Get Real Good Coffee While You’re In Montreal!
If you’re visiting Montreal, you’re probably going to be getting coffee. Montrealers love their coffee. The city has lots of well-known chains in convenient locations, but also plenty of interesting independent and artisanal coffee shops. Many connoisseurs head up to the Mile End or the Plateau, where you can find all sorts of speciality cafés, from cat cafés to ceramic cafes. However, there are lots of lovely cafes in the Old Port, many set in beautiful historic buildings.
For a sophisticated atmosphere, Café Olimpico is located in the William Gray Hotel, rue Saint Vincent. Specializing in fine food and Italian coffee, it is an elegant and upmarket café that has been serving Montrealers since 1970. There is another Café Olimpico, which is also a European-style café, but that one is larger and located up in the Mile End.
The Cantinho de Lisboa is a Portuguese-style café. Offering freshly brewed coffee in a fun and lively atmosphere, it is a cheery place to stop for a drink and a snack.
Another Italian café is the Cafe de Mercanti. Serving a wide range of lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos with biscotti biscuits, it specializes in creating an authentic Italian atmosphere.
Xavier Artisan offers a range of artisanal coffees and teas. Conveniently located by the Basilica Notre Dame, it offers a range of local food and has a takeout as well as eat-in service.
The Aloha Espresso Bar is a fun Hawaiian-style coffee bar. Offering the best Kona coffee, it brings a taste of Pacific sunshine to the heart of Montreal.
The Buck 15 Espresso Bar is the dream project of a couple who returned to Montreal after travelling with only 15 bucks left in their pockets. With a welcoming and non-judgemental atmosphere, it offers good music, food, and friendly staff along with the coffee.
The Espace Café Espresso Bar emphasizes quality and authenticity. For the best Italian espresso they pay attention to the principal of the “four Ms” – Macinazione (grinding), Miscela (the coffee blend), Macchina (the espresso machine), and Mano (the skilled hand of the barista).
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One of the most architecturally impressive cafes is Tommy – Notre Dame. Set in the old British Empire Building, it is a wonderful re-working of the historic building, and full of light from its huge windows. While the modern furnishings are cool and contemporary, you can enjoy the original Victorian decorative mouldings, arched windows, and sculpted ceilings.
Café culture is part of Montreal life, and co-working cafés are becoming more and more popular. You don’t have to be working, though, to soak up the bustling atmosphere as people start up companies or meet for business. La Finca promises delicious coffee in a bright, contemporary space that is great for business meetings. They also offer private meeting rooms that can be booked easily.
The Crew Collective café is worth visiting for its stunning location. Set in the old Royal Bank of Canada building, it has kept the tellers’ desks and other fixtures and fittings, repurposed as a freelancer network and co-working space. It is worth looking up at the impressive architectural features and golden decorations and looking down at the marble floors in this fascinating historic building.
So for your next visit in Montreal, skip on the Starbucks and try something novel and high-quality. Montreal’s got tons of sophisticated coffee spots and we only scraped the surface with this article. Enjoy!