1479 Laurier East | Website
The popular Plateau pastry shop has a much-anticipated Holiday collection every year. For this year’s yule logs, Pâtisserie Rhubarbe has created two flavours, a gluten-free chocolate one with a manjari chocolate cookie base, a jivara chocolate crémeux, pecan mascarpone, caramel and pecans, and a passion-rhubarb-strawberry one with biscuit roulade, yoghurt crémeux, strawberry and rhubarb summer compote, passion fruit mousse, Breton shortbread
La Bête à Pain
Several locations | Website
La Bête à Pain is an exceptional bakery, pastry shop and all-around purveyor of phenomenal food. This year, they are offering 3 yule logs that will appeal to all tastes. The Signature log is made with dark chocolate mousse, vanilla diplomat cream, roasted hazelnuts, salted butter caramel, praline crunch and chocolate biscuit. The Maronnade is made with almond dacquoise, chestnut cream, vanilla whipped cream, almond shortbread crust, meringue, and chestnut shards. The Rose is a fruity creation with a raspberry mousse, pistachio crémeux, soft biscuit and raspberry compote.
363 Rue Villeray | Website
This cute pastry shop is the go-to spot in Villeray. Everything here is delicious, especially their rustic yet elegant cakes. Mlles Gâteaux is making three log flavours this year, a traditional chocolate-orange rolled log (the most popular), and a vanilla log with a strawberry-rhubarb centre and vanilla-strawberry biscuit layer. Their third log (and their favourite) is a maple, apple and roasted sunflower log. It is composed of a roasted sunflower financier with a melting local organic apple terrine and an organic maple syrup mousse.
Boucherie Édouard et Léo
Several locations | Website
Édouard et Léo is a neighbourhood butcher shop founded by Hoogan et Beaufort chef Marc-André Jetté with the intention of highlighting the work of small local producers and food artisans. One of the best restaurants in Montréal, Hoogan et Beaufort excels at flame cooking. They’ve used that expertise in creating their yule log this year, with a luscious chocolate mousse, a tasty praline, a chocolate biscuit and a wood-fired pear insert.
Farine & Cacao
5855 Sherbrooke East | Website
Chic and modern pastry shop Farine & Cacao offers many beautifully composed desserts. They have created three gorgeous yule logs for the season. The speculoos and coffee log contains a speculoos whipped ganache, a rice pudding mousse, a coffee crémeux, a crunchy feuillantine and a soft coffee biscuit The citrus log has a jelly with kumquat, mandarin and caviar lemon, a white chocolate mousse, a lemon crémeux, confits mandarins, a crunchy citrus feuillantine and a lemon madeleine biscuit. The Peru chocolate log is a great combination of Peruvian chocolate mousse, lucuma (Peruvian fruit) crémeux, a lime confit, crispy rice and a brownie biscuit.
Several locations | Website
Les Givrés’ frozen yule logs have become somewhat of a classic. Choose among 7 specialty logs featuring their outstanding ice creams and sorbets. The “campfire” one is especially delicious with its caramel-almond and chocolate ice cream, homemade grilled marshmallows, sponge cake and chocolate sauce. The “La Sainte Paix” one is shaped like a little log cabin and is made with praline and chocolate ice creams, haskap sorbet, dried meringue “walls”, a crunchy praline “roof”, a chocolate and haskap jelly sponge cake floor, and marshmallows.
2202 Avenue Mont_Royal East | Website
Pastry chef and owner of Pâtisserie Crémy, Rémy Charest, has always been known for his outrageous sweet creations. The yule logs he has created this year are no exception. Choose among the 3 available options. The first has a flourless chocolate biscuit, dark chocolate and haskap cream, haskap jelly, coffee mousseline and whipped cream, and a milk chocolate and buckwheat crunchy coating. The second is a sweet clover and currant roll with sponge cake, white chocolate and sweet clover whipped cream, currant jelly, and pecan crumble. The third is a sea buckthorn baba with vanilla and mascarpone cream, sea buckthorn baba, sea buckthorn jelly, and almond and camelina oil biscuit.
