Not everyone knows this, but Montreal, Canada is actually quite famous for its bagels, with the first bagel bakery being opened back in 1919. They tend to be slightly smaller and sweeter than standard bagels in the United States, and they are handmade and baked in wood-fired ovens. Head out from your Montreal vacation rental in the morning to grab one of the freshest, most delicious bagels in the city. Read on to find out more about the five best bagel places in Montreal.

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1. Fairmount Bagel

Open since 1949, this bagel shop makes fresh goods daily, and they’re always ready to serve them up quickly for customers who are on-the-go. Their sesame seed bagel is their best-selling flavor but we also recommend their blueberry and cinnamon raisin varieties. Bonus: they’re open 24 hours a day, so you’ll never have to go a long time without getting your bagel fix.

 

2. Real Bagel Decarie

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, you’ll definitely find that here. The bagels here are soft and fresh, and come in a unique array of flavors that include French toast, Oreo and coconut. You can even watch your bagel being made on the spot after placing your order.

 

3. Bagel Etc

This uniquely designed space serves up a variety of breakfast goods, and also does good bagels. They make a French toast with Challah bread, and you can order different dishes including the Eggs Benedict on a bagel sandwich. The vibe here reminds one of an old-school diner, and it’s extremely popular with locals, so be prepare dto wait in line.

 

4. Hinnawi Bros Bagel & Cafe

Known for both their fresh coffee and fresh bagels, Hinnawi Bros serves delicious and affordable dishes that include their infamous bagel sandwiches featuring a variety of mixed ingredients, including a BLT, New York-style with mozzarella and tomatoes, and an Alaskan variety with capers and salmon.

 

5. St-Viateur Bagel

Another oldie but goodie, this shop has been in business since 1957, and their bagels are served hot daily. While the bagel varieties are kept fairly simple, with poppy seed being one of the more unique flavors, their spreads come in an assortment of choices, including hummus, smoked salmon, tuna and jam.

Address: 263 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montreal