Chocolate croissant, chocolatine, or pain au chocolat… whatever you call them they’re delicious, and you can get them pretty much everywhere. But if you don't go to right place then you're stuck with a day old, stale loaf of shit. So here are six mouthwatering chocolate croissants that deserve your undivided attention.
Read on below for the best chocolate croissants in Montreal:
You can predict the deliciousness awaiting you at Mamie Clafoutis simply by listening to the customersand staff: everyone here is francophone! This means that the chocolate croissants are delightfully authentic. Torn between an almond croissant and a chocolate one? Fear not: the geniuses at Mamie Clafoutis have created the hybrid croissant of your dreams.
In-the-know tourists and leather-clad designer-types line up outside Olive et Gourmando all day (except Sunday) for the best chocolate croissants in Old Port. Get there early (because they sell out fast!), and enjoy a cappuccino and some people watching on one of the sunny benches outside. Beware: these chocolate croissants are cruelly small so unless you have incredible self-restraint, you’re going to need two.
Don’t let the exterior fool you—these chocolate croissants are amazing! Located near the intersection of St. Laurent and Prince Arthur E, Brioche Dorée sells mouth-watering chocolate croissants (and other pastries but, lets be honest, what else would you want?) from a store window so you don’t even have to go inside. Convenient but oh so inconvenient.
Just try to resist the smell of bread and butter wafting out of Au Kouign Amann. This place has the feel of a traditional family-run bakery that’s been here for decades, and after waiting in the much-deserved line for a chocolate croissant right out of the oven, you’ll understand why it's so popular.
Pikolo Espresso Bar can really do no wrong. Elbow your way through this small shop and grab one of the best espressos in Montreal, and its perfect companion: a chocolate croissant straight from their tiny oven. A fair warning: if you go too early they're not always ready, and if you go too late they may have run out, but the thrill of the chase is an added bonus.
If you’re in either the St. Catherine or Concordia areas and fixin' for a chocolate croissant, look no further than Café Myriade, located in Club Monaco and on Rue Mackay. Renowned for its coffee, Café Myriade understands that the experience is as much about the richness of the espresso as it is about its natural companion, the chocolate croissant.
The government is in the process of filling a Service Canada job bank and it's advertising salaries of between $61,152 and $65,887.
On an online recruitment page, the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) office says it needs to fill 45 benefits officer and program officer positions in Quebec and encourages qualified individuals to apply.
The only education requirement is a high school diploma.
While benefits officers review and process employment insurance applications, the government describes a wide range of duties for program officers, including coordination with local stakeholders regarding services from the ESDC.
Service Canada says it has EI processing centres and "program branches" in Montreal, Laval, Boucherville, Drummondville, Thetford Mines, Shawinigan, Quebec City and Saguenay, but that it may assign alternative workplaces to applicants who don't live in these areas.
In addition to a high school diploma, Service Canada is looking for applicants who have experience totalling six months "in delivering services or programs to the general public" or "interpreting and applying legislation or policies."
The language requirement is either French-only or French and English, depending on the position, according to the recruitment page.
Complete details about the positions available and the application process are online.
If you're reading this, you probably love brunch as much as I do — which means you know that, as great as it is to revisit Montreal's classic brunch spots weekend after weekend, sometimes you want to shake up your routine. That's where Barranco, a new Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau–Mont-Royal, comes in.
Barranco just launched its brunch service on September 17 and, as the brunch lover I am, I was there two days later to try it. Between the $30 bottomless mimosa option, the good vibes and the Montreal-meets-Peru concept, anyone looking for something unique and delicious should add this place to their weekend brunch roster.
The real Barranco is a neighbourhood in the heart of Peru's capital Lima, which Barranco MTL owner Fidel M. Vasquez described as "romantic and urban, very artistic." But Montreal's Barranco is in the heart of the Plateau on Rue Saint-Denis, across from Clébard.
"I'm in the [restaurant] industry for about 10 years now and I come from Cusco, Peru," Vasquez told me. "It's always been my dream to open a restaurant here in Montreal [so] that I can show you guys a bit more about our culture."
We were struck by the cool atmosphere that effortlessly blends two different worlds: Montreal and Peru.
On one wall, you'll find a mural that transports you straight to the streets of Peru with palm trees and colourful houses. On the other wall, you'll find mixed media collage-style art that's common on the streets of Montreal.
The menu was created as a collaboration between Passé Composé's Arnaud Glay and Barranco's chefs Daniel Silva and Michelangelo Miceli. Like the decor, puts a Montreal twist on Peruvian favourites. My friend got a Peruvian take on a bagel lox and cream cheese: a St-Viateur bagel with trout gravlax, cilantro sauce, red onions, radishes, jalapeño yogurt, cilantro sprouts, corn and jalapeño salsa. He loved it.
I had the Ceviche de Hongos, a mix of mushrooms, sour marinade, chives, red onion, corn, crunchy corn, quinoa, and coriander seeds. It was a perfect excuse to eat ceviche for breakfast — something I haven't done since I visited Peru several years ago and it brought back yummy, fresh, citrusy, seafood memories.
I opted for a house passionfruit (maracuya) juice instead of the $30 bottomless mimosas that day. My juice was delightfully refreshing and beautiful to look at. That said, the bottomless mimosas are a fun option and it looked like the party atmosphere was starting picking up the pace when we headed out, as a DJ spun happy beats and old-school retro music.
If you're looking for a tasty new brunch spot that'll make you feel like you have one foot in Canada and the other in South America, then I definitely recommend checking out Barranco, whether for brunch or for dinner. The restaurant is open for brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Cuisine: Peruvian meets Montreal
Address: 4552, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: From the $30 bottomless mimosa option to the Montreal-meets-Peru concept, Barranco is a unique and delicious new brunch spot that should be added to any Montreal brunch lover's brunch bucket list.
To the surprise of many, Quebec City also made the Top 10 — and it ranked higher than Montreal, with Quebec City at #4 and Montreal at #6.
This ranking looked at the cost of living, internet speeds, the percentage of young people, levels of safety, and more.
Our province may have been blessed enough to score two top spots in this ranking, but we still didn't make it to #1, which was Tokyo, Japan.
If ever you were thinking of going to study abroad, you may want to put Tokyo high on your list, considering it "ranks well in nearly all categories helping it to come out on top of the study. It has a good amount of high-ranking unis, great food options, and offers cheap tech. It has high levels of free speech and is above average for safety and high-ranking institutions."
Fall means cooler weather so you may not be spending as much time outdoors. That makes this the perfect time to stock up on plant friends to get you through the next several months, and there's a huge end-of-season sale happening at Montreal's iconic Dragon Flowers to help you do that.
According to an Instagram post from the family-run flower shop in the Mile End, all indoor houseplants are on sale, with discounts of up to 50%.
The sale will run all weekend long while supplies last.
To get your discount, just show them the above Instagram post when you arrive.
Happy plant shopping, Montreal!
End-of-Season Plant Sale
When: September 25 and 26
Address: 159, rue Bernard O, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Get up to 50% off indoor houseplants — your new best friends for the fall/winter months.