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Where to Get Some Superb Bread in Montreal

From classic, crusty baguette to loaves of sourdough, challah, and rye, these 15 spots have you covered

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Most agree — there’s nothing quite like a stellar loaf of bread. Lucky for Montrealers, the city has no shortage of bakeries, with many churning classic, crusty French baguettes and others focused on sourdough slices or more inventive creations with unexpected fillings. From heavy hitters like Guillaume and Hof Kelsten, to a neighbourhood gem like Joe La Croutê or newer arrival Miette, you’re often no more than a couple blocks away from something special — and can even let your nose be the guide.

Looking for croissants? There’s a guide just for those over here — and then a whole other guide for other sweet baked goods.

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1. La Bête à Pain (multiple locations)

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114 Fleury Ouest
Montreal, QC
(514) 507-7109
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The baguettes are close to perfection at these bakeries/restaurants/grocery stores from Marc-André Royal with locations in Ahuntsic, Griffintown and Laval. Loaves, like the fougasse, multigrain, and levain, are also not to be missed.

2. Le Pain Dans Les Voiles

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357 Rue de Castelnau Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 278-1515
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As the name implies, bread is what puts the wind in the sails of Le Pain Dans Les Voiles. Classic staples like brioche and sesame loaves are offered alongside creative choices like a fig, goat cheese, honey and rosemary baguette.

3. Automne Boulangerie

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6500 avenue Christophe-Colomb
Montreal, QC
(514) 274-8111
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The brainchild of chef Seth Gabrielse and renowned baker Julien Roy, this bakery has made it its mission to source, use, and promote local grains. Almost all of the flour they use is from Quebec, and they keep their ingredients to a minimum, so you taste the integrity of the grains, while still offering creative choices like kamut with blueberry and ginger confit or an apple and cheddar loaf.

4. Joe La Croûte

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7024, ave. Casgrain
Montreal, QC
(514) 272-9704
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If you’re up around the Jean Talon Market, there’s one place to stop for your daily loaf of bread: Joe La Croûte. The offerings change daily (and are typically detailed online), but staples throughout the week include their baguette, as well as a selection of individual buns filled with everything from savoury spinach and cheese, to chocolate and pear for those with a sweeter tooth.

5. Boulangerie Les Co'Pains d'Abord (multiple locations)

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1965, av du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2H 1J5, Canada
(514) 522-1994
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A plateau staple since 1999 with locations on Mont-Royal, Rachel, and Masson, Boulangerie Les Co’Pains d’Abord is well known for its artisanal breads as well as croissants and pastries all baked by hand. Also, not to be missed are its signature gingerbread men cookies.

6. La Fabrique Arhoma

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1700, rue Ontario Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 598-1700
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Arhoma is somewhat of a Montreal success story when it comes to bringing artisanal bread to the masses. What started as a tiny boutique in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in 2007 has become a familiar brand that you can find in many grocery stores across the city, or even get delivered right to your door.

7. Guillaume

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5132 boulevard St-Laurent
Montreal, QC
(514) 507-3199
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This spot on St. Laurent between Laurier and Fairmount is a mecca for bread in the area; walk around and you’ll see many a Mile Ender toting a baguette in its signature yellow bread bag. The selection is vast and it opens from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (except for Sundays), so you’ve got a full 12 hours to get your fix.

8. Boulangerie Cheskie

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359, rue Bernard Ouest
Montreal, QC
(514) 271-2253

The chocolate babka gets most of the hype at this Mile End Jewish staple, and for good reason — but the challah is also a winner. An added bonus is that it’s open from early morning until 11 p.m. on all days except Friday and Saturday, in observance of Shabbat.

9. Hof Kelsten

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4524, boul. Saint-Laurent
Montreal, QC
(514) 649-7991
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Baker and owner Jeffrey Finkelstein has made quite the name for himself making loaves from challah to rye. Stop in for lunch and enjoy a coffee and a sandwich made from the freshest of breads. Indulging in some of its chocolate babka isn’t a bad idea, either.

