Honesty hour, friends: there is nothing on this earth like a Montreal bagel. They're unique, comforting, and straight-up delicious... and absolutely a hallmark of Montreal cuisine.
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And although tons of spots serve up bagels that are to die for, a select few really stand out as serving some seriously legit Montreal bagels.
If you ask anyone where their favourite bagels in the city come from, there's a good chance they'll say St. Viateur. And honestly, one bite of these doughy, crispy, tasty bagels will leave no question in your mind as to why.
Of course, you might have heard about the rivalry between Fairmount and St. Viateur; but honestly, I don't know why it exists. Fairmount's bagels are above and beyond amazing, and both places to an incredible job of serving the quintessential Montreal bagel.
3. Dizz's Bagel
Home of Montreal's rainbow bagel, the cannoli bagel, and many other treats, the bagels at this spot are seriously tasty and seriously fresh. If you're into plain bagels, no worries: their sesame and poppy seed bagels are what dreams are made of, TBH.
4. Bagels On Greene
This awesome spot serves up a whole lot more than just bagels, so if you're in the mood for a meal, then this Westmount bagel shop has got your back. But trust, get there and taste their bagels - and thank me later.
5. REAL Bagel
Located on Decarie, REAL Bagel serves up some mouthwatering bagels. But if you're not feeling their signature delicious, regular bagels, no worries. They've got everything from pizza bagels to Oreo bagels, to satisfy any bagel crave.
6. Beaubien Bagel
At this stage, I think it's pretty safe to say that Beaubien Bagel is an institution. The bagels here are served fresh and piping hot, and are seriously delicious.
7. Bagel Etc
Bagel Etc is amazing because they serve pretty much the world's greatest breakfasts... all of which happen to incorporate bagels. So, if you're in the mood for a fresh Montreal bagel, piled high with eggs and hollandaise sauce - well, you know where you need to go.
This Laval bagel shop seriously knows what it's doing. Serving up fresh, piping hot bagels, with exactly the right taste and density, Bagelmania is any bagel lover's dream come true.
9. Brossard Bagels
Located in Montreal's South Shore, Brossard Bagels legit serves up the tastiest bagels this side of the city. Plus, their super cozy and homey atmosphere will make you feel right at home.
10. Bagel Ste. Rose
When fresh, crisp, doughy, dense bagels combine with delicious breakfast dishes, beautiful things happen. And that's exactly what you'll find at this bagel shop. Located in Laval, this spot is also the perfect reason to go explore the North Shore.
*All research done in this article is by the author. Restaurants never pay to be featured on MTL Blog’s “Best Of” lists; furthermore, this list represents a showcase of great spots, and is not a numbered ranking.