Where to Find the Best Brownies in Montreal
Who doesn’t love brownies?! We certainly do, very much so. This little square of dense chocolate goodness can be adapted to all tastes. Whether it’s warm and oozing with chocolate, fudgy, coated in chocolate icing, or full of nuts and spices, we love brownies.
Supposedly, the brownie appeared in the United States around 1893 and was created by a chef at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago. On the other hand, it is said that the first brownie was invented because the addition of yeast was forgotten in the chocolate cake mixture. Only history knows! What we do know is that Montreal is full of pastry shops that have mastered the art of the brownie to near perfection. Whether they are French pastry shops, lesser known or very popular addresses, their brownies do not leave anyone indifferent. Accompanied by a good coffee, a tea or the classic glass of milk, they’re perfect to eat on the spot, while walking on a snowy day, or in the comfort of your home. Chocolate is quite addictive and even more so when it’s well prepared. That’s why this list should be taken with caution, otherwise the sugar rush will be too intense and you won’t be able to sleep! Jokes aside, we suggest you share the pleasure of eating these treats with the people you love.
If you’re a fan of sweet treats, we also have a list of the best donuts in Montreal, the best cookies in Montreal and even the best lemon pies! Check it out.
Enjoy, and treat yourself!
Here are our favourite places in Montreal where you can indulge in these chocolate bites of goodness:
Olive et Gourmando has been around for over 20 years (!) and it continues to be one of the best bakeries in Montreal. We come here to savour a great breakfast, have a coffee or show tourist friends how well we eat in this city. They also offer one of our favourite brownies in town: simple and delicious.
Located on Avenue du Parc, this small artisanal pastry shop is a gourmet address as we love them. Cocoa Locale discreetly prepares cakes, cookies and other delicacies that are so delicious and keep their loyal customers coming back again and again, always more satisfied. We particularly like the cayenne pepper brownies with the creamy icing on top.
Le Dépanneur le Pick-up is one of those magical places that captures the unique, bohemian and creative side of Montreal so well. The dépanneur’s homemade desserts are well worth indulging: they’re simple, well-made and comforting. Among them is one of our favourite classic Montreal brownies: moist and chewy. A true delight.
For nearly 15 years, Les Chocolats de Chloé has been an exceptional place to savour some of the best chocolates in Montreal. The small address charms its guests with its colourful and original branding and its quality products. We recommend you try their brownies with pecans, fleur de sel and caramel beer sauce: an absolute delight!
A bakery in the Villeray neighbourhood, Le Pain dans les Voiles is a sure bet! It had already acquired a good reputation with its first address in Saint-Hilaire. Behind the stove, Julien Haubert, the head baker and his team prepare irresistible pastries, some sandwiches, toasts and quiches and of course delicious breads. Their brownies are one of our favourites.
The specialty of the famous Kouign Amann pastry shop is of course the kouign amann (the best!), but the house also makes very good brownies. In the shape of a small pie, we find in the middle of this brownie a particularly delicious chocolate ganache that melts in your mouth. We advise you to share it, as it’s quite generous!
Helico Café is a new address that has just opened its doors in the Hochelaga neighbourhood. The cheffe Stéphanie Gagnon prepares sweet treats just right. The address offers exceptional pastries of all kinds, and her vegan brownies are to die for!