The last time I went to Atwater Market, I discovered Lili & Oli, a small café on Notre-Dame Street with free Wi-Fi. I thought I’d let you know about it since it’s always nice to find a cozy place for a little computer down-time. Especially one with great coffee…
Patrick Hébert, the young owner, was only 24 when he opened Lili & Oli in 2005. After working in other cafés, he realized that being a barista was his calling and decided to start up his own coffee shop. His family helped him make the restaurant a reality, and his sister still bakes the brownies.
But what I found especially newsworthy was the coffee. As I sipped my cuppa, a regular stopped at my table for a chat. “You won’t find better coffee in all of downtown Montreal,” he said. “Patrick prepares his coffee with a blend of four different beans. But he keeps it a secret!”
Folks, I tried. I begged Patrick to spill the beans (pardon the pun), but he refused. Secrecy, apparently, is the best policy when it comes to enticing coffee aficionados.
Parents will be glad to know that there’s a stockpile of games and kid’s books near the front. “On Saturday mornings, the coffee shop becomes a playground for kids,” explains Patrick. Meanwhile, sports fans will like the huge screen behind the counter. I bet the place fills up on hockey nights.
Lili & Oli
2515 Notre Dame Street West, Montreal, QC, H3J 1N6
Monday to Friday: 7 am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 6 pm