As a nomadic travel blogger, one of the logistic challenges that I face every time I change cities is finding the perfect working space. After more than two years on the road, I’ve developed a good instinct to find my ideal office space. There are just two things I need to be productive: good coffee + good wifi – the rest is secondary.

As expected, finding the perfect working space is easier in some cities than others. Montreal, for example, is quite good: there are many cafés offering wifi and most serve decent coffee. This list of cafes in Montreal includes my favourite places, the ones that go well beyond the basics. They are spread around the city; so no matter where you are, you’ll find one of them not too far away. Enjoy!

Cafe 92º

A Mexican-owned coffee shop on the far west side of Montreal, this place serves great coffee. Other pluses include: hibiscus iced-tea for hot summer days, chalk tables to entertain your inner child, and service with a smile :)

Café Shaika

Located in NDG, Café Shaika has an intellectual atmosphere. They specialise in organic and fair trade certified coffees. They serve yummy sandwiches and wraps, there’s top-notch internet connection, and it’s nice and toasty inside during those harsh winter days. At night, there’s live music.

 

Le Baobab

If by any chance you find yourself in Verdun, this is the place to get your cup of java while you work on cleaning your inbox. They did some renovations recently to make the place bigger as it was getting crowded, and they now even have a small terrace. Plus, they serve ice cream!

Lili & Oli

Not too far from the Atwater Market, this little café serves awesome coffee that’s a big hit with the locals. Also, it’s a good place for a backgammon match, their muffins are legendary and pooches are welcome ;)

De Farine et d’Eau Fraîche

Located in the outskirts of the Gay Village, this pretty pastry shop is not only cute and sweet. The food is also delicious. If you want to do business in a beautiful place, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Laïka

An old-time classic lounge on St. Lawrence Blvd., Laïka serves not only good coffee to fuel your creativity. There’s a nice changing menu, good beer selection, and hip music. It’s no wonder people love to come to this place to get some work done!

Olives & Café Noir

This little café and gourmet store not too far from the Jean-Talon Market serves organic and fair trade coffee along with tasty food. They also have a beautiful selection of olives and olive oil. There’s not much place to sit, but it’s not often crowded.

Location & Addresses

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Have you visited any of these places? How do like them? Do you have any other favorite spots that you’d recommend? I’d love to know!

9 COMMENTS

  1. Hey Bianca – what a great idea. I love hanging out in cafés to get some work done while enjoying a good coffee. Doing so I’m out of my bubble and able to be even more creative. I take your list with me when I come to visit Canada – hopefully next year!

    p.s.: love the implementation of those instagram pictures!

    • Hola Steve :) Thanks, I’m glad you like it! I also agree with you, I find that I’m more productive and creative when I’m out and surrounded by other people working around me at a coffee shop. That’s why I decided to share my favourite places as I travel :) More coming soon!

  2. You might want to try out a few of these cafes too:

    – Pikolo Espresso Bar
    – Myriad café
    – Café St-Henri
    – Kitsuné espresso bar
    – Hoche Café

    All great little spots with great coffee (and wi-fi) ;)

  3. Thanks for the write-up, Bianca.

    I’ve arrived here for the week so using your map as my remote offices. Staying at the Intercontinental so it looks like it’s about a 30 minute walk to any good locations.

    Cheers.

    Josh

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