Montreal’s Most Beautiful Cafés

However it is enjoyed, coffee has a lot of devotees. Did you know that coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the world? It is grown in more than 70 countries, the two main producers being Brazil and Colombia.

Coffee beans come from the berries of the coffee tree, a shrub native to the rainforest. And in Montreal, places where you can enjoy a good coffee are very popular. Maybe it’s because we’re a bit of a Bohemian city, maybe it’s because having a coffee with friends, family or colleagues is inexpensive and always enjoyable? All we know is that the city of Montreal has hundreds of coffee shops, and many of them are not only very good, but also very beautiful!

The Merriem-Webster dictionary defines beauty as: “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit”. The cafés chosen for this list of the most beautiful cafés in Montreal have superb spaces. Whether it’s for their breathtakingly authentic architecture, their unpretentious and very Montreal decor, or their unique minimalist details, the cafés on this list are all very “beautiful” and worth discovering.

If you dream of Saturday mornings, sipping on a latte in a beautiful setting, this list is for you!


At the Caffettiera (mocha coffee maker in Italian), you can enjoy an excellent espresso, made with beans roasted in Italy by a friend of the owner, Flavio of Caffè Fantini, in Rome. From the design, elaborated by Menard Dworkind (vinvinvin, Ryú, Le Blossom, Red Tiger…), to the music, everything is reminiscent of the 1990s. A perfect place to feel like in Italy while having your coffee!

2055 Rue Stanley

Osmo X Marusan

Osmo X Marusan is located in the William Notman House, a Montreal patrimonial site. This neoclassical building by architect John Wells offers a unique minimalist decor. By day, Osmo X Marusan operates in Japanese café mode. You can sit down to work or study while enjoying a very good coffee. On the menu, the delicious sandos are a delight for the customers.

51 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Crew Collective & Café 

This café will take your breath away. Obviously added to the top of our list of the most beautiful cafés in Montreal, the Crew Collective Café has launched a café open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Sunday and from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday in the heart of Old Montreal. Crew is located in the former head office of the Royal Bank, an absolutely beautiful 12,000 square foot space. There are about 50 seats available for everyone in the café area. You are sure to fall in love with this beautiful space, and superb project.

360 Rue Saint-Jacques

Le Butterblume

With its tasteful decor, friendly staff and absolutely delicious food, this charming café has certainly earned its place on this list. To eat, their short menu offers original, tasty dishes with German influences. In sum, Butterblume is bright, spacious, beautiful, and very good!  

5836 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Le Falco

On the ground floor of one of the buildings on de Gaspé Street, you’ll find Le Falco, a Mile End gem and one of Montreal’s most beautiful cafés. Minimalist elegance, the Falco café is a must-see address in the neighbourhood. Open on weekdays only, the place serves excellent coffee in a magnificent setting. Each element of the decor is refined, and the layout brings serenity to every visit.

5605 Avenue de Gaspé

Dispatch Café

Dispatch has opened its third café on Boulevard Saint-Laurent and offers a space designed by Chrissy Durcak and Rhonces design that is modern, monochrome, clean and elegant. You can come and have a coffee to go, attend a workshop that teaches you about coffee and coffee preparation, or simply come to relax and/or work in the beautiful space. The space is completely open, bright and very contemporary. At the new Dispatch, there are also a few things to eat, including some healthy dishes, croissants, cakes and pastries.

4021 Boulevard Saint-Laurent


One of Montreal’s most popular cafés right now has opened in the superb British Empire Building in Old Montreal, which dates from 1874. The building is beautiful and the decor is elegant and modern, designed by Zébulon Perron. Tommy Café has kept the charm of the original building with a delightful modern touch and is definitely one of the most beautiful cafés in town; the famous ceiling has been photographed countless times by many disciples. The coffee is excellent and small pastries from Cornetteria and Brioche à Tête are also available.

200 Notre-Dame Street West

Café Pista

The first specialty coffee service — on bicycle — opened its first café on Beaubien Street East, and it is superb. The concept of Café Pista was to offer coffee that was entirely ground with human energy. After a few years of being present at events in Montreal, owner Maxime Richard finally found his dream location. “The synergy that the café brings is great; we’re all over the place – we get followed by our customers to the café, and we follow them to events”. You can put your bike in the café; the light here is beautiful, and the decor is very elegant.

