With a wood-fired oven that’s been burning since 1957, St-Viateur is a veritable keystone in Montreal’s history of bagels. From its original ownership to today’s, this shop’s never forgotten its roots in the Mile End while garnering international acclaim and multiple bakeries and cafés. From a mountain of fresh dough, to being tossed hot off the sheeba, to a delicious bite of a hot and fresh one, it’s a place of beauty open all day every day.
Ask anyone what you need to eat when you want a true taste of the city, and you'll be pointed straight to the best bagels in Montreal. They're right up there at the top of our list of iconic Montreal food alongside the best delis for Montreal smoked meat—followed closely by diners dishing out the best poutine and best hot dogs in Montreal, of course—and they're a cornerstone offering on the best brunch menus while ranking high among the best cheap eats in Montreal. What humbly started with Jewish immigrants bringing hand-rolled, wood-fired rings of sweet, thin, and dense dough in the early 20th century is become a distinct, world-famous dish today that's put Montreal on the map.
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