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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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La Bête à Pain (multiple locations)

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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.

Le Pain Dans Les Voiles

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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.

Automne Boulangerie

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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.

Joe La Croûte

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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.

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

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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.

La Fabrique Arhoma

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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.

Guillaume

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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.

Boulangerie Cheskie

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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.

Hof Kelsten

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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.

Farine & Vanille

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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.

Mamie Clafoutis (multiple locations)

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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.

Forno West

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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.

Miette boulangerie

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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.

Chez Fred

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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.

La Meunerie Urbaine

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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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La Bête à Pain (multiple locations)

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.

Le Pain Dans Les Voiles

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.

Automne Boulangerie

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.

Joe La Croûte

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.

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

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.

La Fabrique Arhoma

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.

Guillaume

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.

Boulangerie Cheskie

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.

Hof Kelsten

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.

Farine & Vanille

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.

Mamie Clafoutis (multiple locations)

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.

Forno West

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.

Miette boulangerie

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.

Chez Fred

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.

La Meunerie Urbaine

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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