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Coffee in Little Italy on a Saturday morning

sweettoothMTL Sep 14, 2012 06:32 AM


Anyone has any recs for a good coffee to go in Little Italy, on a Saturday morning, opened at 7:30am?


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    berbatov Sep 14, 2012 07:33 AM

    Caffe Italia

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      sweettoothMTL Sep 14, 2012 08:20 AM

      Thanks, I wasn't sure it would be opened that early. Is it better that Cornetteria coffee?

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        berbatov Sep 14, 2012 08:25 AM

        It should be open by 6:30 at the latest, especially on a Saturday morning in late summer when there will be so many people going to the market.

        I think it's the best coffee in the city - but of course that is a combination of objectivity and having grown up going there all the time. The quality varies slightly depending on who the barista is, but on Saturday they usually have at least one more "senior" person working the bar. In any event, I don't think you can be disappointed by the coffee there.

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        lagatta Sep 14, 2012 10:56 AM

        I'll have to check on Caffè San Simeon, which is also open very early, but I don't remember whether it is open on Sundays; I think so. It has excellent coffee. When the weather is good, the "terrasse" is the old-fashioned kind - just some chairs and tables on the sidewalk in front of the place.

        Caffè San Simeon
        39, rue Dante, Montréal
        514 272-7386

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          Maximilien Oct 9, 2012 02:42 PM

          Tried San Simeon this week-end.

          Their Cappuccino is a lot better than the one at Caffe Italia.


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            sweettoothMTL Oct 26, 2012 07:56 AM

            Good to know, thanks.

            Is the atmosphere any different from Caffe Italia?

            It also always struck me as a ''grumpy old italian'' kinda place, but I know they did some renos recently.

            1. re: sweettoothMTL
              Maximilien Oct 26, 2012 08:25 AM

              Compared to Caffe Italia, There is no reason to sit and linger at San Simeon.

              The decor is spartan, no food other than croissants and things like that.

              Just get your coffee at the counter.


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        sweettoothMTL Sep 18, 2012 08:19 AM

        We ended up stopping at Caffe Italia, which was not only opened, but already had some old Italian guys sitting there. Coffee was good. My wife was the one who went in and let's just say, those old men don't really make a young woman fell welcome. Probably not as bad later in the day when there are more customers.

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          catroast Oct 9, 2012 02:43 PM

          they don't make anyone feel welcome - they are grumpy old men

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            Maximilien Oct 9, 2012 02:49 PM

            that's why we like it.

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          Vmazrou Oct 25, 2012 04:40 PM

          Caffé dela via on Castelneau in front of the church (corner of Henri-Julien?) has changed their schedule. They are now open from 7 AM or maybe 7:30 AM. If you have car, close to little-Italy you have Olympico café on St-Viateur one street after St-Urbain to the west. Sickkkkkkkk cappucino for only 2,50$! They open at around 6:30 AM

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            GuruGunter Oct 28, 2012 08:08 AM

            Yes, as of Monday Oct 29,2012 Caffe della Via will be open weekdays from 7am.
            244 Rue de Castelnau Est Montreal, QC H2R 1P6.
            Vmazrou has it right. Corner Henri Julien. Saturday's they open at nine.
            Really excellent little coffee shop

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