15 Montreal Coffee Shops That Will Help You Cure Your Weekend Hangover
Weekend mornings are always a blessing and a curse. Sleeping in well past your usual wake up time (or past noon entirely) makes for a welcome change. It's just that every moment spent after you gain consciousness is sheer agony, because, like any good citizen, you drank the night before, and now you're suffering the consequences aka a hangover.
Making your hangover that much worse is your body's reaction to a lack of caffeine. The last cup of Joe you had was the day before, and it's far past the usual morning time when you've typically ingested some java, thus creating a bodily desire/need for coffee, one that will truly cure your hangover. Or, at the least, make it less intense.
Montreal is home to many cafes and restaurants, all of which could easily provide you with the caffeine (and maybe some food) you need. Some, however, are a bit better for those afflicted with a hangover than others. Maybe these coffee spots are a little less crowded, have notoriously friendly staff, or some other arbitrary reason I'll explain later on, so don't cry fowl when your favourite cafe isn't on the list. Maybe your spot just isn't the best for folks with a hangover. These cafes are.
Aside from El Mundo's friendly staff, large assortment of homemade baked good, and great coffee, the real reason it makes our hangover-coffee list is for the cafe's fully stocked bar. Sometimes the hair of the dog is what you need to help you get through your morning, and nothing beats an Irish, Canadian, or Bailey's coffee to numb the pain while giving you some energy.
9 Fairmount E
Small enough to make sure you don't hear a bunch of noise from a mass amount of other coffee drinkers, Sardine will also bring up your comfort levels simply through their homemade donuts and brioche. Sometimes sugar is the answer to your hangover.
Cafe Club Social
180 St. Viateur
Fairly priced, so you won't feel bad about all the bills you dropped last night, Cafe CLub Social also has a huge terrasse for you to sit solo or with friends while sipping on your espresso. A little bit of sun can go a long way in boosting your mood. It's all about the vitamin D.
408 Mont-Royal East
When you have a real bad hangover, like the can't stand to be around normal humans and only want some quality espresso to enjoy while in your bed surrounded by pillows and blankes, then head to La Distributrice. You don't even have to walk in anywhere, as they'll give you street-side caffeine, meaning less human interaction for you. Also great for the hangover sufferer on the go.
6840 St. Laurent
Anyone hungover in/around Little Italy should head on over to Caffè Italia, where the fair prices and expertly foamed milk will make your morning (or afternoon) a bit brighter. Top notch cappuccinos are entirely worth the risk of heading over there only to find a soccer game on, which could result in some overly excited fans being too loud for your hangover headache.
151 Rachel East
I am a firm believer that baked goods can answer any problem, even the most epic of hangovers. Paired with coffee, a sweet treat will heal your body and soul, or at least provide a brief moment of bliss midst all the pain. That's what you'll get at Café Névé, where the coffee is only surpassed by their amazing cookies.
19 Prince Arthur East
With a very relaxed and chilled out vibe, Kitsuné is a great place to ride out your hangover. Packing some seriously delicious espresso, the joint also keeps things very simple with a small menu, because no one wants to think when they're hungover. For those feeling peckish or want some comfort food, the cafe also stocks Sweet Lee's baked goods, which are some of the best in the city.
Touted as one of the best coffee spots in the city, Myriad lives up to its own fame, just beware it may be pretty busy with students if you're looking for a quieter venue to be miserable and hungover in. Still, the coffee will keep you there, as will Myriad's very legit assortment of croissants. Myriad also has a second location on Saint Viateur for all you Mile End-ers.
Café Humble Lion
904 Sherbrooke West
Students trying to study while hungover at McGill should really just stop what they're doing and head to Humble Lion before, after, or while they try to get work done. So should everyone else too, because the coffee shop boasts some good roasts and a magical mocha that is just the perfect balance of chocolate and coffee, and everyone knows both can kill a hangover.
Photo cred - Julien F
Café St-Henri Émery
Small and intimate, Café St-Henri Émery won't have a gaggle of jabbering biddies talking about the mistakes they made last night and thus making your hangover headache a million times worth. Just good coffee and a relazing atmosphere, exactly what you need.
Blanc de Blanc
284 Villenueve West
Somtimes you got so wasted the night before that you woke up with quite a mess the morning after. Maybe you got sick, maybe you brought some drunchies to bed, or maybe some bodily fluids got your sheets all muff'd up. Not to worry, because Blanc de Blanc will provide you with some comforting caffeine and food along with tons of washers and dryers to clean up whatever may have gotten dirty on your drunken adventure the night before.
Some of the best coffee and friendliest staff can be found at Pourquoi Pas, meaning you'll get that coffee you desperately need and a sympathetic ear to complain to about how awful you feel. They also have every vegan option you could ever want, if you happen to be a hungover vegan today.
Oh, Chez Boris, how I love you. The go-to place to carb-load on sinfully sweet Russian donuts and sip on great coffee, Chez Boris holds a special place in my donut and coffee loving heart. Fried right before your eyes, the little donuts are as good as people say, and there are plenty of other flavours and delectable offerings. Anyone feeling incredibly hungover and decadent can try their Paula Deen-style breakfast sandwich, where donuts are used instead of bread.
Technically not only a cafe, Le Milieu is a combination vegan restaurant + coffee shop + art studio, which may seem like an odd mish-mash, but makes for an incredibly cool venue. Grab a coffee, lightly energize, and create some art. It may be awful in your hungover state, but it can be a form of hangover-therapy, and will make you feel at least slightly productive during a period of time where you can barely form a complete sentence.
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