If I had to give an example of why specialty coffee is not limited to one type of crowd, I would name Melk Bar a Cafe. The cozy coffee shop is located on Monkland Avenue, an upper class anglo neighbourhood that is NDG. With the large trend of ‘third wave coffee’ shops opening in Montreal, it’s easy to lose track of what makes a good coffee shop versus what would look good on your instagram feed – I call them instagrammable coffee shops. Fortunately, Melk falls in the former category. Without any obvious centerpiece, Melk focuses on producing good quality coffee, food and atmosphere.
I am a firm believer that coffee shops do not need to fit into a certain mold to strive. Each market is different and instead of limiting to a specific niche, the reality is that everyone enjoys good coffee. Regardless of age group, fashion styles and neighbourhoods, good coffee can be presented in a number of ways and Melk does exactly that. The clientèle is a diverse array of young high school students, stay at home moms, business men, ex-pats. The staff is friendly and brings your coffee to your table without any hint of pretentiousness. The coffee is good, stemming from the Vancouver based roaster 49th Parallel and the array of baked goods is phenomenal. You have a special menu for children and house specials like Maple lattes, Vanilla lattes. There are laptop sized tables as well as window seats for the individuals. The shop is small so please be sure not to stay for too long if you decide to work (or if you do, the polite thing is to order another cup). Lastly, the staff being well trained and knowledgeable is a plus. I had asked one of the baristas working what the difference was between a cappuccino and a macchiato to make sure I wouldn’t get a surprise for my order and in a heartbeat, the answer was ” A macchiato is espresso and foam whereas cappuccino has both plus milk”. Even their latte art is beautiful. With a second location that opened in Downtown last year, their success is clear and here to stay.
Foodies with a taste for good coffee will thoroughly enjoy this shop.
Food and Amenities
Coffee Roast: 49th Parallel, Detour
Foods: muffins, scones, trou de beigne donuts, etc
Sitting Space: roughly 15 seats indoor, terrace is open during summer.
Electrical Outlets: yes
Points Cards: indie coffee passport