10. Farine & Vanille

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5000 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E8, Canada
(514) 543-0201
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Offering a succinct but well-executed selection of bread and viennoiseries, Farine et Vanille brings some diversity to Mile End’s carbohydrate selection. Try Mexican-inspired sweets like the concha, a shell-shaped sweet bread, or go savoury with the garlic and coarse salt twist.

11. Mamie Clafoutis (multiple locations)

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3660 rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, QC
(438) 380-5624
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A small Montreal chain that isn’t too commercialized, Mamie Clafoutis offers consistently delicious breads across its six locations, in both traditional and more creative forms. Mamie is quite the all-rounder, offering a solid array of sandwiches and sweets alongside its fresh loaves.

12. Forno West

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1235 Av. Greene, Westmount
QC H3Z 2A4, Canada
(514) 935-7337
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The smell of fresh baked breads lures patrons off of Greene Avenue and upstairs into this Italian bakery offering traditional baguettes alongside a variety of loaves like challah, ciabatta, and country, as well as double chocolate, lemon poppyseed, cheese and egg, and more. They also serve sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, and a vast assortment of Italian sweets including cannoli, cornetto, bombolone, and tiramisu.

13. Miette boulangerie

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317 Rue de Lévis, Montréal
QC H3J 1N7, Canada

Organic sourdough is what it’s about at this Little Burgundy newcomer offering the classic alongside flavoured options like cinnamon raisin, olive and walnut, and marble rye. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with deliver to certain zip codes.

14. Chez Fred

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5338 Sherbrooke O
Montreal, QC
(514) 395-2716
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Baguettes are a staple, but NDG’s Chez Fred is worth checking out for its viennoiseries, which are touted as having some of the best croissants in the city. Fun fact: it’s founded by a Parisian lawyer turned baker.

15. La Meunerie Urbaine

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6151 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4B 1G3, Canada
(514) 485-2020
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There’s a reason the line forms outside this NDG destination — the breads are that good. Whether it’s a spelt loaf or a traditional baguette, all of their wheat is sourced from Quebec and ground by hand to maintain peak freshness. Be sure to get there early in the day before the favourites sell out.

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1. La Bête à Pain (multiple locations)

114 Fleury Ouest, Montreal, QC

The baguettes are close to perfection at these bakeries/restaurants/grocery stores from Marc-André Royal with locations in Ahuntsic, Griffintown and Laval. Loaves, like the fougasse, multigrain, and levain, are also not to be missed.

114 Fleury Ouest
Montreal, QC

2. Le Pain Dans Les Voiles

357 Rue de Castelnau Est, Montreal, QC

As the name implies, bread is what puts the wind in the sails of Le Pain Dans Les Voiles. Classic staples like brioche and sesame loaves are offered alongside creative choices like a fig, goat cheese, honey and rosemary baguette.

357 Rue de Castelnau Est
Montreal, QC

3. Automne Boulangerie

6500 avenue Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC

The brainchild of chef Seth Gabrielse and renowned baker Julien Roy, this bakery has made it its mission to source, use, and promote local grains. Almost all of the flour they use is from Quebec, and they keep their ingredients to a minimum, so you taste the integrity of the grains, while still offering creative choices like kamut with blueberry and ginger confit or an apple and cheddar loaf.

6500 avenue Christophe-Colomb
Montreal, QC

4. Joe La Croûte

7024, ave. Casgrain, Montreal, QC

If you’re up around the Jean Talon Market, there’s one place to stop for your daily loaf of bread: Joe La Croûte. The offerings change daily (and are typically detailed online), but staples throughout the week include their baguette, as well as a selection of individual buns filled with everything from savoury spinach and cheese, to chocolate and pear for those with a sweeter tooth.

7024, ave. Casgrain
Montreal, QC

5. Boulangerie Les Co'Pains d'Abord (multiple locations)

1965, av du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2H 1J5, Canada

A plateau staple since 1999 with locations on Mont-Royal, Rachel, and Masson, Boulangerie Les Co’Pains d’Abord is well known for its artisanal breads as well as croissants and pastries all baked by hand. Also, not to be missed are its signature gingerbread men cookies.

