13 of the most charming cafes in Montreal

Mar 3 2021, 9:40 am

Montreal is a sanctuary when it comes to cafes.

In a time where we might need a little caffeine boost more than ever, there’s no shortage of options for coffee at charming shops across the island.

The pandemic has obviously hindered our ability to spend countless hours inside a gorgeous cafe but going for a takeout cup of joe at these delightful spots might be what we all need these days.

Here are 13 of the most charming cafes in Montreal. If you’re not comfortable with heading out into the real world, they’re still just as gorgeous in the virtual world.

Café de Mercanti

 

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Mercanti has a quaint little coffee shop on Monkland in NDG and another location in Old Montreal. They serve very tasty, authentic Italian coffee in two charming spots, and the staff is very welcoming.

Clarke Café

 

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Clarke Café is a small cafe in Pointe St-Charles that dishes out tasty coffees, makes a mean sandwich, has sweet merch, and is very cozy.

Campanelli Café

 

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Campanelli is full of awesome decor and a rustic laid-back vibe in Saint-Henri. They also serve a mean espresso — you can’t go wrong.

Tommy Cafe

 

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Tommy Cafe is active across all food-delivery apps but its wooden wall, exposed beams, and plant-heavy locale is the place to be (when we’re allowed to again).

Located in the British Empire Building in the Old Port (which dates back to 1874), every inch of this place is worth snapping a picture of.

MELK

 

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MELK has two locations (downtown and Monkland) and they’re both oozing with charm, great coffee options, and people (in the pre-COVID days.)

Crew Collective Café

Arguably one of the most beautiful spots in all of Montreal, Crew Collective Café is located in the former headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada — once the tallest building in the British Empire.

With high ceilings, marble floors, and brass decor, this spot is timeless.

It’s usually open from 8 am to 10 pm and when things calm down after the pandemic, you might want to stay here for a while.

Darling

 

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On the corner of the always-bustling Boulevard St-Laurent, this spot offers delicious pastries, coffee, and plants, soft lamps, and dandy neon lights.

September Surf Cafe

 

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This hip and chill cafe in Little Burgundy has expansive windows, surfboards, rustic finishes, and light bites in a very West Coast Cali vibe.

Café Sfouf

 

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Café Sfouf is charming, vibrant, and colourful. They serve great coffee, desserts, cakes, and light snacks.

From plants to wood finishes, Sfouf is a gorgeous nature-esque getaway.

Café Parvis

 

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Parvis is overflowing with gorgeous vines, candles, and romantic lighting with industrial finishes. Here you can grab a coffee, pizzas, and salads, nestled into a small street in the Quartier des Spectacles.

Parvis is temporarily closed, but be sure to check back when COVID-19 has eased a bit.

Pastel Rita

 

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Pastel Rita looks like it’s right out of a Wes Anderson movie. It stands out with saturated pastel colours in the heart of the Mile End.

Le Butterblume

 

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Butterblume is cozy and happy, has soft lighting, great coffee, and an impressive menu of light bites.

Dandy

 

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Dandy has high ceilings, curved archways, and exposed brick, resulting in a very comforting and soft place to chill and chug back some coffee.

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