Last Updated on December 21, 2023 by Pamela MacNaughtan
Patisseries in Montreal are next-level delicious. It is not a surprise. Montreal is a cosmopolitan city known for its trendy cafés, gourmet food scene, street art, museums, and shopping. It’s a popular day-trip from Quebec City, one where we normally pick a neighbourhood or three to explore because the city is too big to experience in a single day.
Of course, I sometimes travel based on a single theme like, “hmmm… I wonder if I can spend the day eating at every patisserie in Montreal, and then maybe, like, visit a museum or art gallery or something”.
Yes, my day trips often end up being about food in one way or another…
There are quite a few delicious patisseries in Montreal, here are a couple of my favourites!
rustique pie kitchen
A tiny shop on rue Notre-Dame Ouest, we were introduced to Rustique Pie Kitchen by a local foodie, who shares our love of all things made with pastry; and other sweet treats. Pies, tarts, homemade marshmallows, croissants… this bakery café has been our private refuge for the past two years, but now we think it is time to share this gem with all of you. Go. Buy some tarts, or an entire pie, and do not feel ashamed when you eat everything in one sitting; without sharing!
4615, rue notre-dame ouest | website | 514.439.5970
bar à beurre
neighbourhood: old montreal (vieux-montréal)
When we stumbled upon Bar à Beurre on the edges of Old Montreal, our taste buds jumped for joy. A tiny patisserie on rue Notre-Dame Est, this neighbourhood gem is famous for its Boules de Beurre; two dense moist cookies rolled in sugar sandwiched together with pastry cream. An Italian recipe brought to Canada by the owner’s mother, Maria.
While the Nonna Maria is the signature Boules de Beurre, we are big fans of Nonno Carlo, which features a cannoli filling. So good!
348, rue notre-dame est | website | 514.875.0707
maison christian faure
neighbourhood: old montreal
A parlour and pâtisserie in Old Montreal, Maison Christian Faure is one of our guilty pleasures; and our favourite escape when we’re in Old Montreal and need decadent chocolat chaud and a little sweet treat. Walking into Maison Christian Faure is like walking into a pâtisserie in Paris; bright, clean, and filled with colourful macarons, tarts, cakes, and other little sweet treats. It’s difficult to leave without some macarons to snack on later. You know, in bed.
355, place-royale | website | 514.508.6453
neighbourhood: le plateau
We love little patisseries in Montreal that are tucked away on fairly quiet residential streets. There is something magical about walking through the door, ordering some sweet treats, and sitting by the window, enjoying a little serenity. Sigh. We need to go to Pâtisserie Rhubarbe right now for a Choco-Poire. Maybe Étagé Pamplemousse. The chocolat chaud is pretty good as well.
1479, avenue laurier est | website | 514.316.2935