418 Saint-Sulpice Street | Website
Located on the top floor of the SSENSE fashion building in Old Montréal, Beta Bar café is a cement-clad, minimalist space with a beautiful shadow show created by the long skylights in its ceiling. Bar, benches, tables, walls and stools are cement and create a gorgeous monochromatic palette that looks beautiful in photos.
4328 Saint-Laurent Blvd. | Website
Bar Darling is anything but minimalist. Rich textures, extravagant light fixtures, eclectic objects, warm tones and plush leather couches are all piled up in a dizzying mishmash of colours and textures that make this space unique and welcoming.
433 Mayor Street | Website
Café Parvis is one of the most “Instagramed” café in Montréal. It’s got a vintage charm with its peeling paint, weathered wood flooring and old-school amber glassware. The hanging plants in the light-filled room complete the look and the excellent food make for a delicious visit.
Crew Collective & Café
360 Saint-Jacques Street | Website
Voted as one of the most beautiful cafés in the world, Crew Collective & Café inhabits the historic old premises of the Royal Bank of Canada. Built in the ‘30s, the breathtaking space with intricate vaulted ceilings and gold tones has been preserved and makes for a spectacular place to have a cup of coffee and impress your Instagram followers.
5761 Saint-Laurent Blvd. | Website
Pastel Rita is a Mile End café that looks like a set from a Wes Anderson movie. The pink, yellow and green colour pattern and symmetrical arches scream fun and beg to be immortalized on your feed: you’ll be more than happy to oblige. Don’t forget to check out the artisan workshops in the back.
Tommy Café (both locations)
200 Notre-Dame Street & 151 Saint-Paul Street | Website
The original Tommy Café on Notre-Dame Street in Old Montréal is one of the most “instagrammed” cafés in Montréal, and for good reason. The white space has retained its original Old Montréal windows and stunning mouldings and is decorated with dozens of hanging plants for a dazzling overall effect. The other location down the street on Saint-Paul Street is a busier space with bold colours, warm woods, and a green plant wall that makes the perfect backdrop.
Saint-Henri micro-torréfacteur (Jean-Talon Market and Mile-Ex)
7335 Mile End Street & 260 Place du Marché-du-Nord | Website
Saint Henri micro-torréfacteur’s location in the Jean-Talon Market is the cutest spot to grab a coffee. The light-filled space has tiny marble-topped round tables dotting one side of it while their beautifully designed bags of coffee take up the other side. The Saint-Henri micro-torréfacteur Mile-Ex headquarters is a large, industrial space lit with cement furniture and pink neon lights that’s perfect for working. It also houses the roasting facilities.
The Standard (Westmount location)
5135 Sherbrooke Street | Website
Herringbone parquetry, black walls, pristine marble counters and brass accents make The Standard the most elegant and luxurious café in Montréal. Pose in one of the plush black chairs for a most striking Instagram post.
5605 de Gaspé Av. | Website
Café Falco is in an industrial space in the Mile End neighbourhood. Cement ceilings and floors and large windows are complemented by a hodgepodge of coffee paraphernalia that lend a science lab ambiance to this Japanese-inspired café. Minimalist prints, hanging bikes and other uncommon objects complete the unique look.
Le Petit Dep (2 locations in Old Montréal and in Griffintown)
179 Saint-Paul Street & 461 Saint-Sulpice Street | Website
This is without a doubt the most “Instagrammed” façade in Old Montréal. Le Petit Dep’s bright aqua green exterior attracts the attention and makes for a great photo background. The convenience store/coffee shop’s interior is the perfect place to stock up on candy and Montréal-themed souvenirs.
380 De Castelnau Street | Website
Are you a plant and coffee lover? Adorable plant shop Miss Boon is located on De Castelnau Street, Villeray’s hippest artery. Shop for the trendiest plants and pots, participate in a workshop and enjoy a coffee, fresh juice or a sweet bite surrounded by greenery inside or on the secret cozy terrasse in the back.
2055 Stanley Street | Website
A 90’s inspired ambiance and décor and a true Italian “bar” experience will be the background of your photos at Caffettiera. The colourful caffè serves sandwiches, snacks, aperitivo and Italian-style coffee, of course.
1435 de Bleury Street | Website
Located inside the same building as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Café Constance puts on a spectacle of its own. Star restaurant designer Zébulon Perron takes inspiration from les ballets in his choice of bold floral patterns and ethereal pleated soft pink light shades that pirouette above the clients.
50 Jean-Talon Street | Website
Casa Pablo is a small café, plant store and purveyor of cute little things located in the Mile Ex. The best spot for that Instagram shot is seated on the weathered leather chair surrounded by pretty plants.
6 Place du Marché | Website
Located on the ground floor of the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), Café SAT is a minimalist space flanked by floor to ceiling windows. The best background for your Instagram photo is the inside of the SAT façade made up of rows of lights that are continuously changing colours.
Can’t get enough?
If the cafés listed above are not enough, here are a few more for you to try: Café Ferlucci, Café Sfouf, Café Bloom, Le Butterblume, Baristello, Café Myriade (Sainte-Catherine Street), Larrys, Les Impertinentes, La Finca, Paquebot Café, Café Pista, Dispatch Coffee (Saint-Laurent Boulevard), La graine brûlée, Café Larue & Fils and Ginkgo Café Bar.