Where To Get Excellent Coffee in Montreal

October 7, 2015,

Montrealers love coffee; be it espresso, cappuccino, lattes or nitro brews and we love to get our coffee fix at independent cafés – we’ve even created an Indie Coffee Passport to explore the city through its many independent cafés.

Here are 7 of HWE’s picks for excellent coffee in Montreal

Excellent Coffee in Montreal: PaquebotImage by @gorgeousssleep

Paquebot Café
Paquebot, located in the eastern part of the city in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie (Rosepatrie), serves great tasting coffee and nitro cold brews. Their drink menu also includes fresh juices from a local vendor, L’Abeille Jus, lavender London Fog and homemade lemonades (yellow or pink), to name a few. With Wi-Fi and tons of outlet plugs, Paquebot is a great place to set up for an afternoon of work.

Mousse Café
Mousse Café, also located in Rosepatrie, is a cozy café-bistro come laundromat. On evenings during the weekend you can even catch a concert –a small space at the back of the café is cleared for the temporary stage and local artists play for free.

Caffè Mille Gusti
Open early – 7 am every day –, Mille Gusti brews Italian (Illy brand) coffee in a warm and friendly environment. With free Wi-Fi, sandwiches, pastries and great Italian coffee, you can settle down and spend a couple of hours at this café.

Excellent Coffee in Montreal: Caffè ItaliaImage by Canada Nightlife

Caffè Italia
Located in Little Italy (in case the name didn’t give it away already), Caffè Italia is somewhat of a landmark in Montreal. Known for its great espressos, you can either enjoy your “caffè” at the counter (like a true Italian) or take a seat at one of the many wooden tables. 

Café Rico
According to their website, Café Rico is the first all-organic and fair-trade café in Montreal. Located on Mont-Royal Street in Le Plateau, Rico serves unique and artisanal blends.

Le Moineau Masqué
Located on a (mostly) residential street, Le Moineau Masqué is a hidden gem. During the summer, you can take your coffee outside to their lovely backyard and sit at one of their colourful benches. On a colder day (or if you need to be plugged in), you can opt for one of their cozy couches or mismatched chairs.

Excellent Coffee in Montreal: Café VenosaImage by La Fille Izzy

Café Venosa
I’ve already written about Café Venosa in a prior post about eating vegan in the city because that’s right… Venosa is a completely vegan restaurant/café. With vegan cappuccinos (topped with 3-D foam cats), lattes and tons of desserts, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Honourable mentions: Café Conca D’oro, Brooklyn Café and Café Olimpico


Your turn! What are your favourite cafés?
Where do you go to get excellent coffee in Montreal? Where to Get Excellent Coffee in Montreal // at happiestwhenexploring.com

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1 Comment

  • Reply Ilena C. October 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    “Coffee is a language in itself” – Jackie Chan

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…I really appreciate the quotes you choose-and this one is is so true.

    Whenever I pass in front of Caffè Italia or any cafè, the smell of coffee just invades my whole being. And when I’m in a café the sounds of coffee-making, the mood of the patrons, the feel of the handle of an espresso cup, everything just ‘speaks’ to me.

    Great tips HWE! Thank you for this opportunity to share my reflections on coffee!

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