Café Valentina: as good as it looks?
With its perfectly Instagrammable cafes, Café Valentina, located on Ontario Street East, has recently been talked about on social networks. But does a latte printer make good coffee? We went to taste, to see if it is as good as it is beautiful.
The café, which opened its doors in 2020 a stone's throw from the Parc des Faubourgs, had a hard time in its first months, due to the pandemic. But, he took his wanders to go in 2022, and even got a makeover at the start of the year to encourage people to spend some time there.
The café- boutique has notably equipped itself with a coffee printer that allows customers to obtain a completely personalized latte art. An idea that the owner of the place, Alison Sanchez, imported straight from Los Angeles.
“It was an investment, mentions the barista, but to differentiate itself from the many other cafes in the city, it was worth the cost. Our generation is a lot on Instagram, we love everything that is photogenic!”
Thanks to this technology – that does not change the taste of your drink – a few moments are enough to print the sentence or the photo of your choice on your coffee, enough to create stories that will make people talk.
Southern flavors -american
But, if this novelty attracts attention, it is not all that Café Valentina has to offer! In her store with a pink storefront and warm decor, the 31-year-old entrepreneur of Mexican origin wants to pass on a bit of her culture.
In addition to hot drinks, you can find on Place des Pâtisseries from Carlota Bakery, located on Saint-Urbain Street and specializing in Mexican-inspired pastries. Our favorite? The conchitas, these sweet buns that go perfectly with coffee, to try absolutely! alfajores(cookies filled with Dulche de Leche) are also provided by Churros Montreal, which delivers its popular churros on weekends.
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The coffee beans are, for their part, Peruvian and are roasted by the micro-roaster Barista, here in Montreal. They give a coffee that is tasty, but accessible and leaves no bitterness in the mouth. Perfect to enjoy two in a row!
Coffee… and boutique!
More than a café, the square also has a boutique area, where you can shop and even try on clothes and accessories. This allows the owner to combine her two passions: fashion and caffeine. The clothes, whose selection often changes with the seasons, are made by small American and Mexican factories, while the jewelry and accessories are made in Montreal.
Address:1878 Rue Ontario E, Montreal
Tuesday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.