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Patrice Pâtissier's choco-banana Bûche de Noël
Patrice Pâtissier's choco-banana Bûche de Noël
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12 Spots to Indulge in Montreal’s Best Holiday Baked Goods

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Patrice Pâtissier's choco-banana Bûche de Noël
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The holidays are fast approaching, which means a sudden influx of sugar and spice into the diets of many — especially in the form of beloved holiday baking. If eating sweets is more your forte rather than actually making them, here are our picks for top notch, ready-to-eat seasonal desserts you can procure around Montreal.

The city’s top pastry shops are producing the best of the best for the holidays and the variety of treats is almost overwhelming. You can find Bûche de Noël across town, from Little Burgundy where Patrice Pâtissier is creating a dark chocolate, caramel, and banana indulgence, to the Plateau where Crémy is conceiving of rich combinations like foie gras, milk chocolate, and cherries. There’s plenty of fruitcake to be had, as well as other holiday traditions like panettone, stollen, and King’s cake. Or maybe you’d prefer to start new traditions with holiday themed doughnuts, pies, artisanal bread, and more. Either way, let the feasting commence!

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Les gourmandises de Marie-Antoinette

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Looking for gluten free goodies this holiday season? Les Gourmandises de Marie-Antoinette has come up with not one, but three gluten free bûches this year, including their exotic fruit mousse all wrapped up in gluten free hazelnut cake. They are also offering Christmas cookies, fruit cakes, mignardises, marshmallows, and King’s cake.

Crémy Pâtisserie

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Crémy might be known for doughnuts, but each holiday season they offer a selection of creative Bûches de Noël. Try the beer and pretzel bûche with stout cake, caramel Chantilly, and malt mousseline, or the foie gras bûche with milk chocolate mousse, macerated cherries, and foie gras cream. Order in advance, lest they sell out.

Patisserie Rhubarbe

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If you’re looking for Christmas favourites such as fruit cake and stollen, Patisserie Rhubarbe has you covered: they’re a far cry from the stodgy renditions your grandma used to make (sorry grandma). Rhubarbe is also offering a limited edition Christmas cookie tin in collaboration with local illustrator, Isabelle Arsenault.

Mamie Clafoutis

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Whether you’re looking for sweet or savoury indulgences this holiday season, Mamie Clafoutis has plenty of options. On the sweeter side, they are offering three different bûches, flavoured with caramel, chocolate, and pistachio respectively. If you prefer savoury, they’ve got everything from the Quebec staple, tourtière, to star bread pretty enough to put atop your tree. And that’s just a sampling of many other choices. They also have a stack of locations around the city.

Guillaume

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Make bread part of your holiday tradition with specialty loaves from one of the city’s most beloved boulangeries. Guillaume is offering special holiday menu items from confit orange and dark chocolate fougasse, to kamut bread with cherries, cranberries, Jamaican peppers, and flax. Oh and they also have fruit cake…soaked in plenty of rum.

Hof Kelsten

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If panettone is part of your family’s holiday tradition, don’t settle for a mediocre boxed version when you can place an order for Hof Kelsten’s homemade panettone instead. Leftovers are great re-purposed into French toast too.

Sophie Sucrée

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Vegans rejoice: Sophie Sucrée’s desserts ensure that you won’t get left out of any sweet-related holiday festivities. From cupcakes and brownies, to cookies and truffles, they have an entire menu of all-vegan offerings. They also have nut free, soy free, and gluten free options to cater to other dietary restrictions.

Nougat & Nectarine

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Want some creatively festive desserts to up the ante on holiday cheer? Nougat and Nectarine take things a step above the traditional Yule log with their Santa Claus Belly, a red dome composed of petits fruits mousse, lime and mandarine mousse, and hazelnut dacquoise.

Maison Christian Faure

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Maison Christian Faure has an extensive selection of pastries all year round, but at Christmas it goes one step higher. This year they are offering an assortment of treats from five bûche flavours, to confections like orangettes, nougatine, and pâté de fruit. There’s enough to keep your sugar high fuelled throughout the holiday season.

Patrice Pâtissier

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Patrice Demers is known for his finessed desserts and his holiday offerings are no exception. They will be making an estimated 700 Christmas logs in three flavours including coffee and hazelnut praline, lemon and sweet clover, and dark chocolate, banana, and caramel. Place your order before Christmas to secure one for your family and friends.

