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44 best coffee spots in Montreal right now

From uptown to downtown, straight filters to cortados, these cafés are making the best coffee in Montreal.

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Katherine Sehl
JP Karwacki
Gregory Vodden
Laura Osborne

Just ask Blake Lively: enjoying the best coffee in Montreal is one of the simplest pleasures around: It's high up on our selection of the best cheap things to do in Montreal, especially when enjoyed with something delicious from one of the city's best bakeries or epic bagels—or after an epic brunch (boozy or otherwise). Welcome to the only list of fourth-wave, micro-roaster, and Euro-style coffee bars on the island you'll ever need.

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Here’s where the time-honored pairing of coffee and donuts gets taken up a notch, with impeccably pulled shots and brilliant brews of beans sourced directly from the Canadian Roasting Society—a central hub for Montreal’s all-star indie coffee roasting scene— that are served alongside gobsmackingly good fried biscuit and brioche donuts you won’t find anywhere else in the city. 

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Café SAT
Photograph: Café SAT

1. Café SAT

Spacious, well-lit by daylight, and above all else, delicious coffee. Whether you're stopping by quickly for a quick drink and pastry, looking for somewhere to sit peacefully while reading a book for hours, or scouting out spots to work for all day,  working. It's an excellent spot overlooking the nearby Peace Park that's nonprofit, with every dollar spent going to nearly 900 artists, 250 employees, and over 50 researchers and teachers. Third-wave coffees and a selection of homemade iced teas and kombucha made with ingredients harvested from its rooftop garden are the best, but snack from Labo culinaire shouldn't be skipped.

Pikolo Espresso Bar
Photograph: Richard Baghdadlian

2. Pikolo Espresso Bar

Located in a heritage building around the corner from the McGill Ghetto, this piccolo-sized café is packed to its rafters with interior charm and wafts of Canadian roasts from Phil & Sebastian and Microtorrefacteur Saint-Henri. Tall windows, low-hanging industrial lamps, and intricate woodwork are found everywhere; even the espresso machine has timber panels, creating a cozy milieu for bookworms and coffee buffs. Order the signature Pikolo, a demitasse-sized cross between a ristretto shot and a silky latte, and enjoy pastries supplied by Hof Kelsten and Godley Gourmandises.

Café Myriade
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Ames L.

3. Café Myriade

Chefs like Chuck Hughes and the Joe Beef crew are among a chorus of local tastemakers to sing praises of Myriade. With three locations across the city—the ritziest of which is hidden sous-sol at the Club Monaco on Ste. Catherine downtown—this local chain was one of the first to kick off the city’s craft coffee scene. Helmed by champion barista Anthony Benda, blends from top Canadian roaster 49th Parallel are brewed on a Mirage Triplette and served alongside pastries from independent bakeries.

Le Darling
Photograph: Alison Slattery

4. Le Darling

It didn’t take long for this café-by-day and resto-bar-by-night become a regular Little Portugal neighborhood hangout, thanks especially to its hours and its 150-seat capacity. A little bit steampunk and a little art deco, this brasserie-style space serves ambiance alongside cafés and lattés brewed with Toronto’s Pilot Coffee Roasters’ beans in addition to ciders, craft beers, and wines. Brunch here features a smorgasbord of open-faced smørrebrød sandwiches with fixings like beef tartare, mackerel, or salmon. Sink into a St. Laurent-facing tufted leather sofa with a plan to linger.

Dispatch Coffee
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Chrissy V.

5. Dispatch Coffee

What started as a café-on-wheels is now a multi-location café brand and brûlerie (roaster) with sustainably sourced beans that are now being dispatched across the country. Coffee connoisseurs should stop by the St. Laurent location’s long, Apple Genius Bar-inspired counter where baristas are more than happy to talk shop. Keep an eye on the event calendar, which often includes cuppings; that’s café-speak for tastings, and workshops on brewing techniques for everything from the Chemex and Clever Dripper to the V60 and Aeropress.

Café Olimpico
Photograph: Courtesy Café Olimpico

6. Café Olimpico

A Mile End haunt since the 1970s, this old-school Italian café serves up classic espressos and cappuccinos to a mix of soccer fans, Ubisoft developers, local literati and café habitués. Unlike most cafés in the city, this one’s open day and night. Devotees will tell you the secret Furfaro family blend is a cut above Lavazza and illy roasts, but the large outdoor terrace, soccer screenings and unpretentious vibe also play into the café’s popularity.

