Coffee coffee coffee
Why are you talking
This is one of my favorite poems. I simply love coffee. I enjoy it even more when I have got plenty of time, like when I am on vacation. There is almost nothing more fun than sitting in a cosy cafe, sipping a good cup of coffee and watching people. Even though I don’t mind coffee chains (I even try to bring my reusable coffee tumbler everywhere nowadays), I prefer little cafes that have created their very own atmosphere. The coffee there is usually better and not more or not much more expensive. I do not only love Montreal, but especially its many cafes. This is why I have made a list of my favorite seven cafes in alphabetical order. Well, or eight. But the last one is more of a restaurant despite its name.
Brulerie Aux Quatres Vents (
This cafe is next to the entrance in Jean-Talon Market. They have a wonderful collection of different beans and even roast their own coffee. They also sell a few small delicious pastries like egg tarts and macarons. They also have a few seats and tables from where you can watch the main market area. The only thing I didn’t like was that they automatically served me my coffee in a paper cup – I ordered in English. My friend ordered her coffee in French and, without being asked either, she was served it in a ceramic cup.
Café Au P’tit Gourmet (
This might be the smallest cafe I have ever stumbled upon. Most people here order their takeaway coffee through the window, but there are very few seats inside, too. The coffee is very good and while nibbling a croissant, you can watch both the other customers and what’s happening in the street.
Café Cherrier (
Café Cherrier is one of those neighborhood cafes/restaurants. People who live close by actually go there to meet each other and the waiters know their patronage (I know this because I once went there for dinner and talked to both the bartender and people sitting next to me at the bar). During the day it is a beautiful cafe serving coffee, brunch and dessert. I love their cafe au lait in particular because it is served in a drink bowl. So much coffee makes me so happy.
Café Lulu ()
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo there. Café Lulu has an especially warm atmosphere. The waiters talk to everyone and about more than just the weather. We enjoyed staying there very much. Besides great coffee, they offer a selection of fresh salads and soup as well as pastries.
La Touche (
This cafe is all about coffee. They have an extensive menu with all kinds of beans and coffees. Because I was curious, I tried the unicorn coffee – with colorful marshmallows. Sweet and delicious! This cafe isn’t big, but has many seats. It is also decorated from ceiling to floor which makes it the more interesting. There are coffee makers and tumblers everywhere, quotes, mirrors, posters, plants hanging down …
Maison Vieux-Montréal ()
The Maison Vieux-Montréal is just around the corner from Notre-Dame de Montréal and very cosy. You can choose between soft armchairs or wooden chairs. From most seats you can watch the street outside. The servers were friendly and brewed the coffee when ordered.
Marius et Fanny ()
This patisserie is just wonderful. You can have your coffee with a sweet or savory snack and watch other customers or the street outside. Many people come in here to buy croissants or cakes for home. It is also just around the corner from the bus station – so instead of spending too much time there, I rather sit in this homely cafe.
Stash Café ()
This last one is more of a restaurant. A Polish restaurant in the middle of Old Montreal. It seems to be always busy and I had a very hard time to decide what to order. I eventually went with bigos because that reminded me of my childhood. For dessert I ordered a Polish coffee because it sounded the most interesting. And it was amazing – it is coffee with honey liqueur and cream.