Mes choix cafés MTL – where to eat and have your daily dose of caffeine in Montreal
Not too long ago, I wrote an article in La Presse+ about my fave coffee spots that serve food in Montreal. Yes, I was commissioned to write a where-does-Sarah-like-to-stuff-her-face-and-fuel-her-coffee-addiction type of list. Unfortunately, some of you don’t read french (understandable), have an iPad (ok fine), nor live in Montreal (gasp!)
But fret not, as I have decided to post the photos and my suggestions, along with the neighbourhood in which each is situated, right below! So here goes:
Patisserie Rhubarbe – Plateau
I’ve posted about this wonderful place before, but this is one of my absolute favourites for brunch so here it is again. I love everything about this place, from the adorable pale pink light fixtures to the big lit-up R near the windows.
Cafe Bloom – Pointe Saint-Charles
Cafe Bloom is like a little haven for tired souls, with the lovely blue tints and comfy chaises. I love the whole concept of the open kitchen in the back, you can see everything that goes on back there from your table. Out of all my picks, this place is definitely where you’ll get the most for your money! And it will be so delicious and fresh! My favourite order is the beet and goat cheese tartine, pictured below (if it was socially acceptable, I’d probably eat that every day).
Kitsune Espresso Bar – Plateau
The new guy in town – just off St-Laurent on Prince Arthur, definitely a nice addition! The decor is a real success, I’m jealous of the huge map on the wall. Very good coffee, bitter enough, just the way I like it. I’m cheating a bit on this one because they only serve breads and pastries though. When I went by they sourced their edible goods from Boulangerie Guillaume in the Mile-End (which I love!) but they mentioned that they might be switching to Saint-Henri’s Sweet Lee’s.
Arts Cafe – Mile-End
I used to be able to walk to this place in 5 minutes, but sadly no longer. The coffee here is amazing and quite large, perfect for students or for those wanting to sit around with a book. Also pretty remarkable food, especially the brunch on weekends (although they have an extensive weekday breakfast menu as well).
Brooklyn Café Showroom – Mile-End bordering Rosemont
This neat little place is both a café and a home deco showroom – fun concept! The food here is really fresh, I love the crispy veggies in the egg salad sandwich. BUT I must say that the coffee, although good, does not stand up to the other places on this list.
Mariani – Saint-Henri
Mariani… not much to say other than I love love love this place and I always find myself going back here. Amazing coffee, amazing food, laid-back atmosphere… it’s just the perfect place to have brunch.
Café Vito – Villeray
Here is your authentic Italian corner coffee shop. Really friendly staff, and everyone seems to know each other. Excellent espresso and lattes, and the paninis are definitely worth it! I go for the brie and artichoke variety. A latte and panini won’t cost you more than about 9$
De Farine et d’Eau Fraîche – Ville-Marie