Tuesday, December 12, 2017

hvmans



Hi everyone! I can't believe how close Christmas is! I've been going to Enso Yoga's community classes on Friday nights after work and I find it hard to kill the time before class since it only starts at 7:30 and I get hungry so easily!

This past week my friend C joined me for yoga and we decided to hit up hvmans for a coffee and snack before our class! I love the location of this café since it's right on St Catherine's close to Concordia. There were a few students on a Friday evening but luckily it wasn't too busy and we snagged a great spot. There is plenty of seating and plugs too.

We shared a croissant and enjoyed our coffee while unwinding from the week. My cappuccino was very good and C liked her americano as well. The best part about this café is the extended hours! This may become my new spot before yoga!





Thursday, November 2, 2017

Café Perko



I discovered another cute café with my friend C in Villeray called Café Perko. This is literally the perfect study spot!!

The owner opened this café because when she was a law student, she spent all of her time studying in coffee shops. She found herself either at a big chain coffee shop with expensive and terrible coffee, or small independent coffee shops where the coffee was great but the space was small, and the hours were not conducive to night owls. That's where the idea of Perko was born: a big enough coffee shop, open late, with good wifi and most importantly good coffee and good food at reasonable prices!

Perko offers everything from coffee and pastries to salads and sandwiches. They even have chargers that they can lend you if you forget yours - free of charge! One of the coolest perks about this café is their printing corner. They offer notepads, paper, pens, and envelopes! Finally, they even have a conference room with a large TV available for rent by the hour.

I absolutely loved the cozy and comfy vibe here, not to mention the motivation I felt being surrounded by so many focused students that were plugged in and working away! I suspect you need to come early if you want a table to work on because it was was packed when we got there on Saturday afternoon! Nevertheless, we loved our coffee and were so glad we discovered this spot.




Monday, October 23, 2017

Saratoga Coffee Traders



We spent a beautiful fall weekend in Lake George, NY and had a chance to swing by Saratoga Springs on the way home! On our way back, we discovered Saratoga Coffee Traders, a local café on one of the main streets.

Their menu is extensive and includes all types of hot drinks and cold drinks and sandwiches and snacks. We chose 2 seasonal specialties to keep us warm on the drive home. I got an Irish cream and peppermint coffee and Alan got a mudslide which was a chocolate and Irish cream coffee.

You can subscribe on their website for monthly coffee deliveries which includes a pound of coffee each month with free shipping. They also sell merchandise such as mugs and shirts. I love that their website also has an option to order online. This ensures that your order is ready for pickup whenever you're ready and you can beat the lunch rush!

These guys are celebrating their 10 year anniversary next year on Aug 1, 2018 (congrats!) and to help celebrate you can compete to design their new mug! Check out the competition details on their website here.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Ginkgo



Ginkgo is a new café and bar in the heart of Montreal's quartier des spectacles. It's a beautiful and bright spot with plenty of seating! Ginkgo offers delicious food, cocktails and coffee. I found my cappuccino tasty however this spot is definitely more of a restaurant in my opinion than a café. Next time you're in the area, grab a friend and check out this gorgeous spot over a cocktail or brunch!

 



Monday, October 2, 2017

Allo Velo


Allo Velo is your one stop shop for everything bicycle rated in Montreal and inside the store there is a cute little coffee corner. This was my second time here thanks to the Indie Coffee Passport, but last time they were located in a different location in St Henri.

The new space is located in Griffintown right on Rue Shannan. It's spacious enough to house a number of bicycles and gear and it also has an awesome nook to hang out in and enjoy coffee. The coffee was delicious as always! I loved my cappuccino and my friend C also really liked her americano. Hope to stop by again sometime!






Saturday, September 30, 2017

Better Buzz California



Better Buzz is a Californian coffee shop with a few different locations around the San Diego area. I discovered this café while vacationing in Pacific / Mission Beach. Alan and I ordered acai bowls for breakfast and I got an amazing cappuccino while Alan got "the best coffee ever". This was basically an Americano with hints of vanilla creamer. We loved our breakfast and the coffee helped fuel us for a day of exploring!

The cafe had an awesome open air concept and we sipped the coffee by the window while enjoying the nice warm breeze. The vibe was very "Californian cool" with surfers strolling in without shoes and shirts, just in their bathing suits, to grab their morning coffee! What a life they live!!!

I really enjoyed this cafe and have already recommended it to a friend who visited California not long after me. If you find yourself in the area, make sure to stop into one of their 7 locations!

Life is better buzzed!

 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunny San Diego

Hi friends! I'm back from an amazing vacation in San Diego. Some of my highlights included surfing at Pacific Beach, hiking the Valido Trail in Laguna Beach and Torrey Pines, strolling around Balboa Park, relaxing on Coronado Beach, watching the sun set at Sunset Cliffs, and crossing the border by foot to Tijuana, Mexico.




















Sunday, September 10, 2017

Soucoupe Café II



Soucoupe Café is another cozy coffee shop that I was lucky enough to visit during my first Indie Coffee Passport adventures. This hidden gem is located in the Rosemont area in a residential area.

It was a little too busy to sit inside so C and I got our coffee to go and enjoyed them on the patio and then walked around the neighbourhood. Soucoupe is the quintessential Montreal café with it's charming vibe, friendly baristas and delicious coffee.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Café Pista



Hi Friends! August was a mad dash to finish the Indie Coffee Passport but I'm so excited that I was able to complete it once again!

One of my new discoveries was Café Pista, a beautiful and spacious coffee shop in the Rosemont area. Pista originally started as a seasonal mobile café, roaming the Montreal streets for special cultural and corporate events. They finally opened up a permanent location in the beautiful Château St-Vallier building, a local landmark.

Pista offers brunch in addition to coffee and pastries. I enjoyed my cappuccino and especially loved the large tables available to work on. You can also arrange to have them serve coffee at your next private or corporate event.

What a stunning café! I definitely need to try to come back here for their brunch!




Monday, August 28, 2017

Café Hublot



Café Hublot is a cute little café on Beaubien in the Rosemont area. It's very family friendly, with a small kid's corner in the back with books and a few toys. They serve tea, coffee, lemonade and some snacks including pastries, bagels, soups and salads.

It was a nice sunny day so I sat outside with a latté and my friend got some Bilboquet ice cream! If it weren't for the Indie Coffee Passport I don't think I would've discovered this cute place!




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Café Reine Garçon



Café Reine Garçon is a new discovery thanks to the 2017 Indie Coffee Passport. This quaint café is located in the Plateau area. I loved the décor - a mish-mash between antique furniture and new pieces. It's a very quirky but fun and creative atmosphere! There is a mix of everything including couches, bar stools, large tables and outdoor seating. I enjoyed some chill music and a relaxed ambiance while catching up on my travel journal! I also noticed a stage near the back which they sometimes use for local artists to perform!

I chose a chai latté which was delicious. Even their mug and coasters were vintage chic! They have such a great collection of plants and book and little nic nacs everywhere. This is a great spot to have a coffee, grab a snack and to watch some local performances!