From Villeray to the Old Port, these independently owned java paradises serve expertly brewed and, most importantly, thoroughly curated beans sanctioned by Montréal’s hip connoisseurs.
In this article, I’ll name some of the most popular Montreal coffee shops either because they’re expertly catered, or because they’re just plain gorgeous. After all, 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; inevitably, I end up in one of these fine establishments.
With now four 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.
A favourite Montreal coffee shops among students 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.
65 Beaubien E.
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.
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 three idyllic, luminous locations and proudly serves Montréal-brewed coffee. Definitely one of the most beloved Montreal coffee shops, as far as locals are concerned. It’s the kind of place where people go to with their baby in a stroller and their dog on a leash every Saturday morning!
904 Sherbrooke W.
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 Rachel E.
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. Most importantly, do yourself a favour and get that Nutella and sea salt cookie by the till; it’s every bit as good as it looks.
260 St-Jacques W.
Stunning cafe housed in a former bank inside a 1920s building, which once was the highest in Canada. Moody and atmospheric, unlike any other café you’ve ever seen! Furthermore, the coffee is good, as are the nibbles.
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