Léché Desserts

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Doughnuts might not be the first or most traditional holiday treat to come to mind, but with Léché’s seasonal selection, they should be. Flavours include hazelnut cream, candy cane chocolate, eggnog, gingerbread, and Baileys cream.

Rustique

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Give the gift of pie this holiday season with Rustique Pie Kitchen’s custom gift baskets, which can be filled with everything from jars of homemade pie filling, to caramel corn and homemade marshmallows. Don’t forget to order a pie and selection of holiday cookies (they do those too!) for yourself while you're at it.

Les gourmandises de Marie-Antoinette

Looking for gluten free goodies this holiday season? Les Gourmandises de Marie-Antoinette has come up with not one, but three gluten free bûches this year, including their exotic fruit mousse all wrapped up in gluten free hazelnut cake. They are also offering Christmas cookies, fruit cakes, mignardises, marshmallows, and King’s cake.

Crémy Pâtisserie

Crémy might be known for doughnuts, but each holiday season they offer a selection of creative Bûches de Noël. Try the beer and pretzel bûche with stout cake, caramel Chantilly, and malt mousseline, or the foie gras bûche with milk chocolate mousse, macerated cherries, and foie gras cream. Order in advance, lest they sell out.

Patisserie Rhubarbe

If you’re looking for Christmas favourites such as fruit cake and stollen, Patisserie Rhubarbe has you covered: they’re a far cry from the stodgy renditions your grandma used to make (sorry grandma). Rhubarbe is also offering a limited edition Christmas cookie tin in collaboration with local illustrator, Isabelle Arsenault.

Mamie Clafoutis

Whether you’re looking for sweet or savoury indulgences this holiday season, Mamie Clafoutis has plenty of options. On the sweeter side, they are offering three different bûches, flavoured with caramel, chocolate, and pistachio respectively. If you prefer savoury, they’ve got everything from the Quebec staple, tourtière, to star bread pretty enough to put atop your tree. And that’s just a sampling of many other choices. They also have a stack of locations around the city.

Guillaume

Make bread part of your holiday tradition with specialty loaves from one of the city’s most beloved boulangeries. Guillaume is offering special holiday menu items from confit orange and dark chocolate fougasse, to kamut bread with cherries, cranberries, Jamaican peppers, and flax. Oh and they also have fruit cake…soaked in plenty of rum.

Hof Kelsten

If panettone is part of your family’s holiday tradition, don’t settle for a mediocre boxed version when you can place an order for Hof Kelsten’s homemade panettone instead. Leftovers are great re-purposed into French toast too.

Sophie Sucrée

Vegans rejoice: Sophie Sucrée’s desserts ensure that you won’t get left out of any sweet-related holiday festivities. From cupcakes and brownies, to cookies and truffles, they have an entire menu of all-vegan offerings. They also have nut free, soy free, and gluten free options to cater to other dietary restrictions.

Nougat & Nectarine

Want some creatively festive desserts to up the ante on holiday cheer? Nougat and Nectarine take things a step above the traditional Yule log with their Santa Claus Belly, a red dome composed of petits fruits mousse, lime and mandarine mousse, and hazelnut dacquoise.

Maison Christian Faure

Maison Christian Faure has an extensive selection of pastries all year round, but at Christmas it goes one step higher. This year they are offering an assortment of treats from five bûche flavours, to confections like orangettes, nougatine, and pâté de fruit. There’s enough to keep your sugar high fuelled throughout the holiday season.

Patrice Pâtissier

Patrice Demers is known for his finessed desserts and his holiday offerings are no exception. They will be making an estimated 700 Christmas logs in three flavours including coffee and hazelnut praline, lemon and sweet clover, and dark chocolate, banana, and caramel. Place your order before Christmas to secure one for your family and friends.

Léché Desserts

Doughnuts might not be the first or most traditional holiday treat to come to mind, but with Léché’s seasonal selection, they should be. Flavours include hazelnut cream, candy cane chocolate, eggnog, gingerbread, and Baileys cream.

Rustique

Give the gift of pie this holiday season with Rustique Pie Kitchen’s custom gift baskets, which can be filled with everything from jars of homemade pie filling, to caramel corn and homemade marshmallows. Don’t forget to order a pie and selection of holiday cookies (they do those too!) for yourself while you're at it.

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