Montreal is now home to two cereal bars, as Cérès Café has opened on the Plateau.
The part-coffee shop, part-eatery has been open just a few days on St-Denis Street — it’s serving bowls of cereal, but also coffee, smoothies, juices, kombucha, and crepes. It’s also taking the eco-friendly approach, with compostable packaging and washable glass straws in place of disposable plastic ones.
This is the second cereal bar or café to test the waters in Montreal — the first, Barley (which has no connection to Cérès), has been open a little over a year in Little Burgundy.
To the credit of both places, the description “cereal bar” doesn’t totally encapsulate what they’re doing, and they’re not leaning too hard on that particular trend. Unlike the much-maligned Cereal Killer Cafe in London, which really just pours imported cereals into bowls, Cérès is more like a coffee shop that’s also doing cereal. Some of the options are along the lines of granola you might order at other breakfast spots — for example, maple quinoa crunch with blueberries and pecans.
Then there’s a build-your-own-bowl: mix two cereals, two toppings, and flavoured milks — it’ll set you back $6.50, which is surely not everybody’s cup of tea. But there are ample non-cereal menu options, like a solid selection of reasonably-priced sweet and savoury crepes, and there’s ample space for the laptop crowd to grab a coffee and camp out,
STATUS — Cérès Café is open at 4433 St-Denis from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 p.m. Sundays.