- North America
- Sam Grimes
Combining Canadian stoicism with French passion Montreal offers a wonderful cultural mix. It is a business and university hub, and busy people need pick-me-ups, and the city has no shortage of coffee shops to do just that. We list some of the best.
Tunnel Espresso Bar
Duck underground into the tunnel that connects the Eaton Centre to PVM and stop by at Tunnel Espresso Bar. Serving up the necessary fixes for pedestrians all day, Tunnel has been serving up delicious coffee for years to shoppers, Concorida university students, bankers and businessman alike in downtown Montreal.
1253 Avenue McGill College, Montreal, QC H3B, Canada +1-514-882-5288
Pikolo Espresso Bar
The coffee at Pikolo is generally regarded as the best coffee in Montreal, and possibly Quebec. The baristas are cappuccino-milk-designing wizards, and if you’re lucky to get an artist good enough you may even end up with a dairy dragon sitting on the top of your drink. The usual menu items of a coffee shop are found here, but the mastery of the perfect, minimally acidic shot of espresso is a rare find.
3418 B Avenue Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2X 2H7, Canada +1-514-508-6800
Buck 15 Espresso
Chic and minimalist, Buck 15 has limited seating, but it makes up for this by offering a menu much more unique than your standard coffee shop. In addition to lattes and cappuccinos, you can enjoy salads or sandwiches. Espresso 15 is proper café in addition to being a caffeine haven, so be sure to grab a meal with your drink.
3027 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC H4C 1N9, Canada +1-514-939-2825
Café Myriade’s tasty food and fancy cappuccino decorations provide perfect Instagram opportunities. With a staff of knowledgeable baristas and beans specially roasted in Nova Scotia, Café Myriade definitely has its unique charm. Be warned though: as a direct result of its charm the place is often very crowded, so you may have to wait a bit for your coffee.
1432 Rue Mackay, Montreal, QC H3G 2H7, Canada +1-514-939-1717
This Italian café is one of Montreal’s favorites and very popular with the local Québécois. Café Olympico sells its own house blends of coffee helping it maintain its Italian flair. The place is hard to miss, with several green awnings emblazoned with the café’s logo and the unmistakable Olympics rings.
124 St-Viateur Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2X8, Canada +1-514-495-0746