Cafe Parvis Montreal

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Cafe Parvis – Lunch hideaway

Café Parvis is on a short street tucked behind St. James United Church. Parvis, meaning court space before a church, is a coveted lunch spot by workers in the downtown pocket once known as the “Fur district”.

The design is like a ’70s movie still with recycled factory tables, maroon colored stools, half-stripped green paint, vintage amber glass made in France and a jungle of hanging plants. 

At Café Parvis (Par-vee), servers wear half aprons and offer glass carafes of water. The weekly changing menu is made of light salads (available in three portion sizes), inspiring entrées and pizza. My choice – fried zucchini flower with goat cheese and walnuts as an entrée and beet and quinoa salad with tarragon dressing. They also lure you in with a dinner and brunch menu and a newly opened co-working space upstairs. 

Follow the toll of the church bells to a stylish escape from the crowds, to bask in the midday sun by the open floor to ceiling window or out on the garden terrace, and sip on local, designer cappuccino.

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Details about this spot



433 rue Mayor, Montreal

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Wed 07:00 - 23:00, Thu - Fri 07:00 - 00:00, Sat 10:00 - 00:00, Sun 10:00 - 22:00


Salad: C$ 7


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)