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Fairmount bagel at Arts Café
Mallory Frayn

10 Places That Do Justice to Montreal Bagels

Restaurants and cafés serving up bagels and lox, breakfast sandwiches, and more

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Fairmount bagel at Arts Café
| Mallory Frayn

Up there with smoked meat as an iconic Montreal food is the bagel. Thinner and crustier than its New York counterpart, it’s a satisfying, doughy treat when served fresh from the wood-burning ovens of the local bagelries, the two stalwarts being Fairmount and St. Viateur.

That said, there’s more to experience than standing on the sidewalk struggling to smear cream cheese on a warm bagel with flimsy plastic knives (indeed, some visitors are disappointed by the fact that the bagel bakeries won’t put anything on the bagel for them). But the following local restaurants will cut open that bagel, and serve up a meal with it. There’s all the classics, like bagel and lox, as well as more creative options like eggs benedict with bagels instead of English muffins — and they all do justice to Montreal’s beloved bagels.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. St-Viateur Bagel & Café

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1127 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1X9, Canada
(514) 528-6361
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Why not go straight to the source to enjoy a myriad of bagel delights? In addition to their bakeries on St. Viateur, the company also has a number of sit-down cafés featuring their iconic bagels. The menu goes well beyond traditional bagel and lox platters, serving up a variety of bagel sandwiches from BLTs to smoked meat. (There’s other locations in NDG and in Dollard.)

2. Arts Café

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201 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M8, Canada
(514) 274-0919
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Given Arts Café’s location (just down the street from Fairmount Bagel), it’s no surprise that their gravlax plate takes advantage of that. Served open-faced with a smear of lemon cream cheese, generous ribbons of house-cured trout gravlax, and a sprinkling of fried capers, the combination of toppings does justice to the bagel beneath.

3. Café Névé

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152 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1E2, Canada
(514) 903-9294
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For a quick café option, complete with coffee to-go, Café Névé’s smoked salmon bagel is a solid option. Housemade smoked salmon with all the fixings on top of a St. Viateur bagel is a great way to start the day off right.

4. Beautys Luncheonette

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93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 2S5, Canada
(514) 849-8883
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Being the very first wholesale customer of St. Viateur bagels, there’s no better place to go and enjoy them than Beautys. “The Special” has been a staple since the beginning; a straightforward bagel and lox combo, served in sandwich format with cream cheese, tomato, and onion.

Beautys Luncheonette
Randall Brodeur

5. Bagel Etc.

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4320 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada
(514) 845-9462
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As the name suggests, Bagel Etc. indeed offers quite the selection of bagel-centric dishes. Their take on huevos rancheros is made with bagels instead of tortillas, all of their Benedicts use bagels in place of English muffins, and their “Benny Goodman” takes advantage of the bagel hole as a nest for a soft cooked egg. Fairmount bagel is the bagel of choice here.

Bagel Etc.
Bagel Etc.
Randall Brodeur

6. Fletchers (Museum of Jewish Montreal)

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4040 Boul St-Laurent R01, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y8, Canada
(514) 840-9300
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This spot on St. Laurent inside the Museum of Jewish Montreal is open for brunch Friday through Sunday, and thankfully, bagel boards grace the menu. They’re served with salmon, but the twist is that it’s cured with lapchang souchong tea for a smokier take on the classic bagel and lox.

7. Hinnawi Bros Bagel & Café

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372 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal
QC H2X 1E6, Canada
(514) 289-4000
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When it comes to Montreal bagel sandwiches, Hinnawi Bros definitely offer substantially more varieties than any other contender with almost 20 to choose from. And it’s not just about quantity — for a grab-n-go spot, there are far worse options to choose from. Try Le Montréalais with egg, cream cheese, ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, cucumber, and tomato. (Other locations include Mackay, near Concordia University, and Président-Kennedy, near the McCord Museum.)

8. Rosélys

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900 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Montréal
QC H3B 1X8, Canada
(514) 954-2261
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This restaurant inside the newly-renovated Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is taking things a notch above the rest and making their own in-house, mini, Montreal bagels to accompany their daily breakfast buffet. The best part is that they’re part of a build-your-own bagel bar, complete with an array of toppings, from jams and jellies, to smoked salmon and other cured fish options.

9. Snowdon Deli

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5265 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H3W 3C2, Canada
(514) 488-9129
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It’s not just about the smoked meat at Snowdon Deli, this institution pays homage to the Montreal bagel as well. Bagel breakfast sandwiches are on the menu, as well as bagel and lox in either sandwich or platter format.

