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.

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.

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Vietnamese cold coffee

Cafeden’s Vietnamese coffee is worth the detour. If you’ve never tasted a Vietnamese coffee, you’re missing out! While not a café per say, the Vietnamese restaurant Cafeden offer their excellent coffee to go. Hot espresso is poured over condensed milk, ice is added, and the result is a sweet and refreshing drink you will come to crave.

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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 “perfect storm” inside the glass. Perfetto! 

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Tonic + coffee

Coffee tonic has touched down in Montréal at Australian-owned Café Melbourne. It is really as simple as it sounds: the dreamy pairing of a shot of espresso with tonic water. The result is a citrusy, refreshing beverage with a bitter aftertaste that goes down easy and smooth, especially on a hot summer day. 

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 vanilla ice cream. The ice cream in this case is homemade and contains chicory and condensed milk, making it somewhat similar in taste to Vietnamese coffee. Dispatch also serves an excellent cold brew, which they bottle and sell in concentrated format for you to enjoy at home. 

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 have been around for a decade now and are 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 the shade.

Nitro cold brew for the win

Café Paquebot is 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. This latest coffee trend even tastes like beer, is slightly effervescent and topped with a foamy head. Try their nitro coffee flight, which includes a draft latte and a lemonade coffee fizz. 

Italian style caffè freddo

Café Ferlucci in Villeray makes the same Italian-style cold coffee you’ll find in Italy. The base brew is made by filling up a large jar with dozens of espresso shots and sweetening it lightly with sugar. You can order yours black on the rocks or with a shot of milk to be enjoyed on the quaint terrasse. 

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Smooth Greek Frappé

L’Express St-Zotique makes a smooth and rich Greek-style coffee frappe. The famous drink is made by mixing instant Nescafé coffee (yes, instant coffee!) with sugar and water (or milk) in a milkshake shaker. The result is a smooth and refreshing drink topped with a rich foam. If Greek summers had an official drink, this would be it. 

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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