Best Desserts MontrealPosted By Jennifer Ho Aug 07 2015 · 1 comment · Dining Out, Snacks & Street Food
It’s no secret that desserts are the Achilles heel of the general population. Let’s be clear. No one is to blame. Desserts (when done right) can be one of the closest encounters with divinity a human can have. There’s no bad time for dessert – totally appropriate to be consumed at any time of day. Whether it’s decadent molten chocolate cakes, ricotta stuffed buttery puffed pastries, rustic homemade cobblers and pies (clearly just a few of my favorites), everybody has their guilty pleasure. When Expedia Canada asked us to share some the best Montreal dessert spots we were delighted. If you’re visiting Montreal, you’re in luck.
*In no particular order.
We’ve raved about La Cornetteria before. This sweet little shop on upper St. Laurent in Little Italy offers to die for homemade cornetti, cannolis, zeppole and the most delectable cakes. My go-to to impress at family dinners where showing up with a tiramisu from La Cornetteria automatically puts me in the good books. Strongly recommend the pistachio cornetto and any flavor of zeppole they’ve got when in season. Licking my lips right now…
Since opening its doors in 2014, Patrice Patissier has forged a solid reputation in the city for some of the most delicious French style pastries and cakes. Walking in, the fragrant aroma of butter and chocolate waft in the air, hinting at what the goodies behind the counter are made of. The buzzing activity of the chefs behind the pristine glass kitchen is a pleasant distraction. Once, I counted almost ten chefs in the back – they are serious about their sweets! I’m in love with the chocolate coffee cake, the gianduja chocolate chip cookies and the kouign amann. Hold up, who am I kidding? No matter what you pick here, you’re in good hands.
One of the best ways to cool off from the hot summer heat is to hit up one of Montreal’s best ice cream parlors: Kem Coba. We’ve shown the love for this spot several times before over the years, see our first post about it here and on our list of top ice cream spots in the city here. I almost exclusively order the soft serve, no matter what flavor it is. If you don’t know, now you know.
We were there to witness the birth of Cacao 70 from the beginning. From its first location on St. Catherine street West just a few years ago, the brand has exploded onto the mainstream dessert scene in Montreal with multiple locations under its name across the city. It’s for good reason too. Offering up a bevy of different grades of fair trade chocolate from international producers, the options are endless. How about a 75% Tanzanian hot chocolate? Fancy a triple chocolate pizza with white, milk and dark + fresh strawberries and bananas? What about grilling smores on your own open grill? Yes, please.
One of the only places in the city where you can get bingsoo – a traditional Korean dessert that roughly translates to “snow ice”. The ice is shaved into flakes so fine and delicate, they melt on your tongue almost instantly. The cool dessert is often paired with toppings like red beans, mung beans, tapioca, jellies, rice cakes, nuts and seeds. La Painnamou serves their bingsoo in a wide brimmed bowl, each portion brimming with ice and toppings with a choice of strawberry, mango, red beans, chocolate and green tea. Mango is my fav! Added bonus: browse the shelves for Korean specialties like squid ink bread and custard puffs!
Dessert obsessed? More to come in Part 2…