1274 Boulevard de Maisonneuve East | Website
LGBTQ+ Village cake shop Sachère makes gorgeous cakes all year round. Their yule logs are no exception and come in 3 unique flavours. The gluten-free Kamilia has a chestnut and rum mousse, gluten-free biscuit roulade topped with clementine marmalade, chestnut cream and gluten-free honey biscuit and Alunga milk chocolate. The Mosaïque is their vegan log with anoat and coconut base, coconut and cashew cream, apple and passion fruit biscuit, mango and passion fruit jelly in a mosaic pattern and is topped with Valrhona Inspiration vegan passionfruit chocolate and fried rice paper. And finally, the Madera log is a gorgeous, gold flicked creation with a smoked dark chocolate mousse (infused with Chinese Lapsang Souchong tea), banana cream, Sacher chocolate biscuit, dark chocolate feuilletine, miso caramel and soft banana biscuit. All their yule logs are available in 3 different sizes and can be purchased frozen or fresh.
Pâtisserie Petit Lapin
5475 Royalmount Avenue | Website
Pâtisserie Petit Lapin makes some of the cutest cakes in town, hands down. Even better for all dessert lovers, the pastel-hued creations are all free of the 10 most common allergens, gluten-free and vegan so everyone can indulge in some of the best holiday treats. For the Holidays, they have created 3 yule logs: a chocolate log, a vanilla log decorated with vanilla macarons, and a raspberry log decorated with raspberry macarons.
© Andalos Yule log 2022
350 Boulevard Lebeau | Website
You can find traditional yule logs at Boulangerie Andalos like their triple chocolate mousse one with Homemade praline feuilletine, creamy milk, dark, and white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate glaze and a topping of chocolate decorations. However, every year, this Middle-Eastern pastry shop creates a more exotic speciality yule log inspired by Arabic desserts. This year’s creation, the Halawet el-jibn log, is back by popular demand. The roll is filled with ricotta cream and topped with syrup infused with rose and orange blossom waters.
2105 Beaubien East | Website
Rosemont pastry shop Pâtisserie Madeleine has created three yule logs for this Holiday season. Their signature log with a Dulcey chocolate crisp, pecan, soft pecan biscuit, clementine marmalade, homemade pecan praline, and a Dulcey chocolate mousse sounds delicious.
Several locations | Website
With two locations open all year long, Havre-aux-Glaces creates decadent yule logs, made with their artisanal sorbets and ice creams. With five different options to choose from this year, including the classic duo of dark chocolate and raspberry, as well as pear, maple syrup, and salted caramel. You’ll want to order early to reserve yours!
1228 Rue Sherbrooke West | Website
The fancy Maison Boulud restaurant is housed inside the glamourous Ritz Carlton Hotel. The Yule logs they’ve created for this holiday season are elegant and delectable and come in three varieties. On offer are two nut, gluten and lactose free logs, one with a vanilla mousse, clementine heart, wafer and baba and one with a cheesecake mousse, gingerbread biscuit, and orange marmalade. The third is a chocolate caramel mousse log combining popcorn, hazelnuts, and a flourless chocolate base.
900 Boulevard René-Lévesque West | Website
Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth’s Marché Artisans is a beautiful food hall that pays tribute to local Québec food. They have created 6 yule log flavours for this Holiday season: blackcurrant and chestnut, citrus with flambéed meringue, exotic with coconut, mango and passion fruit, apple and ice cider, dark chocolate and one with boreal spices, milk chocolate and caramel.
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Comptoir Épicerie Signé Toqué
950 Beaumont, Suite 105 | Website
Toqué’s (online and onsite) refined grocery shop Comptoir Épicerie operates out of its Beau Mont restaurant location and serves up elegant food to enjoy at home. This year Conptoir Épicerie are creating two yule logs, a mint-peach one and a chocolate one. Both are as beautiful as they are delicious.
