Montrealers love their bagels, and they will always tell you Montreal bagels are better than the bagels from other cities like New York. Also, Montrealers usually have a favourite bagel shop in the Mile End neighbourhood: Fairmount Bagel (74 Fairmount West, near the corner of Saint Urbain) or St. Viateur Bagel (263 St. Viateur West, near the corner of Jeanne-Mance).

A real Montreal bagel is baked in a wood-fired oven after the dough has been boiled in water. Montreal bagels are chewier and denser than the other bread “bagels” you sometimes find in supermarkets. The most popular kinds are sesame seed and poppy seed.

When they are fresh and still warm, they are delicious to eat plain. You can slice them and toast them in a toaster. People love to put cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers or onions on a half bagel for a special breakfast or lunch.

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