Top Choice Cafe in Old Montréal

Olive + Gourmando

Named after the owners’ two cats, this bakery-cafe is legendary in town for its hot panini, plump salads and flaky baked goods. Excellent choices include the melted goat's-cheese panini with caramelized onions, deca…
Sandwiches in Plateau Mont-Royal


Reuben Schwartz, a Romanian Jew, opened this Montréal icon in 1928, and it’s been going strong ever since. Schwartz’s meat goes through a 14-day regime of curing and smoking before landing on your plate after a fina…
Sandwiches in Old Montréal


The sandwiches here have office workers scurrying to these cramped basement quarters from all over Old Montréal on their lunch breaks. The varieties are endless and can include grilled veggies with feta, smoked salm…
Cafe in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

Caffè Italia

Calling this place old school is like calling the Sahara dry. 'Old school' isn't just a descriptor, but the essence of this little Italian espresso bar, where graybeards and guys unironically wearing flat caps seemi…
Cafe in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

La Croissanterie Figaro

With its deco fixtures, wrought-iron marble-topped tables and lovely terrace, this charming neighborhood cafe has a Parisian vibe, and has long been a popular meeting spot for well-heeled locals. Stop in for warm, b…
Cafe in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

Le Cagibi Café

Music-loving bohemians and Plateau eccentrics hold court at this vegetarian restaurant by day, bar by night. The large space is filled with a hodgepodge of plants and antique furnishings reminiscent of your grandmot…
Sandwiches in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont


We love Porchetta for its single-minded focus on, basically, one thing: beautiful Italian street food. The signature dishes are porchetta and mortadella sandwiches that are slow roasted to melting perfection; you'll…
Cafe in Downtown

Pikolo Espresso Bar

Plateau hipsters roll up to this friendly split-level joint nestled in a heritage building at the bottom of Ave du Parc for its yummy baked goods and the signature drink, the Pikolo. Its ristretto shot of espresso g…
Cafe in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

Cafe Falco

Strong coffee, nice sandwiches and Japanese rice bowls – an incongruous mix, but a delicious one.
Cafe in Quartier Latin & the Village

Juliette et Chocolat

When the urge to devour something chocolaty arrives, make straight for Juliette et Chocolat, a bustling little cafe where chocolate is served in every shape and form – drizzled over crêpes, blended into creamy milks…