8 Great Sweets to Savor in Montreal

[Photographs: Jay Friedman]

From a morning pastry at one of the many patisseries to an elegant evening dessert from one of the city's finest pastry chefs, there's no shortage of sweets in Montreal. While you'll find many of France's favorite pastries like croissants, the emergence of many ethnic enclaves over the years means great diversity of offerings to satisfy your sweet tooth. It's easy to travel from Chinatown to a Portuguese area to a Jewish neighborhood to Little Italy, eating like crazy along the way.

The last time I went to Montreal, I tried Russian doughnuts, Rhubarbe's millefeuille, a couple of kouign amann, and even a nun's fart. I also searched for my favorite croissant and found one to call queen. This time, I was tempted by babka, cannoli, a couple of frozen treats, and much more.

Eating non-stop in Montreal is no small feat as the food is often rich. (On many restaurant menus, you'll find the words "The chef recommends you add foie gras to your plate.") I know I continue to simply scratch the surface on the abundance of quality sweets to be found, so suggest your favorites in the comments section below.

For now, check the slideshow above for eight of my current favorite sweets in Montreal.