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12 New Cafés to Check Out in Montreal: Spring Edition

A dozen hot new options for getting coffee, pastries, and more

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The third (or fourth, or fifth) wave of coffee continues to crash all over Montreal, with shiny new purveyors of the brown bean juice appearing everywhere from Ahuntsic to Verdun — not to mention new locations for existing cafés, too.

Here are 12 new coffee shops to have opened up in the last three months (give or take) for all your caffeine needs.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Café Sandrino

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Sandrino is a tidy new family-run spot for Italian espresso up in Ahuntsic — it’s cheap, it’s cheerful, although take note that the space is pretty narrow, so it might not be the best bet for an hours-long coffee date.

Café Pista

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Pista has been on a roll of late: this fresh new spot on Masson is its second expansion within just six months. It’s doubling as a small roastery for Pista’s three cafés (so, expect well-crafted house roasts), but there’s plenty of space to sit down, too.

Mon Atelier de Quartier

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Come for a coffee, stay to fix your busted phone screen or ripped shirt: this newcomer in Villeray is part café, and part workshop where (with a membership), you get access to all sorts of tools and supplies for your various repairing needs.

Café Barista

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While Café Barista has made a name as a local roastery for the last 16 years, it has stayed out of the coffee shop game — until now. Serving its own roasts (obviously), it’s a welcome addition to the Garment District, a relative wasteland for good coffee (with the notable exception of Café Gentile).

Le Roseline

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With a cozy vintage feel, Le Roseline is coffee shop by day and neighbourhood buvette by night. Those looking to eat may want to stick around after 5 p.m. — while the daytime menu of coffee shop standards alongside charcuterie and cheese checks the right boxes, chef Alex Collyer’s French-Italian menu of small plates shines bright.

Café Péché

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The owners of boutique gym Espace Thomas recently birthed this sleek all-day coffee shop right next door on St-Denis. There’s plenty of bar space for customers and their laptops, and soon, Péché should also be open into the evenings (once it gets its alcohol permit).

White Heron Coffee

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This bright space on the Prince-Arthur pedestrian street pulls a mean shot — but don’t overlook the Japanese-leaning bites, from matcha baked goods to avocado toast.

Café Olimpico (downtown)

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Mile End icon Olimpico just expanded for the second time ever, with a new coffee shop inside the former Presbytery behind the Christ Church Cathedral. It might be a little shinier than the St-Viateur original, but with the same Italian-style espressos at the same prices, it’s arguably the best price-to-quality ratio for a hit of caffeine anywhere downtown.

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Café Veloce

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Place Ville-Marie’s new food hall, Le Cathcart, has a strong coffee game with the addition of this large coffee shop right at its entrance — take note of the large pastry selection. Alternatively, there’s a second coffee shop, Mirabel, around the other side of the hall.

Café Nakamichi

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Mackay Street ramen spot Nakamichi recently morphed into a Japanese-style coffee shop — pour-over is a focus, with beans from Montreal’s Rabbit Hole Roasters; there’s also a tidy menu of bites ranging from pastries to Japanese curry.

Perles & Paddock

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Little Burgundy’s Perles & Paddock is obviously not a new restaurant, but what is new here is daytime opening hours as a café (and one with a beautiful space, at that). Expect roasts from Montreal’s Zab, and a solid food game — pastry chef Erik Champagne has a menu of breakfast and lunch options, alongside some sweet treats.

Lili & Oli

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15-year Little Burgundy staple Lili & Oli just made its first expansion, down into Verdun — expect the same good coffee (with beans from Montreal roaster canal), and friendly service that turned Lili & Oli into a neighbourhood favourite in the first place.

Café Sandrino

Sandrino is a tidy new family-run spot for Italian espresso up in Ahuntsic — it’s cheap, it’s cheerful, although take note that the space is pretty narrow, so it might not be the best bet for an hours-long coffee date.

Café Pista

Pista has been on a roll of late: this fresh new spot on Masson is its second expansion within just six months. It’s doubling as a small roastery for Pista’s three cafés (so, expect well-crafted house roasts), but there’s plenty of space to sit down, too.

Mon Atelier de Quartier

Come for a coffee, stay to fix your busted phone screen or ripped shirt: this newcomer in Villeray is part café, and part workshop where (with a membership), you get access to all sorts of tools and supplies for your various repairing needs.

Café Barista

While Café Barista has made a name as a local roastery for the last 16 years, it has stayed out of the coffee shop game — until now. Serving its own roasts (obviously), it’s a welcome addition to the Garment District, a relative wasteland for good coffee (with the notable exception of Café Gentile).

Le Roseline

With a cozy vintage feel, Le Roseline is coffee shop by day and neighbourhood buvette by night. Those looking to eat may want to stick around after 5 p.m. — while the daytime menu of coffee shop standards alongside charcuterie and cheese checks the right boxes, chef Alex Collyer’s French-Italian menu of small plates shines bright.

Café Péché

The owners of boutique gym Espace Thomas recently birthed this sleek all-day coffee shop right next door on St-Denis. There’s plenty of bar space for customers and their laptops, and soon, Péché should also be open into the evenings (once it gets its alcohol permit).

White Heron Coffee

This bright space on the Prince-Arthur pedestrian street pulls a mean shot — but don’t overlook the Japanese-leaning bites, from matcha baked goods to avocado toast.

Café Olimpico (downtown)

Mile End icon Olimpico just expanded for the second time ever, with a new coffee shop inside the former Presbytery behind the Christ Church Cathedral. It might be a little shinier than the St-Viateur original, but with the same Italian-style espressos at the same prices, it’s arguably the best price-to-quality ratio for a hit of caffeine anywhere downtown.

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Café Veloce

Place Ville-Marie’s new food hall, Le Cathcart, has a strong coffee game with the addition of this large coffee shop right at its entrance — take note of the large pastry selection. Alternatively, there’s a second coffee shop, Mirabel, around the other side of the hall.

Café Nakamichi

Mackay Street ramen spot Nakamichi recently morphed into a Japanese-style coffee shop — pour-over is a focus, with beans from Montreal’s Rabbit Hole Roasters; there’s also a tidy menu of bites ranging from pastries to Japanese curry.

Perles & Paddock

Little Burgundy’s Perles & Paddock is obviously not a new restaurant, but what is new here is daytime opening hours as a café (and one with a beautiful space, at that). Expect roasts from Montreal’s Zab, and a solid food game — pastry chef Erik Champagne has a menu of breakfast and lunch options, alongside some sweet treats.

Lili & Oli

15-year Little Burgundy staple Lili & Oli just made its first expansion, down into Verdun — expect the same good coffee (with beans from Montreal roaster canal), and friendly service that turned Lili & Oli into a neighbourhood favourite in the first place.

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