The medicine of life can be bitter. We say, have your cake and eat it too – and then have a brownie or some pie – if you have the chance. Here, Montreal’s finest desserts.
Juliette & Chocolat‘s enticing display and quaint terrace evoke a Parisian café, but the selection of hot chocolates reflect Juliette’s global travels in search of cocoa delights. An alcoholic choco-mojito and a freshly prepared chocolate fondue form a deadly combo. 1615 St-Denis, 514-287-3555; 377 Laurier Ave. W., 514-510-5651.
Though Rockaberry is popular among Montreal teens who can’t get into bars, the extensive list of fresh pies entices locals of all ages. Standouts include the key lime pie and the Rockabrownie, among various other trademark pies in which the overstuffed filling dwarfs the meagre crust. Multiple locations.
Sprawl out on the L couch at KG Delice, where an entire wall is covered with colourful imported confectionary, from comically big lollies to jawbreakers. Wash down some impossibly creamy house-made tiramisu with a coffee, or one of the ever-changing afternoon beer specials. 5206 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-277-5039.
Hasidic Jews and Mile-End hipsters mingle in the lineup for the city’s best chocolate babka at Cheskie’s. If they’re sold out of babka – and they often are – settle for flaky, sweet cinnamon rugelach. 359 Bernard St. W., 514-271-2253.
Brunch spot Cocktail Hawaii, decorated with fake palm trees and plastic tropical wildlife, offers a truly outstanding fruit-filled crepe. Another can’t miss option: Nutella waffles and a glass of Mango Madness juice. 1645 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., 514-933-8887.
Image courtesy of Olya.