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Minimalism gets cosy at this Lebanese cafe in Montreal

Montreal’s minimalist Cafe Chez Teta is proof that clean lines don’t have to be cold, thanks to its mix of pared-back design and welcoming bistro atmosphere.

Local practice Ivy Studio designed the Plateau Mont-Royal restaurant to create the same sense of comfort that its owner remembered from their grandma’s home cooking.

Montreal’s minimalist Cafe Chez Teta is proof that clean lines don’t have to be cold, thanks to its mix of pared-back design and welcoming bistro atmosphere.
Photography: Alex Lesage

Although ornate details are kept at a minimum, the use of terracotta and wicker lighting and walnut veneer introduces warmth to the minimalist restaurant, while a cluster of bentwood walnut chairs is arranged around tables set with sprays of flowers.

Elsewhere in the Montreal cafe, marble-topped bars – their veined patterns emphasised by the natural light from two huge windows – and polished concrete floors make sure the atmosphere doesn’t feel too homely. Even the crockery is stacked neatly on floating shelves, waiting to be filled with Lebanese coffee and traditional desserts.

227 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1E4

Montreal’s minimalist Cafe Chez Teta is proof that clean lines don’t have to be cold, thanks to its mix of pared-back design and welcoming bistro atmosphere.
Photography: Alex Lesage
Montreal’s minimalist Cafe Chez Teta is proof that clean lines don’t have to be cold, thanks to its mix of pared-back design and welcoming bistro atmosphere.
Photography: Alex Lesage
Montreal’s minimalist Cafe Chez Teta is proof that clean lines don’t have to be cold, thanks to its mix of pared-back design and welcoming bistro atmosphere.
Photography: Alex Lesage

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