Crew Collective & Café
Photograph: Susan Moss

7. Crew Collective & Café

A grand marble staircase ushers visitors into this café and co-working space, which has assumed quarters in the former command post of the Royal Bank of Canada in Old Montreal. Neoclassical ornate meets startup sleek as teleworkers charge up at Wi-Fi and outlet-equipped stations with Dispatch and Traffic Coffee Club brews under brass chandeliers and 50-foot-tall vaulted ceilings. Come for the mobile made-to-order drips, espressos and house-made tea elixirs, stay for the old-world opulence.

Café Pista
Photograph: @kentsujimoto

9. Café Pista

What started as a café on a bike serving cups on the street, there are now four locations that include neighbourhood cafés, its own spot for roasting in the city and a coffee laboratory for equipment, tastings and tests. That said: It goes without saying that anything under the Pista name is a coffee geek's paradise. Running roasts that are carefully sourced—plus a couple choice blends of their own creation—and serving them up any which way a caffeine junkie could want, their locations' sleek design from the Montreal firm mpgmb are just a pure plus for whiling away days.

Café Saint-Henri
Photograph: Courtesy Café Saint-Henri

10. Café Saint-Henri

With new industrial-sized headquarters near Jarry Park and satellite cafés dotted across the city, this pioneer of Quebec’s micro-roastery scene continues to expand well beyond its original neighborhood’s boundaries. Since you’ll find Saint-Henri’s roasts in many Montreal cafés, often brewed by alum from their in-depth barista training program, why not go straight to the source for an allongé amidst aficionados? The HQ includes a coffee lab, classroom, state-of-art café bar, greenhouses and on-site roastery.

MELK Bar à Café
Photograph: MELK Bar à Café

11. MELK Bar à Café

This café comes with two locations, one of which is tucked in a corner of the old Victoria arena where the first Stanley Cup was won by the Montreal Canadians. That means patrons can now choose between coffee alfresco on the roomy terrace of the original location, or a mugful with a hint of hockey novelty. The Prufrock College-trained couple behind this Monkland Village mainstay are just as well known for their home-baked sweets and latte art as they are for quality craft coffee.

Café Paquebot
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Paquebot

12. Café Paquebot

Beyond being first to serve Montrealers the nitro cold brew, Paquebot’s menu boldly ventures into fresh territory with café-infused cocktails and other concoctions. With abundant greenery, exposed brick and walls of records, all three of this café’s locations give off chill hangout vibes and serve specialty beans from east-end roaster Zab. We recommend that you cool down in the summer with the Titonic, an epic mix of cold brew, homemade tonic, rhubarb bitters and lemon juice. Keep an eye out for the cold-brew trike, which makes the rounds across the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie part of town.

Caffè San Simeon
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Latef X.

13. Caffè San Simeon

Since 1979, this Little Italy institution has been the place for classic Italian espressos, freddos (iced coffee) and famously creamy cappuccinos. A laidback social club crowd spills out onto the patio when weather permits, all with cappuccinos and ricotta gelato in hand, with an intensified electricity come World Cup or Grand Prix season. Don’t expect frills like almond milk, Wi-Fi or even a debit machine here, save for a chocolate pump that drizzles hot Nutella over berries, biscotti, bomboloni and other dolce treats.

This Mile End institution serves Italian tradition with a modern twist. Think organic beans from Intelligentsia and 49th Parallel pulled on a 1960s-era Faema E61 espresso machine. As an early arriver to the city’s craft coffee scene, Gamba’s cultivated a devoted legion of café habituées that spill out onto their Parc Avenue terrace be it rain or shine. Cafè In Gamba is the sole establishment in la belle province to pull and sell blends from cult favorite Counter Culture Coffee, and is one of the city’s hotspots to sample the award-winning work of baristas in categories like latté art.

Café Névé
Photograph: Alison Slattery

15. Café Névé

With a snowflake for a logo and steamy late-night winter windows, Café Névé is synonymous with cozy. Both the original corner post on Rachel and the 500-square-foot nook on Mont-Royal are snug spots to hunker down with a laptop, latté, and a fresh-out-of-the-oven scone. A filtered mugful here is brewed from a Canadian-heavy slate of roasters. There’s always something new for the sweet-toothed patron as well, from Nutella lattes to new chewy cookies. Cold brews and branded keep-cups are available now, too.

