May 30, 2019

Montreal, Canada: Montreal bagels might be the best in the world!


Montreal bagels might be the best in the world!

baskets of fresh bagels at St-Viateur Bagel in Plateau area of Montreal, Canada
baskets of fresh bagels at St-Viateur Bagel in Plateau area of Montreal, Canada


Montreal bagels are boiled in honey-infused water before they are baked, making them much sweeter than their famous NYC counterparts.  It seems to be generally agreed that the two best places in Montreal for bagels are these two places, which are positioned quite close to each other.


St-Viateur Bagel  263 Saint Viateur Ouest, Plateau Mont-Royal/Mile End, (514) 276-8044.  Open 24/7.

exterior of St-Viateur Bagel in Plateau area of Montreal, Canada
exterior of St-Viateur Bagel in Plateau area of Montreal, Canada

Serving bagels warm from the oven since 1957, the sesame here is the hands-down favorite.  I became an immediate fan, and would even go to say that it might be the best bagel I’ve ever eaten.  Who wouldn’t be won over by eating one of these warm-from-the-oven bagels that is  completely covered with fragrant little sesame seeds on the top and the bottom.  More St-Viateur Bagel  outlets and several cafes are scattered around the town.

St-Viateur Bagel & Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

bagels fresh from the oven at St-Viateur Bagel in Plateau area of Montreal, Canada
bagels fresh from the oven at St-Viateur Bagel in Plateau area of Montreal, Canada


purchase counter at St-Viateur Bagel in Plateau area of Montreal, Canada
purchase counter at St-Viateur Bagel in Plateau area of Montreal, Canada


Fairmount Bagel  74 Fairmount Ouest, Plateau Mont-Royal/Mile End, (514) 272-0667.  Open 24/7. 

This nearby bakery seems to have just as many avid fans, so I’m sure you can’t go wrong, but I didn’t get to personally try one of their bagels.  So if you have time, you might want to do a comparison.



●At the airport on my way out of town, I settled for a sesame bagel from the Montreal Bagels, and it was definitely very good.  I was not disappointed.  However, it wasn’t a St-Viateur Bagel and it was lacking some sesame seeds.



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images ©2019 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


3 comments:

  1. I thought it would be in New York. Oh my, I didn't get to try it in when we we're in Montreal! I guess we have yo go back!

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  2. I grew up on New York bagels, which are by far the best I've ever tasted. It's hard for me to believe that Montreal bagels could be better, but I've heard this from other people too. I'd love to give them a try!

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  3. Carole, your article on Montreal bagels is making me hungry. We have never visited this city, but hope to add it in the future. We will certainly make sure to pick up a bagel in honor of your article.

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