Written by Dahlia Merlo on 02.12.15

Downtown has its newest coffee joint and it couldn’t be more quaint. And small. Emphasis on the small. Rapido Espresso Bar is 30 square feet of caffeinated happiness. It was once a money exchange counter but has since been revamped to a café for your quick coffee needs.

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There’s room for 2-3 people in line (3 may be pushing it) so their thing is truly grab and go. Talk about rapido (Italian dialect for ‘fast,’ but bilingual Montrealers knew that already, right?)!

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Nestled right next to Kazu, they take advantage of the never-ending line over there. The smell of coffee is sure to lure any hungry (and thirsty) person waiting in line for Japanese nom noms.

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They’re also conveniently located right next to Concordia University, another reason to continue getting your coffee from local artisanal coffee shops rather than the big name giants close-by (we won’t name any names, but you know who they are…).

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Because they love to support their own, they get their coffee strictly from Kittel Café, who roast coffee right here in Montreal. The guys at Rapido Espresso Bar are all about working within the community.

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If you’re hungry, they also have coffee-appropriate snacks like cookies and cakes to satisfy that sweet tooth.

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Even though this coffee shop is teeny-weeny, you can’t miss it. Their giant lit-up hashtag sign is like a beacon of hope for caffeine addicted Montrealers.

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1860a Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1

Photos by Dahlia Merlo (@dahllii).

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