- Anna Daneau
Montréal bagels are very famous in North America for their authenticity; they’re hand-made and baked in wood-fired ovens, and they are smaller and a bit sweeter than regular North American bagels, as they are soaked in honey before baking. A few places in the city keep up this tradition and offer freshly baked bagels every morning. Some of them also experiment with the ingredients and create wonderful flavor combinations. Here’s a list of the best bagel bakeries in Montréal.
Fairmount Bagel opened its doors in 1949, and ever since it has spoiled Montréalers with fresh, warm bagels every morning. The variety of bagels at Fairmount is impressive, from the chocolate chip to the whole wheat. The sesame seed bagel is the best of all sesame bagels in the city; Fairmont’s has a unique extra crispness. The cinnamon raisin and blueberry bagels are also wonderful, especially for those with a sweet tooth. Fairmount Bagel is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, making its delicious bagels even more accessible. The bagels are available to go, hot, right from the oven, and you can get yours with a spread or other toppings.
74 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC, Canada +1 514 272 0667
St-Viateur is another old establishment, having existed since 1957. They have a smaller variety of bagels and maintain the classics – sesame seed, poppy seed, cinnamon raisin. The bagels are also served hot, and customers have the option to take them to go to eat in the nearby park or to enjoy them in St-Viateur cafes around the city, where they can have their fresh bagels topped with smoked salmon or dressed with spreads like tuna, hummus, or jam. St-Viateur cafes are great for a family brunch. The bakery itself is open 24 hours a day.
263 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC, Canada +1 514 276 8044
Real Bagel Décarie
Located on Décarie Boulevard, Real Bagel Décarie is a true gem. The bagels are fresh and soft – another example of typical Montréal bagels. The bakers of Real Bagel are not afraid to experiment, and in addition to classic sesame and poppy, they also offer coconut, French toast, and Oreo bagels. The coconut bagel is a favorite and an absolute must-try for bagel enthusiasts. Real Bagel also sells salads, meat, and other plates for individual consumption or larger catering. Guests can eat right on the spot, observing the bagels as they’re baked in the oven.
6647 Décarie Boulevard, Montréal, QC, Canada +1 514 340 1110
Beaubien Bagel is a tiny bagel shop in the Beaubien neighborhood. It does not have dining space, and the bagels are ordered to go. The menu has very few items, and not everything is always available. However, there is always an opportunity to sample the shop’s version of a sesame bagel.
828 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC, Canada +1 514 271 2472
Bagels on Greene
Despite the name, Bagels on Greene is not all about bagels. It serves a lot of meals, from salads and sandwiches to lunch boxes. There are options for both carnivores and vegetarians, and even vegan-friendly dishes are available. Bagels on Greene offers bagel platters for parties and large gatherings. Visitors can find the classic sesame and poppy bagels here. The rye bagels are also pretty well liked; they’re soft and fresh and a great alternative for someone who wants to avoid wheat.
4160 Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, QC, Canada +1 514 846 3773