Travel Munchies: Montreal (Pt.1- Cafes)

As promised, here is the compilation of my foodie adventures while traveling! First off is Montreal! Although we toured between cities, we spent 4 nights in Montreal so we had lots of yummy food there. With that said, I decided to split this food post up into three parts- cafes, signatures and international! Let’s get started with all the dainty cafes I went to. (:


 

Cafe 1880

We went to Cafe 1880 to grab a quick on-the-go breakfast before our bus ride to Ottawa. It’s located near the Berri-UQAM metro station, and it was one of the few restaurants that opened up this early.

Even though we went early, there was already a good assortment of baked goods, both savoury and sweet.

Cranberry Muffin (4/5)

This was delicious! The amount of sweetness and tartness was well-balanced, with a decent amount of cranberries. The texture was soft and buttery.

Spinach and Feta Feuilleté (3/5)

“Feuilletés” are puff pastries. The waitor warmed it up for us so the feta was nice, gooey and melty. However, I found it slightly too greasy for my liking, especially with the oil seeping through after being heated.

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{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 3.5/5 | Service: 4/5 | Value: 3/5 | Ambiance: 4/5

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Site: http://cafe1880.com/


Sweet Lee’s + Saint-Henri Microtorréfacteur

Sweet Lee’s and Saint-Henri Microtorrefacteur are two separate companies, but they share the same venue. While Sweet Lee’s is a bakery, Saint-Henri Microtorrefacteur serves coffee. We came by for breakfast to fuel up for our first full day in Montreal! Outside on the sidewalk, there is an area where you can sit down and enjoy your meal. There’s also seating available inside.

Saint-Henri Microtorrefacteur

Latte (3/5)

Mama Rae got this, but she didn’t say much about it.

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{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 3/5 | Service: 3/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 4/5

Overall: 3.5/5

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Site: http://www.sainthenri.ca/

 

Sweet Lee’s

Swiss Cheese Croissant(4.5/5)

This was amazing! One of the flakiest croissant I’ve ever had and the swiss cheese adds a nice savoury component. It’s also seasoned with a lot of herbs and spices, but it wasn’t distributed evenly so some parts were a lot saltier than others. Other than that, Mama and I both really enjoyed it.

Maple Apple Muffin (4/5)

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This was quite tasty as well. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too sweet, even with the maple flavour. I also liked the generous chunks of apple in here.

Broccoli and Cheddar Scone (4/5)

They called this a scone, but with the dough base, it was definitely more like a flatbread. This was pretty good as well.

***

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 4/5 | Service: 4/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 4/5

Overall: 4/5

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Site: http://sweetlees.ca/


Méchant Café

I was reading some reviews on cafes in Montreal, and Mechant Cafe is said to have one of the best coffees. I’m currently off of caffeine for health reasons, but Mama Rae loves her cup of joe in the morning so I decided to take her here. I thought they would have some food as well, but the only thing they had that morning were some buns that seemed like leftovers haha.. Perhaps we came a bit too early.

Latte (4/5)

I asked Mama Rae how the coffee was, and she said it was indeed very rich and fragrant!

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 4/5 | Service: 3/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 3/5

Overall: 3.5/5

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Caravane Café

While Mama Rae enjoyed her coffee at Mechant Cafe, I went across to street to look for a more substantial breakie, which I can’t go without. It is the most important meal of the day afterall. (;

The shop is in a cute little house, with seating inside and a spacious patio area outside, and it was actually pretty busy on this weekday morning. They have a good breakfast and sandwich menu, along with tons of cakes and sweets showcased in their fridge.

I don’t speak fluent French and when the waitress noticed, she was very kind about it. She was super patient and encouraged me to ask questions if I had any! To be honest, it was was rather awkward for us at a lot of restaurants because everyone communicates in French, but here, I felt welcomed.

Le Végé (5/5)

I originally wanted to try their Ratatouille sandwich, but unfortunately, it was still early and it wasn’t available.. so the waitress suggested for me to try this instead. This veggie sandwich consists of grilled veggies, (eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, artichoke) and parmesan cheese between a toasted, crispy ciabatta bun. As simple as a sandwich can get, this was made fresh so it was very tasty!

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{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 5/5 | Service: 5/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 4/5

Overall: 3.5/5

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Site: https://caravanecafe.ca/


Café Presse

Press Cafe, or “Cafe Presse” is a chain store in Ontario and Quebec I believe. This location was right in the central bus station where we were getting our ride to Quebec City at, so we bought our breakfast before boarding.

Légumes et Feta (3/5)

Cafe Presse has a variety of pre-made sandwiches which they press in their panini grills, and they call them “Presswiches”. This vegetarian option comes in a ciabatta bun with feta cheese, bell peppers, eggplant, and I believe a pesto spread. Feta is a very pungent cheese and can easily overpower other ingredients. This was exactly the case here.. they used too much, making the sandwich very salty.

Ham and Cheese Croissant (4/5)

This looks really weird with the grilled marks, but Mama Rae really liked it! When it was prepared, it was piping hot and the scent of butter was incredible.

Carrot Muffin (4/5)I also picked up a muffin to snack on. This was hearty and not too sweet, with tons of shredded carrots inside.

***

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 4/5 | Service: 3/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 3.5/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Site: http://pressecafe.com/fr/


Café Central

We had our very last meal in Montreal at Cafe Central, which was breakfast before we left for Toronto. It was located right across from the Monk metro station, which was also pretty near our stay.

It didn’t look like much from the outside, but the shop is actually quite spacious. They even have a children’s play area in the back! 

Aside from coffee, they have a wide selection of sandwiches, sweets and pastries too.

Banana Bread (5/5)

Banana bread is one of my favourite sweets and I make a healthified vegan version all the time myself, so I was a bit hesitant to try their version because I worried it would be too sweet for my liking. It wasn’t though! The flavour of banana really shown through and it was on point texture wise too.

Croissant (3/5)

The croissant was average, it could’ve been flakier.

Le Grec (4/5)

The bus ride to Toronto was 6 hours long, so I ordered a sandwich for lunch. Of course being the herbivore I am, I went for a veggie sandwich again. This has feta, grilled zucchini, peppers, eggplants, with a cranberry spread in a ciabatta bun. The menu said it would have pesto, but I guess not. However, I did like the cranberry though, the tartness offsets the sharp feta nicely. I wish I had this right away, after seeing how much care the staff (something tells me he’s the shop owner?) took into assembling this!

Almond Biscotti (2/5)

I didn’t like this.. At first it’s alright, but it’s got this strange aftertaste. There’s lots of almonds but the almond flavour in the biscuit tasted artifical and while it is crunchy, it’s really powdery too. On the other hand, Mama Rae did enjoy it.

***

{1- Terrible :: 2- Poor :: 3- Average :: 4- Good :: 5- Excellent}

Food: 3.5/5 | Service: 4/5 | Value: 4/5 | Ambiance: 4/5

Overall: 3.5/5


So those are all the cafes I visited in Montreal! I sure miss going to cafes every morning for breakfast haha.. I’m still deciding between a review and a travel post for tomorrow, but there’ll be something up for sure. 😀 Thanks for reading as always!

<3, Rae

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