The Best Artisanal Panettones in Montreal: our suggestions

Last update on June 03, 2021
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The Best Artisanal Panettones in Montreal: our suggestions

For those who aren’t already aware, the panettone is an Italian hybrid between a cake and bread (two of our favourite things) that is enjoyed throughout the holiday season. These special treats are generally pretty easy to find in big name stores during December, but it can be a bit harder to find a proper homemade panettone in this city. Thanks to the long process of patience, know-how and skill, artisanal panettones certainly trump their mass-produced commercial counterparts. For this reason, we have created this list of the best addresses in Montreal to buy a delicious and high quality panettones. 

Originally from northern Italy, more specifically from the city of Milan, panettone was first introduced to the traditional holiday festivities in the Middle Ages. The dish, however, only gained mainstream popularity outside of northern Italy in the 20th century. Traditionally, panettone is made up of flour, eggs, lots of butter, sugar, candied fruit and raisins. The process of making it is lengthy and includes a long period of fermentation as well as a lot of baking expertise. Nowadays, most panettones are commercialized and are industrially manufactured. Luckily, you can still find exceptionally tasty artisanal versions that reflect the amazing effort, time and skill that went into making them in their soft texture, light crust and delicious buttery taste.

You will commonly see these loaves nicely wrapped for the festive season as they are often given as holiday gifts. When ready to eat, it is served either sliced or torn and is accompanied by a prosecco, a Zabaione or a coffee.

Panettone is to Italians what the yule log is to Quebecers; a must for the holiday season! Whether you enjoy it as a dessert or at lunchtime, you’ll love its brioche texture, its sweet taste and its light dough.

Without further ado, here is our list of the best artisanal panettones in Montreal. Bon appétit and happy holidays! 

Arte et Farina

We come to Arte et Farina to enjoy absolutely exceptional Italian pastries and pizzas. Pastry chef Sandro Parpené supervises all things sweet that go on in the kitchen at Arte et Farina.  Originally from Bassano del Grappa, Italy, Sandro shows off his Italian roots through the wide variety of classic Italian sweets that are served at this address daily. Arte et Farina is home to some of the best bomba di roma, fritella and cornetta in Montreal. They also make one of the most delicious homemade panettones in Montreal, all prepared according to the Italian traditions. Everything served here is made using the best ingredients available. We really love this address. Note that their panettones can also be found at Caffè in Gamba!  © Photo Alison SlatteryInstagram
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Hof Kelsten

It’s no secret that we love Hof Kelsten bakery. Owner Jeffrey Finkelstein began baking his bread in his mother’s basement years ago, but nowadays he is supplying some of the city’s most renowned restaurants (Leméac, Nora Gray, Joe Beef, Maison Publique, etc.). On each visit to this charming bakery, you’ll be tempted by the best gourmet breads in town, as well as the best croissants, excellent panettones, delicious sandwiches and an exquisite brunch menu on weekends. This is a great address to have in your back pocket, especially around the Holiday season.  © Photo Alison SlatteryInstagram
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Fous Desserts

Fous Desserts serves some of the tastiest desserts in Montreal in a charming and relaxed setting in the Plateau Mont-Royal. Here, you can indulge in matcha cakes, financiers, half-baked cookies, chocolate mousse and countless other treats. The seasons are the primary influences at Fous Desserts when it comes to selecting flavours, and the kitchen uses products from Quebec whenever possible. Thanks to the boutique’s relaxed and warm atmosphere, this is an ideal spot to test out some of Montreal’s finest desserts and, of course, excellent panettones made for the holiday season. © Photo Alison SlatteryInstagram
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Les Co’Pains d’Abord

Les Co’Pains d’abord is an artisanal bakery thats offers a wide selection of excellent breads, pastries and more. They are even on our list of the best croissants in the city; flawless puff pastry, lots of butter and lots of love. Of course, we adore their panettones. The panettones here range from the most traditional to more contemporary flavours, including flavours like pumpkin and chocolate. At all three locations you’ll almost always encounter a crowd. This is definitely an address to check out! © Photo Alison SlatteryInstagram
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Café Dei Campi

Cafe Dei Campi is a unique little address owned by Barista Nicola Vardarro and pastry chef Isabelle Deschamps (formerly at H4C). Right in front of Père-Marquette Park, this quaint café offers one of the best Italian coffees in Montreal! The address is most known for its vegan baking, which is good enough to fool even the strongest of traditionalists. During the holidays, the house will be preparing excellent vegan (!) panettones, available on order. © Photo Odile Joly-Petit
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La Meunerie Urbaine

La Meunerie Urbaine opened its doors in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce in 2017 and have been serving delicious breads ever since, including one of the best baguettes in town! The cornerstones of this address are freshness, nutrition and organic ingredients. This bakery even has its own grain mill that produces flour on site everyday, resulting in some of the freshest baked goods out there. For the upcoming season, panettone will be the star of the show at le Meunerie Urbaine.  © Photo Alison SlatteryInstagram
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La Baie des Fromages

La Baie des Fromages is an Italian specialty shop located on Jean-Talon Avenue. It’s been around since 1973 – a testament to how good this place is.  Here, you’ll find all of the Italian staples you’re looking for : Italian cheese, cold cuts, fresh and dry pasta, a wide range of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, porcini mushrooms, tomato sauces, spreads and small meals to eat on the go. Of course, their panettones are amazing. 
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