Mikko Espresso & Boutique

Location:  403 Rue Main, Hudson

Metro Station: forget about the metro… this place is in Hudson!

Woah, I included a huge strip of photos for this post. But it’s worth it because this place was gorgeous.. and I didn’t drive 45 minutes to only take a few pictures. 

So I heard about Mikko through an Instagrammer who had been here once and loved it. I guess that’s a good enough reason to go all the way to Hudson for a coffee shop?

My mom woke up this morning and told me she didn’t have work and basically asked me if I wanted to cafe crawl with her. Anywhere.

Anywhere, mom? Fine by me! Since she was down to drive anywhere, I gave her the address of the furthest coffee shop on my list. And we commenced our adventure. 

The drive there was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l in the winter. There was fresh snow everywhere and the trees were all covered in crystals. The snow hadn’t turned into slush yet and they were still holding on to the landscape, making the scenery a real winter wonderland. 

Finding the coffee shop, I realized it was a house. An actual house with 2 floors and everything. The door was so beautifully decorated. Walking in, the blue toned winter wonderland we had witness dissipated from our eyes and all we could feel was the warmth of the cafe. I was surprised by its little town cafe charm. 

The barista immediately greeted us in what I would think was the old living room of the house. They had a counter now though, of course. My mom started telling her that I was a cafe crawler and did the typical “I’m a proud mom” speech. It was a bit embarrassing, but it’s not like I’ll be seeing the people of Hudson any time soon. I let her talk about my not-so-famous blog and Instagram account. 

The cafe had 3 tables and a little bar. I have to admit - there wasn’t a lot of seating, but Hudson isn’t really big so I’m sure they don’t get that packed anyways. Luckily we found a table next to this young couple who were buying a little hat for their newborn baby.

Let me explain… Mikko isn’t only a coffee shop, but it’s also a boutique where you can buy cute decorations, kitchen items and other adorable little items. Their products were everywhere in the shop, and it added a unique personal touch to the entire place. I loved it. Their stuff wasn’t too expensive either (my mom bought a reindeer tea infused - she couldn’t resist). 

The mochas we ordered then came to our table. After snapping about a hundred pictures, I took the first sip. So good! It was rich and creamy and everything you want in a drink. I wish I had ordered one of their croissants too, but maybe I’ll get some next time when I’m in town. 

I’m very glad I got to experience a spontaneous cafe crawl outside of Montreal before the end of the holidays.. I recommend it to anyone who’s down for something a little bit different.


~2016.12.20~ 2.57 pm

4/100 days of productivity

Celebrating the end of “the end of semester” exams with my bestie.. It was a really tough session. I was feeling so exhausted and relieved at the same time that it was impossible for me to realise that it’s finally over! It think that everyone has experienced it at least once. 

Honestly, having a cup of coffee with her was so much relaxing. To say how crazy we are, let me tell you we’ve been to 2 different coffee shops ^_^ today. The first one was the “Café des Arts” and the second one “Get Your Mug” which was so cosy and so nicely decorated in a vintage way that it made me feel that I was finally in my world ! 

I think I’ve just found my favourite coffee shop !

Quote of the day : “ ‘Be strong’ I say to my coffee” 

To my BFF : Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less and smile a lot more. Thank you for always being there.


Cafe Pista

Location:  500 Rue Beaubien E

Metro Station: Beaubien

Hello hello! It is finally the holidays. No more finals. No more school. 3 weeks - free. I am very excited to have so much free time to go to more cafes and talk about all of them on this blog! 

My first morning off from school was spent at this gorgeous location. I had heard so much about Pista from so many different people that it was on top of my list of “cafes to try asap”. Now that I did try it, it’s on top of my coffee list. It won first ranking. Congratulations, Pista. I’m in love. 

I went here with a book instead of my usual laptop, because hey - no school. I can read voluntarily and not solve endless/impossible discrete math exercises from my teacher’s website. 

