For The Early Birds: Address suggestions that open early

Good morning! Early risers, young parents, or insomniacs, this list is for you! For those of you who wake up with the sun and wonder which gourmet addresses are open at dawn, here are a few suggestions scattered across the city.

No need to wait for the rest of the city to wake up to be able to enjoy a quality coffee, a breakfast sandwich, pastries of all kinds, and other morning delights. These beautiful addresses—which mainly include cafés and bakeries—are waiting for you.

A soft morning as we like them: calm and delicious!

Nita Tout Garni

Opens at 7am. Nita Tout Garni is a great sandwich and wine shop in Mile End! From the menu to the wine to the coffee, every element has been carefully selected and/or prepared to offer customers quality products and a superb experience. Everything on Nita’s menu is homemade, from the sandwich rolls to the syrups in the sodas. In the morning, come by to enjoy their delicious breakfast sandwiches with a cup of filter coffee.  

5687B Avenue du Parc

Café Olimpico

Opens at 6 am. A true Mile End institution dating back to 1970, Café Olimpico has been busy since its opening, as much in winter as in summer. Café Olimpico is known for its café cremas and coffee sorbet, cannolis and other little delights. We have a soft spot for their iced coffee on sunny days.  

124 Rue Saint-Viateur Ouest

Café Saint-Henri

Opens at 7:30am. Located in Mile Ex, the headquarters of the popular Saint-Henri Cafés offers a beautiful industrial-style space where you can enjoy unique coffees, accompanied by good food prepared on site.  

7335 Rue du Mile End

Café Club Social

Opens at 7 am. Café Club Social lives up to its name. The coffee is excellent and the atmosphere is in keeping with what you’d expect from a classic Italian establishment in Montreal. On the menu are paninis, a superb dessert counter and every possible type of coffee beverage.  

180 Rue Saint-Viateur Ouest

Café Vito

Opens at 5am. This neighbourhood café in Villeray exudes comfort. We go there for a quick coffee, an affordable sandwich, but mostly for the warm and authentic welcome.  

151 Rue Villeray


Opens at 7:30 am. Hélico is a café-pastry shop. But not just any café! We come here to have a good coffee, but above all to enjoy excellent pastries. Everything is homemade and made fresh every morning. The result is decadent: everything, absolutely everything here tastes good.  

2009 Avenue de la Salle

Station W

Opens at 7am. Station W at the Angus Shops is a beautiful space that brings a breath of fresh air to the area. We still love the grilled cheese, as well as the original sandwiches and pastries.  

3852 Rue Wellington

Joe La Croûte

Opens at 6 am. Joe la Croûte definitely stands out as one of the best bakeries in Montreal. Its human touch, its unique products and the exceptional quality of its ingredients make this little shop an address to visit and revisit. For its daily bread or its absolutely delicious pastries, it’s hard not to make it a daily stop.  

7024 Avenue Casgrain

Les Co’Pains d’Abord

Opens at 7am. This bakery on Rachel makes some of the best pastries in town! Depending on the season and the availability of products, you can enjoy croissants, chocolatines, cheese croissants, danishes, pistachio-chocolate croissants and other little delights to start your day off right.  

418 Rue Rachel Est

Croissant Croissant

Opens at 7am. Croissant Croissant is a nice little address on Mont-Royal Avenue East that offers a French-style coffee break. Their speciality, as you may have guessed, are croissants, which they offer in all shapes and flavours.  

2270 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est

Kouign Amann

Opens at 7 am. Kouign ammann is a Breton speciality, and literally means “butter cake”. Here, everything is (unsurprisingly) filled with butter and is therefore quite divine. The small establishment is cosy, but unpretentious, and the croissants are particularly delicious.  

316 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est

Boulangerie Jarry

Opens at 7 a.m. On the corner of Jarry Street East and Saint-Denis Street, Boulangerie Jarry offers Villeray residents a beautiful place to drop by in the early morning to stock up on quality products for the day.  

380 Rue Jarry Est

Boulangerie Guillaume

Opens at 7am. The quality of the bread at Guillaume is remarkable. Among the favourites are the ciabattas and Kalamata olive fougasses, as well as the apple buns, whose recipe is inspired by the owner’s grandmother. Guillaume updates his bread offer from time to time, always listening to his customers, who are very loyal.  

5170 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Automne Boulangerie

Opens at 7:30 am. Automne is a bakery in Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie that needs no introduction because the quality of their products are so exceptional. On the counter, you will find a nice selection of bread that pays tribute to French traditions, but also some specialties with Scandinavian and Californian influences.  

1470 Rue Bélanger

Le pain dans les voiles

Opens at 6.30 am. The head baker and his team prepare irresistible viennoiseries, some sandwiches, toast and quiches and of course delicious bread. What’s special about the latter? The bakers use hot sourdough (less acid) and the fermentation time is never less than 24 or 48 hours.  

357 Rue de Castelnau East

La Bête à Pain

Opens at 7am. In addition to drinking a very good coffee, you come here to enjoy one of the best breakfasts in Montreal, some exceptional breads, pastries and viennoiseries and memorable sandwiches. One of Marc-André Royal’s favourites.

195 Rue Young

Larue & Fils

Opens at 7am on weekdays. This location of the Larue & Fils family of cafés is located on the corner of rue De Castelnau and rue Henri Julien. The atmosphere is warm and perfectly suited to the family-friendly neighbourhood. Enjoy your coffee on their terrace while people (and dog)-watching!

244 Rue de Castelnau East
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Photography by Alison Slattery

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