Pastel Rita
Photograph: Pastel Rita / @cafepastelrita

16. Pastel Rita

There’s a lot going on in the Mile End multipurpose space, but rather than being a hectic mess, the space is warm and impossibly soothing. Pastel Rita is comprised of three separate segments: a boutique, an art workshop, and the café itself, which serves coffees, natural wines, and a surprisingly ambitious menu. These segments are all coloured and subtly demarcated from each other with fields of green, pink, gold and white. This expressive decor results in a truly unique space in which to enjoy a coffee, a glass of wine, or a bite to eat— and it serves as a fitting representation of all the creative forces working in harmony within the space.

Café 8 Oz.
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Marie-Pier H.

17. Café 8 Oz.

Coffee buffs may notice this Rosemont café’s name’s nod to the standard amount of milk steamed into a creamy latte and choose to order accordingly. But cappuccinos, with their six-ounce pours, are also made to excellent measure. For the indecisive, the third-wave café hosts regular free all-you-can-sip tastings. Sweets from Patrice Pâtissier and savory sandwiches prepared by house chef Raphaël complement roasts from their coffee made by Portland’s Tandem Roasters.

Station W
Photograph: Station W / @stationwangus

18. Station W

Although Station W’s original Wellington Street location has been open since 2013, the opening of their new location in the up-and-coming Technopôle Angus neighbourhood has really turned some heads. The new space’s dramatic, inviting architecture has people taking notice, and while the new outpost replicates the original’s commitment to fresh ingredients, homemade baked goods, and killer coffee, it’s managing to entice a whole new set of clientele that may not have ever made the trip to the original.

Le Falco
Photograph: Courtesy Café Le Falco

19. Le Falco

Co-owners Yuko Toda and Frederik Froument bring fair-trade siphon coffee and a taste of Japan to Mile End’s industrial grey zone with their weekday-only café. With siphon-lined counters and bicycles hanging from exposed piping, this reclaimed warehouse space boasts a hipster-lab vibe that’s been noticed by more than a few Instagrammers. Coffee and onigiri may not seem to go hand in hand, but their onigiri lunch combo that comes with housemade soup or salad will have you thinking otherwise.

Noble Café
Photograph: Courtesy Noble Café

20. Noble Café

Small but mighty, this compact Plateau café squeezes roughly four seats indoors and eight on a patio that faces the Laurier metro station. The café keeps its footprint small with a steady rotation of eco-friendly roasters including New Zealand’s Escape, Kittel and Phil & Sebastien. Treats are supplied by Arhoma bakery, and scoops of Les Givrés ice cream are available come summer. Introduced early this year, their Noble Stout—brewed by Vilain Brasseurs and infused with de Mello Palheto-roasted cold brew—is already stirring up a buzz.

La Finca Coffee & Office
Photograph: Agence culte | La Finca

21. La Finca Coffee & Office

Not all upper echelon coffee shops are fans of seeing all their patrons hang out for hours on their laptops. La Finca Coffee & Office not only tolerates its customers working on their laptops, but they actively encourage it. They serve thoughtful, well-made coffees from local roaster De Mello Palheta, and offer a range of tasty, sweet and savoury baked goods. There’s a small outdoor space for nice weather when the shop gets full, and there’s a private space for rent by the hour or by the day that is ideal for out-of-office meetings or collaborative work sessions.

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Larrys

22. Larrys

Little brother to Lawrence restaurant and its boucherie, Larry’s may be better known for its refined fare, but its baristas pull a fine espresso too. Helmed by Myriade alum Keaton Ritchie and equipped with a La Marzocco Linea espresso machine, the coffee service at this Mile End hole-in-the-wall favors distinctive blends from the likes of Portland’s Heart Coffee Roasters. Tempt taste buds early with Larry’s elevated take on a sausage and egg breakfast sandwich, or swing by later for beef tartare and the resto’s specialty Ghost Farm IPA.

The Standard
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Seif Z.

23. The Standard

As the name suggests, these 3 hotspots set the standard for fourth-wave coffee in Montreal. Roasters are on regular rotation, but the café’s commitment to single-origin beans keeps the bar high and gilded—literally and figuratively. Think pink: Beetroot lattes and a rosebud white tea are among the rosy alternatives for the over-caffeinated or caffeine-free inclined.

Café Dei Campi
Photograph: Café Dei Campi / @cafedeicampi

24. Café Dei Campi

The stuff of dreams for vegetarians and vegans, Café Dei Campi is the collaborative project of barista Nicola Vardaro (previously of Caffè San Simeon) and pastry chef Isabelle Duchamps (previously of Toqué!). Since opening in 2016, it has slowly been gaining traction, and vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores from all over town are starting to frequent this unassuming Rosemont neighbourhood café for its almost-too-good-to-be-true vegan baked goods and rock-solid coffee program.

