St Urbain Bagel Bakery
93 Front Street East, Toronto, ON, M5E 1C3
St. Urbain serves up Montreal-style bagels fresh and hot from the wood oven.
|Getting There |||Union subway station|
|Cross Street |||Front and Jarvis St.|
|Tue-Thurs: 8AM–6PM, Fri: 8AM–7PM, Sat: 5AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: August 05, 2008
Toronto is pretty serious about its bagels, and much like the long-standing rivalry between fans of the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, many aficionados have strong opinions about whether “Toronto style” bagels (soft, golden brown, and fluffy, with a small hole in the centre) or “Montreal style” bagels (chewy and dense with a slightly sweet crust and a large hole in the centre) are best. And while there are many bakeries in Toronto offering bagels of the soft and fluffy variety, finding a real Montreal style bagel requires a little more digging.
Fresh From the Oven
Montreal-style bagel fans can satisfy their cravings for hot, dense, and chewy bagels, cooked in the traditional style (made by hand, and baked in a wood-burning oven) at the St. Urbain bakery in St. Lawrence Market – the first purveyor of Montreal-style bagels in Toronto. The small stall, located at the south east corner of the first floor serves individual bagels topped with cream cheese and lox, as well as bagels by the dozen. Bagels are baked throughout the day, so there’s always a batch that is fresh from the oven.
Bagel Basics and Creamy Spreads
The most popular type of bagel in Montreal is sesame or poppy, and St. Urbain carries both of these varieties, as well as cinnamon raisin, blueberry, onion garlic, and multigrain. You can also pick up a take out container of plain cream cheese or one of St. Urbain’s flavoured varieties, which are great melted on a toasted bagel or spread thickly on a sliced bagel.