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Cà Phê Con Leche: Where two cultures unite into one.

In the heart of Rosemont, just a few blocks from the metro station, on St-Hubert Street, you can spot a vibrant blue wall with a sign that reads Cà Phê Con Leche. Cà Phê means “coffee” in Vietnamese and Con Leche means “with milk” in Spanish. Named after Kim (from Vietnam) and Yasmin (from Venezuela) who are the happily married couple that runs the café. Kim’s family arrived in Montreal after the Vietnam War in the late 70’s. His mother…

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Café Lali : L’endroit où l’art et la caféine font bon ménage

Ici, c’est mon histoire à moi. Un stagiaire allant à sa première rencontre pour Crema avec un café indépendant. Heureusement pour moi, j’ai eu la chance d’aller au Café Lali. Étant tout près du métro du Georges-Vanier, le transport en commun était un choix évident suivi d’une toute courte marche pour se rendre au café. Allant en direction du café, au loin, un somptueux bâtiment ressortant complètement de ses voisins. Gravé dans la façade et venant d’une autre époque : Bank…

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Café Code Noir, a place to feel at home.

With its artistic and cultural scene, its vibrant neighborhoods and year round festivals; it’s no wonder Montreal attracts so many young students and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world. Such is the case of Darine Darwich, owner of Café Code Noir, who arrived to Montreal two years ago from Beirut, Lebanon. She stumbled into the coffee business by accident, but fell in love with it. Darine met the previous owners of the café by coincidence. “It was a personal…

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Valentine and La Petite Cuillère

There is something very special about the Montreal coffee community. Perhaps it’s how it brings so many things like local paintings, photography, food, culture, and music together, all for the love of coffee. It’s something that I never experienced in any metropolitan city until coming to Montreal. Or maybe how it’s evolving and growing as more people decide to take part in it. People like Valentine, who six years ago decided to make her mark in Montreal’s coffee community by opening her…

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Meet Ali Inay: Instragram influencer +

Ali Inay (@inayali) is the founder and content creator of #MtlCafeCrawl. Like many of us, the Montreal-based photographer began taking pictures when out working in coffee shops. After a while he decided to start the hashtag to showcase his coffee-related photographs in Montreal to his friends and followers. Soon enough, the hashtag #MtlCafeCrawl caught on and evolved into an unofficial yet influential guide for local coffee shops around the city. Its impossible to deny the vast power of social media today. So what can social media…

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Good Coffee, Local Art, and Clean Clothes

After reading an article on CNN about new laundromat-bistros popping up throughout New York City, I decided to find one of these contemporary hybrids in Montreal and check it out. After all, I’ve never been a fan of leaving my clothing unattended in the basement of my apartment building. I randomly came across the coffee shop Le Petit Bas Perdu (The Little Lost Sock) after hearing about it’s local art displays and grilled cheese sandwiches. To my surprise, as I walked deep…

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5 Drinks you Must try Before is too Late

Spring is here! (Or at least till the next snow storm takes us by surprise). As the flowers blossom, our favorite Mtl coffee shops work on their new spring creations. Here is a selection of 5 delicious drinks you have to try before the season is over!  Maple Syrup Latte Kahwa Café. 331 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1P8   Easter Latte Tommy. British Empire Building, 200 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T3   Hot Chocolate Pagaille Café. 101 Rue…

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Le Petit Trianon, Montreal’s Royal Escape.

Who said you had to go all the way to France to find Le Petit Trianon? Closer than you think, there is a small coffee shop with the charm of the French chateau, and croissants to die for. First time I went in, I saw two girls having tea. It felt like I was getting into a dolls house and was just in time for my tea party. Tea time is important, this is why this coffee shop serves quality…

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Ali, @Clementine Café

Each Barista has a story. Here is Ali’s story. Ali is a barista and a young intellectual woman passionate about outdoor activities, religion, and women’s studies. She started her journey as a barista 3 years ago at Kafeine Café-Bar and now delights palates at Clementine Café while thinking about pursuing a master in Feminism and Religion in India. The enjoyable and relaxed environment in coffee shops drowned her to the coffee world. Ali enjoys learning how to get the perfect…

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Aunja Café, Where the Magic Happens

Coffee, music, tea, paintings, food, photographs and so much more come together into Café Aunja’s magical coffee shop. Some of the specialties include a variety of tisanes that look like magic potions able to make you feel relaxed, cured you from all winter colds and even soothe your soul.  The best part of it is that you can create your own magic potion with its mix and match tea selection. But don’t jump out of the boat coffee lovers! There is…

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