Top 10 Montreal Café-Libraries
Books are always better with coffee.
Photo cred - Melissa Pelletier
Nothing is more relaxing than having a cup of coffee or tea while reading the new book you just started. Or the book you've read a thousand times, or the book you can never even get halfway through. Either way, warm beverages and literature are a perfect pair.
Thankfully some Montreal establishments let you enjoy both at the same time. Thanks to HuffPost for getting this list started, because Montrealers need to know where they can enjoy a good book and a cup of Joe at the same time.
We bumped the list up to a full ten, so read on and check out 10 Montreal Cafe-Libary
1. Appetite for Books
388 Victoria Avenue
If you're like me, most of your reading comes from recipes and cookbooks. There's no shame in that here, where food is a defining focus, and cooking classes are regularly held for your eating pleasure.
2. Indigo McGill College
1500 McGill College Avenue
Admittedly, almost any Indigo could make this list, but we put in the downtown/McGill Collège location simply for how you can use it as a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Some Starbucks and light book-browsing are always available downtown.
3. Café-bistro Bobby McGee
3213-3215, Ontario E
Unique decor, good food and coffee, tons of books, and regular musical performances make Bobby McGee your one-stop dose of culture.
4. Salon B
4321 Saint- Laurent
While being a library and cafe, Salon B is also a prominent art gallery, featuring many artists of various disciplines. Salon b is very welcoming, and even if art really isn't you thing, you'll be surprised by how accessible and personal things are made.
5. O-Taku Manga
Even if you're not a fan of manga you'll want to check out O-Taku's wide selection of bubble tea, smoothies, coffee, and an assortment of sweet treats. Videogames are also available for the less literarily-inclined.
6. Olivieri Librairie + Bistro
5219, chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges
Books become a lot more interesting when they're paired with French cuisine and cocktails. Brunch and a big patio make this a perfect spot to get started on your summer reading while simultaneously drinking and soaking up some sun.
2220 McGill College Avenue
Technically not a cafe-library, but the connected-to-the-store Second Cup next door put it on the list. You can grab a book, grab a coffee, then go read/study in the large sitting area between the two stores without ever stepping outside.
2011 St Denis
More manga is always better, and with Manga-Thé's stronger focus on teas and pastries, you'll get a totally unique experience.
9. Librairie L'Espanola
You've no doubt walked by this Spanish library on many a walk up or down St. Laurent. Next time step through the orange and yellow doors and enjoy literature, art, and plenty of food items straight from Spain.
For those of you who aren't bookworms, we put Foonzo, the gamer cafe and lounge on the list. Don't miss this spot, because its pretty great, even if you aren't a hardcore gamer. Any purists who got angry with this addition, all I can say is that some video game manuals are books in themselves.