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19 Great Coffee Shops for Working or Studying in Montreal

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Gone are the days when whiling away the day working at a café is considered a faux pas — at least at a considerable number of coffee shops scattered across Montreal. These cafés take their coffee and pastries just as seriously as the free wifi, and clients able to work remotely are undoubtedly grateful.

Still, it can be a challenge to find the right balance of ample seating, outlets, and food to keep you going for a bout of quality computer time. The cafés on this non-exhaustive map meet a few criteria: they have uninterrupted wifi at a tolerable speed, enough space that you can generally find a seat, and decent quality coffee and food.

If good coffee is all you care about (wifi, not so much) you may prefer our general map to Montreal’s brilliant coffee shops.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Paquebot

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2110 Bélanger, Montreal
QC H2G 1C2, Canada
(514) 439-4344
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This was the first café to serve nitro cold brew in Montreal, and the third-wave coffee mecca also specializes in non-alcoholic coffee cocktails. Also on the menu: panini, viennoiseries, and some vegetarian options. There are two more Paquebots to choose from: one in the former Plume Café in Mile End (also a decent work option, if a little smaller), and another attractive spot in Old Montreal.

2. Café Perko

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753 Rue Villeray, Montreal
QC H2R 1J3, Canada
(514) 903-7565
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Now counting a few years on the Villeray caffeine scene, Perko doesn’t scorn those hovering over their computers, it entices them with a printer and its own bookable conference room. As such, Perko can understandably get full, but there are seats and plugs aplenty — plus, it’s far enough away from the universities to avoid being too heavily plagued with students. Food offerings are limited to the snackable: bagels, soups, some pastries and a couple of small sandwiches. 

3. Station W café - Angus

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124-2600 Rue William-Tremblay, Montréal
QC H1Y 3J2, Canada
(514) 543-9768
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Rosemont’s go-to study and work spot, Station W has both quality (Kittel coffee) and quantity (no shortage of seats) — and being well-removed from all university campuses, there are not too many students taking up all the space. It also does smoothies, breakfast, grilled cheese, bowls and even beer. Its other location in Verdun was being spruced up with renovations at publication time, but should reopen so.

4. Café Ferlucci

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432 De Castelnau Est, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 649-2150
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This café-boutique à espresso opened in Villeray in 2015. Management describes the neighbourhood coffee shop as a traditional Italian café with a contemporary twist that serves espresso drinks and other beverages (including the specialty “Nutellatte”), as well as biscotti, cornetti, and ciabatta sandwiches. While there aren’t too many seats to work from inside, there is an expansive terrasse out front that duals as a great place to catch up with the neighbours.

5. Café 8 Oz

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5851 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2L8, Canada
(514) 303-8008
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This colourful Rosemont café has a substantive menu of sandwiches, Buddha bowls, and yogurt parfaits to keep you going through a full day of work. Café 8 oz brews Tandem Coffee from Portland, Maine, and a number of lighter summer drinks like kombucha and lemonade.

6. Les Oubliettes

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6201 Saint-Vallier, Montreal
QC H2S 2P6, Canada
(438) 384-6688
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La Petite-Patrie’s Café Les Oubliettes is from principal Éloïse Corbeil, manager Camille Mongeau, and chef Corinne Fortin. On the menu: sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goods (bread is from Guillaume). When you’re not working, the Sunday brunch service and Wednesday to Friday tapas and wine nights are worth your time.

7. Café Saint-Henri (HQ)

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7335 Rue du Mile End, Montréal
QC H2R 2Z7, Canada
(514) 543-7468
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Roaster and coffee house Saint-Henri has been expanding all over the place in recent years, and its Villeray HQ is the café’s crowning jewel — a converted industrial space with ample seating, great coffee, a stylish design, and breakfasts, lunches, and brunches. Some of St-Henri’s other coffee shops have wifi too, but this is easily the largest space.

8. Le Cagibi

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6596 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C6, Canada
(438) 476-6393
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Unceremoniously turfed out of its iconic Mile End space in early 2018, Le Cagibi mercifully found fresh digs in Little Italy — they’re a little smaller and a bit brighter, but the café still offers its staple all-vegetarian menu, teas, beers, baked goods, and great vibes.

9. Le Falco

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5605 Avenue de Gaspé, Montréal
QC H2T 2A4, Canada
(514) 272-7766
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In the heart of the Mile End’s office district, this café in a sunny warehouse does fair-trade coffee, pastries, soups, sandwiches, and Japanese dishes like its highly snackable onigiri (rice balls wrapped in nori). Long communal tables, as well as couches in the back, offer ample place to post up depending on your task.

