the Buvette proudly displays the green and yellow colours of the house, giving the space a warm summer atmosphere. We hope to spend at least as many beautiful evenings on the terrace of its little sister address, Bar À Flot.

4869 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Buvette Pastek

The name of the address (“pastèque” is French for “watermelon”) evokes freshness, and sends us dreaming of beautiful summer evenings enjoying drinks in good company; dream no longer, and take advantage of these beautiful, fleeting days!

209 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest
Montréal

Denise

This lovely address in Parc Extension is a casual place to meet around Asian-inspired food and drinks, made with local products. Make the most of the summer on their charming and colourful terrace, which also happens to be heated when need-be.

386 Avenue Beaumont
Montréal

Stem Bar

The little brother of the September Surf Café offers its loyal clientele a place to meet at the end of the day over fine bottles from small winemakers or to sip mouth-watering local beers. The menu revolves around a sharing menu concept, consisting of fresh and well-executed small plates. During the summer, guests can enjoy the beautiful summer evenings outside on their relaxed terrace where wooden crates and milk crates are used as tables.

2475 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

vinvinvin

vinvinvin is a beautiful and colourful bar that brings new life to Petite-Patrie. The address offers a varied and truly delicious selection of "living" northern climate wines accompanied by small gourmet dishes to share. When the weather permits, the wine bar has a nice and simple terrace on the street. As the team said themselves: "More space, less waiting, more big bottles that flow freely!"

1290 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

Vin Papillon

A staple wine bar in Little Burgundy, Vin Papillon welcomes us summer after summer on its charming back terrace, bordered by a beautifully illuminated vegetable garden. Since 2020, the Vinet alley—behind the three restaurants of the same owners—has been home to a friendly biergarten affectionately nicknamed "Joe Beach", where you can enjoy the restaurants' cuisine while sipping a glass of wine (or two).

2519 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Bar Mamie

Bar Mamie's terrace—on the sidewalk of Drolet Street at the corner of Beaubien—is always packed... and for good reason! Between the large and affordable list of natural wines and the charcuterie platters, there is no lack of good reasons to go. And when we're there, we head next door to La Cave de Mamie to stock up on great bottles to take home.

328 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

Bars and Breweries

Aux Quartiers Belle Gueule

This summer, Aux Quartiers Belle Gueule called on chef Paul Toussaint to satisfy drinkers on their terrace. On the menu: pizzas, grilled meats, seafood and above all a lot of fun!

5579 Avenue Christophe-Colomb
Montreal

Bar Cicchetti

In front of this Venetian-inspired bar is a magnificent coral-coloured terrace where we would happily spend all our summer evenings as it’s so beautiful and welcoming. Entirely covered, Cicchetti’s terrace is a great place to gather with friends throughout the summer. We go there to nibble cicchetti - small Venetian tapas - and enjoy happy hour in the sun.

6703 Avenue du Parc
Montréal

Bar Furco

With its superb decor by Zébulon Perron, tempting wine list, platters of charcuterie and other irresistible small plates, Furco has everything to please! To the delight of downtown food lovers, Furco offers a superb terrace on rue Mayor, a little away from the cacophony of the city centre, just behind St. James United Church.

425 Rue Mayor
Montréal

Bar George

Looking for a royal outing to impress your significant other this summer? Bar George's terrace is just like the address’ magnificent decor steeped in history. At Bar George, you can enjoy Irish and English inspired cuisine that showcases local produce.

1440 Rue Drummond
Montréal

Bar Palco

With its cozy decor, large open room, and warm service, Palco is an ideal place to spend a relaxed evening in Verdun. The charming team has also installed a superb terrace at the back where you can enjoy a beer, a glass of cider or wine with a small bite to eat.

4019 Rue Wellington
Montréal

Bar Renard

Bar Renard is a neighbourhood address in the Village where you come for a good glass of wine or a delicious house cocktail. The wooden terrace adorned with charming lights is ideal for enjoying the sunny days near the Beaudry metro station, in the action of Sainte-Catherine Street East.

1272 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal

Bishop & Bagg

Bishop and Bagg has all the makings of an English pub: a relaxed and warm atmosphere, a well executed classic pub menu, and an impressive bar that could quench any thirst. The house has a small, simple terrace, but it's always packed in the summer. Plus, their garage door windows open in the summer.

52 Rue Saint- Viateur Ouest
Montréal

Brasserie Harricana 

Good beer, good food, friendly service: Brasserie Harricana on Jean-Talon has it all. They even have charming pink bleachers on their terrace where you can people-watch with a beer in hand.

95 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest
Montréal

Le Darling

Darling is one of our favourite addresses. The decor is magnificent, and the menu— recently revamped by chef Alejandro Vega—is absolutely delectable. We love their lively terrace on St-Laurent.

4328 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Isle de Garde

This excellent brewery has a small indoor terrace at the back and a larger one on Beaubien Street. While we go primarily to grab a pint (or three) of their excellent beer brewed in-house, their delicious menu is a serious perk when hunger strikes.

