We all have restaurants or cafes in our city that each time we pass by, we say to ourselves ‘I’m going to check that place out sometime.’ Then years go by and we never get around to it For me, that place was Cafe Shaika, a cafe on Sherbrooke street west, in the NDG neighbourhood of Montreal.
Located on a street corner, Shaika cafe is in an older building with high ceilings which makes it feel spacious and has an eclectic decor, which gives it character. I like that it’s a little bit different than the average coffee shop and nothing seems to go together, from the blue checkered floor to the mismatched chairs and tables. It’s artsy, and there’s a welcoming vibe to the space. Shaika is a hangout for locals, and at the back of the room, there’s a stage for open mic nights. They have organic and fair trade coffee and lots of vegan options on their menu, but I had a piece of carrot cake, which was moist and delicious. It may have been my first visit, but definitely won’t be my last.