Let's be honest with each other. When you're picking out your next "coffee date" spot, whether you're taking your S/O, friends, or family - how inviting and photogenic the interior probably plays a big role in your final decision.
That said, there is no shame. We live in a social media-driven culture and we want the packaging to look as good as the food tastes. We're in luck! Because Montreal has not only TONS of coffee spots to choose from, but more and more I see specialty coffee spots with unique and photo-worthy interiors popping up right and left. Neon lights anyone?
Keep scrolling if you want to learn more about the Montreal cafes that should be on your next IG story.
31. Cafe Leaves
Where: 2051 Rue De La Montagne // Downtown
Why you should go: Cafe Leaves is a truly unique cafe concept. The space is minimal, open and airy. Bring your laptop and stay all day!
30. Cafe Pista
Where: 500 Rue Beaubien // Petite Patrie
Why you should go: Cafe Pista is a charming, airy, and bright little Petite Patrie gem. It serves light food options such as granola and fresh sandwiches, but the coffee is obviously a must-try.
29. Cafe Therese
Where: 5333 Saint-Laurent // Plateau
Why you should go: Café Thérèse is a super cute takeaway coffee shop in Montreal. Serving light and fluffy pastries and coffee in a very instagramable backdrop.
Where: 1041 Van Horne // Outremont
Why you should go: With a perfectly minimal yet warm environment this new Outremont gem stand-out on Van Horne Avenue. They serve coffee, but also delicious looking brunch and lunch every day.
27. Cafe Bloom
Where: 1940 Rue Du Centre // Point-St-Charles
Why you should go: Cafe Bloom opened recently in the quickly gentrifying borough of Point-St-Charles. Its lovely Mediterranean-inspired decor is perfect to sip a coffee or for a 3-hour Sunday brunch with friends.
26. Perles et Paddock
Where: 403 Rue Des Seigneurs // Griffintown
Why you should go: This Griffintown gem is truly special. Pearls et Paddock is new to town and definite must try for an elevated brunch experience. The restaurant is built out of a renovated garage, giving it a unique urban vibe.
25. Cafe Replika
Where: 2051 Rue De La Montagne // Downtown
Why you should go: Cafe Replika is a Plateau staple for the laptop crowd. It's a genuine cafe, serving lattes with little foam hearts and light pastries on the side. Perfect spot for that coffee date.
24. September Surf Cafe
Where: 2471 Notre Dame Ouest // St-Henri
Why you should go: September Surf Cafe is a hybrid coffee shop and surfboard workshop. It doesn't get more hipster-y than that. Jokes aside, the space is very relaxing and the coffee is actually good. A great spot for working with your laptop.
23. Cafe Paquebot
Where: 123 Mont-Royal West // Plateau
Why you should go: Cafe Paquebot is a super cute and ultra-trendy coffee shop that now has two locations in Montreal. Offering a vast menu of specialty coffees and yummy pastries, it's perfect for an afternoon coffee date.
22. Cafe 89
Where: 3764 Rue Saint-Dominique // Plateau
Why you should go: Cafe 89 is a charming and eclectic little Plateau cafe. Its vibe is inviting and is the perfect spot to laze away a weekend afternoon with one special friend or five.
21. Cafe Larue & Fils Jarry
Where: 405 Jarry Est // Rosemont
Why you should go: This cafe is a dream. It literally has everything you ever wanted in a neighborhood cafe. It's cozy and inviting and serves up an awesome cup of java. Perfect for an afternoon laptop session.
20. Caffe Farina
Where: 3422 Notre Dame West // St-Henri
Why you should go: Cafe Farina interior fuses warm and rich tone of velvety deep blue with contemporary accents of sleek marble. In short, it's beautiful. It's a truly pleasant and airy space to sip on one of their many specialty drinks. Stop for a bite, too. They have a small menu of light breakfast food.
19. Cafe OSMO
Where: 51 Sherbrooke West // Downtown
Why you should go: This funky little spot is located right in the heart of the Place Des Arts district. Its eclectic decor is complemented by some delicious looking fresh and tasty breakfast and lunch menu options. Perfect place to bring those out-of-town friends for lunch.
18. Crew Collective & Cafe
Where: 360 Rue Saint-Jacques // Old Port
Why you should go: This cafe is truly impressive: not only in terms of the actual space but the concept as well. Crew Collective is a hybrid co-working space and cafe. It's located in a stunning historic financial building in the old port, making the experience that much more memorable.
