Boutique Cafés: Our suggestions in Montreal


At Tastet, it’s no secret that we’re big coffee lovers. There are few things we love more than finding new places to enjoy a latte or a cup of tea. Fortunately, Montreal is a veritable gold mine! That being said, do you know what our favourite thing is? A boutique cafe!

We’ve put together a short list that combines our passion for caffeinated beverages and shopping. Boutique cafes represent the best of both worlds, nothing better than window shopping with a drink in hand. Plus, most of the time, these boutique cafes feature local purchases and artisanal products which makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Often, you can also find beautiful gifts to make when you are in need of inspiration.

Here are a few suggestions of places to visit, rain or shine, when you have some time to spare. You just might come out with a coffee in one hand and a new purchase in the other.

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Le Elsdale

Open since September 2017, Café Elsdale is a neighbourhood cafe-bar where you can eat and drink very well!  In addition, there is a superb boutique space that offers an original selection of artisanal products from Quebec and artists living in the neighbourhood. It is a friendly address to discover in the Petite-Patrie.

2381 Rue Beaubien Est

Café Éclair

Café Éclair is a new cafe comfortably located in the heart of Mile End. In addition to offering visitors their daily dose of caffeine, the space acts as the headquarters of a micro-bookstore. It features literary (bilingual), theoretical and poetic works, as well as comics, zines, artists’ publications and children’s books. The three owners also plan to organize reading and launch events. Along with all these books, Éclair offers delicious coffees from The Barn (Berlin), Tim Wendelboe (Oslo, Norway) and Gardelli (Italy) roasters, enough to surprise and delight the most discerning coffee connoisseur!

12 Rue Maguire

Le Petit Dep

Located in Old Montreal, the Petit Dep is an upscale dépanneur. You can find ready-to-eat meals, pastries, sweets, various food products from local producers and many souvenirs of Montreal. In addition, you can drink a good coffee on the spot or to take-out from 49th Parallel and De Mello roasters.

179 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest

Les Faiseurs

Opened since July 2018 on St. Laurent Boulevard, Les Faiseurs combines the art and technique of pottery with its relationship to tableware and cooking. It’s actually a boutique for local ceramics, in addition to giving workshops under normal circumstances. The establishment’s hot drinks, such as the excellent matcha latte, are prepared by head barista Elsa Lavoie. The beans used here come from the local roasting company ZAB.

6564 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
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