Place Jacques-Cartier
Place Jacques-Cartier
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9:00 AM - 9:00 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, California16,128 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, Australia48,801 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 Kingdom3,898 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
  • IAN D
    Wigan, United Kingdom25,516 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sloping entrance
    Place Jacques-Cartier is a square located in Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is an entrance to the Old Port of Montreal. The broad, divided street slopes steeply downhill from Montreal City Hall and rue Notre-Dame to the waterfront and rue de la Commune.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2024
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,516 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Place Jacques-Cartier is a square located in Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is an entrance to the Old Port of Montreal. The broad, divided street slopes steeply downhill from Montreal City Hall and rue Notre-Dame to the waterfront and rue de la Commune.
Written May 18, 2024
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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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Foodange
Manchester, UK3,898 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
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!
Written December 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,801 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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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,128 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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calgaryguy
Kelowna, Canada454 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Though not as busy as in the summer, there were still plenty of people out and about, here in the heart of old Montreal. Always a plethora of restaurants and vendors. Always a pleasure to people watch. Enjoy.
Written November 27, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,128 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
One of the centers of Old Montreal, this big open square used to be the site of a city market. Now it is the site of a bunch of tourist restaurants. It is attractive and you will surely end up here. We had a difficult time finding a place that would let us sit and have a drink without a full meal, so we just gave up.
Written November 5, 2022
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travelerhugh
Belleville, IL99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The historic site includes Nelson's statue at the top (though the Admiral was not here, but the British influence was). There are many and varied restaurants (outdoor terraces in good weather) and good historical architectural notes. Vendors and planters and seating areas all make it a pleasant place. Some vendors cabinets have historic scenes from the various times and uses of Place Jacques-Cartier.
Written October 6, 2022
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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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SaratogaJC
Saratoga Springs, NY127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Lovely pedestrian area with many restaurants and sidewalk entertainers. Check out the side streets as well.
Written September 5, 2022
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