The Easter bunny may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that sweets aren’t made available to us in Montreal 365 days a year. No one can deny that as a people, each and every one of us shares the middle name “sweet tooth”. Whether it is for an afternoon affair, capping off a meal or a midnight snack, we’ve got plenty of restaurants, patisseries, and gelateries all ready to serves us up some deliciously delectable and, of course, sweet treats. So, whip out your spoons and be sure to try some of the best this city has to offer!
La Cornetteria's cronut6528 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2SIt might have been all the rage last summer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still worth a recommendations. This half croissant, half doughnut, is dessert hybrid gold. Sweet, sweet custard is delicately piped in between the layers of flaky pastry goodness. Its soft interior is heavenly contrasted by the sugary and crunchy exterior. All this naturally comes together with the frying oil. MmMm gooood.
Vasco da Gama's natas1472 Peel Rue, Montreal, QC H3A 1S8There is nothing I love more than a crispy flaky pastry. Imagine yourself unwinding with a bowl-sized latte paired with a bite-sized treat whose buttery shell is filled with warm vanilla custard. You’ll feel transported to Lisboa as you bite into one. These traditional Portuguese tarts are utterly irresistible.
Au Pied de Cochon's poire pochée et glace vanille
536 Avenue Duluth Est, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9
If the rich opulent meal filled with foie gras isn’t enough, then you’ll definitely have room for one of their equally decadent desserts. While this one is probably one of their more subdued, it is no less tasty.Facebook page
Kitchenette's sticky toffee pudding sundae with Cracker Jacks1353 René-Levesque est Montréal, QC H2L2X1The name alone should get you to want to go and have one. This will be mouthful after mouthful of a sinfully sweet dessert alone, with a date or with friends. The fact that it is so visually appealing adds to its flavor. The molasses and peanut coated popcorn overflowing from the top and spilling over onto the plate underneath, the mixture of crunchy, sticky and sweet all make for the perfect combination.
Pizzeria Artigiani's nutella pizza4657 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2L3When two of the greatest Italian products are served together how could you go wrong? A meal and a dessert in one is a recipe for sweet satisfaction. Their wood burning oven creates one of the sweetest and succulent pies. This may be the sweet tooth’s holy grail when it is paired with the delicious hazelnut spread, one of Italy’s greatest exports, Ferrero’s Nutella.
Milos, Afroditi, Efes Baklava… O my!Milos 5357 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G9Afroditi 756 Rue Saint Roch, Montréal, QC H3N 1L3Efes 689 St Roch, Montréal, QC H3N 1L2It might be just like your Gigia makes! Milos has been a fixture on Montreal's restaurant scene for over three decades, so if anyone is going to tell you about good baklava it might as well be these guys. If you’re looking to just make a quick stop by a bakery you may want to try either Afroditi or Efes. Let them fight it out like the Spartans and embrace the ways of Bacchus and appreciate them all!
Alati Casserta’s Cannoli277 Rue Dante, Montréal, QC H2S 1K3Tucked away in Montreal’s Little Italy is famous for their Sicilian cannoli. But while you’re in there you might as well indulge in any number of their flaky ricotta filled goods, like their lobster tails or even a sfogliatelle… or two!
Cheskies Chocolate Babka359 Bernard West Montreal, QC H2V4H3What dessert list wouldn’t come equipped with a recommendation of a good old fashioned Jewish bakery? Nothing fills the stomach with more love than with babka still warm from straight out of the oven.
Bilboquet's Ice cream
1311 Avenue Bernard, Montréal, QC H2V 1W1
Since summer is right around the corner what better dessert only place to suggest than one that serves up ice cream? Here you’ll find a full menu of rich and flavorful ice cream to match every one of your taste buds. They even make one hell of an ice cream cupcake made with a thin layer of vanilla cake, a layer of sorbet and decorated with either one of their ice creams or sorbets.
Cocoa Locale’s Cup cakes4807 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E7From the kitchen to your hands, grab any one of the lovingly made home style cupcakes, cakes and cookies by Ontario born Reema Singh. While you may not ask to lick the icing off her whisks, you’ll be licking your fingers clean with one her delightfully sweet cupcakes.
Written by Amanda Fulginiti, see more of her work here.