The most beautiful terraces under the magnifying glass

The first snow crabs are finally on the restaurant’s menu, often accompanied by the first radishes and turnips with very crispy and refreshing flesh. Soon there will be fiddleheads, rhubarb, lettuce, asparagus… And terraces! With the first pleasant evenings approaching, here are some beautiful terraces to have under the magnifying glass. Because once the patio heaters are on, all that’s missing is you, your little extra wool and your good mood to officially declare the season “open”, with a drink in hand!

Bar Cicchetti

It is true that we drink very good cocktails there. The wine is just as important, and so is the selection of beers from Quebec microbreweries. But what literally makes us fall in love with this intimate and inviting terrace is the friendly service, the friendly atmosphere and the feeling of being at home. We love the crustless sandwiches, just perfect both at the end of the day and at the end of the evening. One last little Negroni for the last call

Hoogan and Beaufort

On a terrace sheltered from bad weather – specifically under the roof of the former Canadian Pacific Railway factory – you can enjoy the refined, personality-rich cuisine of chef Marc-André Jetté. We exchange the lively and warm atmosphere of the dining room (enlivened by the wood fire) for a more subdued atmosphere and a romantic touch of the fully covered outdoor area. It is therefore possible to book on the terrace with a clear conscience.

Gastronomic Quarter

Bringing together 10 restaurants, a cocktail bar, a café and a grocery store under one roof, this new gastronomic hall is preparing to inaugurate its terraces for the first time. We can escape with a cocktail in hand and the sun burning on our noses at the La Plage bar, cross over to Portugal to taste one of the best octopus in town at the Helena restaurant, or even the finesse , discover freshness and Japanese flavors at the Kaiji restaurant. Moments rich in discoveries and lively atmosphere guaranteed!

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Modern cuisine inspired by the homeland, an absolutely magical natural environment where forest, water and fire are one, and an atmosphere that is sometimes calm, sometimes festive, animated by the sounds of tam-tam. The restaurant at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake has also just welcomed a new star chef, who is sure to make the experience even more special.


This wine bar where you eat very well hides a very precious gem, away from the comings and goings and the gaze of motorists on the boulevard Curé-Labelle: a beautiful and charming terrace. All the ingredients are there to spend a great evening, starting with a selection of natural wines to make all the restaurants in the city blush, unpretentious – but gourmet and controlled – cuisine and an atmosphere just festive enough. Some would say it’s the perfect threesome.

The Delight Resto Lounge

Welcoming a hundred guests on three floors of terraces by providing a comfortable and festive atmosphere did not happen overnight. Formerly a pizzeria in the 1970s, this institution of the city of Lévis has been able to constantly renew itself and evolve into a unique destination in the city today. The Délice Terrace is certainly the most festive terrace on the south coast of Quebec.

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The origin

Sheltered from the wind – a heritage monument on one side, overlooking the river on the other – the Orygine bistro welcomes its customers to its terrace, as soon as the weather permits. The cozy intimate place with a warm atmosphere is the perfect prelude to unwind, especially when the evening starts with one of the best cocktails in town. We do not hesitate to leave the evening in the hands of the experienced team: you will not be disappointed.

Culinary Lab

Located a stone’s throw from the Quartier des Spectacles, the terrace of the Culinary Lab is undoubtedly the best kept secret in the region. The sun shines on the sunglasses and the glass of natural wine, the end of the day has never tasted so good. This could also be the perfect introduction to diving into the sophisticated dishes, well prepared and truly honoring Quebec’s terroir by the all-female brigade in the kitchen.

Tommy Dion is a food critic columnist and founder of the web platform and guide gourmand

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