Written by Michelle Lawee on 20.01.15

Attention studious friends: great coffee is good for your brain. It’s not a proven fact, but we’re pretty sure that guzzling coffee from the usual suspects isn’t exactly helping you either. We care about how you’re caffeinating but we also understand the daily qualms you face: “well, this coffee is convenient.” Here’s the thing…convenience is a convenient excuse. But it’s not going to hold up in our coffee court because incredible Montreal coffee shops are doing it up BIG TIME and they are just around the corner from your lovely education institutions. From McGill to UofM and everywhere in between, we’ve curated a list that includes the crème de la crème of coffee shops to give you some of that delicious jet fuel you need.

McGill Main Gates: Sherbrooke St. Ouest and McGill College

Humble Lion

This place has no reason to be humble. Humble Lion are serving up some mean roasts from Intelligentsia and of course top notch treats like croissants, pastries, chocolate, and more Monday to Friday from 7:30am until 6:30pm and 11:00am until 5:30pm on the weekends.

904 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3A 3R8
(514) 844-5466

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Tunnel Espresso Bar

Aptly named as it’s located in the underground tunnel between the Eaton Centre and PVM, the quality coffee from Tunnel Espresso is worth the trip to Montreal’s Underground City. Visit them Monday to Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm.

1253 Avenue McGill College, Montréal, QC H3B
(514) 882-5288

Tunnel Espresso Montreal

Dispatch Coffee in McConnell Engineering

The crowds rejoiced when they found out that Plateau Mont-Royal favourite Dispatch was popping up in McConnell engineering and we totally understand. Grab one of their delicious cups of coffee and an array of tasty treats Monday to Thursday from 7:30am until 8:00pm and from 7:30am until 3:00pm Fridays.

McConnell Engineering Building 3480 University Street, Montreal, QC H3A 0E9

Dispatch Coffee Montreal

Pikolo Espresso Bar

They constantly remind us that great coffee really is an art. Pikolo Espresso are also baking their selection of treats on site. Pop by Monday to Friday 7:00am to 7:00pm and 9:00am to 7:00pm on the weekends.

3418 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2X 2H7
(514) 508-6800

Kitsuné Espresso Bar

Kitsuné is the perfect spot if you’re seeking a splendid coffee and a nibble to stay or go. Stop by Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 7:00pm and 9:00am – 7:00pm on the weekend.

19 Rue Prince Arthur Ouest, Montréal, QC H2X 1S4
(514) 507-2055

Kitsune Montreal

Myriade Café & Club Monaco

The brand spankin’ new Myriade in Club Monaco’s basement is easy on the eyes and is of course serving up its spectacular coffee from 49th Parallel Roasters as well as guest roasters with locally baked goodies. Pop in Monday to Wednesday 8:00am to 6:00pm, 8:00am to 9:00pm Thursday and Friday, 9:30am to 6:30pm on Saturday, and 11:00am to 6:00pm Sunday.

1000 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, QC H3B 5L2
(514) 600-0726

Cafe Myriade Club Monaco

Concordia: Main Downtown Campus

Café Myriade

The OG Myriade is perfectly situated for you to grab a brew from 49th Parallel Roasters and guest roasters and a yummy snack before you hit the books. You can go for a visit Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm and from 9:00am to 6:00pm on the weekends.

1432 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H7
(514) 939-1717

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Café Aunja

Tucked away below galleries is the perfect hideaway for delicious coffee, teas, snacks, and much more. Café Aunja is the ideal spot to visit any day of the week from 10:00am to 10:00pm.

1448 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H3G 1L2
(514) 914-8337

Cafe Aunja Montreal

Kafein Café Bar

Kafein is serving up craft coffee and scrumptious treats (and they’ve even got a bar). Stop by Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00am, Friday from 9:00am to 3:00am, Saturday from 12:00pm to 3:00am, and 12:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday.

1429 Rue Bishop, Montréal, QC H3G 2E4
(514) 904-6969

Kafein Montreal

*Nb – If you’re at McGill or Concordia, you’re close enough to each other’s shops if you have time to visit!


Méchant Café

Méchant Café is the perfect stop for a mean coffee (get it?) serving quality espresso and crafted coffee beverages, and not to mention top notch items for your tummy. Pop in Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 7:00pm and 9:00pm to 7:00pm on the weekend.

