The 19 Best Montreal Coffee Shops (AKA Where I Spend Most of My Waking Moments)

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From Villeray to the Old Port, these independently owned java paradises serve expertly brewed and thoroughly curated beans, sanctioned by Montréal’s hip connoisseurs. Because I am a freelancer and despite the fact that my home office is very pretty, I do need to get out of these for walls every once in a while and I inevitably end up in one of these fine establishments.

A version of this article was first written for Tourisme Montréal, for which I am a frequent contributor.

Café Myriade
1432 Mackay Street
251 West Saint-Viateur Street
1000 West Sainte‑Catherine Street)

With now three branches scattered across Montréal, Café Myriade is not only beloved by Instagrammers thanks to the Nordic-inspired décor of their Mile End shop, but also by local coffee aficionados, as their grains are sourced from esteemed and fair-trade 49th Parallel Roasters in Vancouver.

Pikolo Espresso Bar
3418 Du Parc Avenue

A student favourite because of its central location between McGill and UQÀM universities, Pikolo is among the most picturesque shops in the city. This two-level café is mostly famous for its miniature 3-ounce creamy lattes, made with single origin beans from Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland.

Café Odessa
65 East Beaubien Street

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Not so much a place to get work done as they only have 10 seats, Café Odessa however serves an excellent cup of coffee – regardless of whether you prefer a cold brew, drip coffee, lattes or espressos. Make sure to visit their next-door restaurant, Le Vieux-Vélo, which offers one of the best and least expensive brunches in the city.

Le Cartet
106 McGill Street

This loft-like bistro and boutique serves some of the best lunch fare in town, and has long been a favourite of freelancers because of its luminous décor and courteous service. This unique formula, consisting of a fine grocery, a restaurant and a gourmet coffee shop, is located in the heart of Old-Montréal and is a must-do for tourists in need of a java fix.

Moustache Café
35 East Beaubien Street

Located in up-and-coming Mile Ex, Moustache Café is a secret few locals are willing to share for fear it would get spoiled. Cozy ambiance, vegan smoothies, enticing aromas produced by the Synchro espresso machine all await, along with the owner’s beloved Bernese mountain dog/mascot.

Larue & Fils
244 East De Castelnau Street
405 East Jarry Street

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What started out as a solo endeavour in the heart of Villeray just north of Jean-Talon Market is now a double venture; Larue & Fils now has two idyllic, luminous locations and proudly serves Montréal-brewed coffee. They also have a vintage blue Citroën truck roaming the streets of Montréal in the summertime.

Humble Lion
904 West Sherbrooke Street

When rustic chic meets third wave coffee shop! This eclectic shop, a tranquil and welcoming retreat from the bustle of downtown, only serves the finest products, like Intelligentsia Coffee and Mast Brothers chocolates.

252 East Rachel Street

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Owned by a Turkish couple, Réplika stands out from the crowd with its subtle eastern menu; served on dainty vintage and mismatched plates, the savoury scones and the meat boreks are to be enjoyed at the shop’s immense communal table and washed down with strong yet flavourful lattés and espressos.

Tunnel espresso
1140 de Maisonneuve Ouest (tunnel level, Stanley entrance of Peel metro station)

For a coffee shop buried deep down Montréal’s vast underground network, Tunnel espresso has made quite a reputation for itself despite its unconventional location. This hole‑in‑the‑wall shop serves independently brewed coffee and some of the best macadamia nut cookies in the city.

Other notable options:

  • Café Pista (500 Beaubien East)
  • Tommy Café (200 Notre-Dame West)
  • Café OSMO (51 West Sherbrooke Street)
  • Le moineau masqué (912 East Marie-Anne Street)
  • Kitsuné Espresso Bar (19 West Prince-Arthur Street)
  • Café Code Black (4095 Saint-Laurent Boulevard)
  • Le couteau (4627 Saint-Denis Street)
  • Buck15 Espresso Bar (3027 West Notre-Dame Street)
  • Café Melbourne (4615 Saint-Laurent Boulevard)
  • Café Sfouf (1250 East Ontario Street)
  • Café Parvis (433 Mayor Street)
  • Café Falco (5605 de Gaspé Avenue)
  • Dispatch Coffee (267 West Saint Zotique Street)

For a complete list of Montréal’s independent coffee shops, check out @MTLcafecrawl’s feed on Instagram.

15 Comments on The 19 Best Montreal Coffee Shops (AKA Where I Spend Most of My Waking Moments)

  1. Leigh
    June 17, 2015 at 11:02 am (3 years ago)

    I always love the lowdown on a cities coffee shops as I too spend a lot of time in them. Each has their own vibe which I love. Your photos are wonderful.

    • Marie-Eve
      June 17, 2015 at 4:28 pm (3 years ago)

      These are really great places to go and just waste time watching people and drinking great coffee. I can definitely get behind that!

  2. Julie
    June 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm (3 years ago)

    I just stumbled on your site and LOVE it. What fantastic design! I also love Montreal (as a former US Northeasterner…we would travel up for fun and for a little European feel) and I love coffee of course, so done. Can’t wait to read more!! BTW, also just figured out that you lived in London for a while, which is where I am now. It is a great place to live, although the costs are no joke!

    • Marie-Eve
      June 17, 2015 at 4:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Julie! Glad you have such fond memories of Montreal. London is the best but it is the absolute worst for your wallet, especially now since the pound is so high!

  3. Tracey
    June 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm (3 years ago)

    This is great – 9 more reasons for a return trip to Montreal!

    • Marie-Eve
      June 17, 2015 at 4:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Yes! SoO many coffee shops, so little time.

  4. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    June 17, 2015 at 3:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Oooo very nice! I wish I had coffee shops like these near me. One of my favorites (in terms of ambiance, coffee, and food) that’s within walking distance doesn’t have wifi so I wouldn’t be able to work there for an afternoon. The next option is Starbucks – pass! Ha. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels :)

    • Marie-Eve
      June 17, 2015 at 4:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Coffeeshops without WiFi are the worst! Your only solution is to move to Montreal, then ;-)

  5. Madeleine
    January 28, 2016 at 4:07 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m from Melbourne, Australia and will be visiting Montreal in May for the first time. Thank you for your list of great places to visit, inc coffee shops and places to eat. Love your blog!

    • Marie-Eve
      January 30, 2016 at 9:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Happy to help Madeleine! Enjoy Montreal. Let me know if you have other questions.


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