Pourquoi Pas
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Gonart L.

25. Pourquoi Pas

Catering to the Village and UQAM student crowds, this third-wave espresso bar specializes in Aeropressed concoctions. Single-origin roasts prevail, and vegan-friendly options like the signature lattes with almond-coconut milk abound in this checker-floored café. While there, try a Blume super-food latte. Made in Vancouver, these caffeine-free blends come in turmeric, matcha and beetroot flavours and add a punch of colour to the team’s famed latte-art creations.

Humble Lion
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Gonart L.

26. Humble Lion

A different specialty brewer takes center stage every month at this hip café’s two downtown locations. Ask the barista for their take on tasting notes as they pull espressos on the turquoise La Marzocco Strada EP espresso machine or prepare coffees with the pour-over technique. A not-so-humble entourage of scones, croissants, and tarts provided by Hof Kelsten and Godley Gourmandises round out the café’s offerings. If that’s not enough sweetness, the maple latte packs both a sugar rush and java jolt into a single cup.

Tommy Café
Photograph: Tommy Café /

27. Tommy Café

With two locations in Montreal, these cafés combine a contemporary coffee program, a light breakfast and brunch menu, mid-century modern furnishings, and old-world architectural notes to create a bright, upscale neighbourhood coffee shop environment. Tommy Café works well for a quick coffee while you’re touring the Old Port, a relaxing afternoon drink, or even as a potential space for an upcoming event. World's your oyster at either location.

Club Social P.S.
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Antoine P.

28. Club Social P.S.

Saint-Henri’s worst kept secret is this backdoor café-bar, tucked around the back of Elena Pizzeria. Saddle up to the horseshoe-shaped marble-top counter for natural coffee sourced from de Mello Palheto Roasters and Italian pastries like cornetto and cannoli. Come afternoon and night, the counter switches to a pizza-by-the-slice and natural wine service. When it’s warmer, try to nab a spot in their high-fenced terrace and garden as it makes for clandestine dining al fresco.

Mano Figa
Photograph: @manofigamtl / Instagram

29. Mano Figa

Taking over the small adjacent space to one of Griffintown's most popular restaurants Mano Cornuto, Mano Figa serves several Italian pastries, focaccia pizza and coffee exclusively to go, though it can be sipped as you peruse their selection in store that's heavy on the accessories alongside some gourmet products. Creating a neighbourhood anchor, it's a pure and simple Italian hangout that fresher than the more time-honored spots in the city.

Micro Espresso Café
Photograph: Micro Espresso Café / @microespressocafe / Instagram

30. Micro Espresso Café

Whether you prefer Italian roasts or third wave variations, Micro Espresso Café is one of the most specialized coffee shops in Old Montreal—and that's saying a lot when considering how small of a space it inhabits. From the espresso to the manual filter with their baristas' latest discoveries, this is a perfect spot to simply walk up to window, order up, and enjoy the scenery of the neighbourhood as you wait.


Located just off the busy streets of Old Montreal, you'll quickly thank yourself for taking the detour to enjoy the coffee here, but a taste of the homemade goods made entirely in-house will remove any lingering doubts from your mind. Cheesecake, carrot cake, blondies, and more will satiate if the coffee hasn't already, let alone an absolutely adorable setting that Instagrammers can't seem to get enough of to show off outfits. It's just one of the more picturesque settings to visit, plain and simple.

Located in the Mile End, Éclair is space that blends making good coffee while serving choice literature from a microlibrary that's curated by staff. Put together by a crack team of café pros and Montreal restaurateurs—Miranda Ho, Daniel Alvarez (Café Différance and Monopole), Chantale Potié, Hubert Marsolais (Le Club Chasse et Pêche) and Jean-Frédéric Laberge—the idea is to take up a stool at the center bar to be served both coffees and pastries (éclairs and beyond) sourced from all across the Plateau and its best bakeries.


Built by two brothers in 2016 as a small corner coffee shop, L'Étincelle has grown into a huge neighbourhood following that—by our count—is entirely due to consistency and atmosphere. Owners Rémy and Benjamin are almost always present, the pastries are fresh, and the pandemic has only strengthened their offerings in terms of their own roasts and gourmet products. If the beverages and food doesn't convince you, the absolute coziness of its vibes will.

