Food & Drink

The Best Craft Coffee Shops in Montreal

Published On 09/30/2015 Published On 09/30/2015
Adrien Williams/Courtesy of Le Couteau
Adrien Williams/Courtesy of Le Couteau

Le Couteau

With great attention to detail, only the best in single-origin coffee, and an atmosphere that just encourages you to put your coolest self forward, Le Couteau embodies the best in today’s third-wave coffee culture. Come here for a long work session or the best cup of espresso on St. Denis.

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Café Olimpico

Having opened in 1970, Café Olimpico is not exactly a craft coffee shop -- there are no fancy labels, well-researched provenance, or flavoured syrups to be found here. However, the simple quality and fun, lively atmosphere ensure that a steady stream of the city’s coolest people sip iced coffee on Café Olimpico's terrace in the summer or pull up a chair in front of a soccer game in the winter.

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Café Myriade

The granddaddy of third-wave coffee in Montreal and founder of Café Myriade, Anthony Benda has completely reinvented craft coffee in the city. There are now three locations to choose from, but we prefer the original cramped little coffee front on Rue Mackay. And if you’re hungry, there’s a variety of viennoiseries and croissants to go along with your delicious cappuccino (or in the summer, the best iced mocha in the city).


Paquebot Cafe

The first coffee shop in Montreal to serve your coffee like a beer: foamy, cold, and available on tap year-round. And it can even be mixed into cocktails. Though nitro coffee may be Paquebot’s claim to fame, it definitely isn’t the only thing worth trying at this cute little coffee bar in La Petite-Patrie. So if you’ve always wanted to drink your coffee like your Guinness, or you’re just looking for something a bit off the beaten path, give this newcomer a shot.

Cafe Neve

Café Névé

Café Névé is truly one of the chilliest coffee shops around. You’ll find a communal working space, delicious food, and people constantly streaming in and out of this Plateau mainstay.

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La Petite Cuillère

Another cute café in the Plateau, La Petite Cuillère wins us over with its mismatched furniture, old-fashioned tea cups and saucers, and coffee-with-friends kind of vibe.


Pikolo Espresso Bar

Pikolo Espresso Bar has become known throughout Montreal as a place of coffee excellence. This high-end café only serves single-origin coffee, with each bag offering a truly unique taste. Everything else on offer is either homemade or locally produced -- and the results are pretty spectacular.

Cafe Plume

Café Plume

A bustling coffee shop in the heart of the Plateau, Café Plume is a surefire bet for a working lunch and for a catch-up meeting with friends. Local art adorns the walls, setting a pleasant atmosphere that is only matched by the warmth of the excellent lattes.

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Arts Café

No matter what time of day you go there, Arts Café is always filled with people -- the mark of a truly great coffee shop. Although it’s not limited to just coffee (there are shows, live music, and more), Arts Café delivers on the promise its name holds, serving up one artistic cup of java after another.

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Café Falco

This Mile End spot is a beautifully designed space that evokes serenity and gives you the push you need to engage in productive bursts of creative work. The latte here is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, and the Japanese siphon-made coffee is a work of art.

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Kitsuné Espresso Bar

A neat little coffee shop with a selection of baked goods, freshly squeezed juice, and excellent brews -- what more could you ask for from your neighbourhood craft coffee shop?

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Buck 15 Espresso Bar

With stark white walls, beautiful blond wood tables, and a selection of unique, mouth-watering toasts, Buck 15 is much more than an espresso bar. It’s become a well-attended breakfast spot where coffee connoisseurs hobnob with working moms and Atwater Market shoppers. And what’s more, it’s completely delicious.