Five Licensed Cafés in Montreal

Order sangria at Café Milano, share a bottle of bubbly at Tommy or enjoy foccaccia and open mic night at Kafein.


Forget coffee shops that close for the day at 4 p.m. In many cities, the latest trend is cafés that shift from morning cappuccinos and croissants to evening charcuterie and cocktails. On your next visit to Montreal, here are five to try out—be it day or night.


Taking pride of place in the beautiful British Empire Building in Old Montreal, this pretty café offers customers two light-filled floors and service that runs from morning shots of espresso to pre-dinner aperitifs. In the morning, don’t miss the rich-tasting almond croissant; come evening, bring a group of friends and share a bottle of bubbly cava.

Oui Mais Non

Should you be exploring the neighbourhoods surrounding Jean-Talon Market, this cute café near Parc Jarry is worth a stop. Featuring fresh, as-local-as-possible ingredients, the menu includes teas from Montreal company Pretty Tea and house cocktails like “le hot shot,” a blend of espresso, Quebec-made whisky and maple syrup liqueur Sortilège.

Café Milano

Day or night, pair a visit to the Biodome, Insectarium or Olympic Stadium with a stop at this local institution, open since 1971. Soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts are served 24/7 alongside Italian-style espresso drinks and wine or beer. Or a pitcher of sangria might be just the thing to refresh your taste buds.

Café Parvis

Tucked on a side street downtown near the shops on rue Sainte-Catherine, this plant-filled space serves breakfast, lunch or dinner and changes up its menu weekly. Pizzas are a highlight—think braised beef with coconut milk, lemongrass, pickled carrots and coriander, or creamed spinach, goat cheese, grilled portobellos and walnuts—and the cocktail bar mixes up a mean Paloma.


Nestled among the buildings of Concordia University downtown and just steps from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this cozy café serves up a wide selection of food and drink: coffees and pastries, salads and pizza-like focaccias, and classic and creative cocktails. Drop in Tuesday evenings for open mic night featuring poetry, music, improv and more.

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