Iced coffee treats to keep you cool in Montréal

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

This article was updated on August 8, 2022.

Whether you prefer a cold brew made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water overnight or a classic latte made by topping a freshly brewed espresso with cold milk and ice cubes, iced coffee drinks take over the city cafés come summertime. Below are a few of our favourite Montreal chilled coffee treats to try this summer.

The perfect Italian summer treat

Italian café Baristello’s signature summer drink is a perfectly balanced frozen treat. The Scirocco chilled coffee concoction is crafted first by filling an “old school” glass with lightly sweetened espresso slush, and then topping it with warm, flawlessly frothed micro milk foam which creates a “delicious storm” inside the glass. Perfetto! 

Perfect combo of ice cream and coffee

Dispatch Coffee’s icy treat is their very own version of an affogato. The popular summer treat is traditionally made by pouring a hot espresso shot over ice cream. The ice cream in this case is made by Dalla Rose, a beloved ice cream shop located in Saint-Henri. The affogato options always include a vegan one.

Classic iced latte

Little Burgundy café Lili & Oli’s iced latte is probably the best in Montreal. A great take on a classic is always welcome and comforting on a smoldering summer day. Lili & Oli has been open since 2005 and is always a great stop for regulars and visitors alike who come here for the excellent coffee, whether hot or chilled. 

Classic cold brew perfection

The Café Myriade cold brew coffee is steeped for 12 hours then poured over ice. The brew is acidic and complex and carries fruity undertones with a slight earthy finale. It tastes more like a complex tea than coffee. You can also order an iced latte made by pulling an espresso shot over ice and adding cold milk. – Various locations

The perfect summer blend

Noble Café offers the perfect match: ice cream and cold brewed coffee. This decadent combination beloved by neighbourhood locals is called “le Flotteur” (the Float). Grab your little cup of coffee heaven and wander over to nearby Laurier Park to savour it in a shady spot.

 

Nitro cold brew for the win

Café Paquebot was the first café in Montréal to serve iced coffee in the form of a nitro cold brew on tap. The coffee is treated with nitrogen, pressurized, then served on draft just like beer. Another great Paquebot drink, the Cafélimo (a mix of cold brew from Zab, homemade lemonade, organic sugar, and CO2, in short, a fizzy cold brew-limeade mix), has been on tap since 2016 and sold in cans since the summer of 2021.

Italian style caffè freddo

Café Ferlucci in Villeray makes the same Italian-style cold coffee you’ll find in Italy in the form of granita. The base brew is made by filling up a large jar with dozens of espresso shots, sweetening the brew with sugar then turning it in an icy slush-type of drink. You can order yours black or with a shot of milk to be enjoyed on the quaint terrasse. If this slushy drink is not your thing, order one of their famous nutellate (a latte with a spoonful of Nutella stirred in) on ice.

Sweet and refreshing

Café Odessa’s Mateo caffeinated drink combines mineral water, espresso, and a shot of their homemade apricot & rosemary syrup. This sweet and refreshing drink tastes like summer. 

Soothing lavender latte

Petite Patrie’s Café des Habitudes is a lovely and soothing place that has definitely carved a spot in its client’s daily habits. Their iced lavender latté is made with a homemade lavender syrup made from organic maple syrup from Marston in the Eastern Townships and organic lavender from Oka.

A very nutty combo

What do you get when you combine an iced espresso with pistachio granite? Caffettiera’s vegan iced pistachio latte, of course. Head to the boldly coloured, 80s inspired, downtown Caffettiera to grab one of these delicious drinks.

S’more please

Café Léo is a downtown spot that integrates a great coffee shop with a hair salon. They have a decadent s’mores latte on the menu that combines Les Givrés’ cookie, marshmallow and caramel ice cream with espresso and a graham topping.

Caramel makes it better

Located in the heart of Pointe Saint Charles, Mollo is a true neighbourhood gem. Their iced latte is a riff on the classic espresso and milk drink with the addition of a spoonful of delicious caramel from La Lichée.

Middle-Eastern specialty drinks

Lebanese Café Chez Téta has quickly become a favourite destination for their manouché (flat bread topped with zaatar) and other specialties. They also make some delicious iced coffee drinks, including an iced halva latte made by mixing halva, a sweet sesame pastry, with pistachios directly in the milk before topping with a shot of espresso. Their unique cold brew is made by infusing cardamom-infused Lebanese coffee beans for 12 hours for a subtly distinctive aroma.

Canadian barista champion drink

Café Saint-Henri is offering its Zesty Tonic this summer. The drink was created thanks to a collaboration with Canadian barista champion Jill Hoff. It combines a homemade syrup made of grapefruit juice, lemon juice, lime juice and fresh ginger with tonic water and Café Saint-Henri’s very own espresso blend for a refreshing drink.

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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