When most people think about Montreal bagels, two key players and their decade’s old rivalry come to mind: Fairmount and St-Viateur. But outside Mile End, other bagelries are thriving and have amassed followings of their own. Almost every neighbourhood has its own favourite spot for bagels, baked fresh daily and best eaten served straight from the oven. From Côte Saint-Luc to La Petite-Patrie and everywhere in between, there are no shortage of bagels to be found and devoured in an around this city.Read More
14 Bagel Spots In and Around Montreal
We’re not picking sides in the St-Viateur v. Fairmount war, so here are 12 other options to try
To the north, Bagelmania has been the key, if not only, player in Laval’s bagel scene for almost 25 years. While sesame and poppyseed bagels are among its more traditional offerings, this stop is also known for its crispy coconut bagels.
Perhaps the dark horse bagelry on the scene, Beaubien Bagel has legions of loyal followers in the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie area and beyond. With twelve bagel flavours and six sandwich combinations to choose from, it’s hard to go wrong here. Plus, you never have to contend with the same line-up as the Mile End bagelries.
District Bagel - Av du Parc
Bagelry and Kosher café District Bagels has been operating in Outremont since 2008. With a whopping 18 bagel flavours on the menu, plus bagel pretzels, bagel sandwiches, and an array of other baked goods on the menu, there’s no shortage of carbs to be had here.
The older of the two rival bagelries, Fairmount opened in Mile End in 1919 and has been pumping out bagels ever since. Fans of Fairmount bagels attest to their slightly sweeter nature as giving them the edge over St-Viateur (though St-Viateur fans say the same thing, so it’s really anyone’s game).
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St-Viateur Bagel Shop
Located on its namesake street in Mile End, St-Viateur has been making bagels for over 60 years. Since 1957, they’ve since expanded to include locations on Mont-Royal Avenue, as well as a couple of other spots off-island. Its flagship location is open 24-7 (as is Fairmount’s, in fairness) so it’s a great place to stop for a late-night snack, served hot and fresh out of the oven.
Brossard Bagel Inc
For those who live on the South Shore or who don’t mind taking a bit of a detour in the name of carbs, a Brossard Bagel is as legit as any Montreal bagel out there. Opened in the early 2000s as an off-Island alternative to the famed bagel stops in Montreal proper, Brossard Bagel has become an area favourite for the traditional hand-rolled, honey-boiled bagels this city is so well-known for. There are 15 sweet and savoury flavours to choose from — including coconut, carrot and raisin, and all-dressed — each hand-rolled, baked in-house, and served fresh.
Le Trou Bagels
The newest player to hit Montreal’s bagel scene is Griffintown’s Le Trou. Having been open for less than a year, this spot is still sticking to the basics: Sesame and plain varieties sit on a humble menu alongside The Griffintown, made with parmesan cheese and an IPA beer. Plus, this shop is perfectly situated to stop in for a snack before, during, or after a stroll along the canal.
R.E.A.L. Bagel Inc.
Located right off the Decarie highway, R.E.A.L Bagel is perfectly situated for commuters looking to grab a dozen bagels on their way to or from work. Stick with classic sesame or sweeten things up with a chocolate chip or sugar-coated blueberry bagel.
Bagels on Greene
Westmount’s contribution to Montreal’s bagel scene, Bagels on Greene is a quaint place to stop in or sit down. Order one plain or turn it into a sandwich and take it to-go. Or, if you’re looking for something more substantial, you’re in luck: Salads, wraps, and other vegetarian and vegan lunch options are all on offer at this café.
While they’re not what you’d expect if you’re looking for a thin Montreal-style bagel, Bagel St-Henri’s fluffier take on this doughy treat is nothing to scoff at. Located just a few blocks North of the Lachine Canal, this quaint shop also serves full brunch plates — so it’s a great option for a weekend morning.
Dizz's Bagel & Deli
Having learned the ropes of bagel-making at R.E.A.L Bagel, father-son team Irwin (Dizzy) and Steve Dizgun opened Dizz’s in 1995. Twenty-five years later they’re still at it, pumping out fresh bagels on the daily in Côte St. Luc. It’s also home to Canada’s first rainbow bagel — which it picked up after the colourful delicacy gained popularity in New York — and a range of salads, meats, and lunch offerings.
After working at Fairmount for almost a decade before branching off on his own, Glen Spence, owner of MTL Bagel knows his way around this doughy delicacy. This Côte Saint-Luc shop serves high-quality bagels and offers fun flavours like banana and chocolate chip or their signature “spicy” all-dressed.
Bringing bagels to the southwest side of the island is Ville-Émard. Serving up staples like sesame, poppyseed, and all-dressed, it’s hard to go wrong here. They also have baguettes and plenty of bagel-wiches to choose from, like tuna, salmon, and egg.
Bagel St-Lo Verdun
Bagel St-Lo has brought fresh bagels to the people of Verdun since 2014. Grab one with cream cheese to go or enjoy any one of their more substantial bagel sandwiches, like the poached egg with pesto and avocado or the butter bagel topped with a mountain of fresh fruit.