When I decided to research the best coffee shops in Montreal for an upcoming blog post, I had no idea what I was getting into! Montreal has made quite a name for itself in the coffee world. The endless options of noteworthy coffee shops and cafes was probably triple what I assumed it would be.
After visiting two dozen coffee shops, I decided upon my favorite 5 coffee shops in Montreal with 3 honorable mentions…because it was just that hard to narrow it down. These cafes offer some of the best coffee in Montreal and will give you a perfect break from sightseeing or a place to catch up with friends.
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Best coffee shops in Montreal - Top 5
1. Crew Collective and café – Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal
Crew Collective and Café might be one of my most favorite coffee shops…EVER. The space was once a bank building. High ceilings, marble arches, gold chandeliers, and intricate designs throughout make this Cathedral style space nothing less of majestic and grand. When I walked in I was blown away by my surroundings. My second thought was that like many places that win customers based off of atmosphere alone, this spot would offer subpar coffee and eats…because people would keep coming whether the coffee was spectacular or not just to take in the surroundings. Oh was I wrong!
The oat milk latte was perfectly done, latte art and all. All the pastries looked excellent. I went savory and had the avocado toast. It was served on super thick and soft bread and piled high with avocado, sprouts, and a soft egg. Superb. I really wanted to get the homemade pop tart, but reeled my cravings in. Next time.
This is hands down my favorite and one of the best cafes in Montreal. If you visit just one coffee shop in Montreal, make this your stop. It’s also very conveniently located close to downtown (Centre-Ville) and the Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal). There is also space to reserve that is closed off for those wishing to work, host meetings, or just need a quiet spot for a conference call.
2. La Finca – Downtown/Centre-Ville
La Finca was my second favorite coffee shop in Montreal and the best cafe located in the downtown area. The vibe is relaxed and airy with big windows and light wood tones throughout. High quality pastries are offered alongside paninis, soups, toasts, and more. If you get here early try a breakfast Danish or the egg, ham, and cheese croissant before they sell out!
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3. SAINT HENRI MICRO-TORRÉFACTEUR - multiple locations
Saint Henri has multiple locations in Montreal and Quebec City. The brand-new location in the Villeray neighborhood, right next to Mile-Ex, is a true stunner and beyond hip. Concrete floors, exposed ceilings, painted murals, multi-level seating, and purple back lighting make this a super cool spot to hang. This location has a solid, but limited, brunch menu offering items like egg skillets, pastries, smoothie bowls, and pancakes. Other locations offer the same consistently good coffee with a smaller selection of food items more along the lines of pastries. The location by Marché Jean-Talon is convenient as this is a fun market for tourists and locals to visit.
4. café olimpico– Mile-End & Old Montreal
Café Olimpico reminds me of a lively cafe tucked away in the back streets of Rome. This cafe has a distinct European vibe. It was opened by an immigrant from Rome back in the 60’s. You’ll find a mix of people here from all over. Some come to watch futbol playing on the TVs, chat with friends on the patio, or just sip an espresso while people watching. The place is always packed and has become quite the institution among locals. There is a second location in Old Montreal but it lacks atmosphere and is better for a quick caffeine fix to-go. This is one of the best cafes in Montreal if you want a “local” experience.
5. café myriade– multiple locations
Café Myriade has 3 locations. One is in the Le Plateau neighborhood and the other two are downtown. The location at 1000 Sainte Catherine Street is the most unique being tucked inside a Club Monico clothing boutique. The artisan donuts are excellent and the small but cozy design is perfect for a quick break while shopping the downtown stores.
3 Honorable Mentions for the best cafes in Montreal
Honorable Mention: Noble Café - Plateau Mont-Royal
Noble Café makes the list of the best coffee shops in Montreal based on the cold brew float alone! This addicting treat is served in the summer months and once you have it you’ll wonder why more coffee shops aren’t doing this! Creamy soft serve with a generous pour of strong cold brew coffee. Amazing. Forget that there is no space to sit unless you snag one of the few chairs on the patio, you’ll be coming back again and again to get this sweet pick-me-up.
HONORABLE MENTION: Café Nocturne – Plateau Mont-Royal
Café Nocturne is a great stop if you find yourself in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood. There is space to sit and a small patio in the back, the cold brew is especially good as is the latte art. You will find a lot of students here utilizing the table space and reliable WIFI. The atmosphere isn’t the coziest or very spacious, but it’s perfect for a quick stop.
HONORABLE MENTION: Café Dispatch – Mile Ex & Plateau Mont-Royal
The location in Mile Ex has an industrial hipster vibe with an open concept and shared space with the roasting facility. This is one of the best coffee shops in Montreal for the hipster coffee lover crowd. The design is minimal and it’s especially nice when the weather is warm and they can open up the garage door style windows.
The Plateau Mont-Royal location is sleek with a large coffee bar in the middle and an open design concept. Café Dispatch started back in 2012 selling cold brew concentrate via their Facebook page. They now roast and distribute their beans throughout Canada focusing on single origin beans. Café Dispatch is also passionate about supporting the coffee community and working to build a sustainable coffee future. Stick to their roots and try the cold brew!
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