Located on the top floor of the SSENSE fashion building in Old Montréal, the SSENSE MONTRÉAL 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.
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.
If you’re a fan of brutalist architecture, cement surfaces and sharp angles, then Café OSMO will certainly appeal to you. Their turquoise blue lawn chairs create an interesting spot of colour that is sure to brighten any photo, especially if it’s taken right under one of the awesome circular skylights. OSMO’s summertime terrasse is also very “Instagrammable”.
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.
Confetti Café & Glaces
The latest mad-scientist-lab meets circus extravaganza establishment by the team behind Majestique and Darling (listed above) is just as over the top as its older siblings. You’ll be hard pressed to pick just one corner of Confetti Café & Glaces for your gram. Desserts and ice cream by an ex-Toqué pastry chef are a must here.
The blush and beige toned Saint-Denis Street café is on point when it comes to the trendiest Instagram colour palette. Pink sofas, bold accent colours and a beautiful ceramic collection make for the trifecta of great posts. La Dépendance also has a little boutique space with beautiful items for sale.
Crew Collective & Café
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.
MELK (Saint-Urbain location)
The industrial space of the latest MELK location has high ceilings, aqua colour accents and a rough cement wall behind the bar. The furniture consists of freestanding, mosaic-covered walls with attached tables and chairs, which make ideal spots for a great photo. The minimalist café is located between Chinatown and Old Montréal and is an excellent caffeine fuelling pit stop.
Go to Caffè Farina to capture a photo in front of their “Ciao Bella” neon sign but stay for the great Italian-inspired food such as cannoli, tall tartines, and more that also make great ‘gram subjects. The blue velvet banquette and white Carrera marble tables add charm and elegance to the space.
The Mile End café 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)
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)
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)
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.
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
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.
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), Les Impertinentes, Arts Café, La Finca, Paquebot Café, Café Pista, Dispatch Coffee (Saint-Laurent Boulevard), La graine brûlée, Livia, Café Larue & Fils and Ginkgo Café Bar.