3525 Avenue Lacombe, Montréal, QC H3T 1L9
(514) 587-6365

Mechant Cafe Montreal

La Caravane

If you’re in need of a caffeine fix during the day, stop by La Caravane and they’ll sort you out. Drop in for premium coffee, pastries, and delicious food on Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 11:00pm and 9:00am to 11:00pm on the weekend.

3506 Avenue Lacombe, Montréal, QC H3T 1X5
(514) 344-1780

La Caravane Cafe Montreal



De Farine & D’Eau Fraiche

It’s exactly the kind of place you want to visit and you can get delicious coffee and French pastries to keep you going through the day. Stop by De Farine & D’Eau Fraiche for your fix 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, and 11:00am – 5:00pm on Sunday.

1701 Rue Amherst, Montréal, QC H2L 3L4
(514) 522-2777

De Farine et DEau Fraiche Montreal

Pourquoi Pas Espresso Bar

They’ve got an industrial feel and they’re brewing up coffee from around the globe. Pop into Pourquoi Pas Espresso for a unique cup 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday.

1447 Rue Amherst, Montréal, QC
(514) 419-9400

Pourquoi Pas Espresso Montreal

Café St-Henri

Much like its St-Henri sister, this Café St-Henri in the Village is serving up delicious roasted brews and treats that will definitely satisfy. You can drop in Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm and 10:00am to 8:00pm on the weekend.

301 Rue Émery, Montréal, QC H2X 1J2
(514) 507-9696

Cafe St Henri Montreal

Café Parvis

You’ll think you walked into a secret garden, when in fact you’ve found yourself in Café Parvis. Charming décor and delicious coffee and snacks will keep you focused for the day. Stop by Monday to Friday 7:00am to 11:00pm, Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm, and 11:00am to 3:00pm on Sunday.

433 Rue Mayor, Montréal, QC H3A
(514) 764-3589

Cafe Parvis Montreal


West Elm Marché Café

Montreal’s West Elm is more than just a cute furniture and knick-knack store. They also have a solid café that serves up some tasty treats and of course yummy coffee on Monday to Wednesday from 10:00am to 7:00pm, Thursday & Friday from 10:00am to 9:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 7:00pm, and from 10:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday.

995 Rue Wellington #100, Montréal, QC H3C
(514) 861-2809

West Elm Marche Cafe Montreal

Le Cartet

Luckily, Le Cartet has a takeway counter where you can get an array of coffees made using Illy beans and delicious food and treats for your every need. Stop by Monday to Friday from 7:00am until 7:00pm and 9:00am to 4:00pm on the weekends.

106 Rue McGill, Montréal, Québec H2Y 2E5
(514) 871-8887

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Flyjin Café

Keep your head up or you might miss Flyjin Café! And you won’t want to pass up on their coffee brewed using Anchored Beans or their treats (donuts, cookies, croissants, and more). Look out for it Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 6:00pm.

Suite 102, 417 St Pierre St, Montreal, QC H2Y 2M4
(438) 396-8882

Flyjin Cafe Montreal

Olive et Gourmando

Everyone loves Olive et Gourmando for their gourmet treats and coffee too. They even make baked goods on site for you to munch on and they’re the perfect spot for a delicious lunch. Treat yourself Tuesday to Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

351 Rue St-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 2A7
(514) 350-1083

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Lasalle College

La Formule Espresso Bar

Montreal has a speakeasy coffee shop called La Formule Espresso, and if you can find it, you’ll be able to enjoy a premium coffee. Have a go from Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 6:00pm and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on weekends.

1970 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, QC H3H 1M4
(514) 937-1818

La Formule Espresso Montreal

Lili and Oli

Lili and Oli have been representing Little Burgundy for 9 years and there’s a reason for that. It’s because they’re serving up top notch coffee and goodies Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 11:00pm or on the weekends between 9:00am and 6:00pm.

2515 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J
(514) 932-8961

Lili and Oli Montreal

Buck15 Espresso Bar

Buck 15 is St-Henri’s newest coffee shop and they do a whole lot more than just delicious Spyhouse coffee. They’re also known for their toast bar and you can get Regal Matinal croissants among other treats. Pop in Tuesday to Saturday from 7:00am to 4:00pm, and Sunday 8:00am to 4:00pm.

3027 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1N9
(514) 939-2825


See, guys? We told you we were taking care of you! You can now breathe in the java smell and breathe out a sign of relief. Have any others to add? We’d love to know: just add them in the comment section. 

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