The Great Montreal-New York Bagel Debate: A Sweet Showdown

Forget New York City, the Ultimate Bagel Experience Awaits You North of the Border!

Sorry NYC, the best bagels are in Canada.

Montreal bagel vs. New York bagel

Bagels, oh, those glorious circular pieces of heaven! They are a breakfast staple that can make or break your day. And when it comes to bagels, two cities reign supreme: Montreal and New York City. These bagel powerhouses have been locked in a battle of doughy proportions for years. But, my dear fashionistas, let me tell you, the winner is clear. Montreal bagels take the crown for sweetness and style!

As a recent New York City transplant, I’ve had my fair share of those big, chewy New York bagels. They dominate the streets and stomachs of the city that never sleeps. But, sweetie, let me assure you, they never quite captured my heart. I’m more of a sweet tooth siren, and that’s where Montreal’s bagels come to play.

A cinnamon raison bagel from St-Viateur Bagel in Montreal.

Picture this: a smaller, thinner, and perfectly sweet bagel from Montreal, devoid of any cream cheese temptations. Yes, you heard me right! These little darlings are made to shine on their own. Their secret? They are boiled in honey water, giving them a touch of sweetness that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Meanwhile, New York-style bagels are boiled in plain water, leaving them feeling a bit plain Jane.

I embarked on a bagel-filled adventure in Montreal’s delightful Mile End neighborhood. My tour guide, who whisked me away on a food extravaganza, insisted that these bagels are best enjoyed without any additional toppings. The sweetness speaks for itself, darling! And who am I to argue with such wisdom?

Now, don’t get me wrong, fashionistas! I’m not saying you can’t indulge in the creamy goodness of cream cheese. In fact, on my second visit to St-Viateur Bagel, I couldn’t resist spreading some cream cheese on my beloved cinnamon raisin bagel. But even with that added touch, the density and sweetness of Montreal’s bagels shone through. They were a flavor explosion that could make any fashionista weak at the knees!

So, my dear readers, let’s settle this once and for all. Montreal’s bagels triumph over New York’s starchy sensations. Their lightness, sweetness, and dare I say, je ne sais quoi, make them the belle of the breakfast ball. Whether you prefer a creamy companion or go bare with your bagel, Montreal bagels are a delight that will make your taste buds sing.

Now, go forth and taste the magic, my fashion-forward friends. Be a trendsetter in the world of breakfast delights! Montreal’s bagels await you with open arms, ready to sweep you off your feet, one bite at a time. Bon appétit, my lovelies!