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Place d'Armes, Montreal
(3.8/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web)
Watched over by the proud statue of Montreal's founder, Paul de Chomedey, Place d'Armes buzzes with history and is the second oldest public space in the city. When first developed in 1693 the square regularly staged various military events, it then became a hay and wood market and later around 1836, developed into a plush Victorian garden. Located in Old Montreal, the square provides a perfect starting point for a walking tour of some of the city's historic sights, including the Notre-Dame Basilica, Canada's first bank-- The Bank of Montreal, and the oldest building in Montreal, the Saint Sulpice Seminary. Plan to visit Place d'Armes and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Montreal attractions using our Montreal tour planner.
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  • It's a square Central characterized by not having its own character as it overlooks and beyond. Not very big, with seats for the wastrel, offers excellent views of the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral, plus the one on two historic buildings and altini, a bank from the classical façade with columns and an oppressive modern building that Mars together. It's a place to meet and stay lively and generally is the façade of the Cathedral which raises the overall rating. There is necessarily more times visiting Montreal, in one of my stops and groom came out on the square with a large following of people and cars, an interesting show on the local society.
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  • This square has on one side the beautiful Bank of Montreal and at the other the Majestic Notre Dame Basilica. In the middle there is a statue of the French hero Paul de Chomedey, which replaced the st...  more »
  • This place, without real charm, cross when you go to the Basilica or during a walk in old Montreal, but does not deserve a detour.
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  • Rooftop patio with some covered areas. You enter through a hallway that runs behind a bar on the ground level. This place has great views of Notre Dame and the square. We didn't eat here just had a few drinks. Service was good.
  • Although the hotel is remarkable, the rooftop is not that great an experience. Maybe for one-time visitors given the impressive view on the city. But for locals, once you've been there, I'm not sure if it's worth returning.
  • Crowded but jetset. Food is ordinary cocktails are very good and well presented.
  • Cool view in a classy environment. It is quite expensive & service at the bar was difficult cause it was so packed. It looks like they take reservations, but generally unless there is a 'reserved' on a table it is first come first serve. I wasn't super impressed when I saw my bartender make my drink with a different liquor than was on the menu and not even tell me about it. I was surprised that in the middle of a very hot sunny day none of the covers were out at all. The reflection of the sun off of the bar was painful to the eyes and your skin after just a few minutes. If you show up on a sunny day be sure to bring some sunscreen and to not sit at the bar, the tables were far more comfortable!
  • Liked it very much. Spent most of the time on terrace sipping the wine and enjoying the view.