As a university student, Montreal was the first city where I discovered the concept of the dessert restaurant. As a self-professed chocoholic, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the area’s many dessert eateries. From the best cheesecake I’ve ever had at Rockaberry to chocolate overload at Juliette et Chocolat, check out my list of the best dessert restaurants in Montreal.
Juliette et Chocolat was my first foray into the world of dessert restaurants, and boy did it do the opposite of disappointing! The heavenly smell of melted chocolate greets you at the door, giving way to the French boulangerie-inspired decor. Though there are a few savory crepes and salad options on the menu, as the name suggests, this restaurant is all about dessert. From ice cream based sundaes, milkshakes, and cookie sandwiches to chocolate fondues with brownie bites, waffle bits, and fresh fruit, the menu is vast at Juliette et Chocolat. More than ice cream and fondue, there are also waffles, sweet crepes, decadent brownies (over 10 flavours), stuffed cookies, and specialty desserts, such as the chocolat fondant (a piping hot molten lava cake topped with your choice of melted chocolate or salted caramel and a scoop of ice cream – a.k.a. pure heaven). Alternatively, if you’re just stopping by for a quick drink, you have to try one of their gourmet hot chocolates made with your choice of dark, milk, or white chocolate.
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What do you get when you combine chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla ice cream, caramelized bananas, and pretzels? If you guessed our amazing waffle combo The Peanut Job, then well done! __ Qu’est-ce que vous obtenez lorsque vous combinez chocolat, beurre d’arachides, crème glacée à la vanille, bananes caramélisées et pretzels? Bravo si votre réponse était notre incroyable waffle combo The Peanut Job! #cacao70 #astateofchocolate #wafflecombo #thePeanutJob #decadent #chocolate
Founded in Montreal, Cacao 70 was the second dessert restaurant I discovered in the city. Now with four locations on Parc Avenue, Mont-Royal East, the Gay Village, and Sainte Catherine West, this restaurant specializes in all things chocolate. Like Juliette et Chocolat, Cacao 70 offers both sweet and savory options, but again, why go savory when you’re at a dessert restaurant? One of my favorite options here is their dessert pizza, where melted cheese is swapped for melted chocolate. Flavor combinations range from chocolate banana to chocolate marshmallow, each one more decadent than the last. They also offer a selection of waffles, crepes, ice cream sundaes and parfaits, chocolate cake, cheesecake, and seven different fondues. If you’re at Cacao 70 with a friend or partner, I highly recommend one of the sharing plates, because it’s too hard to pick just one menu item! The “Bring-It-All-On” sharing plate is meant for two or more, and includes a slice of triple chocolate pizza, a banana split waffle, milk chocolate fondue with marshmallows, two specialty chocolate drinks, and chocolate-covered ice cream with fruit.
If you’re craving cheesecake in Montreal, look no further than Rockaberry. This dessert restaurant is known around the city for its mile-high cheesecakes, of which they offer 25 different flavors. Not your typical cheesecake, Rockaberry cakes are made up of light and fluffy cream cheese (almost to the point of tasting like whipped cream cheese) and are piled high with delicious toppings. Though I’m partial to the apple crumble cheesecake (pictured above), other fan favorites are caramel fudge, Toblerone, Oreo, key lime, strawberry rhubarb, Boston cream, and chocolate hazelnut with Nutella. There are currently seven locations across Montreal, where you can dine in or take a slice of pie, or even a whole pie to go!