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11 Delectable Doughnut Stops in Montreal

Sweet, doughy, and deep-fried. What's not to like?

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Of the many categories of food that Montreal excels in, doughnuts may not be the first that comes to mind. However, among the places that do whip up a batch of fried dough, they do it well. This list rounds up the crème de la crème of Montreal doughnut vendors, from a Food Network doughnut champion to an over 60-year-old Greek spot, and a restaurant whose fried and fluffy dessert menu is worth the visit.

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CRémy Pâtisserie

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Rémy Couture’s super-dense, cake-like doughnuts are so massive they’re propped up on spindles. Each doughnut starts with a fluffy-moist cake base that’s hand-dipped in glazes like chocolate, caramel, and pistachio, only to be rolled in a crumbly topping. Keep an eye out for the (always delicious) flavour of the month.

Trou de Beigne

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To the delight of just about everyone, this once-upon-a-time wholesale doughnut maker went brick-and-mortar in 2015, and now offers the option to order online, for delivery (flat fee), or for pick-up at Veux-Tu Une Biere? on Fridays only. Vegan doughnuts are also available.

Doughnut connoisseurs head to Wawel’s multiple locations around town for Polish paczki. The glazed, hole-less, yeast-based doughnuts are fried, glazed, and powdered before being injected with the likes of plum or apricot jam. They can also be ordered plain, but why would you want that?

Bernie Beigne

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Drawing inspiration from the Mile End’s traditional Greek and Jewish shop owners of the mid-twentieth century, this unassuming doughnut shop launched with a bang in early 2021 and over 20 (well-priced) varieties available.

La Beignerie

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This recently opened doughnut shop on Saint-Denis is the brainchild of an unlikely entrepreneur, Catherine Boucher, a dentist turned vegan pastry maker. Her creations are glazed to produce flavours such as crème brûlée, passionfruit with cocoa nibs, coffee-caramel-biscuit (dubbed the “Caramel Instagraham”), and cookies and cream using a chocolate-hazelnut spread from local producer Allo Simmone.

Boulangerie Samos

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Montreal doughnut lovers swear by Samos. This bakery’s been in business for more than 60 years and is renowned for old-school doughnuts that serve as a kind of counterpunch to frillier pastry pushers.

49th Parallel Cafe

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Hailing from the west coast, this Vancouver transplant is one of the summer’s hottest café openings, and brings more than third-wave coffee to the Old Montreal area. Showcasing their in-house brand of doughnuts (Lucky’s), it’s serving up flavours like lemon-blueberry crumble, PB&J, maple glaze, coconut-mango-passionfruit, and even one inspired by Quebec Depression-era delicacy pouding chômeur.

Amy's Déjeuner Brunch Gâteries

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Churning out doughnuts and fritters every morning at 9:00 am, this West Island locale keeps things fresh by switching up flavours on a weekly basis. Think of options like maple bacon, brownie cream cheese, lavender Oreo vanilla glazed, or brown sugar cinnamon on the doughnut side, with fritter flavours such as strawberry cheesecake or classic apple.

DoughNats

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Nathalie Kaspy-Shtern may be a licensed criminologist with three degrees, but she also makes a fine doughnut. Her punny flavours, like the Cereal Killer (topped with your childhood favourites), the Tru-Doh (with brownies) or the Espress-O-Self, with its cinnamon and vanilla bean glaze, are sure to please. Oh, and vegan and gluten-free options are also available.

Léché Desserts

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Josie Weitzenbauer’s doughnuts at Léché are yeast-based, fried in canola oil, and emerge lighter and fluffier than most. Plus, the varieties are insane: coconut and lime, lemon meringue, margarita, passionfruit, s’mores, and maple, just to name a few.

McKiernan

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Come for the sandwiches, pastas, rotisserie chicken, and picnic-style tables, but stay for the doughnuts. Options include sugar and vanilla glaze, a brioche variety, and seasonal editions like rhubarb or carrot cake-stuffed — each of which is sure to round out a memorable meal.

CRémy Pâtisserie

Rémy Couture’s super-dense, cake-like doughnuts are so massive they’re propped up on spindles. Each doughnut starts with a fluffy-moist cake base that’s hand-dipped in glazes like chocolate, caramel, and pistachio, only to be rolled in a crumbly topping. Keep an eye out for the (always delicious) flavour of the month.

Trou de Beigne

To the delight of just about everyone, this once-upon-a-time wholesale doughnut maker went brick-and-mortar in 2015, and now offers the option to order online, for delivery (flat fee), or for pick-up at Veux-Tu Une Biere? on Fridays only. Vegan doughnuts are also available.

Wawel

Doughnut connoisseurs head to Wawel’s multiple locations around town for Polish paczki. The glazed, hole-less, yeast-based doughnuts are fried, glazed, and powdered before being injected with the likes of plum or apricot jam. They can also be ordered plain, but why would you want that?

Bernie Beigne

Drawing inspiration from the Mile End’s traditional Greek and Jewish shop owners of the mid-twentieth century, this unassuming doughnut shop launched with a bang in early 2021 and over 20 (well-priced) varieties available.

La Beignerie

This recently opened doughnut shop on Saint-Denis is the brainchild of an unlikely entrepreneur, Catherine Boucher, a dentist turned vegan pastry maker. Her creations are glazed to produce flavours such as crème brûlée, passionfruit with cocoa nibs, coffee-caramel-biscuit (dubbed the “Caramel Instagraham”), and cookies and cream using a chocolate-hazelnut spread from local producer Allo Simmone.

Boulangerie Samos

Montreal doughnut lovers swear by Samos. This bakery’s been in business for more than 60 years and is renowned for old-school doughnuts that serve as a kind of counterpunch to frillier pastry pushers.

49th Parallel Cafe

Hailing from the west coast, this Vancouver transplant is one of the summer’s hottest café openings, and brings more than third-wave coffee to the Old Montreal area. Showcasing their in-house brand of doughnuts (Lucky’s), it’s serving up flavours like lemon-blueberry crumble, PB&J, maple glaze, coconut-mango-passionfruit, and even one inspired by Quebec Depression-era delicacy pouding chômeur.

Amy's Déjeuner Brunch Gâteries

Churning out doughnuts and fritters every morning at 9:00 am, this West Island locale keeps things fresh by switching up flavours on a weekly basis. Think of options like maple bacon, brownie cream cheese, lavender Oreo vanilla glazed, or brown sugar cinnamon on the doughnut side, with fritter flavours such as strawberry cheesecake or classic apple.

DoughNats

Nathalie Kaspy-Shtern may be a licensed criminologist with three degrees, but she also makes a fine doughnut. Her punny flavours, like the Cereal Killer (topped with your childhood favourites), the Tru-Doh (with brownies) or the Espress-O-Self, with its cinnamon and vanilla bean glaze, are sure to please. Oh, and vegan and gluten-free options are also available.

Léché Desserts

Josie Weitzenbauer’s doughnuts at Léché are yeast-based, fried in canola oil, and emerge lighter and fluffier than most. Plus, the varieties are insane: coconut and lime, lemon meringue, margarita, passionfruit, s’mores, and maple, just to name a few.

McKiernan

Come for the sandwiches, pastas, rotisserie chicken, and picnic-style tables, but stay for the doughnuts. Options include sugar and vanilla glaze, a brioche variety, and seasonal editions like rhubarb or carrot cake-stuffed — each of which is sure to round out a memorable meal.

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