Where: 200 Notre Dame West // Old Port
Why you should go: This cafe is a little gem of the old port, truly beautiful open and airy space. Makes you feel like you've traveled to New York for a second. They serve all kinds of specialty drinks along with a beautiful menu of lunch and breakfast options.
16. La Finca Cafe & Bureau
Where: 1067 De Bleury // Plateau
Why you should go: This cafe is another type of hybrid co-working space and cafe. Some local cafes these days will dissuade their customer from staying on their laptops all day, but this one definitely encourages you to.
Where: 308 Rue Saint-Catherine Est // Downtown
Why you should go: This pretty little cafe/bar is located right near Berri UQUAM Metro and right next to the Village. Perfect for all you students in the area looking for a fun brunch spot for the weekend or drink spot in the evening.
14. Cafe Eugene
Where: 1251 Rue Champlain // Village
Why you should go: Super inviting local cafe where you will be treated like family every time. With all the faceless Starbucks and commercial coffee shops around, Eugene Cafe is the type of place Montreal desperately needs.
13. Le Elsdale Cafe
Where: 2381 Rue Beaubien Est // Rosemont
Why you should go: This Cafe is a boutique and cafe hybrid in the gentrifying borough of Petite Patrie. They also serve some very tasty looking breakfast and lunch dishes.
Where: 3734 Notre Dame West // St-Henri
Why you should go: This resto-cafe specializes in Mediterranean-inspired tapas - and also brunch on the weekends! You can visit during the day and only grab a coffee if that's more your speed though and enjoy the beautiful and eclectic decor.
Where: 900 Rene Levesque West // Downtown
Why you should go: A beautiful and contemporary space smack in the middle of the business district of downtown Montreal. It's so nice to once again see independent shops thrive in the commercial center of the city.
10. Marche La Pantry
Where: 4207 Notre Dame West // St-Henri
Why you should go: This is a St-Henri coffee shop and bakery that's got a heavy french-inspired vibe to it. With a charming and rustic facade, the interior will please you just as much as the outside. Grab a quick coffee or stay for lunch.
9. Cafe Darling
Where: 4328 Saint Laurent // Plateau
Why you should go: This is a cafe during the day and a bar at night. Or vice-versa - we don't judge anyone's lifestyle here. The interior is beautiful, mixing lush house plants and vintage-inspired quirky deco. It's a no-fail choice for the first Tinder date.
8. Bete a Pain Griffintown
Where: 195 Young Street // Griffintown
Why you should go: The good people of La Bete a Pain are true pastry experts. If you're feeling indulgent, head down to one of their two locations and indulge in a sweet treat.
7. Cafe Humble Lion
Where: 904 Rue Sherbrooke West // Downtown
Why you should go: Cute, cozy, minimal - just a couple of words to describe Cafe Humble Lion. Conveniently not so tucked-away on Sherbrooke street right in the heart of Mcgill Campus.
6. Dugout Marie-Charlotte
Where: 22 Duluth East // Plateau
Why you should go: This quirky and colorful cafe and pastry shop just opened in the heart of the Plateau. It's a great spot to bring kids for a sweet treat.
5. Cordova Coffee & Cocktails
Where: 4606 Notre Dame West // St-Henri
Why you should go: Sleek and modern with a touch of vintage-inspired accents - see the super funky logo for evidence- this St-Henri coffee spot should be your next coffee/drink destination.
4. Les Impertinentes
Where: 5380 Saint-Laurent // Plateau
Why you should go: The interior of this spot is perfectly Montreal. A fusion of industrial, rustic, peppered with lush greenery and vintage-inspired textures. This is the perfect spot to grab a cup and catch up with an old friend.
3. Restaurant Melisse
Where: 719 Rue William // Old Port
Why you should go: This resto/cafe is truly beautiful, a gem of a place. It's the kinda place you want to bring all your girlfriends for Sunday brunch and stay all day long.
2. Cafe Parvis
Where: 433 Rue Mayor // Downtown
Why you should go: As you probably know, Cafe Parvis is one of my favs. Tucked away on Mayor street, you would never know it's there unless someone told you. The atmosphere is warm and relaxing. The food is also outstanding. But you can just go for a quick cup if that's your thing.
1. Barley Bar a Cereales
Where: 2613 Notre Dame West // St-Henri
Why you should go: The lattes are pink, yes pink! Basically, they are just dying to be on Instagram. This is probably one of the most Instagramable spots in the city.