When I asked for recommendations for good coffee in Montreal, Café Myriade (and Falco) was one that kept coming up. So on our first morning in the city, we sat outside a sunny terrasse on rue MacKay sipping perfectly prepared velvety lattes with delicious crumbly scones while cute tiny birds fluttered about.
It was exactly the jolt we needed to start us off on exploring the city after our five hour red-eye flight, except I couldn’t grab any good photos because it was too sunny (imagine that!)
Luckily, Myriade has two other locations; the newest one on busy rue Ste-Catherine at the corner of Metcalfe just so happened to be a few steps from our hotel.
Part of a growing trend of in-store coffee shops, the café is inside a Club Monaco, down a marble staircase, next to the men’s section in a beaux-arts building.
The space is beautiful; stylish and trendy in an effortlessly elegant way. The décor is bright white and neutral. It’s the sort of place you’d meet a date for coffee, or bring out-of-town guests, or find yourself taking a quiet break away from the bustling downtown crowd.
Our lattes were consistent with the ones we had at their other location, excellently brewed using quality beans from Vancouver’s 49th Parallel. The expresso is pulled from a Spirit machine like the one at Heart Coffee in Portland (East Burnside).
Above the comfy blue sofa, a chalkboard on the wall lists local businesses where their delicious selection of pastries and other offerings are sourced.
The collection of books lining the walls are from Drawn and Quarterly a publishing house with a bookstore worth visiting if you’re ever in Montreal.
We had a delightful time here with our rich creamy lattes and delectable pastries. The cozy atmosphere and friendly staff, and the uncrowded café all to ourselves made for a late breakfast.
Café Myriade – Dominion Square
1000 Sainte Catherine Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3B 5L2