Okay, we all know coffee is the very lifeblood that flows through the veins of every Montrealer. But what about coffee’s little brother, tea? How long must we wait to hear the words, “he took me out for a tea date,” or “bro, let’s go study at that tea place”? Well, if you’re near Concordia’s downtown campus, the answer to that question is (drumroll please)… not long at all, with the help of this list. Don’t worry, my steeped friend. We see you. And we love you.
At this point we all know how awesome Hestia is, but just to refresh your memory: tons of outlets, a comfortable seating (study?) area, unique and delicious tea/tea lattes, and friendly staff. Hestia basically hits all the points for a prime tea place, so venture up Guy Street and grab yourself a Matcha latte.
Probably most famous for its bubble teas - but steeped in other options as well (see what I did there?) - Nos Thés just might be the newest tea place to open up near Concordia. Don't worry, though, it's doing great. And with tasty teas, and more, there really is no question as to why. Bonus points for its spacious-yet-comfortable seating area, which might just make studying for finals a whole lot easier.
Ah, tea. Possibly one of the most calming and unpretentious hot beverages ever... and we slap it in a to-go cup and chug it during class while simultaneously taking notes, checking Facebook, and texting. Which is cool. Except sometimes, you just want to chill somewhere over a pot full of tea from China, Japan, India, or Sri Lanka, and decompress. Maybe invite a few friends, too. Maybe whip out a book or two and start prepping for finals. Either way, you'll want to get yourself to Nocochi to enjoy an exotic cup of tea.
Cozy and cute, Thé Kiosque is the quintessential tea place around Concordia. The tea is good, the study space is plenty, and the staff is friendly. The only downfall? It’s so great that’s it’s almost always packed. So if you’re down to get a cup and bask in the urban zen, get there early.
Do you see that turquoise banner sticking out from the storefronts on St. Catherine? That's David's Tea, my friend. And it's beautiful. There are a bunch of David's Tea locations in Montreal - and even in Canada - so no matter where you are you can pick up your favourite tea (Queen of Tarts, anyone?) and it will be consistently great. But this location also has a couple of seats available, so if you and a friend want to browse the and then get some studying done, feel tea to! Get it? No? I'll see myself out.
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.