The best kouign-amann in town: Where to find them?

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The best kouign-amann in town – The kouign-amann is a pastry originating from Brittany. In Breton, kouign-amann means “butter cake”, a title more than evocative for a pastry that is indeed very rich in butter. Legend has it that kouign-amann was created in the 1860s in the now famous Breton town of Douarnenez, when the region was short of flour. Faced with this situation, bakers decided to play with the proportions of the recipes by adding butter; we are talking about a ratio of three portions of butter and sugar for four of flour. The result of this attempt became the kouign-amann, a creation as rich in butter as it is delicious.

The recipe for this pastry is based on a bread dough that is covered with a mixture of butter and sugar. The dough is then folded over itself so that it soaks up the mixture and gives a beautiful caramelization. Originally, kouign-amann was served as a cake that was divided into several wedges. With the advent of cafes, the pastry also spread in a form suitable for individual consumption. Whatever the form, one thing is certain: a good kouign-amann is melty on the inside and crisp and sweet on the outside!

And so, for rookies and lovers alike of this Breton delight, we have compiled the list of the best kouign-amann in town!

For those of you who are still hungry for more, we have also prepared a list of the best croissants and pastries in Montreal: something to whet everyones appetite!

Kouign Amann

What more to say, the pastry shop is called Kouign-Amann. It is thus without surprise that the establishment offers excellent kouign-amann, among other delicious pastries, croissants and brownies! The interior of the Kouign-Amann – the cafe – is as comforting as the interior of the kouign-amann itself, and the little place is very welcoming as well.

316 Avenue du Mont-Royal Est


In a warm and cozy spot in Hochelaga, the Helico cafe serves delicious pastries and viennoiseries well appreciated by the whole neighborhood. Everything they make is delicious, from the excellent breakfast sandwiches to the pastries and cookies. This time, it’s the delicious kouign-amann that deserves praise. Enjoy it with a latte and you’re golden!

2009 Avenue de la Salle

Les Co’Pains d’Abord

Les Co’pains d’abord bakery offers several varieties of breads, pastries and other gourmet delights. The small space on Rachel Street East is always crowded. The presence of a crowd of gourmands is understandable when you taste its apple and salted caramel kouign-amann; a pure delight!

418 Rue Rachel Est

Pâtisserie Rhubarbe

A small pastry shop appreciated by all, Pâtisserie Rhubarbe is now a staple for savouring unparalled delicious treats in the city! If the place is popular in part because of its exceptional lemon meringue pie, the other confections of the place are just as exquisite. Its delicious kouign-amann is one of the many reasons why Pâtisserie Rhubarbe is one of our favourite addresses when it comes to pastries and desserts!

1479 Avenue Laurier Est

Épicerie Conserva

Conserva is a superb delicatessen in the heart of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, on Saint-Hubert Street, offering a multitude of magnificent local products. At Conserva, there is something for everyone. They offer superb cuts of meat, mouth-watering charcuterie, organic fruits and vegetables, magnificent fresh pasta, 100% Quebec cheeses, and more. The fine grocery store also thinks of those with a sweet tooth with their beautiful pies and confectionery that will satisfy even the most discerning palate, including a truly delicious Kouign Amann!

6604 Rue Saint-Hubert

Boulangerie Louise

Boulangerie Louise, on St-Laurent Boulevard, prepares excellent fresh breads and pastries for its customers all day long! Boulangerie Louise warmly welcomes its clientele in a spacious and bright decor designed by Perron Design. Here, you’ll find recipes from French classics adapted for Quebec customers, including a truly delicious kouign-amann.

6835 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
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