34. Le Butterblume

Tucked under the Van Horne overpass on Saint-Laurent as Mile End makes way to Little Italy, this café is airy and calming, just the spot to make a catch-up date and enjoy a good cappuccino. The food is a draw in itself, not only the beguiling pastries on the front counter, but the lunches (lovely little meals like cauliflower cakes with chilli and garlic sauce or braised beef with creamy Parmesan polenta with zucchini) were so appreciated they warranted the opening of a takeout counter and mini market next door. They’re also open for dinner from Thursday to Saturday.


35. Cafe Gentile

A latte at this traditional Italian coffee shop and lunch counter in the thick of the Chabanel schmata district is a thing of beauty. Silky, indulgent, with just the right touch of sugar (unless you specify otherwise), it’s the best kind of first-wave coffee and the perfect accompaniment to one of their satisfying ciabatta sandwiches with a side of their fennel and orange salad. The original location of this tiny Montreal chain was opened in 1959 and is imbued with historic charm.

36. My Little Cup

The striking sunshine yellow of their massive La Marzocco espresso machine is enough to catch your eye and draw you to this little take-out spot hidden in the McGill metro station—if the enchanting aromas haven’t done so already. At rush hour this little spot has lineups aplenty, but they’re fast and efficient at providing all thirsty patrons with the smoothest fourth-wave espresso concoctions around.

Commodore Café
Photograph: Commodore

37. Commodore Café

Right beside the 80 bus stop at Place des Arts metro sits Hotel Honeyrose, and within it, the aesthetic Café Commodore. The ‘20s-inspired walnut and leather interior makes it a truly luxurious spot to park yourself with your laptop and a morning coffee, especially if paired with one of their pastries—the French chef ensures a stellar croissant.

38.  Café Larue & Fils

This small Villeray chain keeps caffeine-seekers coming with its boutique Canadian blends and its cute spaces defined by white tiles and simple wooden surfaces. Its philosophy: no wave good wave, making their brews timeless rather than trendy. Their tall tables and stools format mean a whole lot of netizens can fit in per capita without it feeling cramped.


39. Oui Mais Non

Full of a cool boho vibe that makes it feel like the set of Friends, with mismatched furniture and colourful trinkets all over the place, Oui Mais Non is a neighbourhood hot spot in Villeray one block from Jarry Park. There’s not only good coffee on offer but also cocktails, vegetarian snacks and a little shop with witty French Canadian postcards, mugs, totes and locally made candy to boot. Settle yourself in and you won’t be disturbed for hours.

40. Café Différance 

It feels like this Old Montréal coffee shop has been famous since the day it opened in 2012. Maybe it was the cookies? You’ve never seen a more loaded choco chip. Today Différance still stands as one of the top coffee options in a café-packed area of the city, for its relaxed atmosphere and the excellence of its brews using Bows & Arrows roasts. Not to mention its cookies.

Caffè Italia
Photograph: Tourisme Montréal / Sid Lee

41. Caffè Italia

No best café list is complete without this first-wave Italian coffee house, a fourth-generation grandaddy to so many in the city, established in 1956 and still a place to order an espresso, tap it back Roma-style right there at the bar, and go. There’s also a whole hangout scene of course, populated mostly with neighbourhood gentlemen during the day and more and more tourists at busy times like on the weekend. The espressos are classic, sharp and bitter—for something mellow, go for a latte.

42. Moustache Café

This sweet spot on Beaubien near Saint-Laurent is a great refuge for freelancers who need a break from their home office, with its light-flooded black-and-whie tiled floor, cute little tables and gentle hum of activity. Their supremely silken espresso drinks come with any plant milk you want, even macadamia (highly recommended). You can stay all day thanks to the full menu, from sandwiches to tasty salads and baked goodies of all sorts.


43. Café Big Trouble 

This recent addition to the café options on Rue Saint-Denis has made itself quickly indispensable for its hearty brunch and lunch fare, from smash burgers to breakfast burritos and full English breakfast, all served in a supremely stylish space drenched in green. The coffees are delicious straight-up, but do yourself a favour and indulge in your sweet side: the homemade caramel and chocolate sauces make for a mean mochaccino topped with whipped cream. Maybe with a homemade pop tart on the side?

44.  Café Vito

More of an outdoor counter than a coffee shop per se, with only half a dozen seats inside, this neighbourhood anchor in Villeray draws crowds from nearby Park Ex and Rosemont for its lattes and sidewalk scene. There’s no stopping the crowd in the summer, when every bench and makeshift seat on the street corner is filled with happy chatters munching on panini or lemon gelato. Even in the winter months, you’ll find people cradling their cups to stay warm while catching up with owner Vito Azzue and his friendly staff.

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