A version of this article was first written for Tourisme Montréal.
If it’s not on your ‘gram, did it really happen? The following Montreal cafés are so photogenic that you’re going to have a hard time deciding which photos to post on your Instagram feed and which to do a story with.
Located on the top floor of the Ssense fashion building in Old Montreal, the Ssense café is a cement-clad, minimalist space with a beautiful shadow show created by the long skylights in its ceiling. Bar, benches, tables, walls and stools are cement and create a gorgeous monochromatic palette that looks stunning in photos.
Bar Darling is anything but minimalist. Rich textures, extravagant light fixtures, eclectic objects, warm tones and plush leather couches are all piled up in a dizzying-mishmash of colours and textures that make this space unique and welcoming. Stop by for a morning coffee, a happy hour cocktail or a full dinner experience.
Café Falco is located in a Mile End industrial space. Cement ceilings and floors and large windows are complemented by a hodgepodge of coffee paraphernalia that lend a science lab ambiance to this Japanese-inspired café. Minimalist prints, hanging bikes and other uncommon objects complete the unique look.
If you’re a fan of brutalist architecture, cement surfaces and sharp angles like me, then Café Osmo will certainly appeal to you. I like it so much, I would move in tomorrow if I could. Their turquoise blue lawn chairs create an interesting colour contrast that is sure to brighten any photo, especially if it’s taken right under one of the awesome circular skylight. Osmo’s summertime terrasse is also very instagrammable.
Café Parvis is one of the most Instagramed café in Montreal. It’s got a vintage charm with its peeling paint, weathered wood flooring and old-school amber glassware. The hanging plants in the light filled room complete the look and the excellent food make for a delicious visit.
This is without a doubt the most Instagrammed façade in Old Montreal. Le Petit Dep’s bright aqua green exterior attracts the eye from down the street and makes for a great photo background. The convenience store/coffee shop’s interior is the perfect place to stock up on candy and Montreal-themed souvenirs.
The latest mad-scientist-lab meets circus extravaganza establishment from the team behind Majestique and Darling (listed above) is just as over the top as its older siblings. You’ll be hard pressed to pick just one corner of Confetti Café for your gram. Desserts and ice cream by an ex-Toqué pastry chef are a must here.
MELK Bar à Café (St-Urbain location)
The industrial space of the latest MELK Bar à Café location has high ceilings, aqua colour accents and a rough cement wall behind the bar. The furniture consists of freestanding, mosaic-covered walls with attached tables and chairs, which make ideal spots for a great photo. The minimalist café is located between Chinatown and Old Montreal and is an excellent caffeine fuelling pit stop.
The blush and beige toned Saint-Denis Street café is on point when it comes to the trendiest Instagram colour palette. Pink sofas, bold accent colours and a beautiful ceramic collection form the trifecta of great posts. La Dépendance also has a little boutique space with beautiful items for sale.
Voted as one of the most beautiful cafés in the world, Crew Café inhabits the historic old premises of the Royal Bank of Canada. Built in the 30s, the breathtaking space with intricate vaulted ceilings and gold tones has been preserved and makes for a spectacular place to have a cup of coffee and impress your Instagram followers.
Go to Caffe Farina to capture a photo in front of their “Ciao Bella” neon sign but stay for the great Italian-inspired food such as cannoli, tall tartines, and more that also make great ‘gram subjects. The blue velvet banquette, white Carrera marble tables add charm and elegance to the space.
The Mile End café looks like a set from a Wes Anderson movie. The pink, yellow and green colour pattern and symmetrical arches scream fun and beg to be immortalized on your feed and you’ll be more than happy to oblige. Don’t forget to check out the artisans’ workshops in the back.
Tommy Montreal (both locations)
The original Tommy Café on Notre Dame Street in Old Montreal is one of the most Instagrammed cafés in Montreal, and for good reason. The white space has retained its original Old Montreal windows and stunning mouldings and is decorated with dozens of hanging plants for a dazzling overall effect. The other location down the street on Saint Paul is a busier space with bold colours, warm woods, and a green plant wall that makes the perfect backdrop.
Café Saint-Henri (Jean Talon Market and Mile Ex)
Café Saint Henri’s location in the Jean Talon Market is the cutest spot to grab a coffee. The light-filled space has tiny marble-topped round tables dotting one side of it while their beautifully designed bags of coffee take up the other side. The Café Saint Henri Mile Ex headquarters is a large, industrial space lit with cement furniture and pink neon lights that’s perfect for working. It also houses their roasting facilities.
The Standard (Westmount location)
Herringbone parquetry, black walls, pristine marble counters and brass accents make The Standard the most elegant and luxurious café in Montreal. Pose in one of the plush black chairs for a most striking Instagram post.
Can’t get enough?
If the cafés listed above are not enough, here are a few more for you to try: Café Ferlucci, Café Sfouf, Café Bloom, Le Butterblume, Baristello, Café Myriade (Sainte-Catherine Street), Les Impertinentes, Arts Café, Paquebot Café (Old Montreal), Café Pista, Dispatch Coffee (Saint-Laurent Boulevard), La graine brûlée, Livia Matcha and Café Larue & Fils.
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