The Best Bakeries in Montreal, Canada

French bread traditions run deep in Montreal
French bread traditions run deep in Montreal | © Lechatnoir / Getty Images
Caitlin Stall-Paquet

Whichever neighborhood you find yourself in, delicious carbs are never far away in Montreal. We round up the shining stars of the city’s bakery scene – they’re the best thing since sliced bread. Baked goods of all kinds are no laughing matter in Montreal, a town where French pâtisserie traditions run deep, so you’ll have plenty of crisp daily baguettes, bountiful country-style loaves and flaky croissants to keep you going. However, there are also other culinary influences in the mix, including ones from the city’s long-established Jewish and Italian populations, as well as a healthy dose of local inventions that pack uniquely Quebecois flavors into every bite.
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Hof Kelsten

Loaves of bread on cooling rack in bakery

Jeffrey Finkelstein changed the bread game when he opened his casual Jewish restaurant and bakery Hof Kelsten in the Plateau neighborhood. Hof Kelsten serves shakshuka for brunch, bakes up sumptuous knotted challah on Fridays (some of them dotted with raisins) and fills breadbaskets at some of Montreal’s best restaurants, making them easy to tick off your list even if you don’t have time to pay the bakery itself a visit. You’ll also find chewy onion biali alongside flaky croissants good enough to rival those of any French bakery. Finkelstein has also partnered with pastry chef Suyin Wong to open the sweet-focused bakery Hof SuCrée at Time Out Market, another stop worth visiting in the heart of downtown for their decadent chocolate babka and salted-caramel brownies.

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Arhoma

Delicious cake

Arhoma has several outposts, and you’ll spot its bread at grocery stores and fine food shops across town, but the original Hochelaga-Maisonneuve location is well worth a trip. Here, you’ll find unforgettable croissants stuffed with Quebec blue cheese, as well as French sweet baking staples including chocolatines, fruit turnovers and all sorts of funky bread. There are also olive fougasse loaves with whole kalamatas, and unique creations like the beet ciabatta or the bright yellow kamut bread with turmeric, almonds and pumpkin seeds.

Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

For sweet-tooth satisfaction, head to Pâtisserie Rhubarbe tucked away in the East Plateau on Laurier Avenue. Pastry chef and owner Stéphanie Labelle pours her heart and sugar-laced soul into beautiful and creative cakes, cookies, jelly candies and traditional flaky galettes made with seasonal ingredients. Come August, blackberry tarts line the display cases, while apple treats take over with the first sign of fall and maple goods take center stage in the spring. If you want to bring a tasty souvenir home, browse the jars of preserves like homemade strawberry jam, rhubarb compote and maple caramel spread.

Boulangerie Guillaume

Bread baguette in a bakery

Along with perfect sourdough loaves you’ll wish to devour daily, Boulangerie Guillaume churns out more mouthwatering handheld treats than you can possibly snack on in one visit. Yes, there’s often a line, but these bakers are pros, so guests shuffle along quickly and you’ll have your chocolate-banana scone, individual bread pudding or nostalgia-infused date square in no time. To double down on Quebec-ness, be sure to order a little ball-shaped bread packed with oregano and the province’s famous cheese curds. If you want to take a sweet stroll through the Mile End, add an orange-blossom water coconut ball dipped in chocolate to your haul and get walking.

Le Toledo

Croissant

The Plateau might already be awash with bakeries, but few of them make a traditional French baguette with a perfectly crispy exterior and chewy interior like Le Toledo. Situated towards the middle of Mont-Royal Avenue, the newcomer’s expansive, bright space with huge windows draws people in and doubles as a café. Here, locals come armed with laptops to work with croque monsieurs on house-made bread or creamy flan. This spot also serves a masterful tartine topped with gravlax and red cabbage slaw. It’s the type of trendy toast that is all over Instagram but it is actually a French standard nearly as old as bread itself.

Automne

Loaf of bread

Grains are treated with the utmost respect at Automne on Beaubien Street East, where carb-heavy baked goods change seasonally. Co-owners Julien Roy and Seth Gabrielse both have cooking backgrounds, and often get experimental with natural bread starters and longer fermentation times – their methods yield products that pack a flavorful punch. Their flour is also intentionally selected from Quebec to deliver bread that’s exemplary of the province’s terroir. Many locals come into the corner shop for their everyday stoneground flour loaves, but you’ll also find tasty quiches, fruit-filled brioche buns and croissants stuffed with ham and cheese.

La Cornetteria

Though there are a bunch of classic go-to Italian bakeries to check out in the area, this Little Italy spot is our favorite, as it doubles as a cute café with retro red vinyl seats. Visitors here can sit with a cappuccino and a creamy ricotta cannoli, rich tiramisu or perfectly chewy amaretti cookies that would make a nonna proud. La Cornetteria also jumped on the food trend craze a few years back by baking up the cronetto: the cozy establishment’s Italian twist on the cronut.

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