Java U Cafe – Montreal

Java U Cafe predominately is a coffee chain located in Montreal (and some others located in Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Qatar – talk about market diversity!) I stumbled upon this coffee shop when I went to Montreal for a conference and had time to kill. Famished from being shopped-out on Saint-Catherine’s and feeling a little low on caffeine.

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This modern looking coffee shop offers more than your regular cuppa joe. Classic and specialty coffee, Smoothies and their anti-oxidant versions called smoothieceuticals ? What a gimmicky name! I could have sworn I saw wines sold; but I wonder if my memory is playing tricks on me! There are daily specials on breakfast, paninis, salads and more. Tri-U is a sandwich, salad, or soup combo paired with coffee for less than 10 bux. A pretty good deal and hard to get in Vancouver!

The particular location I went to had 2 stories with tables upstairs overlooking the bar area.

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I read over the internet that a lot of people were bashing the service. Although though not superb (common’ you weren’t looking for a Michelin Star grade were you?) it was not terrible. I had no problems with it at least.


Cafe Java U on Urbanspoon
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Cafe
Price/Entrée: $5-10
Out of 5… (1: Don’t bother —> 5: Excellent)
Food: 3
Service: 2.5
Ambiance: 3
Overall: 3 

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Greek Salad
Freshly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. Feta was grainy and deliciously pungent.


Americano Espresso
Bold. Not very acidic. Not bad overall.


I wish I had read upon this earlier. But according to their website Montreal Gazette Charlie Fidelman described their Café Au Lait as “tantalizingly fresh, appetizingly thick and rich-looking, rich coffee-milk mix that would be as good ice cold.” and “A seriously good cafe au lait,” says Gazette reporter Julian Armstrong.  I guess I will have to give this place a try if I ever go back.


But then again, there are so many more independent cafes I’d rather try…


4104 Saint-Catherine St. West,

Westmount QC

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  • Andy says:

    Ha! You probably did see wine being sold at a COFFEE SHOP; booze is everywhere in Quebec. 😛 I’ve always meant to study at one of these, just never got around to it. I’m not the biggest fan of their coffee but I find their food to be alright.

    • nance says:

      are you studying in montreal right now? too bad Vancity doesn’t carry booze at local coffeeshops… i wouldn’t mind adding some baileys etc to mine once in a while hahaa (that must be too much mexico all inclusive speaking aloud)~

      i agree i don’t think their coffee was particularly the best but overall it was a pretty pleasant chilling spot =)

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