Photo Courtesy of St-Viateur Bagels
Making bagels for over 60 years, St-Viateur Bagels is the longest running bagel shop in Montreal and is a landmark in the city. St-Viateur’s is best known for their long history of making delicious hand-rolled bagels. The bakery is open 24/7 for all your bagel needs!
The process begins by creating the dough by mixing the secret ingredients. The dough is then rolled and shaped by hand, not by machine. To get the distinctive St-Viateur Bagels taste and texture, the bagels are boiled in honey water. After coating the bagels with their toppings, like sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or whole wheat, they are baked in a wood-fired oven. The last touch before customers can get their hands on these delicious bagels is to toss them with a hardwood plank, known as a sheeba.
A Long History
When Myer Lewkowicz came to Canada from Poland in 1953, he got a job at a bagel shop. Just five years later, he set up his own shop with this wife. In 1974, Joe Morena, an employee at St-Viateur’s, was appointed co-owner by Lewkowicz. The two ran the store until Lewkowicz’s passing in 1994. To carry on the tradition, Morena partnered with Marco Sblano to continue running St-Viateur’s Bagels. Morena and his three sons Vincenzo, Nicolò, and Roberto continue preserving the St-Viateur tradition today.
Today, St-Viateur’s remains a family business and has grown into 8 bakeries, 4 of which are bagel cafes, and a food truck. If you can’t make it to the shop, they ship their bagels all throughout Canada and the United States!