Perfect treats from Montreal bakeries

Craving a sweet treat? You could attempt to wait it out, but why would you, when there are so many bakeries offering buttery, flaky, sweet goodness in Montreal? Treat yourself to something special at one of these excellent Montreal bakeries.

Hof Kelsten

4524 boul St Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1R3

Chef Jeffrey Finkelstein’s Hof Kelsten on Boulevard St. Laurent wears a couple of hats – it’s both a Jewish-French bakery and a brunch spot. Come for a loaf of the bakery’s well-known sourdough or challah breads, and then come back again for Saturday morning brunch, where the dish to have is shakshuka.

Boulangerie Rustique Sweet Lee's

4150, rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1V7

Sweet Lee’s is the perfect place to enjoy a piece of cheesecake and an espresso on a bustling summer terrasse. Opened in 2010, Sweet Lee’s now supplies cafes around the city in addition to doing brisk business at its Verdun location, and enjoying a partnership with Saint-Henri Micro-torréfacteur that has put an espresso bar in the bakery. The menu changes seasonally, so you can regularly try something new.

La Cornetteria Inc

6528, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C6

La Cornetteria in Little Italy, on top of laying claim to the best cornetto in Montreal, has created its very own dessert – the cronetto, Montreal’s version of the cronut. The bakery also sells the other Italian classics, cornetti and cannoli. Check out the store and inhale tantalizing whiffs of pistachio, hazelnut and espresso.

De Farine et d'Eau Fraîche

1701 rue Atateken, Montréal, QC H2L 3L4

De Farine et d’Eau Fraiche serves up artfully designed French pastries and cakes. The Gay Village haunt makes sure to let gluten-intolerant customers get in on the fun, with several of its cookies and pastries made gluten-free. De Farine also serves brunch, breakfast and lunch.

Léché Desserts Inc

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

Leche Desserts doesn’t go easy on the decadence; its artisanal donuts come in extravagant flavours like caramel maple bacon, berry cheesecake and double chocolate brownie. The popular Saint-Henri shop has a select set of staple offerings throughout the week and some that are only made on weekends. They also have some vegan treats, and holiday-themed donuts.

Mamie Clafoutis

3660, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3L7

With six locations it’s not hard to find a Mamie Clafoutis when you’ve got a craving for something sweet. The bakery is well-known for its perfectly flaky chocolatines and deliciously rich chocolate cake.

Cuisine De Tartes Rustique Inc

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

If you’re craving a slice of pie just like mom used to make, come by Rustique in Saint-Henri. Their pies are made by hand with local and seasonal produce, and the menu changes seasonally. While Rustique is rightfully known for their pies, they also sell small tarts, cookies and other pastries.

Boulangerie Cheskie

359, rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2V 1T6

This no-frills kosher bakery on Bernard Street is a Mile End staple, where Jewish and non-Jewish customers bump up against each other and the line can stretch out the door at the height of the weekend rush. Cheskie’s babka is legendary, and the black-and-white cookies are also a must-try.

Patrice Pâtissier

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

Patrice Patissier in Little Burgundy is a true Montreal bakery and the specialty Kouign Amann cake comes highly recommended. The bakery also sells other pastries, brownies and individual cakes, and owner Patrice Demers makes them with European baking chocolate for added authenticity. On top of the baked goods it’s known for, Patrice Patissier also has a lunch menu.

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