5201 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4A 1T7
(514) 439 1230
Le Petit Trianon is a Marie-Antoinette inspired cafe and pastry shop. I like to think of the shop as a high tea shop, except with coffee (although they do have quality tea like Nina’s Paris). They have a Marzocco espresso machine and grinder, which is rare because usually it’s only the espresso machine. The plating is elegant, like porcelain, and the decor is pastel and soft coloured. They also have a large canvas of the Grand Budapest Hotel movie poster which captures their style and theme very well. During the summer, they have outdoor seating so you can people watch and appreciate the nice weather. Though more of a place for solo reading or to catch up with a friend, the shop does have wifi if you need.
In terms of the coffee, I enjoyed it very much. I tried their cold brew as well as their cappuccino and both were great. Stocking both Kittel and Dispatch beans, I’m glad they chose to stick with local roasters just because I love supporting local small businesses. The pastries are addictive if you have a sweet tooth like me. The first time I visited, they were handing out free freshly baked madeleines for their first day and though not usually one to like madeleines, I loved them so much I asked if I could buy a bag. Sprinkled softly with zest, I remember popping them eagerly in my mouth. I had also tried their kouign amann which was different from the ones I’ve had from either Au Kouign Amann or Patrice Patissier but not in a bad way, just a different consistency and I think sweeter. Finally, what I really loved was their Ispahan inspired pastry, which is basically a big macaron with raspberry filling. Having tried it for the first time at Pierre Herme while living in Paris, it was pleasantly nostalgic as I bit into the pastry.
I’m thrilled that among the many coffee shops that keep popping up in Montreal, this one offers something a bit different from the others: french pastries to pair with good coffee. By doing so, Le Petit Trianon distinguishes itself as a coffee/pastry shop that is very suited for you if it is mid afternoon and you’re looking for a place that serves coffee with dessert and not the usual croissant or scone. They have a very creative selection in their menu including the crocake (cupcake/croissant) and the rumoured avocado affogato. But in case it is morning, they do have croissants and scones for you to enjoy. All in all, a must visit.
“Let them eat cake.” -Marie Antoinette
Food and Amenities
Coffee Roast: Kittel and Dispatch Roast
Foods: Pastries, Scones, Croissants
Sitting Space: about 12 spots inside, 12 outside
Electrical Outlets: yes
Points Cards: no
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