If you said coffee flows through the veins of Montrealers, you might not be too far from the truth. We are a city of coffee-drinkers, and though Starbuck’s and Second Cup remain easily accessible crowd pleasers, the cafe scene encompasses much more than just your casual venti latte. Little indie coffee shops can be found on nearly every street corner, with new ones popping up every year, and no neighborhood has a richer coffee culture than Montreal’s arts and entertainment hot spot, the Plateau Mont-Royal. If you enjoy moments spent sitting at quaint coffee tables sipping on a cappuccino, here are five places to visit for a tremendously good cup of coffee in the Plateau:
Nice, unpretentious and rather funky spot recently opened right on Duluth and Saint-Hubert, Gonzo Cafe sells good, solid coffee and a variety of breakfast and lunch options. They also feature a really cool, architecturally ingenious seating area right in front of their building in the summer.
Where: 919 Avenue Duluth East.
When: Open Monday-Fri 8 am to 6 pm and Sat-Sun 8 am to 5 pm.
This cafe, called “The Knife” in English, has a sleek, modern and minimalist decor, and some seriously good brews, as well as ingenious coffee cocktails in the summer.
Where: 4627 Rue Saint-Denis
When: Open Mon-Fri 8 am to 6 pm, Sat 9 am to 6 pm, Sun 11 am to 5 pm.
This is truly a Plateau staple, and you’ll generally find it full of students with laptops writing their papers. Though usually quite crowded, it’s known as one of the best places to get a truly excellent cup of coffee and enjoy Montreal’s bustling cafe atmosphere.
Where: 151 Rue Rachel East, or their second location, 781 Avenue du Mont-Royal East
When: Mon-Fri 8 am to 9 pm and Sat-Sun 9 am to 9 pm for their Rachel location, Mon-Fri 7:30 am to 6 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am to 6 pm for the one on Mont-Royal.
If you’re in the mood for something a bit different, check out Kahwa Café, a coffee shop with Mediterranean flair serving delicious coffee and a variety of Tunisian dishes. With an eclectic decor and regular live shows, it’s a great place to really feel that vibrant Montreal vibe.
Where: 331 Avenue du Mont-Royal E
When: Mon-Fri 8 am to 10 pm and Sat-Sun 9 am to 10 pm.
Le Moineau Masqué
The Masked Sparrow, a quaint, peaceful, pared-down space that boasts delicious classic beverages, cold brewed coffee and fresh pastries, as well as a charming terrace.
Where: 912 Rue Marie-Anne
When: Mon-Fri 7:30 am to 7 pm, Sat 8:30 am to 7 pm and Sun 9 am to 7 pm.
Next time you’re in town, don’t hesitate to give one of these places a try, or go out and start your own exploration of Montreal’s thriving cafe scene!