Delicious coffee and delicacies in Montreal’s Gay Village

The Gay Village, just east of downtown, is becoming an increasingly popular destination for locals and visitors to Montreal. Nestled in amongst the many restaurant and bars are a growing number of cafes serving up great coffee and snacks ranging from baked goods to soups and heftier savoury meals. Here are a few that are well worth a visit.

De Farine et d'Eau Fraîche

1701 rue Amherst, Montréal, QC H2L 3L4

Shop for bread, cakes and gourmet pastries, accompanied by coffee or organic tea, then try their paninis and salads, and don't forget about brunch.


1250, rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1R6

This spot has quickly become a neighbourhood fixture. People visit alone, or with friends or family, and enjoy the atmosphere and the welcome, in addition to the food: toasted, open-faced sandwiches, salads and Lebanese-inspired brunch.

Cacao 70

1310, rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2H5

The perfect destination when you crave chocolate, whether to drink or eat. Plates are beautifully presented, and the menu also offers savoury dishes that will satisfy even the most ravenous appetites.

La Fabrique Arhoma

1700 rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2K 1T4

This popular local bakery, at the border of HoMa, deserves its reputation. You will have quite a task to choose among their wide variety of breads, pastries and cakes; you can also watch bread-makers at work through the large windows.

Pâtisseries Padoca

1440 rue Amherst, Montréal, QC H2L 3L3

Why not try Brazilian flavours for dessert? We suggest that you do. You can expect to find corn cake, potato bread and other delights that are largely unknown to Montreal palates, like, for instance, a pie made with palm hearts.

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