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Bakery or breakfast near Parc La Fontaine

blue bike Oct 6, 2009 03:37 PM

Can I please get some suggestions for good bakeries walking distance from Parc La Fontaine?
Looking for breads, pastries, croissants for breakfast. It does not have to be a sit-in place.

Also, where can I find good coffee in the area? Preferably espresso, but a strong flavourful coffee will do.

I did a search on the board, however, since I am not familiar with the area, it's hard to identify the candidates. :-)


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    mangermtl2 RE: blue bike Oct 6, 2009 03:54 PM

    Kouig Aman on Mont-Royal near Hotel de Ville has the most amazing croissants...
    As for coffee you can try Cafe Neve on Rachel.


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      blue bike RE: mangermtl2 Oct 6, 2009 04:05 PM

      Thanks! Where exactly is the bakery located? I tried to google it but I could not get an address nor any reference to it.

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        kpzoo RE: blue bike Oct 6, 2009 04:39 PM

        That's cause it wasn't spelled quite right. ;-)

        Kouign Amann
        322, Mont-Royal Est



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          blue bike RE: kpzoo Oct 6, 2009 04:54 PM

          OMG, I am in trouble. :-)))

          Thanks for posting the links!!!

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            kpzoo RE: blue bike Oct 6, 2009 04:55 PM

            Let us know what your favourites are after you try it. I haven't been yet, but those photos are definitely drool-worthy... :-)

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              marblebag RE: kpzoo Oct 21, 2009 07:05 AM

              I prefer the butter croissant at Fous Desserts but the almond croissant at Kouign Amann is the best for me.

              When I am lucky I can also buy the cheese croissant/bread/something.

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        matlock RE: mangermtl2 Feb 9, 2010 07:30 PM

        neve is great for cheap and quick breakfast and decent coffee but artjava on mont royal and st hubert has great coffee and a menu that is a bit more adventurous. if you go a bit further the sparrow(st laurent and maguire i believe) has excellent brunches sat-sunday and the coffee is getting better. be prepared to wait though, last weekend we waited 35 minutes. good thing it was worth it!

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        Whygee RE: blue bike Oct 7, 2009 06:32 AM

        There is Mr Pinchot on the corner of Marie-Anne and Brébeuf and Les délices du Plateau on Laroche/Marie-Anne.

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          Plateaumaman RE: blue bike Oct 7, 2009 06:34 AM

          Boulangerie Monsieur Pinchot is very close to Parc Lafontaine at 4354 rue de Brebeuf. Very good baguettes and croissants. Kouign Amann is very great too but quite a bit further from the park. Lots of cafes in the area including Velo Quebec's Le Café Bicicletta where some poets I know like to hang out.

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            english muffin RE: Plateaumaman Oct 8, 2009 10:28 AM

            Concerning Monsieur Pinchot I have to say I have been very disappointed lately. The last couple of baguettes I've bought from there have been comparable to supermarket ones, and the lemon meringue tart my husband bought on Tuesday was vile to be honest! A stale tasting pastry, topped with an average lemon curd, topped with a very sugar-gritty meringue. Yuck! A real shame...
            Anyone else had a similar experience?

          2. blue bike RE: blue bike Oct 8, 2009 03:36 AM

            Great list. Thank you, everyone.

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              lagatta RE: blue bike Oct 8, 2009 07:24 AM

              Little bit of a walk due north up prettty Plateau streets from parc Lafontaine is boulangerie Le Fromentier on Laurier east. Well worth the walk. I second Caffè Bicicletta at la Maison des cyclistes - nice place, beautiful view of the park.

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                Plateaumaman RE: lagatta Oct 8, 2009 07:42 AM

                Les Co'pains d'Abord bakery is opening up a new little outlet on Rachel near St-Denis soon, so that is another possibility.

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                  Plateaumaman RE: Plateaumaman Oct 9, 2009 06:31 AM

                  Sooner than I thought, actually as Les Co'pains d'Abord is on Rachel is open. We already picked up a croissant and a apricot tart and I think their little tourtieres are going to be very handy for school lunches around here!

              2. vermontreal RE: blue bike Oct 10, 2009 09:58 PM

                I've had good coffee at Cafe Rico on Rachel at Boyer (www.caferico.qc.ca) and enjoyed the atmosphere. They recently added a restaurant:


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                  bigfellow RE: blue bike Oct 11, 2009 12:59 AM

                  It's not a bakery. But I enjoy breakfast at La Banquise.

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                    english muffin RE: blue bike Oct 20, 2009 09:14 PM

                    A new boulangerie has opened on Mont-Royal East, opposite the Aubainerie. It's called the 3M, and is next to Le Pistou. It has delicious breads, viennoiseries and cakes. They also do homemade soups, salads, sandwiches and quiches. I particularly recommend the Pompette, a lemony buttery sugary pastry that is very sinful and oh so addictive. They have only been open a month, and make everything on site.
                    Highly recommended!

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                      Satene RE: blue bike Feb 7, 2010 06:02 AM

                      If someone could tell me who supplies the plain croissant to Brulerie St-Denis I sure would appreciate it. 3067 St-Denis and Masson locations have the same ones, so I'm guessing all Brulerie locations have same supplier. Spent 10 years asking them but they refuse to tell me except to say they're delivered and cooked on premises.

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                        Merlmabase RE: blue bike Feb 7, 2010 08:44 PM

                        Full disclosure: I worked the counter at the Co'pains d'abord on Mont-Royal for about a year and a half, but years later I still consider it the best place for a croissant and an espresso in the Plateau, possibly the entire city.

                        I've been to the Rachel location once since it opened, and its nice. But the one on Mont-Royal is a neighbourhood institution, and I think even a faster walk from Lafontaine. Look for it across from the little park at the corner of Cartier. The pastries in particular are fantastic, and several of the best ones are only baked on weekends. It's also quite cheap - when it seems every other place in town wants to charge you $4 for a medium latte, theirs is still 2.50, as I recall.

                        Check it out! I'll second Café Rico for an excellent cup of coffee as well.

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