Is there any other coffee in the Mile-End? Café Olimpico trumps all. Expect strong, velvety smooth Italian coffee – spot on every time.
As a perpetual coffee seeker, that green awning and sunny terrace is my Holy Grail. It is perfect for people watching, a pit stop before picking up some St. Viateur bagels and a dependable quality fix for under $ 3. Olimpico has delivered perfect cappuccinos in terracotta colored cups since the 70’s and they’re not keeping up with any trend. It has a pulse in this small neighborhood and has been a part of the daily routine for so many.
Be warned, morning and weekend queues can be discouraging but the wait is no longer than 15 minutes. These boys work fast. Be ready to give your order by the time you’re eyeing the biscotti window – you’ll be called on with the endearing “Bello” or “Bella” and by name soon enough. No, they don’t have soy. They offer the classic Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Mini Latte, Café crema (coffee sorbet) and Latte Freddo (Cold Latte) which is unrivaled to celebrate sunny weather. The “Remix”, a marriage of Latte Freddo and Caffe di Crema, is next on my to-try list.
Grab a bistro chair, watch people pour in and witness the energy of the grind or better yet a bench seat on the beloved outdoor terrace for some rays.
Note: Cash only