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Montreal’s most romantic café revealed

This Old Montreal gem tucked inside one of the city’s most stunning historic buildings will take your breath away.

Written by
Laura Osborne

Soaring 50-foot-high ceilings, inlay marble floors and custom brass fixtures galore? This opulent café in Old Montreal marries Gilded Age vibes with third wave coffee, and is giving us the most romantic feels in the city.

With so many excellent cafés in Montreal to choose from, we've sipped our way across the city (stopping at a few top notch bakeries along the way) and can say without question that this spot near the Old Port is definitely the most breathtaking.

At first, stepping into the 12,000-square-foot space feels like you’re walked into a neoclassical cathedral. Picture glamorous vaulted coffered ceilings, gleaming marble, lofty archways, grand staircases, brass chandeliers and burnished gold touches everywhere.

Photograph: Freddy Arciniegas

Built as the Royal Bank of Canada in the 1920s when Montreal was the country’s financial hub, Crew Collective Café is where sipping an espresso below an ornate painted plaster ceilings feels like a romantic experience, and a simple lunch featuring local classics (hello, Fairmount bagels) is elevated from an ordinary to an extraordinary moment. 

Crew Collective and Café
Photograph: Susan Moss

The meticulously preserved heritage building is also home to co-working spaces, modern meeting and conference rooms, and private offices. 

Make sure to put this spot on your list of things to do. Whether you are meeting someone for a cozy cappuccino, or a casual bite, we guarantee you’ll fall in love with the architecture.

Photograph: Eva Blue | Crew Collective & Café

For more information about Crew Collective & Café, click here.

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