A quaint, cobbled street in Old Montreal leads you to the doors of this charming bakery. Everything on this menu is home made with love in store. Inside Olive and Gourmando, it’s certain that many of their spectacular dishes on offer are completely unique. The menu changes frequently so grab the dish you fancy at the first possible opportunity. The array of baked goods is stunning, all with the most perfect texture and flavour you can imagine and some experimental but none the less extremely delicious concoctions there for the taking as well.
The great man after which this delightful bakery was named, Christian Faure was awarded the title of the ‘Best Pastry Chef of the World’ by The American Academy for Hospitality Sciences. Over the course of his career he has made stunning contributions to the world of pastry and is a true pioneer. Of course there is an incredible snack menu, with delectable local charcuterie and cheeses available but the real focus of this establishment is the light and amazing pastries and cakes on offer. The pride and passion poured into every dish cannot be mistaken. There truly is art in the way that each selection is presented to the guests and the pastries themselves are like none you’ve ever tasted. This place is a must for anyone even remotely interested in baking.
Even in the Plateau District, one of the hippest in the city and one where so many other excellent independent bakeries have put down roots, Mr. Pinchot has still managed to stand out from the crowd. It is highly possible that the proverbial title of ‘Best Croissant in Town’ could be awarded to this small unassuming establishment on a street corner. Your first impression of this quaint neighbourhood bakery will no doubt be the heavenly aroma which meets you as soon as you set foot over the threshold, drifting towards you from all of their home made bread and pastries. Your second impression will be the marvellous taste and texture of all that is on offer. It would be such a shame not to try this bakery, the produce is perfection and the attendants are incredibly friendly even crafting sandwiches to suit your personal tastes on request.
4354 De Brebeuf RueMontreal, QC H2J 3K9(514) 522-7192
Boutique Point G’s delicate and colourful macaroons are the talk of the town, with all kinds of incredible flavours celebrated in this glorious confection. Their displays are delightful, with many individual macaroons forming impressive pyramids and other sculptures. The consistency is perfect. The outer shell is light and crispy while the creamy filling is full of flavour and has an extraordinary presence in the overall macaroon. Flavours you never dreamed of in a macaroon are being expressed right here, such as litchee, red velvet and candy floss. You receive far more than you pay for here and the shop itself is a casual yet exciting place to be and always draws in an adoring crowd.
1266 Avenue Du Mont-Royal EMontreal, QC H2J 1Y3
Tucked away in Downtown Montreal is this amazing and unusual little bakery. For hand made Persian and Middle Eastern sweets that entice many students and tourists through their doors and simply melt in your mouth, this is the place to be. It certainly is rare to find baking like this in Montreal but perhaps that’s why this cool little cafe is enjoyed by many and kept a secret from those prying tourists. They also serve light lunches and more common pastries such as croissants and cupcakes, which also receive great reviews. Nocochi is clearly an establishment that takes perfection very seriously, which can be seen in every aspect of what they do, from the elegant decoration of their cafe, to their precise presentation of petite pastries, to the incredible texture of their croissants.
2156 Rue MacKayMontreal, QC H3G 2J1(514) 989-7514
This bakery may also be a strong contender for ‘ The Best Croissant in Town’, with customers flocking to the small, family owned establishment to sample their signature Almond topped Croissant, where flakes of fresh almond cover the the entire crust. The staff are always wonderful and welcoming and happy to make a recommendation – which they always get absolutely spot on. The pastries served here are predominantly traditional French style, with another of their famous offerings – named after their shop- the ‘Kougin Amann’ which is in fact a decadent chocolate and butter ring cake popular in the beautiful Bretagne.
322 Avenue Du Mont-Royal EMontreal, QC H2T 1P7
In the heart of Montreal’s marvellous China Town, Patisserie Harmonie is a bit like a treasure trove of traditional Chinese sweet and savoury delights. The options here are very different from what one could expect at a traditional French Bakery, every donut you see is incredibly light and bursting with flavour and there are just so many to choose from. Early in the day, the shelves are lined with hundreds of little treats of all different shapes and colours. There are many different breads to sample as well, all made from an incredible sweet dough, which really melts away the noises from the bustling street outside, the second it touches your tongue. Enjoy some delicious treats and a refreshing bubble tea next time you’re in busy China Town.
85 de la Gauchetiere West, Montreal, Quebec H2Z 1C2, Canada 514-875-1328