Place Jacques-Cartier
Place Jacques-Cartier
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
This lively Montreal plaza is a gathering place for natives and tourists, who enjoy the outdoor restaurants and performing peddlers.
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Lachine
How to get there
  • Champ-de-Mars • 5 min walk
  • Place-d'Armes • 8 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,063 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big and Pretty Square
    This is a big open square in the middle of Vieux Montreal, full of tourists. So there are lots of places to eat here, and they are tourist places, so I recommend that you step off the square to look for a place to eat or drink. The square is pretty.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia48,685 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Square
    Place Jacques-Cartier is a large and lovely square located in Old Montreal. Jacques Cartier was an explorer who claimed Canada for France in 1535. The Square forms an entrance to the Old Port of the city. It is full of life with hundreds of visitors walking up and down the wide street which is the Square. There are dozens of restaurants and other shops and stalls with traders selling their wares. The Square originally formed the gardens of a huge chateau, built in 1723, the Château Vaudreuil which was destroyed in a fire, in 1803. The square is home to a number of monuments, like Nelson’s Column and a statue to Vauquelin Lieutenant de Vaisseau, a French naval hero who became commander of the French fleet in the St Lawrence. This is a wonderful Square worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • Foodange
    Manchester, United Kingdom3,904 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful Cobbled Square
    We walked through this lovely cobbled square a few times. It’s pedestrian only, a rarity in Montreal. Surrounded by restaurants and cafés with the gardens of Château Ramezay on one side. Also a statue of Nelson for some reason. There’s even a Jardin Nelson opposite. Reminds us of the time there was a Titanic exhibition in some museum on Route 66!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Pete
    Fredericksburg, Virginia1,206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Place, Plaza, Piazza, etc.
    Personally, I thought this huge “Piazza” ended up being my favorite “plaza” in which to hangout. I might have preferred a statue of Samual Champlain instead of Admiral Nelson. It's a very nicely tiled area pleasantly lined with many choices of bars and restaurants. It was very lively the night I was there.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 9, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,063 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is a big open square in the middle of Vieux Montreal, full of tourists. So there are lots of places to eat here, and they are tourist places, so I recommend that you step off the square to look for a place to eat or drink. The square is pretty.
Written June 25, 2023
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Place Jacques-Cartier is a large and lovely square located in Old Montreal. Jacques Cartier was an explorer who claimed Canada for France in 1535. The Square forms an entrance to the Old Port of the city. It is full of life with hundreds of visitors walking up and down the wide street which is the Square. There are dozens of restaurants and other shops and stalls with traders selling their wares. The Square originally formed the gardens of a huge chateau, built in 1723, the Château Vaudreuil which was destroyed in a fire, in 1803. The square is home to a number of monuments, like Nelson’s Column and a statue to Vauquelin Lieutenant de Vaisseau, a French naval hero who became commander of the French fleet in the St Lawrence. This is a wonderful Square worth a visit.
Written November 9, 2023
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James F
Montreal, Canada4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Conveniently located along with dozens of eateries on what is Montreal's busiest neighborhood in summer. a welcome relief from the heat as well as above-average food awaits the tourist and local herein. The beer is cold and the service prompt and cheerful. One can do far worse in this teaming center of activity.
Written January 28, 2020
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Pete
Fredericksburg, VA1,206 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Personally, I thought this huge “Piazza” ended up being my favorite “plaza” in which to hangout. I might have preferred a statue of Samual Champlain instead of Admiral Nelson.

It's a very nicely tiled area pleasantly lined with many choices of bars and restaurants. It was very lively the night I was there.
Written May 9, 2024
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Robert W
Widnes, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Lovely area with many places to eat and drink. Can get very busy, watch out for wasps though! We were plagued on our visit! On the corner is a lovely souvenir shop called Souvenir Place Jaqués-Cartier. Well worth a visit, they have better quality items amongst all the usual stuff. The staff are amazing though and will help with guidance around Montreal without rushing.
Written September 19, 2022
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal is a charming place with it’s quaint shops, nice restaurants and food joints. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting same to any traveler.
Written November 23, 2019
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MissM5553
Columbus, OH38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
We enjoyed Place Jacques Cartier very much on our recent and first visit to Montreal. We stopped at this restaurant on our last night and what a disaster! We should have known something was amiss when the waiter brought out "sub buns" for our French bread. However, we continued to wait, over an hour and weren't served yet, although other customers were. After several times of literally grabbing our waiter, he finally brought the soup. We again waited about 45 minutes, stopping the waiter several times and got the promise the food would be right out. We threatened to leave and asked for a bill for the soup and drinks, and instead, he brought out the food. Big Mistake! The langistinos were tasteless and fishy smelling, and totally unedible. The steak tasted spoiled and was tough to cut. The only thing edible on either plate were the fries, which we didn't eat. In fact we ate nothing. We grabbed the waiter again and told him to send the manager, who never came. After waiting another 15 minutes, we left money on the table to cover what we consumed, including our drinks and left. As we walked out into the square, the manager Jimmy, came running after us, yelling that we didn't pay. He had two other goons with him. We explained what happened and that we left money on the table to cover what was edible, and after checking with the waiter, he quieted down a bit. We told him that we were not in the habit of paying for unedible food. However, he insisted we pay for the steak since my husband had cut into it, so being tourists from out of the country and not wanting to cause anymore of a scene, we paid and left. Like the other reviewers, I cannot find this restaurant on any website, cannot review there, but since I do use trip advisor, want to make people aware of this scam artist. It almost ruined our first trip to montreal, but after quieting down, we realized that everyone else had been so nice and our other dinners had been lovely with good service, that there are bad people everywhere and we just happened to run into one in Montreal. I hope this keeps others from this mistake.
Written July 15, 2013
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NYC_Tourist1
NYC80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Place Jacques-Cartier is a long sloping square in the center of the Old City. It is named so for the tall statue of Jacques Cartier one side of the square. There are also lines of flowers going down it. Its lined with great restaurents, but most are reasonable. There are also many vendors on the square so you can shop as well.
Written August 6, 2005
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Stirling B
Ottawa, Canada704 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Place Jacques Cartier is a plaza/square located in Old Montreal that stretches from the waterfront to the the old City Hall running north south. You can find the usual assortment of restaurants, monuments and street performers like buskers, artists and others plying their trade. The prices along here may be a bit higher due to the location but still worth a visit.
Written August 20, 2019
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Rebby2k
New Castle, PA2,206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
This is pretty much a center walking area within Old Montreal. It is a wide lane that stretches a few blocks which intersect with Norte Dame St and St Paul St. Adjacent are the Montreal City Hall, Chateau Ramezay, Vauquelin Place/fountain, and a number of restaurants. There is not much to see in and of itself, but it is a part of some of the best parts of Old Montreal.
Written December 26, 2018
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