What was once the tallest landmark in Canada, used as offices for RBC, is now one of the coolest coffee shops in the Old Port of Montreal. Crew collective and café occupies the main floor of the old Royal Bank Tower. This wonderfully historic café features 50 foot-high ceilings and 12000 square feet of space. As you walk through the front doors, it almost feels like you have entered the Vatican museum with the ceilings being so high out of reach and decorated so regally. Once inside, and climbing the stairs up to the coffee shop, you see that this is more than just a stop for a cup of joe; you have arrived among a crew of professionals and coffee enthusiasts.
Crew collective and café has only been open since 2016. A lot of the original décor has been used in the design of this coffee shop. For example, where you once lined up to do your banking with a teller is now the same counter you line up to order your coffee or pastry of choice. There are a ton of seats to choose from, as well as private study rooms for those who wish to be undisturbed. While making yourself comfortable on a couch with a book, or at a table with your laptop, it is hard to ignore the beauty of the crystal chandeliers, brass light fixtures and marble floors. Spending time in this extravagant space has you wondering just how many people have walked these halls before you.
Drinking a cup of coffee, to me, is like a big warm hug at the start of my days. Going out and finding different and unique coffee shops is one of my favourite past times. I am so happy to have discovered Crew, and would highly recommend any coffee lover to check this place out!