10. Café Sfouf

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1250 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1R6, Canada
(514) 507-8777
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Owner Gaby Kassas is a Lebanese woman who grew up in Italy and she’s put a lot of herself into this welcoming Centre-Sud café with a distinctly Mediterranean vibe. There are long tables to work from and transparent garage-door windows that let the sun pour in on good weather days. The café’s namesake, sfouf (curcuma cake) comes free alongside beverages, and the menu also includes salty and sweet tartines with toppings like labneh, za’atar, goat cheese and pistachios.

11. Résonance

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5175a du Parc Ave., Montreal
QC H2V 4G4, Canada
(514) 894-7543
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Solid coffee, tasty and creative vegan bowls, and plenty of seating are the perks of Mile End veg hangout Résonance. It’s open late, but the easily distracted should take note: there’s live music some evenings (but not during the days).

12. Café Replika

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252 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1E5, Canada
(514) 903-4384
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Quiet, charming Replika does coffee (espresso-based and Turkish) in relaxed surroundings in the middle of the Plateau. While it’s often close to full, it’s usually possible to find a spot to sit with a laptop, a coffee and one of the cafe’s tasty sandwiches or bagels, especially if you’re working solo.

13. Le Darling

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4328 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada
(514) 379-1233
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Spacious café by day, bustling bar by night, Darling is ideal for making the transition from hitting the books over a coffee and a pastry to grabbing drinks with friends. Darling has ample table space available during the day and a dining menu comprised of tasty small plates, including oysters, cheese and charcuterie. Note that Darling is much less work-friendly once it switches over into bar mode in the early evening.

14. Café Osmo x Marusan

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51, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
QC H2X 1X2, Canada
(514) 657-2833
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This popular working café within startup centre Notman House just had a big makeover when it combined with Japanese snack bar Marusan. Now in addition to being a great place to work with plenty of tables and perfectly filtered coffee, it serves Japanese sandwiches and curries. Stick around after work for a 5 à 7 with a live DJ, some natural wine or sakes, and bocce ball (coming soon), on its outdoor terrasses,

15. La Finca

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1067 Rue de Bleury, Montréal
QC H2Z 1N1, Canada
(514) 903-8911
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With the full name “La Finca: coffee and office,” it should be of little surprise that this bright downtown spot welcomes the laptop crowd. It even has office spaces available for groups — these are pay-by-the-hour, but fear not, the café’s main seating area is good for singles and duos. The food — pastries, sandwiches, salads, and tartines — fare well, too.

16. Crew Collective & Cafe

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360 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1P5, Canada
(514) 285-7095
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Housed in a former Royal Bank of Canada building with long tables and plugs aplenty, Crew Café really is a prime place to get sh*t done. You don’t even have to get up to order, as espresso-based drinks and food (bagels, sandwiches, salads and pastries) can be ordered from the website and picked up from the cashier when ready. Surrounding the long tables is Crew’s collective component: a co-working space with meeting rooms that can be reserved by the hour/day or along with a monthly membership. (Note: It’s closed until mid-August for a ”big American film production.”)

17. Café Aunja

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1448 Sherbrooke West, Montreal
QC H3G 1K4, Canada
(514) 914-8337
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Conveniently located just steps from Concordia’s downtown campus but inexplicably not too crowded, Aunja has been quietly plugging away for a few years now. Run by an Iranian couple, there’s a great tea selection (try the Persian Fog with pistachios, milk, Iranian tea and saffron syrup), but coffee is available, too. For food, there’s a lengthy list of sandwiches, soups and salads.

18. Lili & Oli

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2713 Notre Dame, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 932-8961
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This longtime, beloved Little Burgundy coffee shop has not lost its step after 16 years in business. The menu is simple: top-quality coffees and teas alongside a couple pastries and a breakfast sandwich, but it’s a great place to get some work done. There’s also a location in Verdun.

19. Yo & Co Espresso Bar

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5590 Rue Laurendeau, Montréal
QC H4E 3W3, Canada
(514) 703-8553
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This café prides itself on taking modern third-wave brewing techniques and reapplying them to old-school Italian coffee, and is one of a kind in Ville-Émard-Côte-Saint-Paul. Yo & Co also serves soups and sandwiches in its bright open space with plenty of room to sit.

