© La Firme / Photography: Ulisse Lemerise

Since opening their first Melk coffee parlour in Montreal seven years ago, Dominique Jacques and Myriam Asselin have rallied a loyal and growing fanbase. The boyfriend-and-girlfriend team picked the name after a trip to Amsterdam – the name simply means ‘milk’ in Dutch – and have gradually expanded operations with a second outpost in 2015, and now, after partnering with Alexandre Baldwin, Alexandre Wolosianski, Nicole Lemelin and Eric Dupuis, a team of like-minded hospitality entrepreneurs with a string of popular establishments and an equal cult following, the third Melk café has opened its doors in the city. Tucked away in the historic downtown neighbourhood of Ville-Marie, the café occupies a lofty and triangular 85 sqm. ground floor unit with a slightly curved back wall and an exposed ceiling.

The interior design, a collaboration between co-owner Baldwin and Montreal-based design practice La Firme, sees a hall upon entering, captured by a base covered in tiny white tiles and a light green steel frame and glass. The tiling can be found throughout the premises, and in fact, anchor the interior design. An elongated service station, almost perpendicular to the aforementioned curved wall, divides the space in two. Seating opposite the counter. comprising of benches and booths with wooden tables and stools, are raised to bar height on platforms. Melk serves a variety of classic coffee concoctions, in addition to juices, vegetarian bites, homemade pastries and salads. Mind you, the store also stocks packs a different filter coffee blends, all presented on shelves next to the entrance.

908 rue St.-Urbain, Unit C22-C23D (Ville-Marie)
Montreal H2Z 1K4
Telephone: +1 514 8665771

© Le Firme / Photography: Ulisse Lemerise