Exploring the industrially quaint details of Montreal’s Station W café
Opened in 2018 and built inside a former train factory, Rosemont’s Station W offers a charming café which pays homage to a rich industrial past with a fine contemporary eye for detail.
Having risen to prominence in the area for its unique style, Station W Angus has built quite the reputation for triumphing the world of local independent business while having the best grilled cheese sandwich in the area.
The idea was brought to fruition by owner Simon Defoy who, for the entirety of his career, has celebrated local businesses and done so with an innovative glimpse into the future. “We wanted to create a place where people would feel at home,” Defoy once explained of his establishment.
Adding: “Our coffee is excellent and the food is delicious, while still being affordable. Our customers come back almost every day and that is the concept of Station W: to feel at home,” a sentiment which is echoed in the effortlessly friendly and laid back atmosphere of the shop.
While creating a forward-thinking business with an ambitious style aesthetic can come with its own challenges, Station W has managed to avoid that label of ‘hipster hangout’ in the cosy Verdun neighbourhood: “We welcome families, students, the self-employed, people who are retired,” the owner explained. “Really all kinds of people. Everyone feels challenged because we have created a neighbourhood-style café, which reflects its changing character. “
With support from acclaimed firm Architecture Architecture, Station W has managed to play on the wonderfully open feel to the building with its expansive high ceilings and earthy tones. “We managed to be part of everyday life in Verdun and our customers have appropriated our place,” Defoy said of their role in the community.
While the style and bold character of the building remain Station W’s unique selling point, it is the grilled cheese that keeps the locals returning. “It’s a signature dish and we have eight different varieties on the menu,” Defoy explains. “People like it because it’s simple and tasty. Otherwise, we serve soups, salads and the pastries are all homemade. All of this contributes to the personality of the coffee.”