I should also mention there was a snow storm on this day, but luckily, Pista  is right in front of Beaubien metro station. So convenient. My book didn’t get wet.

However, my body almost completely froze thanks to our amazing, -16°C,   Montreal weather - even if I was outside for only 2 minutes. But after confronting such intense weather, coming into Pista was like walking into heaven after visiting an icy version of hell. Lovely music, warm ambiance, clients laughing, staff smiling, delicious smelling food baking and… COFFEE. I forgot about the snow almost instantly.

I ordered a latte, because let’s be honest, I deserve a pretty heart on my coffee after being hated from all my exams. I needed that latte art. 

I sat down, opened the first page of my book and started to read. I was so relaxed. And it felt good to be in such a cozy place as an escape from the chaos outside. The coffee was delicious too - they use Pilot coffee beans.

As time went by, I observed the cafe in between my mini pauses from reading. I noticed a few original points. First of all, the decor - on point. When you go here, check out the details on the ceiling, the floor, the green/grey/gold color scheme and even the counter was intricately designed. Beautiful interior design. 

Second, almost everyone who walked in (and there were a lot of people) knew the workers and were probably regulars. The barista was super friendly and seemed like she was best friends with almost everyone there. Very cute. 

I also noticed a little note on the table that said “no laptop zone”. Good thing I hadn’t brought my laptop. You actually cannot use your device in this cafe EXCEPT for a table they made laptop friendly in the back. But I don’t like sitting in the back. Team window seating! Keep that in mind before you make your trip here with your heavy laptop. 

I hope you guys come here. You won’t be sorry! Everything about Pista is perfect. So grab your book and grab a nice latte at this beautiful location. Relaxation guaranteed.

anonymous asked:

I have look on all on your coffeshop tag but i cant find anything when james the barista do you know anything in that style thanks❤

We’ve never collected all the barista!James fics on one post, so here you go!

Title: Of Cappuccinos, Super Heroes and American Presidents
Author: gxldentrio
Rating: K+
Genre(s): Romance, Humour
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 1,131
Summary: The plan had been to get in, get coffee, get out and never return. The ever-original coffee shop AU. 

Title: Textbooks, Time-Scarves and Tea
Author: cgner
Rating: T
Genre(s): Romance
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 7,821
Summary: Lily visits the coffee shop because Sev works there, even though he’s got a completely obnoxious coworker with admittedly fantastic hair.   

Title: Icing on Top of the Cake
Author: welcometonerdworld
Rating: T
Genre(s): Humor, Romance
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 5,000
Summary: Modern AU Jily/Marauders: In which there is no war, Lily is a Muggle, and the Marauders set up a bakery. 

Title: Untitled
Author: bcdaily
Rating: Not rated
Genre(s): Romance
Chapters: 1
Word Count: ~
Summary: This paper was going to be the end of her, Lily decided, glaring mutinously at her laptop screen and willing the word document to somehow double in length in the next six hours. What had she been thinking, taking a bloody literature class? 

Title: Hers
Author: lunarlychallenged
Rating: General Audiences
Genre(s): Romance, Humour
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 3,047
Summary: A Jily coffee shop AU. Lily loved the coffee at The Marauders, though she could do without the workers there.

Title: Double Shot
Author: professor_moony
Rating: Not Rated
Genre(s): Romance
Chapters: 1
Word Count: 1,167
Summary: The fit, and obviously mad, barista slowly shakes his head in her direction. “No,” he says. “No way am I enabling you and allowing you to drink a monstrosity like that. Nuh uh – there has to be a point where moral decency must intervene.” or: a coffee shop au

rhappsodicwords  asked:

Hello! Sorry to bother, but the link for Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop by curiosityandrain isn't working for me?

Sorry about that! Here it is and I’ve fixed the link. :)

Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop -  “I just spilled coffee all over you and i’M SO SORRY but now you’re laughing and shaking your head and I’m falling hardcore in love with you.”

- Gabriela