The Best Artisanal Panettone in Montreal

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Panettone is to Italians what the Yule log is to Quebecers: a must for the holiday season! Whether enjoyed as a dessert or at breakfast, you’ll fall in love with its brioche texture, just the right amount of sweetness and light pastry. It’s a true staple of Italian holiday cuisine.

A decadent hybrid between a loaf of bread and a cake, it’s a favourite treat during the holidays. While commercial versions are generally easy to find, artisanal panettone are the result of a long process that requires patience, passion and know-how. That’s why we’ve put together a short list of the best artisanal panettone in Montreal!

Originating from Milan, the origins of this artisanal confection go back to the Middle Ages. A tradition specific to this region, it wasn’t until the 20th century that panettone gained popularity outside northern Italy. From then on, it was rapidly industrialized and marketed.

Its contemporary artisanal version is the result of the exceptional work of pastry chefs and bakers. Traditionally, panettone is made of flour, eggs, a lot of butter, sugar, candied fruits and raisins. Its manufacturing process — which includes a long fermentation period — requires a great deal of know-how. However, the hard work is evident in its soft texture, light crust and buttery taste.

Special mention must go to Viva Panettone, which is almost unanimously acclaimed on the Montreal market. You can choose from a dozen types of panettone, including the highly sought-after Le Signature (a traditional panettone with candied citrus fruits, sultanas and exceptional vanillas). You can buy Le Signature at Le pain dans les voiles bakery and via the website of Édouard & Léo (Hoogan & Beaufort‘s butcher shop), as well as all the panettone and other Viva Panettone products at their boutique at 6422 boulevard Saint-Laurent. And that’s not all: Viva Panettone will represent North America at the Panettone World Cup, to be held in Milan in 2024! A must-try!

Here are our suggestions for places to try excellent artisanal panettone in Montréal.

Enjoy and happy holidays!

Le Toledo

With their chocolate panettone, coffee panettone, and, of course, classic panettone, Toledo bakery has everything it takes to become one of your favourite addresses in the run-up to Christmas. It’s already on our list of the best bakeries in Montreal.  

351 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est
Montréal

Arte & Farina

This little Italian bakery makes exceptional pastries. Chef Sandro Carpené — originally from Bassano del Grappa, Italy — prepares a wide variety of sublime Italian sweets. All of his products are made with respect to tradition and from the best ingredients possible. They offer delicious artisanal panettone that are beautifully packaged for the holiday season. We’re talking about panettone made by Sandro that took over 72 hours to make! You can choose from the classic orange, lemon and candied raisin panettone, the domori chocolate and candied apricot panettone, and the maple, apple, blueberry and almond panettone. We love this place. We also go to Arte&Farina to enjoy the best bomba di roma, fritella and cornetta in Montreal.

1550 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal

Hof Kelsten

We love Hof Kelsten. Owner Jeffrey Finkelstein started baking bread in his mother’s basement, serving up batches at Montreal landmarks like Leméac, Nora Gray, Joe Beef and Maison Publique. Today, in their refined and original space on boulevard Saint-Laurent, you’ll find not only some of the best breads in town, but also delicious viennoiseries and excellent artisanal panettone. We recommend that you reserve your panettone quickly, as they go like hotcakes!  

4524 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal

Café Dei Campi

Café Dei Campi specialises in handmade, Italian-inspired vegan pastries. Barista Nicola Vardaro and pastry chef Isabelle Deschamps are the owners of this charming address in the Petite-Patrie. Once again this year, they’re bringing you their soft, slightly sweet, homemade panettone. It’s studded with currants infused with Marsala wine, candied orange peel, roasted almonds and dark chocolate. It is available to order only from December 15 to 17, and from December 22 to 24.  

6201 Rue Chabot
Montréal

Elena

Elena is one of the best Italian restaurants in town. The charming restaurant with its café-pizza-wine concept is open 7 days a week, much to everyone’s delight. This year, the team is offering a naturally leavened panettone with chocolate and cranberry for the holiday season as well as a classic panettone for more traditional tastes. Here we also find great natural wines, delicious pizzas and fresh pasta to go.  

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montréal

Miette

Officially opened at the end of 2021, Miette is a superb bakery in Little Burgundy that has quickly risen to the top of the list of the best bakeries in town. Here, sourdough bread takes pride of place, but for the festive season they’re offering a sourdough panettone with homemade chocolate-hazelnut praline. A true delight for lovers of sourdough and panettone!  

317 Rue de Lévis
Montréal

Automne Boulangerie

The superb bakery Automne is always making treats that we love to enjoy. This time they made a homemade panettone to celebrate the holiday season. The pan-automne, as they call it, is a delicious artisanal panettone. Quantities are limited, so be quick!

1470 Rue Bélanger
Montreal

Café Olimpico

L’institution montréalaise italienne propose tous les ans ses panettones décadents aux pistaches! En plus, pour les plus gourmandes ou gourmands d’entre nous, il est accompagné d’un pot de crème de pistaches, question de rendre le tout plus riche et moelleux. Dépêchez-vous, car les quantités sont limitées!

124 Rue Saint-Viateur Ouest
Montréal

Café Olimpico

L’institution montréalaise italienne propose tous les ans ses panettones décadents aux pistaches! En plus, pour les plus gourmandes ou gourmands d’entre nous, il est accompagné d’un pot de crème de pistaches, question de rendre le tout plus riche et moelleux. Dépêchez-vous, car les quantités sont limitées!

124 Rue Saint-Viateur Ouest
Montréal
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Photography by Blackie Shoot



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