Christelle's favourite cafés in Montreal

As the author of the Christelle is Flabbergasting blog, Christelle knows a thing or two about good cafés and restaurants in Montreal. She's lending her aficionada status here to share some of her go-to places for a good cup of coffee in the Plateau and Mile End. She even reveals a well-kept secret! That is, until now.


71, rue Saint-Viateur E, Montréal, QC H2T 1A7

Why is it that I love Brooklyn so much? Is it the kindness of its owner Nathalie (nicknamed Brooklyn), the labneh bread, the smoked trout plate, the tasty and comforting mezzés, the porridge bowls, the generous lattes, or the vintage decorative items in the café? It must be a bit of everything. And this is undoubtedly my true Montreal love!

Café Réplika

252, rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1E6

I have long lived a few blocks from the cafe Réplika, which has somehow managed the feat of drawing crowds at all hours of the day. Of course, I live for their coffee, but also for their "simit" – fully-loaded Turkish bagels, their omelets with feta and soujouk (spicy Turkish sausage) – and the atmosphere that prevails: the chairs and tables are all mismatched, the musical atmosphere is soothing and on cold days, a soft light filters through the large frosted windows of the cafe.

Pikolo Espresso Bar

1635 Clark Street, Montréal, QC H2X 2R4

Located at the crossroads of two major streets – avenue du Parc and rue Sherbrooke – Pikolo Espresso Bar serves up outstanding coffee that is soft, velvety, and not too acidic. This is my favourite in Montreal in terms of taste! The place is discreet, perfect for catching up with friends, burying your nose in a book or writing notes in a pretty notebook purchased at the Nota Bene stationary store just next door.

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