1. Paquebot

2110 Bélanger, Montreal, QC H2G 1C2, Canada

This was the first café to serve nitro cold brew in Montreal, and the third-wave coffee mecca also specializes in non-alcoholic coffee cocktails. Also on the menu: panini, viennoiseries, and some vegetarian options. There are two more Paquebots to choose from: one in the former Plume Café in Mile End (also a decent work option, if a little smaller), and another attractive spot in Old Montreal.

2110 Bélanger, Montreal
QC H2G 1C2, Canada

2. Café Perko

753 Rue Villeray, Montreal, QC H2R 1J3, Canada

Now counting a few years on the Villeray caffeine scene, Perko doesn’t scorn those hovering over their computers, it entices them with a printer and its own bookable conference room. As such, Perko can understandably get full, but there are seats and plugs aplenty — plus, it’s far enough away from the universities to avoid being too heavily plagued with students. Food offerings are limited to the snackable: bagels, soups, some pastries and a couple of small sandwiches. 

753 Rue Villeray, Montreal
QC H2R 1J3, Canada

3. Station W café - Angus

124-2600 Rue William-Tremblay, Montréal, QC H1Y 3J2, Canada

Rosemont’s go-to study and work spot, Station W has both quality (Kittel coffee) and quantity (no shortage of seats) — and being well-removed from all university campuses, there are not too many students taking up all the space. It also does smoothies, breakfast, grilled cheese, bowls and even beer. Its other location in Verdun was being spruced up with renovations at publication time, but should reopen so.

124-2600 Rue William-Tremblay, Montréal
QC H1Y 3J2, Canada

4. Café Ferlucci

432 De Castelnau Est, Montreal, QC, Canada

This café-boutique à espresso opened in Villeray in 2015. Management describes the neighbourhood coffee shop as a traditional Italian café with a contemporary twist that serves espresso drinks and other beverages (including the specialty “Nutellatte”), as well as biscotti, cornetti, and ciabatta sandwiches. While there aren’t too many seats to work from inside, there is an expansive terrasse out front that duals as a great place to catch up with the neighbours.

432 De Castelnau Est, Montreal
QC, Canada

5. Café 8 Oz

5851 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2L8, Canada

This colourful Rosemont café has a substantive menu of sandwiches, Buddha bowls, and yogurt parfaits to keep you going through a full day of work. Café 8 oz brews Tandem Coffee from Portland, Maine, and a number of lighter summer drinks like kombucha and lemonade.

5851 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2L8, Canada

6. Les Oubliettes

6201 Saint-Vallier, Montreal, QC H2S 2P6, Canada

La Petite-Patrie’s Café Les Oubliettes is from principal Éloïse Corbeil, manager Camille Mongeau, and chef Corinne Fortin. On the menu: sandwiches, salads, soups, and baked goods (bread is from Guillaume). When you’re not working, the Sunday brunch service and Wednesday to Friday tapas and wine nights are worth your time.

6201 Saint-Vallier, Montreal
QC H2S 2P6, Canada

7. Café Saint-Henri (HQ)

7335 Rue du Mile End, Montréal, QC H2R 2Z7, Canada

Roaster and coffee house Saint-Henri has been expanding all over the place in recent years, and its Villeray HQ is the café’s crowning jewel — a converted industrial space with ample seating, great coffee, a stylish design, and breakfasts, lunches, and brunches. Some of St-Henri’s other coffee shops have wifi too, but this is easily the largest space.

7335 Rue du Mile End, Montréal
QC H2R 2Z7, Canada

8. Le Cagibi

6596 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C6, Canada

Unceremoniously turfed out of its iconic Mile End space in early 2018, Le Cagibi mercifully found fresh digs in Little Italy — they’re a little smaller and a bit brighter, but the café still offers its staple all-vegetarian menu, teas, beers, baked goods, and great vibes.

6596 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C6, Canada

9. Le Falco

5605 Avenue de Gaspé, Montréal, QC H2T 2A4, Canada

In the heart of the Mile End’s office district, this café in a sunny warehouse does fair-trade coffee, pastries, soups, sandwiches, and Japanese dishes like its highly snackable onigiri (rice balls wrapped in nori). Long communal tables, as well as couches in the back, offer ample place to post up depending on your task.

