June 26th, 2013
Despite having fashion ties – one of the owners is François Beauregard – Kitsuné is all about the coffee.
The new café, tucked on Prince Arthur Street just east of Saint-Laurent, serves delicious beverages – we’re partial to the iced latte – crafted with beans from Nova Scotia-based roaster Anchored.
As for the snacks (think scones, croissants and cookies), they’re sourced from Boulangerie Guillaume. And the décor? Perfectly on trend, with plenty of wood, exposed light bulbs, a vintage map of the world and even a bike rack.
We’re already well on our way to becoming regulars. —Christine Laroche
19 Prince Arthur W., Montreal, 514-507-2055.
August 15th, 2012
The vibrant Mile End food scene welcomes a new (furniture-loving) member to the family.
Brooklyn is part café, part vintage furniture and home accessories showroom. The front space serves up delicious espresso ($2), breakfast staples (try the Brooklyn Egg Sandwich, $6), as well as lunch and dinner items (we were tempted by the BBQ smoked veal with fresh tomato salad, $12).
Caffeinated and fed, we wandered into the showroom where we lusted after a midcentury modern lounge chair and ottoman set ($1,400) and almost walked out with a vintage yellow cooking pot with wooden handle ($35).
Our home décor and stomach will thank us for visiting often. —Christine Laroche
71 St-Viateur St. E., Montreal, 514-564-6910.
August 9th, 2012
On a quest to expand our horizons beyond cheap meatballs from Ikea, we checked out a cute Scandinavian café.
We’ve been warned not judge a book by its cover but we couldn’t help but swoon for Ellefsen Café Scandinave’s looks: its cute outdoor awning, airy interior and blackboard menu are right up our alley.
Thankfully, we grabbed a Ektorp (um, maybe not) seat and found that the offerings lived up to the aesthetic, with the Norwegian poutine ($10) and classic coffee and fresh scone ($2.50) coming out on top.
Vær saa god! —Christine Laroche
414 St-Zotique St. E., Montreal, 514-274-6969, www.cafeellefsen.com
Photo: Nancy Pevan
June 21st, 2012
After pulling out perfect shots at Olympico for almost twenty years, barista Vito Azzue has moved on.
His new spot is the adorable Café Vito on Villeray Street, just a stone’s throw from Jarry Park. Espresso to go ($1.75) will be our order come fall but until then, it’s all about iced coffee ($2.25) with a side of gelato ($3.50) to be enjoyed al fresco.
Is Villeray becoming the new Saint-Viateur? We’re definitely starting to think so! —Christine Laroche
Vito’s Gelato, 151 Villeray St., www.cafevito.com
Photo: Angelo Neri for Maguzan
January 11th, 2012
With boutique espresso joints sprouting up all over the city, this just may be the year we become coffee snobs.
Just don’t bring your laptop and expect to groove to an indie playlist: La Distributrice is a pick-up only counter. For maximum efficiency, the menu is simple: latte, espresso, regular coffee (brewed from Detour beans) and homemade donuts.
Awesome design, delicious coffee and great service. That’s nothing to turn our noses at. —Christine Laroche
La Distributrice, 408 Mont-Royal Ave. E., Montreal, www.fr-fr.facebook.com/pages/La-Distributrice