Sometimes all you want is a little dessert. Whether you’ve already eaten dinner or are just craving chocolate, you will be ridiculously satisfied with any of the dessert restaurants listed below. Like just about every other type of food, Montreal does dessert really well.
Offering everything from chocolate-covered Belgian waffles to artisanal donuts, the city’s got your sweet tooth covered.
So to get you prepared for National Dessert Day happening on October 14th, here are some places you should be celebrating…guilt free.
Founded in 1968, this Italian bakery in the heart of Little Italy serves up some of the most scrumptious and authentic Italian treats in all of Montreal. From their signature almond cake and pistachio cookies, to sfogliatella and their famous Sicilian cannolis, no matter what you walk away with, you’re in good hands.
Where: 277 Rue Dante
Patisserie de Gascogne is a Montreal institution. Located in the Mile End, this French bakery is known for their incredible house-made chocolate, cakes, bread, and pastries. If you’re a lover of chocolate art, then you have to stop by Patisserie de Gascogne. There is a small cafe/seating area, but the bakery is otherwise filled with counters upon counters of treats for you to marvel at.
Where: 237 Avenue Laurier Ouest
Famous for their monstrous cheesecakes, Rockaberry serves up incredible desserts all year round. With a more diner-like atmosphere, Rockaberry has pretty much any kind of cheesecake imaginable, including the infamous apple crumb cheese pie. Oh, and it’s also crazy addictive (your friends will have to stop you from taking home the whole cake).
Where: Various locations
Mamie Clafoutis is known for its impeccable French patisserie. There are multiple locations around Montreal, so you won’t have to go far, and you can choose to order in advance or choose something in-store. Using local ingredients, Mamie Clafoutis features a certain ingredient each month. This month is apple! In addition to sweet-smelling baked breads, the pies and tarts are where this bakery truly shines.
Where: Various locations
Specializing in hand-crafted, local desserts, Rustique Pie Kitchen is the place to be for pie and cake lovers alike. From traditional flavours like strawberry shortcake and cherry pie, to mouth-watering new inventions like a banana split banana creme pie, the Rustique Pie Kitchen executes all of their baked goods to perfection.
Where: 4615 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
In true deli style, Reuben’s has an entire counter filled with scrumptious cheesecakes eyeing you as soon as you walk through the door. The extensive menu invites you to try six different cheesecakes, each more enticing than the last. If you ask me, their original strawberry cheesecake is where it’s at. But if you’re looking for something a little different, they also offer a chocolate cheesecake explosion made with chocolate cream, nuts, chocolate chips, and caramel.
Where: 1116 Rue Sainte Catherine
Serving up the most unbelievable French pastries in Montreal, Bar a Beurre is a great place to sit and relax with coffee and some sweets. Their cupcakes are out of this world, though they also offer other baked goods like cake balls and whoopie pies in unique flavours such as bubblegum. If you’re interested in making an afternoon out of it, Bar a Beurre also offers High Tea but you have to book in advance.
Where: 350 Notre-Dame Est
This retro burger joint has been serving up some of the biggest and best desserts in Montreal for years. If you can make it past their famed dessert towers, ice cream sundaes, salted caramel cookies, and Nutella cheesecake, you will eventually make your way to a menu of mouthwatering ice cream sandwiches. Serving up homemade vanilla ice cream between two Joe Louis, May Wests, or Pop Tarts, you will never look at ice cream sandwiches (or dessert for that matter) the same way again.
Where: 11798 Boulevard de Salaberry
Serving up cold and creamy frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream all year round, Le Blueboy has quickly become one of Montreal’s best ice cream spots. In addition to their typical flavours, they offer monthly specials (be sure to try the pumpkin cinnamon pie frozen yogurt this month), and ice cream sundaes. The churro ice cream sundae, containing homemade ice cream and churros, has caught our attention. The churro sundae is topped with chocolate sauce, brownie chunks, nuts, sprinkles, and even yogurt-dipped pretzels. Finally, you can opt to drunk your churro in melted chocolate or have it sprinkled with a little cinnamon sugar. Either way, it’s pretty damn delicious.
Where: 150 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Suite 88 Chocolatier has an exclusive lounge available to meet all your chocolate needs. From waffles and brownies to cheesecakes and specialty cookies, Suite 88 Chocolatier is there for you for when that chocolate craving kicks in.
Where: 1225 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest
Known for their chocolate bomb and freakshakes, C’ChoColat is the go-to place for all things opulent and delicious. The chocolate bomb is a picture-perfect “explosion” of melting chocolate, underneath which you’ll find more chocolate, berries, ice cream, and crumble. The extravagant freakshakes on the other hands, are the most monstrous milkshakes Montreal has to offer. In addition to the rich milkshake, each glass is topped with another entire dessert, such as French macarons or a red velvet cupcake. Not in the mood for dessert? C’ChoColat also boasts an impressive array of hot chocolate and chocolate-infused alcoholic drinks.
Where: 1255 Rue Bishop
This upscale French eatery is the perfect place to indulge in your dessert fantasies. Located in Outremont, Lemeac serves up some of the most mouthwatering dessert options in the city. They make the classics – like creme brulee and tarte au citron – to perfection, but they’ve also got a few standout options, most notably their maple caramel french toast. First off, the portion is massive so be sure to order it on a full stomach. Second, it is drenched in homemade maple caramel that is to die for. Other options include rum cake, sticky toffee pudding, Guanaja chocolate mousse, and Manjari chocolate tart.
Where: 1045 Avenue Laurier Ouest
If you’re a fan of fruit tarts and croissant then Patisserie Rhubarbe is the place to go. With an entire counter covered in decadent fruit tarts, in addition to their yummy cakes and pastries, Patisserie Rhubarbe produces beautiful French desserts. If you want a unique experience, try out their grapefruit and white chocolate cake or their black caramel chocolate macaron.
Where: 5091 Rue de Lanaudière