7 Instagrammable Bakeries in Montreal

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We’re always looking for excellent bread. And if the experience is embellished by an aesthetic decor, we always come back! Here is our selection of bakeries as Instagram-worthy as they are divine.

1. La Bête à pain Griffintown – 195, Rue Young

The industrial and artsy district of Griffintown had to welcome a bakery worthy of the neighborhood’s reputation. It comes to us as La Bête à pain, a stylish cafe where you can sit with a view on the bread oven, while beautiful people jostle for brunch, lunch or to empty the wicker basket filled with crackling bread and sumptuous pastries. A must!

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2. Le Toledo – 351, Avenue du Mont-Royal Est

New last March, this superb bakery, built in a long and incredibly sunny space, soon attracted the residents and tourists of the neighborhood. Grab a table under the 43 industrial, enameled lamps that Lampi Lampa designer Emmanuel Cognée installed while you enjoy a maple latte and bite into one of their delicious sandwiches. Of course, there is also very good bread prepared with local and usually organic grains.

 

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3. Hof Kelsten – 4524, Boulevard Saint-Laurent

This sublime ultra-luminous space, designed by Atelier Zébulon Perron and masterfully managed by Jeffrey Finkelstein, is known in particular as the supplier of several popular Montreal restaurants such as Toqué!, Le Club Chasse et pêche, Buvette chez Simone, or Joe Beef, just to name a few. Of course, you can buy excellent bread, but you can also enjoy their exquisite brunch, a fresh sandwich on the go, or savory pastries. The ultra-chocolate babka, an Eastern European cake, often linked to Jewish traditions, will seduce you with its decadence — it’s mandatory to try at least once. Crazy good!

 

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4. Boulangerie Guillaume – 5134, Boulevard Saint-Laurent

This beautiful, industrial-style icon of Mile End offers sweet/salty bread, sweets, and pastries that turn heads. Try their bitter dark-chocolate leavened bread, their mushroom white-chocolate and vanilla brioche (one of the house’s specialties, which you can find in some other Montreal cafes), or their famous blue cheese and walnut loaf. You’ll no doubt be won over.

 

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5. Louise – 6835, Boulevard Saint-Laurent

Louise is so sweet! Opened a little over a year ago in Little Italy, it brings a new wave of fresh design and gourmet delights to this sometimes duller part of La Main. Designed by Perron Design, the aesthetic plays on several stylistic moods: an airy space with soft tones and rather industrial background, large windows to let in the afternoon sun, and a childish font that recalls that of the French artist of Swiss origin Benjamin Vautier. The copious chocolate viennoise is super good, and for the most eager, it’s good to know that you get a free item with the purchase of three equivalent ones.

 

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6. Automne – 6500, Avenue Christophe-Colomb

This beautiful bakery with a Scandinavian aesthetic is a great addition to the heart of Petite-Patrie. Not only does it never run out of food, it continually revises its recipes according to local harvests. Among the regular bread, buy without hesitation their walnut bread — one of the tastiest in town — and enjoy their soft, golden quiches and pizzas that evolve with the vegetables in season. You can’t go wrong here.

 

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7. Fanfare – 751, Rue Jarry Est

Fanfare brings a cool and stylish atmosphere to Jarry Drive with its large bay windows, impeccable decoration — done by the owner — and beautiful bread, mostly organic. The chocolate croissants, very generous in chocolate (three bars please), melt in your mouth, buttery and delicious. And let’s not forget the weekend brunch, with a very enjoyable menu that changes regularly with the seasons.

 

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