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Jan 30, 2012 08:03 AM

Cozy Café in Montreal

I'm looking for a place that will allow me to escape from the hustle and bustle of crowded and noisy cafés.

I'm looking for a café that is cozy, warm, charming, inviting...and that has great coffee of course, in the downtown area.

Any suggestions?



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  1. I haven't been in a few years, but back when I was a student at Concordia, Nocochi (on Mackay, just below Sherbrooke), used to fit the bill pretty well. Altough the white decor may not be the textbook definition of cozy, it is luminous and quiet (or was the last time I went). Check it out, I find that the feeling your describing is very personnal.

    Otherwise, quiet and downtown don't really go together when selecting coffee places. Some of the chains are quieter than other, depending on location. But they are chains...

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    1. re: sweettoothMTL

      Hello again!

      Thank you all for all your suggestions. I did visit Café Nocochi and absolutely loved it! I will work my way through the others as well!

      Happy Eating to you all!

    2. I agree about Ncochi. They have changed owners but still have basically the same quiet vibe and great desserts and a great selection of tea. Can't vouch for the coffee, but it will probably be good given the other quality stuff they sell.

      1. burritoville is not exactly a coffee shop but they do have coffee and good teas. you won't find any cozier downtown. lots of earth tones and wood. lingering is acceptable and they have a whole upstairs dedicated to relaxation

        1. A great coffee shop that's a little east of downtown is Pikolo on du Parc, just north of Sherbrooke. It is arguably the city's most beautiful (but cozy) cafe, serving beans from the Calgary roaster Phil & Seb, as well as an assortment of baked goods. It's the quality of Myriade but with sitting room, and the staff are always so nice.

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          1. re: torontrealais

            My mistake on Pikolo, I hadn't been yet, but from pictures and what I heard, I was under the impression it was very small, with mostly the espresso bar and very little sitting space. Glad to be corrected there, will have to try it as soon as possible.

            1. re: sweettoothMTL

              It is cozy, but good luck getting a seat once the "Parkers" with their MacBooks get ensconced. Good coffee of course, but I often wonder how some of these places make money when some people manage to make one coffee last an entire afternoon.

              Myriade is definitely not cozy. SHMiT is somewhat cozy- with great coffee, but has the same "Parkers" problem too.


              1. re: pyropaul99

                What's a SHMiT?

                EDIT: Never mind, I figured it out. Saint-Henri Micro-Torréfacteur.

                Is that an official acronym?

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  That's what everyone I know who goes there calls it!


                  1. re: SnackHappy

                    Clients use it, we use it internally, it's painted on our wall, and it's our wifi's SSID. It's pretty official.

              2. re: torontrealais

                It is small, no bigger than Myriade, and maybe smaller.

                1. re: Shattered

                  Correction: Pikolo is minuscule. Yeah, it's cozy alright. Good luck ever finding a seat - they've got roughly 25-30, and that includes upstairs.

              3. Myriade on Mackay has great coffee I'm told though I don't know how cozy it is.

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                1. re: chilipepper

                  Great coffee, yes, but very small and busy. Not cozy in the least. When spring comes you can sit on the terrasse; that's a bit less noisy.

                  1. re: williej

                    You could also try a new place called Entre Le Cafe et la Plume, it is on Mont-Royal just west of St-Urbain. They are serving Verve coffee, a small roaster from California. They are ( I think) the only one in Montreal serving Verve coffee. Really nice athmosphere & relax. They make awsome paninis & chocolat chips cookies.