A cosmopolitan city filled with funky hipster cafés, gourmet bistros, art, museums, and shopping, Montréal is one of our favourite cities to visit in Québec. Unfortunately, there are so many things to see and experience, and places to eat, that we have to create themes for our visits. Usually sticking to one or two neighbourhoods; our Montréal bucket list is far too long to achieve everything in a single visit.

Unless, of course, our theme is ‘sweet spots’, then sticking to one or two neighbourhoods is impossible. And as Montréal is overflowing with sweet spots and everything else foodie related, it will take some time to fully explore them all.

Here are our current top four pâtisseries in the city.

Rustique Pie Kitchen

Neighbourhood: St. Henri

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!

 

Maison Christian Faure

Neighbourhood: Vieux Montréal

A parlour and pâtisserie in Old Montréal, Maison Christian Faure is one of our guilty pleasures; and our favourite escape when we’re in Vieux Montréal 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.

Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

Neighbourhood: Le Plateau

We love little pâtisseries 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.

Bar à Beurre

Neighbourhood: Vieux Montréal

When we stumbled upon Bar à Beurre on the edges of Vieux Montréal, 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!