1965, av du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2H 1J5, Canada

6. La Fabrique Arhoma

1700, rue Ontario Est, Montreal, QC

Arhoma is somewhat of a Montreal success story when it comes to bringing artisanal bread to the masses. What started as a tiny boutique in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve in 2007 has become a familiar brand that you can find in many grocery stores across the city, or even get delivered right to your door.

1700, rue Ontario Est
Montreal, QC

7. Guillaume

5132 boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal, QC

This spot on St. Laurent between Laurier and Fairmount is a mecca for bread in the area; walk around and you’ll see many a Mile Ender toting a baguette in its signature yellow bread bag. The selection is vast and it opens from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily (except for Sundays), so you’ve got a full 12 hours to get your fix.

5132 boulevard St-Laurent
Montreal, QC

8. Boulangerie Cheskie

359, rue Bernard Ouest, Montreal, QC

The chocolate babka gets most of the hype at this Mile End Jewish staple, and for good reason — but the challah is also a winner. An added bonus is that it’s open from early morning until 11 p.m. on all days except Friday and Saturday, in observance of Shabbat.

359, rue Bernard Ouest
Montreal, QC

9. Hof Kelsten

4524, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC

Baker and owner Jeffrey Finkelstein has made quite the name for himself making loaves from challah to rye. Stop in for lunch and enjoy a coffee and a sandwich made from the freshest of breads. Indulging in some of its chocolate babka isn’t a bad idea, either.

4524, boul. Saint-Laurent
Montreal, QC

10. Farine & Vanille

5000 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E8, Canada

Offering a succinct but well-executed selection of bread and viennoiseries, Farine et Vanille brings some diversity to Mile End’s carbohydrate selection. Try Mexican-inspired sweets like the concha, a shell-shaped sweet bread, or go savoury with the garlic and coarse salt twist.

5000 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E8, Canada

11. Mamie Clafoutis (multiple locations)

3660 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC

A small Montreal chain that isn’t too commercialized, Mamie Clafoutis offers consistently delicious breads across its six locations, in both traditional and more creative forms. Mamie is quite the all-rounder, offering a solid array of sandwiches and sweets alongside its fresh loaves.

3660 rue Saint-Denis
Montreal, QC

12. Forno West

1235 Av. Greene, Westmount, QC H3Z 2A4, Canada

The smell of fresh baked breads lures patrons off of Greene Avenue and upstairs into this Italian bakery offering traditional baguettes alongside a variety of loaves like challah, ciabatta, and country, as well as double chocolate, lemon poppyseed, cheese and egg, and more. They also serve sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, and a vast assortment of Italian sweets including cannoli, cornetto, bombolone, and tiramisu.

1235 Av. Greene, Westmount
QC H3Z 2A4, Canada

13. Miette boulangerie

317 Rue de Lévis, Montréal, QC H3J 1N7, Canada

Organic sourdough is what it’s about at this Little Burgundy newcomer offering the classic alongside flavoured options like cinnamon raisin, olive and walnut, and marble rye. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with deliver to certain zip codes.

317 Rue de Lévis, Montréal
QC H3J 1N7, Canada

14. Chez Fred

5338 Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC

Baguettes are a staple, but NDG’s Chez Fred is worth checking out for its viennoiseries, which are touted as having some of the best croissants in the city. Fun fact: it’s founded by a Parisian lawyer turned baker.

5338 Sherbrooke O
Montreal, QC

15. La Meunerie Urbaine

6151 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4B 1G3, Canada

There’s a reason the line forms outside this NDG destination — the breads are that good. Whether it’s a spelt loaf or a traditional baguette, all of their wheat is sourced from Quebec and ground by hand to maintain peak freshness. Be sure to get there early in the day before the favourites sell out.

6151 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4B 1G3, Canada

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