2423 Centre | Website
Lecavalier Petrone’s gorgeous chocolates and cakes are beautiful pieces of ephemeral art. Their logs are no exception. This year’s flavours include a caramel apple log, a peach and sea buckthorn log and a chocolate and hazelnut log. Unfortunately, they are all already sold out but make a note if you’d like to order one next year.
630 Rue Wellington | Website
Beloved pastry chef Olivier Potier is offering four incredible logs this season. The Piémontella log has a soft hazelnut base, hazelnut crunch, mango and yuzu flavoured confit, airy Piedmont hazelnut mousse. The chilled tiramisu log comes with a mascarpone and vanilla ice cream, soft cookies soaked in Amarula flavoured coffee, roasted coffee ice cream from Structure roaster. The Mûroise has a cocoa and fleur de sel almond crisp, creamy dark chocolate "Mûroise" (blackberry & raspberry), "Mûroise" confit and velvety dark & milk chocolate mousse from Madagascar. And finally, the vanilla log comes with a soft pecan base, vanilla crème brûlée, caramel fleur de sel, and a Madagascar vanilla mousse.
Several locations | Website
Popular bakery and pastry shop Mamie Clafoutis has many shops around Montréal. Their breads and croissants are some of the best in town, and so are their pastries. This year, they will be offering two yule logs, a chocolate and hazelnut one as well as a pistachio and raspberry one. Both are gluten free.
Several locations | Website
Le Toledo is creating 3 flavours of yule logs this season. They will have a vanilla raspberry log with a homemade Quebec raspberry jam and white chocolate feuilletine, a blackcurrant chocolate log with a blackcurrant mousse concealed under a dark chocolate icing, and a vegan coconut passion log with a coconut cheesecake and passion fruit topping. They will be offering all three flavours in mini formats from the beginning of December to allow customers to taste them before choosing their favourite flavour for the holidays.
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Several locations | Website
Première Moisson is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! This ubiquitous Québécois pastry shop is a master at crafting great breads, pastries and desserts. For the Holidays, they are offering several yule logs starting with their Citrus Signature log with a confit of blood oranges, grapefruit and lemon, a lemon mousse, and a citrus icing set on a gingerbread shortbread crust. Chocolate lovers will appreciate the Chocolate Buttercream log with a chocolate sponge cake with chocolate buttercream and covered in a chocolate ganache. The Praline Buttercream log is a sponge cake soaked in a syrup infused with the Québec-made liqueur Noisettino, covered in praline buttercream. The Exotic log is a coconut dacquoise base made with rice flour, covered with a pineapple, banana, passion, mango and lemon confit, a whipped ganache with local ginger, and an exotic frosting made with the same fruits as the confit.
Aux Merveilleux de Fred
4200 Rue Saint-Denis | Website
Famous Lille-based pastry shop Aux Merveilleux de Fred specializes in the Merveilleux, an airy cake from the north of France made of layers of meringue and whipped cream. The two yule logs they’re offering this year are inspired by their pastries. The Merveilleux log will be chocolate-flavoured with shavings of dark chocolate and the Incroyable will have speculoos biscuit and whipped cream coated with shaved white chocolate.
3873 Rue Saint Denis | Website
Plateau ice cream and cookie shop Unicone is offering 3 flavours of yule logs this Holiday season. Choose between the Baklava log with rose water, Iranian pistachios, and baklava pieces; the From Paris to Bombay log with dark chocolate cardamom ice cream, Aubenas chestnut cream, and a Masala spice cake; the vegan and gluten-free Jardin d'Eden log with pandan and coconut ice cream, and a soursop raspberry mousse; and finally, the Ube Oreo log with ube ice cream, Oreo cookie pieces, and Pandan white chocolate mousse.
