Cafés with Good Food: Our Montreal suggestions

Coffee with a sandwich at Ferlucci

Montreal’s food scene is known around the world for its impressive variety of restaurants, for its unique specialties and for its flavours influenced by cultures across the world. Over the past decade, Montreal’s coffee culture has grown exponentially, and the city has become a hub for enjoying good coffee from a variety of origins.

Key elements that characterize contemporary coffee culture include traceability, fair trade certification, and, of course, quality throughout all stages of production. From the traditional Italian café to the multiple third wave addresses, Montreal is full of great places to enjoy excellent coffee.

At Tastet, we like to drink and eat well—hence the idea of writing this list about cafés with good food! Whether it’s for a snack, a satisfying lunch while studying, or simply to satisfy a small hunger, we always like to enjoy our coffee with one (or many!) small bites.

Coffee lovers should also take note that we have written several other lists to inspire your next caffeinated outing; from places to enjoy an excellent Italian coffee, to the most beautiful café terraces in town, as well as a selection of great cafés to work in, we’ve got you covered. But without further ado, here’s our list of…

Cafés with good food in Montreal:


Hélico café is a charming address in the neighbourhood of Hochelaga. Formerly of Bouillon Bilk, the young trio that operates the cafe-pastry shop is dynamic and very talented. Café Hélico offers a short menu of simple, delicious and fresh dishes for lunch and brunch! It is David Oulu who thinks up the good recipes for the small dishes that we savour here; refreshing salads, cold soups and other very good dishes. On the sweet side, it’s Stéphanie Gagnon who has elaborated some exceptional artisanal delights: chocolate chip cookies, one of the best brownies in Montreal, kouign-amann, brioches, and much more. All this to be enjoyed alongside a delicious coffee, of course. Photo Alison Slattery

2009 Avenue de la Salle


Monopole is a cafe and bar in Old Montreal that offers something unique to the neighbourhood. During the day, you can enjoy delicious dishes conceived by Julien Coulombe-Morency. Although they change according to the season, the cafe generally offers a few simple and well prepared dishes; toasts, sandwiches, soups and salads. On the sweet side, you can savour small morning pastries from Hof Kelsten, as well as other sweets from Godley and Crème. Photo Alison Slattery

782 Rue Wellington


Le Cordova is a cafe in St-Henri where you can eat excellent Spanish tapas and sip great coffees and wines. At the heart of Cordova’s concept is the Spanish gastronomic culture, in all its freshness and conviviality. In addition to serving excellent coffee and pastries from Hof Kelsten, Cordova offers an exquisite tapas menu of the highest quality. The menu is simple and fresh of authentic Spanish dishes: bread with tomatoes, olives marinated in orange, garlic and bay leaves, Spanish preserves (mussels in escabeche, sardines in olive oil), cold cuts and cheeses. We love this casual cafe with a Mediterranean flair. Photo Alison Slattery

4606 Notre-Dame Street West

Café San Gennaro

San Gennaro is a small cafe and pizzeria on St. Zotique Street that opened in 2015. Great for a good Italian coffee, it’s also perfect for lunch – fresh juices, salads and a dozen al taglio pizza options are available – to be heated or brought home. In addition to the simple, concise menu, you can also enjoy pastries, cakes and homemade gelati that will transport you to the Italian sun. Alison Slattery

69 Rue Saint-Zotique Est
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Café Parvis

Café Parvis is a beautiful place to have a coffee, a drink, or a great lunch or dinner. The large windows and many plants in the house make Café Parvis stand out – it is one of the most beautiful cafes in Montreal. The menu features daily pizzas and salads of all kinds in small, medium and large portions. You will also find a soup of the day and some desserts. Café Parvis is comforting, beautiful, and delicious. Photo Café Parvis

433 Rue Mayor
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Café Pista

It all started with Maxime Richard’s ingenious idea of setting up a specialized bicycle cafe service that travels for customers! With all the success this initiative has had, Café Pista opened its doors in 2014 in a charming space – it is one of the most beautiful cafes in Montreal! In addition to great coffee, you’ll savour delicious brunch items like toast, breakfast croissants, granola and more. Photo Café Pista

500 Rue Beaubien Est

Café Bloom

Located in the heart of the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood, Café Bloom is a little gem that has quickly become a favourite spot for artists and locals in the neighbourhood. The charming address is ideal for working for a few hours: customers enjoy the lovely natural light thanks to the large bay window of the place and there are several large common tables. In addition to very good coffe, the house offers several seasonal toasts, sandwiches, salads, waffles, pancakes and grilled cheese. For sweet tooths, the house prepares delicious homemade pastries. If you’re in the area – or even if you’re not – we recommend you try this lovely Pointe-Saint-Charles cafe! Photo Ian Woo

1940 Rue Centre

La Bête à Pain

La Bête à Pain Griffintown is one of our favourite addresses in town! The place is a cafe, an organic bakery, a mini restaurant and a mini caterer all in one. The establishment belongs to the talented baker Marc-André Royal. The room is bright and when you enter, you feel like you are in the baker’s home. In addition to drinking a very good coffee, one comes here to enjoy one of the best breakfasts in Montreal, some exceptional breads, pastries and baked goods, and memorable sandwiches. The house also offers a small take-out counter (soups, charcuterie, cheeses and a few homemade dishes) convenient for locals living in the area. Photo Alison Slattery

195 Rue Young

Café Dei Campi

Barista Nicola Vardarro and pastry chef Isabelle Deschamps (formerly of H4C) are the owners of Café Dei Campi, a truly unique place. Right across from Père-Marquette Park, the cafe offers one of the best Italian coffees in Montreal! They are also known for their pastries made without eggs, butter or milk that taste exactly as if they had them (!). On the counter, they also offer delicious pizzettes and vegetarian sandwiches. Everything is homemade and the place is just right for this neighbourhood in full swing. Photo Odile Joly-Petit

6201 Rue Chabot

Café Bazin

Open since July 2017, Café Bazin is the result of the collaboration between renowned chefs Antonio Park and Bertrand Bazin. In a chic and bright decor, you can savour delicious French pastry classics, both on the sweet and savoury side. For lunch, you will find delicious and comforting dishes, carefully thought out by chef Takeshi Horinoue. Among others, the place offers classics such as vol-au-vent, croque monsieur, tartine niçoise or smoked salmon pancake. On the sweet side, we find a multitude of exceptional classics such as crème brûlée, pound cake, crème caramel, and more. Everything here is brilliantly executed! Photo Alison Slattery

380 Avenue Victoria

Le Butterblume

Butterblume is an absolutely charming little café-resto-boutique wedged between La Maison de l’Aspirateur, the Rosemont viaduct and the Whisky café in the Mile-End. Here you can enjoy a good coffee, with a few small sweet homemade bites including cookies, scones with butter and jam, muffins and a slice of the cake of the moment – or of course the rest of the menu. Butterblume presents a succinct menu of small and delicious items. Favourites include the German ravioli “maultasche”. The cuisine is refined, without being too sophisticated. It is accessible and almost everything is homemade. With a clean and bright decor, a friendly staff and absolutely delicious dishes, this charming address brings a breath of fresh air to this little corner of the Main. Photo Alison Slattery

5836 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Club Social PS

Club Social PS is the beautiful cafe from the Saint Henri restaurant Elena. In addition to savouring an excellent coffee, you can accompany it with delicious homemade Italian pastries – including one of the best cannoli in town – or exquisite pizzas that make the place famous! We really like this new address in Saint-Henri. Photo Alison Slattery

5090A Notre-Dame Street West
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Photography by Alison Slattery

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