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, plump 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).

You’ll also find decent morning choices (poached eggs, granola, housemade ricotta and toast) and fresh loaves for takeout (including olive and rosemary bread). Try to avoid the busy lunch rush (11:30am to 1:30pm).