1011 Ontario East | Website
Pâtisserie TM is a pastry shop that blends Japanese flavours and tradition with French knowhow. This year they will be making 4 different yule logs flavour: a Mont-Blanc (chestnut and cream) one, a matcha passion one, an apple and maple one and a chocolate, banana and pecan one.
15 Place Simon-Valois and 1700 Ontario Street East | Website
The beloved Hochelaga-Maisonneuve bakery is in a festive mood and has created three yule logs for the season. The first one is composed of a cake roulade, an orange crémeux, a delicious, sweet clover cream, and decorated with crunchy praline bits. Chocolate lovers will love the log made with a chocolate cake, pecan praline, chocolate crémeux and a grand cru chocolate mousse. Finally, the third log is a festive one full of surprises with a crunchy almond biscuit, a blackcurrant and currant confit and a mascarpone mousse with Tonka bean.
751 Rue Jarry East | Website
One of Villeray’s most popular and loved bakery and brunch and pizza spot, Fanfare also makes great desserts. In fact, their pastry chef, Pascale Billy Robert, has honed her skills for a decade in some of Montréal's most famous establishments such as Graziella, Pastaga and Europea. Their Holiday logs include a more traditional chocolate one with hazelnut praline, caramel, and rock icing as well as a beautiful looking flamed meringue one filled with lemon cream and Bavarian mousse with sweet clover.
3910 Rue Wellington | Website
Audacieuse Vanille is a creative, gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free pastry shop in the heart of Verdun that’s been providing pleasure and sweet treats to people with special diets. For the Holiday season this year, their team has created 2 yule logs: a lavender mousse, lemon curd, and blueberry confit one on a thyme dacquoise and a vegan milk chocolate mousse, rose pastry cream, and litchi on a coconut dacquoise. Both are vegan, gluten and soy free, of course.
Rustique Pie Kitchen
4615 Notre-Dame Street West | Website
Located in the Saint-Henri, Rustique has a loyal fan base who love their fun edible treats. This Holiday season, Rustique has created two Yule logs that are sure to please everyone. The pecan yule log includes a pecan sponge cake, pecan crunch, whipped cream with brown sugar and white chocolate and is decorated with cream fudge pieces and caramelized pecans in maple syrup. The red currant and chocolate log has a flourless chocolate cake, white chocolate crisp, red currant jelly, and red currant whipped cream and is topped with mushroom-shaped meringues, jelly drops, and cocoa nibs.
4522 Rue Saint-Denis | Website
Vegan pastry shop Zébulon has created two yule logs for this year’s holiday celebrations. The Yin log combines an almond biscuit roll, toasted green tea crémeux, Québec sea buckthorn jam, a chocolate mousse, chocolate icing and dark and white chocolate decorations. The Yan log is made with black sesame pain de Gènes, lime mousse, crispy puffed rice, almond praline cream, citrus fruit ganache and a black sesame biscuit. Both are gluten free.
Les Gourmandises de Marie-Antoinette
4317 Ontario Street East | Website
Located close to Hochelaga’s Marché Maisonneuve, this lovely pastry shop is run by a young and passionate team. This year, they’re offering 5 flavours of yule logs, including 3 floureless ones, one with chocolate, one with blackcurrant and pistachio and one with caramel. The other two flavours are lemon and poppyseed and chestnut and gingerbread.
809 Laurier East | Website
Beloved pastry shop Fou Desserts offers great Christmas logs every year. Their logs come in three flavours this year. The gluten, nut and gelatine free Chocolate-Passion log contains a Tainori dark chocolate mousse, Tainori dark chocolate caramel crémeux with Andaliman pepper, chocolate roulade biscuit, passion fruit compote and chocolate shortbread base. The gluten and nut free Maïdo log has a Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla ganache, a pineapple and geranium cream, a biscuit roulade, a pineapple compote and a shortbread base. And finally, the Orélyx log is a white chocolate mousse, caramel, tamarind caramel supreme, pear and clove jelly, chocolate shortbread and coffee on an Amaretto financier base.
Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.