Looking for Montreal-style bagels?
Indeed, no trip to Quebec is complete without picking up a dozen freshly baked bagels from Montreal. And yes, Montreal bagels are famous for a reason: they are carefully hand rolled from scratch, boiled in honey sweetened water, and baked inside a wood burning oven.
Skinnier than their New York bagel-cousins, Montreal bagels render more of a differentiation factor than their wider (and pillow-y) center.
If you’re in Montreal looking for the best bagels in the city, here are three locations that have Montreal-ers trumpeting the best bagels in Canada — if not in North America!
Located at 263 av. St-Viateur West, this 24/7 bakery opened shop in 1957. They named the bakery after the street, St-Viateur (of course). These bagels are a tiny bit longer and skinnier than Fairmount. What’s cool about St-Viateur is that you can order their bagels online. Although this bakery makes bagels in a variety of flavours, you can only order plain, sesame and poppy seed online — for now.
Located at 74 Fairmount West, and yes, open 24/7, Fairmont Bagel was the first bagel shop in Montreal. Opened in 1919, it’s still occasionally referred to as the “original” bagel shop. Despite the many flavours, their traditional sesame, plain and poppy reins supreme and most popular. You can also choose from a slew of other variations, such as: All dressed, cinnamon raisin, garlic, chocolate chip and caraway. They also have variations made with whole wheat flour.
Located at 709 Chemin Lucerne, Mount Royal bakery is famous for their Kosher bagels. These bagels are available in the regular varieties: sesame, poppy and plain. Popular flavours like cinnamon raisin, blueberry, all dressed, and multi-grain. You can also get vegan bagels and specialty mezonos bagels. Mezonos bagels are made with 60% pure apple juice, and 40% water, pretty cool huh?