Indulge in desserts, cakes and sweet snacks in Montreal

Whether you want to indulge in a mid-afternoon snack, or you need a cake for a special occasion, to delight your guests, or offer as a gift to your hosts, we have some tempting places to propose. Here's our list of where to go in Montreal when your sweet tooth needs satisfying. [Image credit: iStock.com/vm2002]

Patrice Pâtissier

1
2360, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N4

What you'll find: pastries (cream puffs, financiers, canelés bordelais...) prepared in-house from carefully selected ingredients which are also sold in the shop, and desserts to take away or eat on-site. Their story: Formerly a chef at Les Chèvres, Laloux and Les 400 Coups, Patrice Demers opened his own shop in February 2014. He shares his enthusiasm by teaching pastry classes on-site, he has published three books, and he hosts a television show called Patrice Desserts on the Canal Vie station.

Léché Desserts Inc

2
642, rue de Courcelle, Montréal, QC H4C 3C5

What you'll find: artisanal doughnuts for delivery or to be enjoyed on-site with a good coffee, along with other sweet treats. The store can be rented for private parties and cooking demonstrations are presented to groups. Their story: Josie Weitzenbauer, who worked previously at Sardine Café and Chez Boris, opened Léché Desserts in the fall of 2012.

Cuisine De Tartes Rustique Inc

3
4615, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5

What you'll find: country-style pies, a café which also serves sweets like marshmallows and meringues, and catering services for business meetings, parties and weddings. Their story: Rustique was launched in February 2013 by three fans of comforting, old-fashioned, grandmother-style desserts: Tamera Clark, Jacqueline Berman and Ryan Bloom.

Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois

4
162, rue Saint-Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2L3

What you'll find: individual chocolates, packaged in their famous square metal boxes, other assorted sweets like caramel spread, caramel candies and rochers, gift ideas and a hot chocolate bar (for take-out orders only). Their story: Montreal chocolate confectioner Geneviève Grandbois launched her range of chocolates in 2002 and owns her own cocoa plantation in Costa Rica. She has four shops in Montreal.

Maison Christian Faure

5
355, Place Royale, Montréal, QC H2Y 2V3

What you'll find: a parlour and a shop displaying pastries, candies, croissants, cakes and house-made ice cream, to eat in or take away. There are also a pastry school and catering services for wedding receptions, corporate events or other occasions. Their story: French chef Christian Faure was designated a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (One of the Best Craftsmen in France) and has worked at the Royal Palace in Monaco and at prestigious hotels. Showered with awards, including World's Best Pastry Chef, he opened his own shop and pastry school in Montreal in August of 2013.

Europea Espace Boutique

6
33, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1S5

What you'll find: a wide selection of pies and a variety of other desserts for takeaway or delivery, as well as gift ideas and small treats. Their story: This shop is the little sister of Europea restaurant, which is owned by Jérôme Ferrer, originally from France and a Grand Chef with the Relais & Châteaux association of gourmet dining establishments. Ferrer is assisted in his production of sweet products by Jean-Marc Guillot, who is a Meilleur Ouvrier de France and a world champion pastry-maker.

Juliette & Chocolat

7
3600 boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V4

What you'll find: chocolate in every form: in pastries, ice cream or on crepes as well as a wide selection of hot chocolates and chocolate drinks with liqueur. Their story: A French native with professional diplomas as a chocolatier and crepe-maker, Juliette Brun opened her first store in Montreal in 2002. She now has six shops and also shares her passion in a television show on the Zeste channel.

Patisserie Rhubarbe

8
5091, rue de Lanaudière, Montréal, QC H2J 3P9

What you'll find: pastries, cookies, cakes and sweets in surprising flavours and refined forms, decorated cakes for birthdays and weddings, and a special tea service on Friday afternoons. Their story: Quebec pastry maker Stéphanie Labelle learned the trade with Pierre Hermé in Paris before opening her shop in Montreal in late 2010.

Mamie Clafoutis

9
2660, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N7

What you'll find: known for its breads and croissants, this store and coffee shop offers a selection of pies, cakes and, of course, clafoutis. Their story: While there are now six shops in Montreal, the first was in Outremont, where pastry chef Nicolas Delourmel and baker Joseph Sabatier have produced their generous wares from simple, traditional recipes since 2008.

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