Discover the best coffee shops in Montreal, Canada! My top picks are located in popular areas throughout the city, so no matter where you find yourself, you won't be far from a quality coffee shop.
When I decided to research the best coffee shops in Montreal, 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 dozens of coffee shops, I narrowed it down to my top five with three honorable mentions. These spots offer some of the best coffee in Montreal and make for an ideal break from sightseeing or a place to catch up with friends.
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- Blue - TOP 5 coffee shops in Montreal
- Red - honorable mentions
1. Crew Collective and Cafe – Old Montreal/Vieux Montreal
One of the best coffee shops in Montreal for overall atmosphere
Crew Collective and Cafe 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 short of majestic.
The surroundings immediately blew me away. I was worried the coffee and food would be subpar...like many places that win customers based off of atmosphere alone. Oh was I wrong!
The oat milk latte was perfectly done, latte art and all. While the pastries looked excellent, I went savory and ordered the avocado toast. It was served on super thick, soft bread and piled high with avocado, sprouts, and a soft egg. Superb.
This is hands down my favorite and one of the best coffee shops in Montreal, Canada. If you visit just one coffee shop in Montreal, make this your stop.
Crew Collective and Cafe is conveniently located close to downtown (Centre-Ville) and Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal). There's also space to reserve for those wishing to work, host meetings, or just need a quiet spot for a conference call.
2. La Finca Cafe and Marche Local – Downtown/Centre-Ville
One of the best coffee shops in Montreal for pastries and light bites
La Finca Cafe and Marche Local was my second favorite coffee shop in Montreal. It's a great choice for those looking for reliable WiFi, table and countertop seating, and a nice selection of pastry and food items.
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!
Since La Finca Cafe can get busy, especially durning breakfast and lunch time, some tables do not allow laptops. Keep this in mind when choosing where you sit.
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3. Saint Henri Micro-Torrefacteur - Multiple Locations
One of the best coffee shops in Montreal for a hipster vibe (Mile-Ex location) and a solid cappuccino
Saint Henri has multiple locations in Montreal and Quebec City. The 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. Cafe Olimpico – Mile-End and Old Montreal
One of the best Montreal coffee shops for a European vibe and local crowd
Cafe Olimpico has a distinct European vibe and serves incredible Italian style coffee, cannoli, biscotti, and a legit cappuccino. This coffee shop is the real deal and competes with spots I've visited in Italy...which should come as no surprise since Cafe Olimpico was opened by an immigrant from Rome back in the 70’s.
Cafe Olimpico has three locations. The original location in Mile-End has the most character. 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.
The Old Montreal location is extremely convenient for tourists.
The new location in Centre-Ville (downtown), may be small, but the design is super sleek and the pastry selection is excellent.
Items to note are the filled donuts, affogato, Caffe Crema (a coffee soft-serve/frosty), and cappuccino freddo.
5. Cafe Myriade – Multiple Locations
One of the best coffee shops in downtown Montreal...perfect for a shopping break
Cafe Myriade offers consistently good coffee served by friendly baristas. Their flat white was one of the best of my trip.
Cafe Myriade has four locations and counting. The location in the Le Plateau neighborhood is perfect for those looking to work with strong WiFi...if you can grab one of the few tables.
Cafe Myriade - Dominion Square is perfect for a quick break while shopping around downtown Montreal. It feels like a hidden gem as its tucked inside a Club Monaco boutique.
The Golden Square Mile location is quite small and better for grab and go. The Mont Royal location has a nice patio when the weather is nice.
Most pastries are made in-house and you'll find both vegan and gluten-free options.
3 Honorable Mentions for the best coffee shops in Montreal
Honorable Mention: Noble Cafe - Plateau Mont-Royal and Little Italy
Noble Cafe 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 following suit.
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: Cafe Nocturne – Plateau Mont-Royal
Cafe Nocturne is a great stop if you find yourself in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood. There's space to sit and a small patio in the back, the cold brew is especially good as is the latte art.
You'll 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: Cafe Dispatch - Mile-Ex and Plateau Mont-Royal
The location in Mile-Ex has an industrial hipster vibe with an open concept and shared space with the roasting facility. 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. Cafe 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.
I hope this post helps you find a quality espresso while wandering Montreal. You will find, as I did, that Montreal has an excellent coffee scene and will not disappoint. These were my absolute favorite spots and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
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