1039 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

Le Majestique

A staple address on Saint-Laurent, Majestique is the ideal place to satisfy your craving for oysters and to quench your thirst thanks to their fine drink list. The address is a sort of Ali Baba's cave, with a host of surprising objects that together form a very entertaining whole. On sunny days, the terrace is located on the Main, making it a lively spot to have a drink in the middle of the action.

4105 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Riverside St-Henri

Riverside St-Henri is a very summery address, and for good reason... it is only open during the summer. Located in an industrial area, the bar is particularly suited to festive evenings where people dance the night away. They also have a terrace with colourful benches and a living wall, which is a great place to have a drink on a summer evening.

5020 Rue Saint-Ambroise
Montréal

Wills

Located in the former Alexandraplatz bar, Wills Brewery brings a bit of sophistication and maturity to the location. With its large garage door, the beautiful space opens up to the outside, giving the impression of being outside. Of course, there are also a few tables in the parking lot next to the building and a Winneburger truck for salty cravings.

6731 Avenue de l'Esplanade
Montréal

Cafés / Brunch

Arthurs Nosh Bar

The ever-present queue outside Arthurs on weekends is a testament not only to its popularity, but more importantly the quality of the place. Arthurs Nosh Bar is renowned for its Jewish specialities, sprinkled with the chef's wild imagination. This is one of the best brunches in town, and it's even better when enjoyed on their beautiful pink and green terrace overlooking Notre-Dame Street West.

4621 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Café Melbourne

With its fake grass carpet and mismatched school chairs, the back terrace is just like Café Melbourne: a little messy, but oh so friendly and welcoming.

4615 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Café Olimpico

This is another terrace that needs no introduction. This Italian café is truly anchored in the cultural landscape of Mile End and it is always a bit difficult to find a place on the terrace when the sun is shining. Café Olimpico is known for its café-crème and coffee sorbet, cannolis, and other small Italian pastries. We have a soft spot for their iced coffee on sunny days.

124 Rue Saint- Viateur Ouest
Montréal
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Café Parvis

Café Parvis is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cafés in Montreal, and its terrace is just as beautiful. For a coffee or a lunch, the bright white terrace with its pretty flowers is as charming as can be. Plus, their pizzas and salads live up to their reputation and are very affordable!

433 Rue Mayor
Montréal

Café Pista

Famous third wave café, the Pista café in the Quartier des spectacles is located just a few steps from the Saint-Laurent metro station. It is an ideal stop on Saint-Laurent for a little coffee break at any time of the day. Weather permitting, take advantage of the lovely terrace to sip your coffee or other refreshing drink. On Thursday and Friday evenings, the café transforms into Vin Public, a nice bar with a more gourmet menu.

1587 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal
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Café Saint-Henri

Are you a Sunday market enthusiast? Take advantage of Café Saint-Henri's sunny market-side terrace to take a break from your shopping and people-watch.

260 Place du Marché-du-Nord
Montréal

Café San Gennaro

In the heart of Little Italy, San Gennaro is a heavenly place for Italian pastries, al taglio pizzas and good Italian coffee. In summer, you can enjoy a gelato while basking in the sun on their St-Zotique terrace.

69 Rue Saint-Zotique Est
Montréal

Club Social PS

Here the formula is simple: coffee, pizza and wine... in any order! This charming address, hidden behind Elena, is a lovely place to linger at any time of the day. Club Social PS’ space, both inside and out, is beautiful and lively with its brightly coloured décor and friendly, welcoming service.

5090A Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Dépanneur le Pick-Up

If you love sandwiches as much as we do, then the Dépanneur Pick-Up must be on your list of places to try if you haven’t already. Their sandwiches are to die for, the service is charming, and the prices are very affordable. If you weren't already won over, the colourful terrace makes you want to stay there for hours during the summer (we don't advise you to do so, of course).

7032 Rue Waverly
Montréal

Le Elsdale

Located just steps away from Molson Park and across from Cinema Beaubien, it's the perfect place to relax for brunch, a coffee, or a bite with a glass of wine in the evening. The terrace was redone in 2021, giving it a modern and refined look.

2381 Rue Beaubien Est
Montréal

L’Entre-pots Masson

L'Entre-Pots Masson is a friendly neighbourhood café and restaurant that offers heart-warming food in a familial atmosphere. If you're looking for a casual place where you can eat honest and tasty food and where you're served with a smile, bingo! This is the place for you! Plus, take advantage of their terrace in the summer, where you can relax under the parasols.

1995 Rue Masson
Montréal

Osmo X Marusan

The fusion of these two establishments has resulted—to everyone's delight—in a café that serves delicious Japanese cuisine like few others in Montreal. Think ebi curry, Japanese sandos (ramen egg tartar sandwich, pork chop sandwich). After ordering at the counter, grab a seat at a picnic table on one of their terraces (they have two!) to enjoy the beautiful summer days.

51 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal

September Surf Café

A visit to September Surf Café is always synonymous with sunshine and comfort; as much for the space's beautiful luminosity as for its sunny and heart-warming offering. In the summer, the wooden benches outside allow you to get your hit of vitamin D with a coffee in hand.

2471 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

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