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Place Jacques-Cartier

Between rue Notre-Dame and rue de la Commune, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
+1 514-866-3471
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This lively Montreal plaza is a gathering place for natives and tourists, who enjoy the outdoor restaurants and performing peddlers.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“old port” (32 reviews)
“jardin nelson” (8 reviews)
Between rue Notre-Dame and rue de la Commune, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cobble stone plaza is located in the heart of Old Montreal and has a wide promenade sloping downward from rue Notre Dame to the Old Port. Definitely a tourist stop, the plaza is lively mix of sidewalk cafes, street performers, artists drawing portraits and...More

Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The heart of old Montreal, the third oldest City in North America and a slice of Europe (at an affordable price)

Thank Pierre D
Reviewed 6 November 2017

IF you need a nice place to sit and people watch and get a bite to eat this is a great spot. It does have one nice Inuit gallery but, otherwise, the shops are touristy.

Thank Lili1012
Reviewed 2 November 2017

We grabbed a beverage and watched the lights come up on City Hall after walking along the port area. Great street entertainment, restaurants if you like tourist food, and it quickly became my favorite area of Montreal. Don't skip this and sit a while to...More

Thank Anonymous855
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Place Jacques-Cariter is surrounded by excellent restaurants serving a wide variety of food, anything from pizza to crepes. Artists often display their work. There are benches for people watching.

Thank anders59
Reviewed 15 October 2017

A nice park with a few hiking trails and a lake. However, the water activities were not available as we visited on a week day in October. A ride along the lake shore proved adventurous as part of the way is a one-lane road and...More

Thank sweetberries424242
Reviewed 15 October 2017

A ten-minute walk from the Champ de Mars Metro station, this area, closed to cars, is the fun heart of Old Montreal (its more serious heart would be the Notre Dame Basilica). It is lined on both sides with sidewalk café-type restaurants, some mainly for...More

1  Thank Lisa Y
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Summers are hyper active at Place Jacques-Cartier which is surrounded by restaurants, animated by live performances, and is a hub of local painters and artists displaying their arts for sale. Place Jacques-Cartier is a main center of our so sought-after Old-Montreal or Vieux-Montreal. It connects...More

Thank Clau10K
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Very nice square for hanging out, reminded us of Faneuil Hall in Boston, there area street performers and restaurants and shops around the vicinity. We love the European feel of the 'plaza' where you get to sit at the benches, people watch and relax after...More

Thank jabidik
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We walked quite a bit around the streets of Montreal in the area of Place Jacques-Cartier . This is a great place to stop and rest for a while. The huge building adjacent to the square is beautiful ! The grounds are nicely kept and...More

Thank Louise D
Vieux-Montreal (Old Montreal)
The historic centre of Montreal, Vieux-Port is home to
some of the city's most antiquated buildings and
picturesque streets. Along the waters of the St.
Lawrence River, the bank of Old Port features museums,
festivals, food stalls, and outdoor athletics, a
celebrated part of the city that explodes into
fireworks displays on warm summer nights. At its
centre, street performers and artists compete with
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