Montréal's indie coffee shops
by Marie-Ève Vallières
From Villeray to the Old Port, these independently owned java paradises serve expertly brewed and thoroughly curated beans, sanctioned by Montréal’s hip connoisseurs.
With now three branches scattered across Montréal, Café Myriade is not only beloved by Instagrammers thanks to the Nordic-inspired décor of their Mile End shop, but also by local coffee aficionados, as their grains are sourced from esteemed and fair-trade 49th Parallel Roasters in Vancouver. 1432 Mackay Street, 251 Saint-Viateur Street West and 1000 Sainte‑Catherine Street West
Pikolo Espresso Bar
A student favourite because of its central location between McGill and UQÀM universities, Pikolo is among the most picturesque shops in the city. This two-level café is mostly famous for its miniature 3-ounce creamy lattes, made with single origin beans from Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland. 3418 Du Parc Avenue
Located in up-and-coming Mile Ex, Moustache Café is a secret few locals are willing to share for fear it would get spoiled. Cozy ambiance, vegan smoothies, enticing aromas produced by the Synchro espresso machine all await, along with the owner’s beloved Bernese mountain dog/mascot. 35 Beaubien Street East
Maison Christian Faure
Undoubtedly one of the fanciest cafés one can get in Montréal, Maison Christian Faure’s reputation precedes it; owned by the illustrious chef pâtissier, the epicurean parlour also houses a baking school and a deli counter. 355 Place Royale
When rustic chic meets third wave coffee shop! This eclectic shop, a tranquil and welcoming retreat from the bustle of downtown, only serves the finest products, like Intelligentsia Coffee and Mast Brothers chocolates. 904 Sherbrooke Street West
Boulangerie Rustique Sweet Lee’s
Off the beaten tourist path but definitely worth a visit, this rustic bakery / coffee shop recently launched in Verdun and quickly became a local favourite. Their espresso bar, sourced by Montréal-based Café Saint Henri Micro Torréfacteur, is just as appreciated as their decadent pastries and vegetarian lunch menu. 4150 Wellington Street
This loft-like bistro and boutique serves some of the best lunch fare in town, and has long been a favourite of freelancers because of its luminous décor and courteous service. This unique formula, consisting of a fine grocery, a restaurant and a gourmet coffee shop, is located in the heart of Old-Montréal and is a must-do for tourists in need of a java fix. 106 McGill Street
Larue & Fils
What started out as a solo endeavour in the heart of Villeray just north of Jean-Talon Market is now a double venture; Larue & Fils now has two idyllic, luminous locations and proudly serves Montréal-brewed coffee. 244 De Castelnau Street East and 405 Jarry Street East
Owned by a Turkish couple, Réplika stands out from the crowd with its subtle eastern menu; served on dainty vintage and mismatched plates, the savoury scones and the meat boreks are to be enjoyed at the shop’s immense communal table and washed down with strong yet flavourful lattés and espressos. 252 Rachel Street East
For a coffee shop buried deep down Montréal’s vast underground network, Tunnel espresso has made quite a reputation for itself despite its unconventional location. This hole‑in‑the‑wall shop serves independently brewed coffee and some of the best macadamia nut cookies in the city. 1253 McGill College Avenue and 1140 de Maisonneuve West - tunnel level, Stanley entrance of Peel metro station
Marie-Ève Vallières is a Montréal-based travel blogger, amateur photographer and translator.
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