Bonjour, candy lovers! Saddle up your sweet tooth because we’re about to take a virtual gustatory tour of Montreal’s top-notch sugar shops. You’ve left the diet at home, haven’t you? Strap in, hands at 10 and thumbs ready. This candy-coated universe can be disorienting, so hang on tight and keep your nose to the ground. 1. St-Viateur Bagel, 263 Avenue St-Viateur Log on to Yelp and you’ll find a healthy community of Americans bemoaning how their town’s bagels just can’t compare with kilos of dough rolled in mounds of sugar brought to their table by Yiddish-speaking waitresses. They’ll complain about their dough-lumps looking like gap-toothed hamburgers with a hole in the middle. They’re both right and they’re both wrong. Montreal-style bagels are heavier than their New York counterparts, characterized by a larger chew and a much sweeter taste.

La Confiserie Candylabs

First up on our candyspangled tour is the sugary confectionery La Confiserie Candylabs, where candy celebrities strive to make the world a better place, one candy portion at a time! Feast your eyes on the spectacle of candy invention as it is crafted before your very eyes. And order your customised fondants for a truly Candyland experience.

2305 Rue Guy Montreal, QC H3H 2L9

Bonbons 5 Étoiles

Then Bonbons 5 Étoiles, a candy cosmos that blends the old with the new: La grande baleine sauvée! ! ! !Stars made of sweets! 5 stars!

6245 Boulevard Metropolitain E Montreal, QC H1P 1X7

Carré Confiseries

Voyage next door to Carré Confiseries, specialising in fun and fanciful fresh candy, plus hard-to-find, import and novelty confectionery, as well as candy catering and candy gift-packaging for any occasion, in a classic 1930s soda-fountain setting. Delivery service: sweet.

1455 Rue Peel Montreal, QC H3A 1T5

Ryans

If British groceries inspires you to craft a Fish Pie, then Bonbons Ryans’ remarkable selection of bulk and retro candy and soda is sure to take you down memory lane with every sweet, succulent bite. Now — American customer or not — a memorable experience in food awaits you.

303 Boulevard Saint-Jean Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 3J1

Biscuiterie Oscar

Keep going until you reach Biscuiterie Oscar. This Montreal institution has been making our days sticky and sweet since 1927, and bright new flavours are always on the horizon.

6356 Rue Saint-Hubert Montreal, QC H2S 2M2

Chez Bonbons Comme Autrefois

Enter another era with Chez Bonbons Comme Autrefois: with a sumptuous assortment and sparkling service, it’s like taking a trip down sugary lane.

163 Ch De Saint-Jean Local 1 La Prairie, QC J5R 2J9

Mondoux

And then: Mondoux: the variety packs are great, there are all sorts of textures … like a taste party! Sour gummies!

1610 Place de Lierre Laval, QC H7G 4X7

Sparkles Confections

Now, turn to face Sparkles Confections, where they have a confection for every predilection, from jelly beans to chocolates.

5615 Avenue de Monkland Montreal, QC H4A 1E3

Oscar

Next is Oscar, another candystore, this one with sweets and some snacks of the world – the greatest candy tour of the world without leaving Montreal!!

3775 Rue Ontario E Montreal, QC H1W 1S3

Dragon's Beard Candy

Rarest of all, and sweetest, is Dragon’s Beard Candy. This is the candy that radiates sweet fragility; this is the sugar unicorn. While making any sort of Dragon’s Beard Candy takes a bit of arm-muscle and a good half hour, it is wholly, wholly worth it.

52 Rue de la Gauchetiere O Montreal, QC H2Z 1C1

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