Montreal Cafés that are Perfect for Working


For several years now, we have been observing a major transformation in the organization of work, with more and more self-employed people on the market. In response to this growing phenomenon, several cafés have opened their doors to meet the growing demand of this new public: a café that is both a place to enjoy a good coffee or a bite to eat, and work spaces that are both comfortable and functional. Others have adapted their space by providing places that stimulate creativity and productivity.

There’s no denying that since the pandemic, working remotely has become more popular than ever. So now there are more of us than ever looking for a change of scenery for working — that is, the perfect café.

Montreal is overflowing with independent cafés that are perfect for anyone looking to get some work done. And this, in a charming space, with a delicious drink at your side!

Working from home is not always nice and easy. The lure of many distractions abound, from Netflix to a FaceTime session with a friend who lives on the other side of the world. And so, we have compiled a list of the best cafés for working or studying in Montreal. You’ll find cafés from the most classic to the most original, where you can eat very well or that offer hourly rates. And for some of you, this new place may become your favourite place to work, study or just have a coffee with friends!

We also invite you to check out our list of the most beautiful cafés in Montreal, if you just want to take a break from work or study 😉

Crew Collective & Café 

The Crew Collective & Café is simply gorgeous, and is rightly ranked in our list of the most beautiful cafés in Montreal. The café also offers a monthly co-working space. Members have access to a private area behind the counter, private rooms, conference rooms, a kitchen, and private balconies. For those who are not members, it is still possible to reserve a private room (prices per hour are available on their website). The café also offers seating for 100 people, and each workstation is equipped with an electrical outlet and a safe for valuables. On the food side, the menu was designed to keep workers full and focused on their projects. Photo Jeff Frenette Photography  

360 Rue Saint-Jacques

La brume dans mes lunettes

Located on Saint-Zotique Street East in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, La brume dans mes lunettes is a charming combination of tearoom and café. Part of the charm of the café is the beautiful wooden tables with many chairs and armchairs that encourage you to settle in for several hours. In addition, each seat at the counter is equipped with a lamp and a power outlet, making it ideal for people who want to work for long hours. The address is very comfortable and bright, and offers a menu for afternoon tea, lunch as well as homemade pastries on the counter. Photo Jérémy Dion  

378 Rue Saint-Zotique East

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. The charming address is ideal for working for a few hours: customers enjoy nice natural light thanks to the large bay window, and there are several large common tables. On the large slate, the house offers several seasonal sandwiches, salads, waffles, pancakes and a grilled cheese sandwich. For those with a sweet tooth, the house prepares delicious pastries. If you’re in the area – or even if you’re not – we recommend you try this lovely Pointe-Saint-Charles café! Please note that your laptop is welcome during weekdays only. The café invites you to have a relaxing and screen-free brunch on weekends. Photo Alison Slattery

1940 Rue Centre

Café Myriade

There are several Myriade cafes in Montreal. The Myriade St-Denis cafe was opened in the former location of the former Café Couteau. At the corner of Bienville and St-Denis, this hyper-stylish cafe is one of the perfect places to work. The power outlets are under the large communal tables and the light is beautiful all day long. In addition, the cafe serves excellent coffee from great roasters – including 49th Parallel – and pastries from Hof Kelsten. If you want to work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this is a good place to be!

4627 Rue Saint-Denis

Café Réplika

In a large space with remarkable natural light, we think Café Réplika will charm you as much as it charms us every time we visit. It’s on our list of perfect cafés for working, as there are large communal tables, small tables for two, and other round tables. There are also a few armchairs for those who want to sit more comfortably. The café’s large windows allow the sun to shine through the 50-seat room, even on grey days. The house also offers Turkish specialties and regular Turkish coffee. On the short menu, we find small bakery items. We love this place for its unique café atmosphere.

252 Rue Rachel Est

Café Sfouf

Sfouf Café is a cute little café that opened in 2014 on Ontario Street East. The place is cozy and great to work in. Thanks to the large garage doors, the café is filled with natural light throughout the day. In addition, the café provides large communal tables. The decor is simple and colourful; the establishment is also one of our most beautiful cafés in Montreal! Café Sfouf’s menu includes coffees, hot drinks, homemade cakes, as well as savoury or sweet sandwiches. Photo Alison Slattery

1250 Rue Ontario East

Café SAT

The address is a superb addition to the Quartier des Spectacles with its offer of excellent coffee and simple and delicious dishes. One visits this bright urban space to enjoy a great coffee and eat very well in a beautiful space. The Café SAT is very accessible, welcoming students, artists and many employees of the surrounding offices. The concept of Café SAT is to merge the culinary work of the Culinary Lab with the formula of a café and offers a short menu focused on the freshness and quality of the products available. Also, if you want to end your work week on a high note, the café hosts Shift Radio every Friday at 4pm. Shift Radio is an independent web radio station dedicated to promoting the abundance and diversity of Montreal’s electronic music scene. Photo Alison Slattery

6 Place du Marché
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Photography by Alison Slattery

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