500 Rue Beaubien Est
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Café Saint-Henri

Café St-Henri was born in St-Henri and specializes in micro-roasting, tasting and coffee classes. To the delight of many, it has been so popular that it recently opened a location in the Jean-Talon Market. The café is gorgeous: clean, contemporary décor with interesting textures and a brightly lit space. Café St-Henri brings a breath of fresh air and modernity to the market and is on our list of the most beautiful cafés in Montreal. A must-visit on your next market visit.

260 Place du Marché-du-Nord

Café Sfouf

Café Sfouf is absolutely charming. With a colourful decor and remarkable lighting, the café in the Quartier Centre-Sud has quickly made its mark. Since opening in September 2014, the café has continued to grow in popularity. At Sfouf – named after a traditional Lebanese cake – they serve coffee from Saint-Henri café, pastries, and sweet or savoury toasts. The decor is simple and inviting, and children are always welcome. Small plants, lots of wood: everything is very pretty. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, Café Sfouf is worth a visit.

1250 Rue Ontario East

Café Parvis

Parvis, “Open space in front of a public building.” This address is absolutely beautiful. The exceptional space boasts huge windows, high ceilings, natural light, raw materials, and a welcome immersion of greenery that definitely leaves a charming Zébulon-esque mark. You can enjoy coffee, pizzas or breakfast on the weekend, the place is very comfortable.

433 Rue Mayor

Pikolo Espresso Bar

In numerous interviews with restaurateurs, Pikolo Espresso Bar often came up as the best café in Montreal. We agree that the café offers one of the best coffees in town, but its charming decor also earns it its place on this list. Pikolo is located in a former tobacco shop and has very high ceilings, large windows and a beautiful row of industrial lighting. The place is busy from morning to night — partly by students from the McGill Ghetto — and while it can sometimes be difficult to find a seat, it’s not impossible. Either way, the place is beautiful, very good, and very much worth a visit.

1635 Rue Clark

Club Social PS

Club Social PS in St-Henri is an address hidden behind the restaurant Elena. From the same owners as the restaurant, the café space is superb. With 13 seats inside, all around a “u” shaped bar with electric yellow metal stools and emerald green velvet seats, the place is original and stylish. The bar contrasts even more with the fuchsia pink wall and the artists’ works on the walls. Outside, there’s a leafy terrace with seating for 15 or so, which is now on our list of the most beautiful café terraces in Montreal. Club Social PS is friendly and lively, and a must-try!

5090A Rue Notre-Dame Ouest


Hélico is a charming little café that opened its doors on May 7, 2018 in Hochelaga. The decor of the place was designed by friends of the owners, Studio Lasco (Catherine Martial & Gabrielle Belley). The result is pretty and very colourful, with orange and white accents. We love the brightness of the place, as well as its very welcoming side.

2009 Avenue de la Salle

Pastel Rita

Pastel Rita combines a café and a creative workshop in its original Mile End location. The colour palette of the establishment is reminiscent of a Wes Anderson aesthetic, with a combination of pastels and more saturated colours. Come and enjoy Pastel Rita’s revisited menu or have a glass of wine from their new drink menu.

5761 Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Station W

This project is located in a large space with 68 seats and boasts an impressively high ceiling. With the support of Appareil Architecture, the design of the space was rethought into a magnificent café. This Station W makes clever use of the space, adding white cladding to the walls and choosing light wood furniture. This aesthetic is also retained for the counter. Rather than hiding the iron columns of the warehouse, they become a unique part of the décor. The place is very comfortable, airy and perfect for the neighbourhood.

124-2600 Rue William-Tremblay

Café SAT

Café SAT is the gourmet project of the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal. Designed by Alexandre Auché with the help of designers Amélie Daudelin-Pilotte, Hakima Djermouli and Emily Robinson, the establishment welcomes you in a superb space that we love for its size, its modernity and its brightness. The space incorporates many unique design elements from local designers — such as Lavoie Luminaire — as well as an impressive counter, adorned with mashrabiya that tells the story of the SAT in binary code. We also like their excellent coffee and delicious and affordable dishes.

6 Place du Marché
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