Olive + Gourmando

Top choice cafe in Old Montréal

Named after the owners’ two cats, this bakery-cafe is legendary in town for its hot panini, generous salads and flaky baked goods. Excellent choices include the melted goat's-cheese panini with caramelized onions, decadent mac 'n' cheese, and 'the Cubain' (a ham, roast pork and Gruyère sandwich). Try to avoid the busy lunch rush (11:30am to 1:30pm).

You’ll also find decent morning choices (poached eggs, granola, housemade ricotta and toast) and fresh loaves for takeout (including olive and rosemary bread).