Another landmark in Montreal and a must-go to bring home the best Montreal bagels the province can offer, is St-Viateur Bagel.
Since 1957, St-Viateur Bagel has been hand-rolling, shaping, boiling in a honey and water mixture and baking them in wood ovens. The tradition still has not changed to this day. The original and most popular location is at St-Viateur Ouest where you can only pick up bagels, spreads etc., but they do have several location throughout Montreal, some of which are also cafés where you can order a bagel with all the fixings, sit and enjoy.
But the best part of going inside the store is the smell of bagel. The smell of freshly baked bread just gets me.
Now funny enough, I’m not really a bagel person. At work, we used to get bagels every Wednesday when we have our meeting and I would rarely take a bagel. There is something about these bagels though: thinner than the commercial variety, slight crispy exterior, soft and chewy interior, and subtle sweetness from the honey bath. Their sesame bagels are the most popular (they make a lot of it), but they have poppy seeds, all dressed, cinnamon and raisins, etc.
After our brunch at Cornichon, we stopped by their cafe location on Mont-Royal. I bought home half a dozen (3 sesame and 3 poppy). I love their sesame and wished I bought more home (they ship throughout Canada and USA!).
It is the best souvenir you can buy when in Montreal.
St-Viateur Bagel & Café
1127 Mont-Royal E.