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Cafés that are actually conducive to studying: Saint-Henri edition

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Students hoping to study off-campus and explore a new area in Montreal need look no further than Saint-Henri for a diverse selection of cafés that are both trendy and productive to studying. The McGill Tribune has compiled a guide to cafés to help students find the best option suited to their study preferences—this time, for the Saint-Henri neighbourhood.

Café Saint-Henri

Address: 3632 Notre-Dame St. W

Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Price: $$

A short walk from the Lionel-Groulx metro station, Café Saint-Henri offers a small food selection including vegan options and pastries, as well as a variety of coffees, teas, juices, and kombucha. They also sell their own coffee and roast the beans in-house. The sleek, minimal decor and quiet, low-key music make Café Saint-Henri the perfect place to get some work done without distraction. The space isn’t huge, so it might be tricky to get a table during peak hours, but, there are individual seats lining the windows as well as a couple of booths. One unique feature of this café is the church pews, which provide additional seating if visitors have work that doesn’t require a desk.

Features
Wifi?    Laptops
allowed?   
Accessible
outlets?  
Quiet?  

 

 Caffè Farina

Address: 3422 Notre-Dame St. W

Hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Price: $$

At this trendy Italian café and restaurant, the atmosphere is bright, clean, and fun. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the Italian food is authentic and delicious. Depending on the time of day, Caffè Farina serves a variety of pastries, sandwiches, salads, and small plates. However, be aware that they play loud music, so this spot is probably best for some lighter studying or group work. Furthermore, most tables aren’t equipped with outlets, so charging devices beforehand is a must. There are plenty of small tables scattered around the entrance and a long, communal table in the back, which is ideal for group studying.

Features
Wifi?    Laptops
allowed?   
Accessible
outlets?  x
Quiet?  x

 

 La Luncheonette

Address: 4271 St. Jacques St.

Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Price: $$

Located minutes away from the Place Saint-Henri metro station, La Luncheonette offers a convenient spot for grabbing a bite to eat and getting readings done. The atmosphere is light and airy, and the room is decorated with hanging plants and funky light fixtures. This café serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, soups, pastries, desserts, and cocktails. It is relatively quiet, and though laptops are allowed, there aren’t very many outlets to charge your devices. There are plenty of tables inside the café, as well as an outdoor terrace in the back—so, make sure to check this spot out before it gets too chilly.

Features
Wifi?    Laptops
allowed?   
Accessible
outlets?  x
Quiet?  

 

Campanelli

Address: 4634 Notre-Dame St. W

Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Closed Sunday

Price: $

This cozy café, decorated with vintage posters and rustic skateboards, is a great place to grab a coffee and hang out. The café offers good coffee, friendly customer service, and a relaxed atmosphere. Although it’s small, Campanelli has a decent range of seating options. Though it only serves a limited selection of drinks and pastries, the staff prepare customers’ meals quickly, and the food tastes delicious. It’s not too loud there, so, provided there are still seats available, Campanelli is a great option for getting work done.

 

Features
Wifi?    Laptops
allowed?   
Accessible
outlets?  
Quiet?  

 

 Cordova

Address: 4606 Notre-Dame St. W

Hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday

Price: $$

Last, but certainly not least, this sleek, Spanish-style café doubles as a bar and serves a selection of  pastries and tapas. Cordova is located down the street from Campanelli and offers a little more space to spread out. It’s a bit on the louder side, especially later in the day when happy hour customers start to trickle in, but Cordova is laptop-friendly and offers a clean, modern environment to study casually.

Features
Wifi?    Laptops
allowed?   
Accessible
outlets?  x
Quiet?  x

 

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