Fairmount Bagel


North America, Canada, Montreal city

Fairmount Bagel is the original Montreal bagel bakery in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was opened by 1919 by Russian immigrant Isadore Shlafman, whose hand-rolled recipe quickly became a staple in the Mile End community. Shlafman later moved his bakery from a laneway to a two-storey cottage on Fairmount Avenue, building a large woodfire oven on the first floor, while his family lived upstairs. Today, the bakery is still family owned and vies with nearby St-Viateur Bagel for the title of Montreal's best bagel. In June 2008, Montreal-born astronaut Greg Chamitoff, who is related to the Shlafman family, brought Fairmount bagels with him aboard the International Space Station.