10. Arthurs Nosh Bar

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4621 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada
(514) 757-5190
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Arthurs in St. Henri does the bagel thing about as traditionally as possible, yet with impeccable execution. “The Classic” is a bagel adorned with house smoked salmon, cream cheese, pickled onions, capers, and dill. Simple and delicious.

1. St-Viateur Bagel & Café

1127 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1X9, Canada

Why not go straight to the source to enjoy a myriad of bagel delights? In addition to their bakeries on St. Viateur, the company also has a number of sit-down cafés featuring their iconic bagels. The menu goes well beyond traditional bagel and lox platters, serving up a variety of bagel sandwiches from BLTs to smoked meat. (There’s other locations in NDG and in Dollard.)

1127 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1X9, Canada

2. Arts Café

201 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M8, Canada

Given Arts Café’s location (just down the street from Fairmount Bagel), it’s no surprise that their gravlax plate takes advantage of that. Served open-faced with a smear of lemon cream cheese, generous ribbons of house-cured trout gravlax, and a sprinkling of fried capers, the combination of toppings does justice to the bagel beneath.

201 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M8, Canada

3. Café Névé

152 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1E2, Canada

For a quick café option, complete with coffee to-go, Café Névé’s smoked salmon bagel is a solid option. Housemade smoked salmon with all the fixings on top of a St. Viateur bagel is a great way to start the day off right.

152 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1E2, Canada

4. Beautys Luncheonette

93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 2S5, Canada
Beautys Luncheonette
Randall Brodeur

Being the very first wholesale customer of St. Viateur bagels, there’s no better place to go and enjoy them than Beautys. “The Special” has been a staple since the beginning; a straightforward bagel and lox combo, served in sandwich format with cream cheese, tomato, and onion.

93 Avenue du Mont-Royal O, Montréal
QC H2T 2S5, Canada

5. Bagel Etc.

4320 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z3, Canada
Bagel Etc.
Bagel Etc.
Randall Brodeur

As the name suggests, Bagel Etc. indeed offers quite the selection of bagel-centric dishes. Their take on huevos rancheros is made with bagels instead of tortillas, all of their Benedicts use bagels in place of English muffins, and their “Benny Goodman” takes advantage of the bagel hole as a nest for a soft cooked egg. Fairmount bagel is the bagel of choice here.

4320 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

6. Fletchers (Museum of Jewish Montreal)

4040 Boul St-Laurent R01, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y8, Canada

This spot on St. Laurent inside the Museum of Jewish Montreal is open for brunch Friday through Sunday, and thankfully, bagel boards grace the menu. They’re served with salmon, but the twist is that it’s cured with lapchang souchong tea for a smokier take on the classic bagel and lox.

4040 Boul St-Laurent R01, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y8, Canada

7. Hinnawi Bros Bagel & Café

372 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H2X 1E6, Canada

When it comes to Montreal bagel sandwiches, Hinnawi Bros definitely offer substantially more varieties than any other contender with almost 20 to choose from. And it’s not just about quantity — for a grab-n-go spot, there are far worse options to choose from. Try Le Montréalais with egg, cream cheese, ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, cucumber, and tomato. (Other locations include Mackay, near Concordia University, and Président-Kennedy, near the McCord Museum.)

372 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal
QC H2X 1E6, Canada

8. Rosélys

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Montréal, QC H3B 1X8, Canada

This restaurant inside the newly-renovated Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is taking things a notch above the rest and making their own in-house, mini, Montreal bagels to accompany their daily breakfast buffet. The best part is that they’re part of a build-your-own bagel bar, complete with an array of toppings, from jams and jellies, to smoked salmon and other cured fish options.

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque O, Montréal
QC H3B 1X8, Canada

9. Snowdon Deli

5265 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H3W 3C2, Canada

It’s not just about the smoked meat at Snowdon Deli, this institution pays homage to the Montreal bagel as well. Bagel breakfast sandwiches are on the menu, as well as bagel and lox in either sandwich or platter format.

5265 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H3W 3C2, Canada

10. Arthurs Nosh Bar

4621 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5, Canada

Arthurs in St. Henri does the bagel thing about as traditionally as possible, yet with impeccable execution. “The Classic” is a bagel adorned with house smoked salmon, cream cheese, pickled onions, capers, and dill. Simple and delicious.

4621 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada

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