The Best Bagel Shops In Montreal
The Best Bagel Shops In Montreal
Montrealers are proud of their bagels and will jump to defend their boiled bread against any city that claims theirs are better (watch out New York). Hand-rolled, wood-fired, honey-laced and often eaten with cream cheese and lox, these bagels are loved for their chew and slightly sweet taste. Not just for tourists, bagels play center stage in the lives of locals and frequently appear for brunch, lunch or snack time. Most purests will choose a classic sesame seed bagel for their fix but other flavours are on offer for tasting.
Visiting a bagel shop is an experience itself, and the best will cook them in their wood-fired oven in plain view of customers. The heat, aroma and sheer amount of bagels being cooked is astounding and a warm bagel can’t be beat. Just a warning, at popular bakeries busy days may mean long lines as hungry masses eagerly await their carb fix.
From classic bakery rivals St. Viateur and Fairmount to lesser-known bagel spots, we’ve rounded up the best. Start planning your visit now.
Around since 1919, this is the very first bagel bakery in Montreal. These bagels are so famous; they’ve even been in space. Visiting on a holiday? Craving at 1am? Don’t worry – it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Address: 74 Fairmount West
Traditional puffy, round bagels? A variety of bagel sandwiches for breakfast and lunch? A wood fired oven and 11 different varieties? Yes, please! Count us in for our bagel fix at this Côte-St-Luc newcomer.
Address: 5452 Westminster
St. Viateur Bagel
Located in trendy Mile-End, this bakery is rival to Fairmount Bagel, located just a street over. Bagel aficionados tend to compare from these two bakeries to decide their ultimate fave. Can’t make it in person? They’ll ship them out. And yes, they’re open 24/7 too.
Address: 158 St. Viateur West
Bagel de l’Ouest
West Island residents get their consistently fresh bagels from this much-loved spot. Offering a huge variety (strawberry anyone?) and toppings (smoked salmon is the classic and most popular) this is a great choice in the area.
Address: 4404 Boulevard des Sources
Bagels on Greene
Westmount and downtown residents get their bagel fix at this buzzing spot which has a huge menu on top of a dizzying variety of bagels from their wood fired oven. It’s a perfect option for those who can’t make it to Mile End. Want some salad, Mexican or Indian food with your bagel? They’ve got you covered.
Address: 4160 Sainte Catherine Street West
A Rosemont neighbourhood favourite, these bagels are best fresh out of the hot wood-burning oven with a smear of cream cheese. The smell alone is enough to entice diners in through the door for their crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside bagels.
Address: 828 rue Beaubien East
If you’re tired of sesame seed, cross the bridge to try this bakery’s unusual take on the bagel. Banana chocolate chip, carrot and raisin and even coconut (their specialty bagel & best eaten with pineapple cream cheese) take centre stage.
Address: 8265 Taschereau Boulevard
Mount Royal Bagel Factory
Pick up some smoked salmon with your bagel at this Town of Mount Royal favourite. Diners are spoiled for choice and one of the most popular options is the all-dressed bagel, which includes sesame, poppy seeds and onion. Vegans can even get their fix with several options on the menu.
Address: 709 Chemin Lucerne