5605 Avenue de Gaspé, Montréal
QC H2T 2A4, Canada

10. Café Sfouf

1250 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1R6, Canada

Owner Gaby Kassas is a Lebanese woman who grew up in Italy and she’s put a lot of herself into this welcoming Centre-Sud café with a distinctly Mediterranean vibe. There are long tables to work from and transparent garage-door windows that let the sun pour in on good weather days. The café’s namesake, sfouf (curcuma cake) comes free alongside beverages, and the menu also includes salty and sweet tartines with toppings like labneh, za’atar, goat cheese and pistachios.

1250 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1R6, Canada

11. Résonance

5175a du Parc Ave., Montreal, QC H2V 4G4, Canada

Solid coffee, tasty and creative vegan bowls, and plenty of seating are the perks of Mile End veg hangout Résonance. It’s open late, but the easily distracted should take note: there’s live music some evenings (but not during the days).

5175a du Parc Ave., Montreal
QC H2V 4G4, Canada

12. Café Replika

252 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1E5, Canada

Quiet, charming Replika does coffee (espresso-based and Turkish) in relaxed surroundings in the middle of the Plateau. While it’s often close to full, it’s usually possible to find a spot to sit with a laptop, a coffee and one of the cafe’s tasty sandwiches or bagels, especially if you’re working solo.

252 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1E5, Canada

13. Le Darling

4328 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

Spacious café by day, bustling bar by night, Darling is ideal for making the transition from hitting the books over a coffee and a pastry to grabbing drinks with friends. Darling has ample table space available during the day and a dining menu comprised of tasty small plates, including oysters, cheese and charcuterie. Note that Darling is much less work-friendly once it switches over into bar mode in the early evening.

4328 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

14. Café Osmo x Marusan

51, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC H2X 1X2, Canada

This popular working café within startup centre Notman House just had a big makeover when it combined with Japanese snack bar Marusan. Now in addition to being a great place to work with plenty of tables and perfectly filtered coffee, it serves Japanese sandwiches and curries. Stick around after work for a 5 à 7 with a live DJ, some natural wine or sakes, and bocce ball (coming soon), on its outdoor terrasses,

51, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal
QC H2X 1X2, Canada

15. La Finca

1067 Rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H2Z 1N1, Canada

With the full name “La Finca: coffee and office,” it should be of little surprise that this bright downtown spot welcomes the laptop crowd. It even has office spaces available for groups — these are pay-by-the-hour, but fear not, the café’s main seating area is good for singles and duos. The food — pastries, sandwiches, salads, and tartines — fare well, too.

1067 Rue de Bleury, Montréal
QC H2Z 1N1, Canada

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16. Crew Collective & Cafe

360 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H2Y 1P5, Canada

Housed in a former Royal Bank of Canada building with long tables and plugs aplenty, Crew Café really is a prime place to get sh*t done. You don’t even have to get up to order, as espresso-based drinks and food (bagels, sandwiches, salads and pastries) can be ordered from the website and picked up from the cashier when ready. Surrounding the long tables is Crew’s collective component: a co-working space with meeting rooms that can be reserved by the hour/day or along with a monthly membership. (Note: It’s closed until mid-August for a ”big American film production.”)

360 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H2Y 1P5, Canada

17. Café Aunja

1448 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC H3G 1K4, Canada

Conveniently located just steps from Concordia’s downtown campus but inexplicably not too crowded, Aunja has been quietly plugging away for a few years now. Run by an Iranian couple, there’s a great tea selection (try the Persian Fog with pistachios, milk, Iranian tea and saffron syrup), but coffee is available, too. For food, there’s a lengthy list of sandwiches, soups and salads.

1448 Sherbrooke West, Montreal
QC H3G 1K4, Canada

18. Lili & Oli

2713 Notre Dame, Montreal, QC, Canada

This longtime, beloved Little Burgundy coffee shop has not lost its step after 16 years in business. The menu is simple: top-quality coffees and teas alongside a couple pastries and a breakfast sandwich, but it’s a great place to get some work done. There’s also a location in Verdun.

2713 Notre Dame, Montreal
QC, Canada

19. Yo & Co Espresso Bar

5590 Rue Laurendeau, Montréal, QC H4E 3W3, Canada

This café prides itself on taking modern third-wave brewing techniques and reapplying them to old-school Italian coffee, and is one of a kind in Ville-Émard-Côte-Saint-Paul. Yo & Co also serves soups and sandwiches in its bright open space with plenty of room to sit.

5590 Rue Laurendeau, Montréal
QC H4E 3W3, Canada

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