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The Best Craft Coffee Shops in Montreal

Published On 09/30/2015 Published On 09/30/2015
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Seeing as Tim Hortons exists, it almost seems strange to some people's ears to hear that there are other coffee shops in Montreal... and that they're better. Well, it's true, and we've rounded up the city's finest examples. Here's where to go for your joe:

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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, CafĂ© 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 CafĂ© 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 CafĂ© 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).

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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

Pikolo Espresso Bar

Pikolo Espresso Bar has become known throughout Montreal as a place of coffee excellence. This high-end cafĂ© 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, CafĂ© 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 CafĂ© 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 CafĂ© delivers on the promise its name holds, serving up one artistic cup of java after another.

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CafĂ© 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.

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1. Le Couteau 4627 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2J 2L4

With significant 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 morning coffee or a weekend work session.

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2. Café Olimpico 124 rue Saint-Viateur Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2L1

Family-owned since 1970, Café Olimpico brews delicious Italian coffee. Enjoy an espresso, latte, or cappuccino while people-watching on the outdoor patio.

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3. Café Myriade 1432 rue Mackay, Montréal, H3G 2H7

This local coffee shop serves fresh roasted brews, as well as gourmet baked goods such as muffins and croissants. Take advantage of the outdoor seating when the weather's good!

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4. Paquebot 2110 BĂ©langer, Montreal, H2G 1C2

This coffee bar specializes in nitro coffee which is served bubbly and cold straight from a keg. It's treated with nitrogen and/or carbon dioxide under high pressure and has a foamy head, just like a Guinness. This is the first coffee shop to bring this special brew to the area.

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5. Café Névé 151 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, H2W 1E1

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

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6. La Petite Cuillere 3603 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2X 3L6

Another cozy café in the Plateau, La Petite Cuillere wins us over with its mismatched furniture, old-fashioned tea cups and saucers, and coffee-with-friends kind of vibe. You'll want to crack open a book and stay 'til you've finished reading the whole thing.

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7. Pikolo Espresso Bar 3418b Av du Parc, Montreal, H2X 2H5

Pikolo Espresso Bar has become known throughout Montreal as a haven for coffee snobs and coffee excellence alike. 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, from morning to night.

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8. Café Plume 123 Mont-Royal Ouest, Montreal, H2T 2S9

A bustling coffee shop in the heart of the Plateau, Café Plume makes the ideal location for a working lunch just as much as a catch-up meeting with friends. Local art adorns the walls, setting an agreeable atmosphere that is only matched by the warmth of the excellent lattes.

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9. Arts Café 201 Avenue Fairmount O, Montreal, H2T

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

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10. Café Le Falco 5605 Avenue de Gaspé, Montreal, H2T 2A4

Café Le Falco is a beautifully designed space that inspires relaxation while pushing you 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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11. Kitsuné Espresso Bar 19 Rue Prince Arthur O, Montreal, H2X 1S4

A quaint little coffee shop with a selection of pastries, freshly squeezed juice, and caffeinated brews – what more could you ask for from your neighborhood craft coffee shop?

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12. Buck 15 Espresso 3027 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H4C 1N9

With stark white walls, light wood tables and a selection of unique, mouth-watering toasts, Buck 15 is much more than an espresso bar. It’s a well-attended breakfast spot where coffee connoisseurs knock elbows with working moms and Atwater market shoppers. And what’s more, their entire menu is completely delicious.

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