Sublime terraces to see the city from above

Sublime terraces to see the city from above


Among the gems of downtown Montreal and Quebec City are several superb high-rise terraces offering incredible views of the city. 

Often overlooked by passers-by roaming the sidewalks looking for a place to sit down, these well-hidden oases are most often found on the upper floors of commercial buildings or hotels. 

Find out which doors to open and which elevators to take to reach these airy spaces, floating between two worlds, with a unique atmosphere and viewpoints. 


Overlooking the Place des Festivals, the Bivouac terrace, located on the 6th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, is the ideal place to enjoy the entertainment in the Quartier des Spectacles. Dedicated to Quebec terroir, its summer menu for lunch and dinner offers a unique gastronomic experience. Salmon gravlax, cod steak, beef filet mignon, and other boreal-flavoured dishes, including several vegetarian ones, are accompanied by a house cocktail menu and a fine selection of Quebec wines.

  • 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street, Montreal

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The chic terrace of Nacarat, suspended between gigantic office towers, is the ideal place to rest, admiring the up the downtown frenzy.

Located on the third floor of the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, the place is frequented by travelers and young professionals who feast on excellent cocktails, fresh tartare, grilled octopus and other delicacies cooked on the grill, in a very pleasant lounge atmosphere.

Don't miss the DJ nights and the Holt Renfrew Ogilvy beauty experience offered every Thursday and Friday in the summer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with Dior makeup touch-ups and a free perfume bar.. 

  • 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard West, Montreal
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    Terrasse Carla

    Recently inaugurated on the 6th floor of the new Hampton Inn by Hilton hotel, located at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Viger, the elegant Carla terrace offers a view from above, on one side of Old Montreal, and on the other of Chinatown and its animation.

    Sangria and house cocktails accompany the menu, which combines French and Vietnamese-inspired dishes. Thus, you can enjoy mussels and fries as much as Vietnamese-style stuffed chicken. 

    Although it is a restaurant open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, the Carla sometimes turns into a club , for certain special evenings.

    • 985 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal
    • terrassecarla. com

    Terrasse h3

    Perched on the 9th floor of the Humaniti complex, Terrasse h3 is at the heart of the action, with a breathtaking view of the colorful Palais des Congrès and Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle .

    Featuring local local products, the menu, offered from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day, offers summer dishes such as beef or tuna tartare, oysters, burgers and rolls prawns and a nice menu of signature cocktails.

    It's party time this summer at the h3 Terrace with a whole program of DJ evenings, jazz music and live performances by visual or musical artists.

    • 340 De La Gauchetière Street West, Montreal

    The terrace of the Château Frontenac

    An oasis of luxury and tranquility in the heart of downtown, the terrace of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac offers a superb view of Old Quebec from the top of the 6th floor from the hotel.

    For a morning coffee, an afternoon cocktail or a DJ night, this is the perfect place to relax, with direct access to the hotel swimming pool . It is possible to sit on sumptuous sun loungers that allow you to warm up in the sun, or even to shelter under magnificent cabanas for rent, equipped with all the accessories for sunbathing, cooler and even private television!< /p>

    • 1, rue des Carrières, Quebec