263 St-Viateur west
This renowned Montreal landmark has been in business since 1957. Located right on St. Viateur across from Arahova in the Mile End neighbourhood, this place is so busy making bagels for all of Montreal and other cities in Canada, they stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
I’ve been eating St. Viateur bagels since I was a kid. The big debate in Montreal is : Which bagel is better. I must admit I do not have much exposure to the competitor “Fairmount” having eaten St. Viateur all of my lfie. When I taste them side by side, I always thought they tasted identical. The uniqueness of Montreal bagels is that they are boiled in honey water, then baked in wood burning ovens. Bagels are tasty and somewhat healthy but unfortunately, they are equivalent t 4 slices of bread.
There is no place to sit as it’s literally the baking premises for all of Montreal and beyond. St Viateur also delivers to Ottawa and Toronto. They are open 24 hours and you can buy bagels by the dozen, half dozen, or singles. You can buy a spread (hummus, white fish spread, herring, tzatziki, smoked salmon (lox) and cream cheese, as well as an assortment of sodas, juices, Jewish desserts, like Jewish style cakes, pies, and danishes. Only accepts cash
74 Fairmount Avenue West
Phone: (514) 272-0667
In my early twenties and late teens, I used to drive with my friends and compare the contrast the taste of a St. Viateur bagel versus a Fairmount Bagel. To this day, I still cannot tell the difference between the two delicious bagels unique to Montreal. It is said that both bagels are boiled in water then baked in a wood oven but one is boiled in honey water and the other sugar water.
Located on a sidestreet from the busy Ave du Parc in the heart of Mile End, a stone’s throw from the lovely city of Outremont, Fairmount Bagel has been in business for over 77 years. Founded by Isadore Shlafman using a secret recipe from his eastern European Jewish family. The same tradition prevails. Bagels are made in the same way they were close to 80 years ago. They are still kneaded by hand, leaven, and cooked in a wood stove.
Unlike St. Viateur who only offer bagels in the sesame seed variety, Fairmount offers bagels in the following varities. Some would argue that they lost their tradition, that these bagels became “Americanized” (like Lender’s bagels in the USA – which never came to Canada) . Some would argue that they lost the tradition of what a good bagel should be.
In any case, Fairmount does offer an assortment of bagel varieties to please your palette, whether you want sweet or savoury. They offer plain, sesame, poppy, cinnamon-raison, caraway, onion and garlic, mini-bagels, pesto and black olive. You can order them with cream cheese and smoked salmon, whitefish, or trout or plain. At the time of my visit, they only accept cash. Open 24 hours.
This renowned Montreal eatery has been serving its loyal customers some of the tastiest breakfasts on the Main for several years now and is easily recognized as one the best breakfast and brunch places in town.
Bagels Etc. is an old-fashioned style diner that is a feast for the eyes, as well as the taste buds. With its rustic decor and antique decorations, diners can hark back to the days of the roaring twenties when life was good and a big breakfast was just what the doctor ordered!
As visitors will soon realize, the huge golden egg supported by a Roman column that sits above the countertop is a symbol of Bagels Etc’s undisputed claim to frying up the most delicious egg dishes in Montreal. Choose anything from eggs Benedict to eggs Florentine and everything in between for a breakfast that will get your motor roaring and set your day off on the right foot. They accept American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.