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8 Excellent Panettone Purveyors Selling the Sweet Bread in Montreal Right Now

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The appeal of panettone — much less where to procure the best one — can be a divisive topic among family and friends. There are those who insist they “just don’t get it,” while some start stocking up as soon as the holiday sweet bread hits shelves mid-fall. Others, still, maintain that they have no qualms with the idea of a boxed, cellophane-wrapped Italian treat, but would much prefer a slice of pandoro, the star-shaped, powdered-sugar-dusted cousin of the panettone. Even once you think you’ve found the right person to share in your panettone passion, chances are you disagree on whether the bread should be studded with bits of crystallized fruit or chunks of chocolate. And then there’s still one more knotty conversation to be had: where do we buy it?

Montreal is home to lots of small local spots, like Little Italy café San Gennaro or Old Montreal sandwich counter Dispensa, that feature stellar selections of imported breads. Otherwise, consider visiting an Italian grocery store, such as Fruiterie Milano, Cavallaro in Les Halles d’Anjou, or Berchicci in St-Leonard, where shelves are lined with so many brightly hued packages of the sweet bread that it couldn’t hurt to have a cognoscente in tow. But this map is dedicated to Montreal bakeries, restaurants, and cafes selling their very own, totally gift-worthy takes on the Italian classic.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Viva Panettone

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8248 Rue du Creusot, Saint-Léonard
QC H1P 2A4, Canada
(438) 350-0904
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After perfecting his panettone at popular Montreal bakery les Co’pains d’abord’s, pastry chef Eric Goeury has opened a separate venture dedicated entirely to the festive treat. Pick between the standard version spotted with citrus and raisins, or one laced with three types of chocolate, and another made to taste like cappuccino. Available at Viva Panettone’s St-Leonard headquarters, online, or at a number of Montreal stockists.

2. Automne Boulangerie

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6500 Ave Christophe-Colomb, Montreal
QC H2S 2G8, Canada
(514) 274-8111
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The hype surrounding this Petite-Patrie bakery run by award-winning baker Julien Roy is entirely warranted, and now that Automne has come out with its own raisin, apple, and blueberry studded panettone, it may well be among the most coveted on this list. Traditional panettone gets its height from sourdough starter, not commercial bakers yeast, and if the loaves of fermented dough that Automne has been churning out since 2016 are any indication, they’re adept at working with it.

3. Fous Desserts

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809 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1G2, Canada
(514) 273-9335
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This Laurier East dessert shop leans traditional with its panettone offering, which is speckled with dried fruit and conveniently available in three sizes: small (180 g), medium (420 g), or large (700 g).

4. Café Olimpico (multiple locations)

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124 Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2L1, Canada
(514) 495-0746
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Montreal’s premier coffee purveyor is now also a panettone creator. Olimpico-branded sweet breads are available in two classic favourite flavours: chocolate or pistachio creams.

5. Arte & Farina

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1256 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1R6, Canada
(514) 999-8922
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Armed with years of culinary training in Italy, where he was born, Sandro Carpene doesn’t shy away from blending traditional craftsmanship with local ingredients. Classically flavoured panettone is on offer, but so is one flavoured with chocolate and a more home-brewed take, featuring Quebec maple syrup and cranberries.

6. Hof Kelsten

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4524 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R4, Canada
(514) 649-7991
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Since opening Hof Kelsten to the public in 2013, Jeffrey Finkelstein has gathered praise for his now-legendary babka and challah bread, as well as his gravlax, chopped liver, and other deli grub. But come December, he moonlights as an Italian baker dishing out some of the city’s most sought-after panettone, in gift-worthy wrapping.

7. Elena

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5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada
(514) 379-4883
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Elena’s take on the tall sweet bread is naturally leavened with the same sourdough culture used for its famed pizza, and freckled with dark chocolate, orange zest, amaro-soaked cranberries, and finished with a chestnut-almond crumble up top. Available online and perfect for holiday gifting.

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8. Boulangerie Le Toledo (multiple locations)

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4448 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W5, Canada
(438) 380-2248
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With an outpost in Verdun and another in the Plateau, Le Toledo makes it easy for Montrealers to grab one of their panettone — all made with dark chocolate, and then paired with either orange, salted caramel, or a raspberry cream — wherever you are in the city.

1. Viva Panettone

8248 Rue du Creusot, Saint-Léonard, QC H1P 2A4, Canada

After perfecting his panettone at popular Montreal bakery les Co’pains d’abord’s, pastry chef Eric Goeury has opened a separate venture dedicated entirely to the festive treat. Pick between the standard version spotted with citrus and raisins, or one laced with three types of chocolate, and another made to taste like cappuccino. Available at Viva Panettone’s St-Leonard headquarters, online, or at a number of Montreal stockists.

8248 Rue du Creusot, Saint-Léonard
QC H1P 2A4, Canada

2. Automne Boulangerie

6500 Ave Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC H2S 2G8, Canada

The hype surrounding this Petite-Patrie bakery run by award-winning baker Julien Roy is entirely warranted, and now that Automne has come out with its own raisin, apple, and blueberry studded panettone, it may well be among the most coveted on this list. Traditional panettone gets its height from sourdough starter, not commercial bakers yeast, and if the loaves of fermented dough that Automne has been churning out since 2016 are any indication, they’re adept at working with it.

6500 Ave Christophe-Colomb, Montreal
QC H2S 2G8, Canada

3. Fous Desserts

809 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1G2, Canada

This Laurier East dessert shop leans traditional with its panettone offering, which is speckled with dried fruit and conveniently available in three sizes: small (180 g), medium (420 g), or large (700 g).

809 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal
QC H2J 1G2, Canada

4. Café Olimpico (multiple locations)

124 Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2L1, Canada

Montreal’s premier coffee purveyor is now also a panettone creator. Olimpico-branded sweet breads are available in two classic favourite flavours: chocolate or pistachio creams.

124 Rue Saint- Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2L1, Canada

5. Arte & Farina

1256 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2L 1R6, Canada

Armed with years of culinary training in Italy, where he was born, Sandro Carpene doesn’t shy away from blending traditional craftsmanship with local ingredients. Classically flavoured panettone is on offer, but so is one flavoured with chocolate and a more home-brewed take, featuring Quebec maple syrup and cranberries.

1256 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2L 1R6, Canada

6. Hof Kelsten

4524 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R4, Canada

Since opening Hof Kelsten to the public in 2013, Jeffrey Finkelstein has gathered praise for his now-legendary babka and challah bread, as well as his gravlax, chopped liver, and other deli grub. But come December, he moonlights as an Italian baker dishing out some of the city’s most sought-after panettone, in gift-worthy wrapping.

4524 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2T 1R4, Canada

7. Elena

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1T1, Canada
panettone in front of box Elena/Supplied

Elena’s take on the tall sweet bread is naturally leavened with the same sourdough culture used for its famed pizza, and freckled with dark chocolate, orange zest, amaro-soaked cranberries, and finished with a chestnut-almond crumble up top. Available online and perfect for holiday gifting.

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada

8. Boulangerie Le Toledo (multiple locations)

4448 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1W5, Canada

With an outpost in Verdun and another in the Plateau, Le Toledo makes it easy for Montrealers to grab one of their panettone — all made with dark chocolate, and then paired with either orange, salted caramel, or a raspberry cream — wherever you are in the city.

4448 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W5, Canada

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