Pikolo Espresso Bar Montreal
By Jennifer HoJan 01 2012 · 0 comments · Snacks & Street Food
Pikolo Espresso Bar is exactly what its name suggests and so much more. The place primarily serves coffee in the form of lattes, espressos and the like while offering some tea options for those who prefer the leaf infused hot beverages (I’m one of them). Walking – no, running in from the harsh winter winds whipping up a frenzy outside, we entered the toasty coffee shop with great relief, ready to be brought back to life by a cup of hot something. Decorated with Christmas lights and a small tree, the place emanated holiday cheer and a relaxing, comforting and soothing atmosphere. Most people inside on both floors were equipped with laptops, helping create a semi-studious, quieter vibe than your average Starbucks or Second Cup. That’s not all that makes this place different. The portions here are smaller but pack a very big punch. Pikolo doesn’t joke around – at least not about the coffee.
We ordered one Pikolo espresso which came in an almost shot-glass size cup. The foam on top was beautifully shaped in the form of an acorn, or a pine tree depending on how you look at it. Strong, deep and rich, the espresso was slowly savored and thoroughly enjoyed. Don’t underestimate the drink by its size – trust me, it’s all there in the flavor. We also got a rooibos vanilla latte which was imbued with a lighter, more subtle flavor. This one came in a larger glass, filled to the brim to the point of almost tipping over! You get your money’s worth with this bad boy.
If you haven’t been here yet, not to worry. There are still plenty of cold winter days coming up aka more opportunities/excuses to stop by and have a drink. Not to say this place isn’t just as inviting in summer. Just do yourself a favor and check it out!
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