Pause-Café: The Best Cafes of Montreal
Collected by Marie-Eve Vallieres, AFAR Local Expert
The thing about Montreal's cafes is that they are very hard to pigeonhole; some are third-wave, others are fiercely independent, while still more are obsessed with style and reputation. Whether you want to people-watch, drink a good latte, get away from the snowstorm, or update your social networks, Montreal's cafes and coffee shops are plentiful—from Old-Montreal to Villeray, and pretty much everywhere in between.
1546 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 3W5, Canada
This is one of the few cafés in the area that resists the urge to transform into a hipsters-only kind of place. Montreal Café is relaxed and eclectic, both in its decor and its clientele, but it never disappoints. Besides the delicious brownies, I...
1432 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H7, Canada
The epitome of the indie coffee shop in Montreal, Myriade is a long-loved spot for hipsters, indie music connoisseurs, and lovers of good coffee. Although the indoor place is relatively small, the outdoor deck makes up for it if you are quick...
252 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1E5, Canada
What makes Réplika stand out from the rapidly growing Montreal indie coffee-shop scene is that it offers all things Turkish. People come here not only to gorge on Turkish goodness, but also to enjoy the plentiful sun, the ample seating space, the...
201 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M8, Canada
Arts Café is pretty much what every coffee shop should be about: beautiful design, delicious food, and quality coffee prepared by competent baristas. Trust me when I say that after visiting Arts Café, most other places will pale in comparison. The...
5201 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S4, Canada
This famous and beloved dinner spot emblematic of Mile End is so popular for brunch, you’ll have to leave your name at the door and go for a walk around the neighborhood until they call you for your turn. It’s worth the wait, though; their...
65 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1R1, Canada
Although it would be easy to walk past Café Odessa and not notice it at all, locals know that this is one of the few detours that are actually worth it. With its refined and tasteful decor reminiscent of seaside Russia, with miniature sail boats...
200 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T3, Canada
Coffee in Old-Montreal used to be a sad affair ruled by international chains that shall not be named; that was until Tommy opened its doors and blessed the tourists and workers of the area with its delightful espresso shots. But despite the fact...
260 Place du Marché-du-Nord, Montréal, QC H2S 1A1, Canada
Finally, a decent coffee shop in Montreal's busiest farmer's market! Café Saint-Henri was long-awaited and, fortunately, doesn't disappoint; it features a very bright, elegant decor with plenty of seating and friendly service. Not to mention the...
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