From Villeray to the Old Port, these independently owned java paradises serve expertly brewed and thoroughly curated beans, sanctioned by Montréal’s hip connoisseurs. Because I am a freelancer and despite the fact that my home office is very pretty, I do need to get out of these for walls every once in a while and I inevitably end up in one of these fine establishments.
1432 Mackay Street
251 West Saint-Viateur Street
1000 West Sainte‑Catherine Street)
With now three branches scattered across Montréal, Café Myriade is not only beloved by Instagrammers thanks to the Nordic-inspired décor of their Mile End shop, but also by local coffee aficionados, as their grains are sourced from esteemed and fair-trade 49th Parallel Roasters in Vancouver.
Pikolo Espresso Bar
3418 Du Parc Avenue
A student favourite because of its central location between McGill and UQÀM universities, Pikolo is among the most picturesque shops in the city. This two-level café is mostly famous for its miniature 3-ounce creamy lattes, made with single origin beans from Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland.
65 East Beaubien Street
Not so much a place to get work done as they only have 10 seats, Café Odessa however serves an excellent cup of coffee – regardless of whether you prefer a cold brew, drip coffee, lattes or espressos. Make sure to visit their next-door restaurant, Le Vieux-Vélo, which offers one of the best and least expensive brunches in the city.
106 McGill Street
This loft-like bistro and boutique serves some of the best lunch fare in town, and has long been a favourite of freelancers because of its luminous décor and courteous service. This unique formula, consisting of a fine grocery, a restaurant and a gourmet coffee shop, is located in the heart of Old-Montréal and is a must-do for tourists in need of a java fix.
35 East Beaubien Street
Located in up-and-coming Mile Ex, Moustache Café is a secret few locals are willing to share for fear it would get spoiled. Cozy ambiance, vegan smoothies, enticing aromas produced by the Synchro espresso machine all await, along with the owner’s beloved Bernese mountain dog/mascot.
Larue & Fils
244 East De Castelnau Street
405 East Jarry Street
What started out as a solo endeavour in the heart of Villeray just north of Jean-Talon Market is now a double venture; Larue & Fils now has two idyllic, luminous locations and proudly serves Montréal-brewed coffee. They also have a vintage blue Citroën truck roaming the streets of Montréal in the summertime.
904 West Sherbrooke Street
When rustic chic meets third wave coffee shop! This eclectic shop, a tranquil and welcoming retreat from the bustle of downtown, only serves the finest products, like Intelligentsia Coffee and Mast Brothers chocolates.
252 East Rachel Street
Owned by a Turkish couple, Réplika stands out from the crowd with its subtle eastern menu; served on dainty vintage and mismatched plates, the savoury scones and the meat boreks are to be enjoyed at the shop’s immense communal table and washed down with strong yet flavourful lattés and espressos.
1140 de Maisonneuve Ouest (tunnel level, Stanley entrance of Peel metro station)
For a coffee shop buried deep down Montréal’s vast underground network, Tunnel espresso has made quite a reputation for itself despite its unconventional location. This hole‑in‑the‑wall shop serves independently brewed coffee and some of the best macadamia nut cookies in the city.
Other notable options:
- Café Pista (500 Beaubien East)
- Tommy Café (200 Notre-Dame West)
- Café OSMO (51 West Sherbrooke Street)
- Le moineau masqué (912 East Marie-Anne Street)
- Kitsuné Espresso Bar (19 West Prince-Arthur Street)
- Café Code Black (4095 Saint-Laurent Boulevard)
- Le couteau (4627 Saint-Denis Street)
- Buck15 Espresso Bar (3027 West Notre-Dame Street)
- Café Melbourne (4615 Saint-Laurent Boulevard)
- Café Sfouf (1250 East Ontario Street)
- Café Parvis (433 Mayor Street)
- Café Falco (5605 de Gaspé Avenue)
- Dispatch Coffee (267 West Saint Zotique Street)
For a complete list of Montréal’s independent coffee shops, check out @MTLcafecrawl’s feed on Instagram.