Boulangerie Cheskie

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The ultimate babka used to be our Holy Grail. Every one was dry or drippy, too chocolaty or not chocolaty enough, oversweet or underweight, excessively cakelike or a dolled-up loaf of bread. Then we went to Boulangerie Cheskie in the old Jewish neighborhood of Montreal, known as Mile End, and found what we had been looking for.

We almost didn’t notice the babka because we were so entranced by Cheskie’s poppy-seed ruggelah, which we devoured as the counter girl rang up the sale and give us change. But when we saw the babka on a back shelf, even the ruggelah lost its hold. Continue reading

The ultimate babka used to be our Holy Grail. Every one was dry or drippy, too chocolaty or not chocolaty enough, oversweet or underweight, excessively cakelike or a dolled-up loaf of bread. Then we went to Boulangerie Cheskie in the old Jewish neighborhood of Montreal, known as Mile End, and found what we had been looking for.

We almost didn’t notice the babka because we were so entranced by Cheskie’s poppy-seed ruggelah, which we devoured as the counter girl rang up the sale and give us change. But when we saw the babka on a back shelf, even the ruggelah lost its hold. Huge and heavy, it is as intricate as a mille feuille pastry, countless microthin layers of soft dough ribboned with strata of profound chocolate. There is no place to sit and eat at Cheskie, so we bought half a loaf and carried it around the corner to a nearby coffee bar, ordered cups of espresso streaked with foam, and plotzed with the pleasure of an ad hoc breakfast.

Note that Boulangerie Cheskie is closed on Saturday.

Dishes to try
Boulangerie Cheskie, Babka
Babka
Must-Try
If you hate chocolate, don't get Cheskie's babka. It is veined with it to the max.
Boulangerie Cheskie, Ruggelah
Ruggelah
Must-Try
Cinnamon ruggelah
Directions and Hours
Open Today
Sunday7 am - 11 pm
Monday7 am - 11 pm
Tuesday7 am - 11 pm
Wednesday7 am - 11 pm
Thursday7 am - 11 pm
Friday7 am - 11 pm
SaturdayCLOSED
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
6 stops | 14 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes