Opened in 1919 by Russian immigrant Isadore Shlafman, his hand-rolled, honey-water boiled, then wood fire baked recipe quickly became a staple in the Mile End community.
In 1954, he moved his bakery from a laneway address to a two-storey cottage on Fairmount Avenue, building a large wood fire oven on the first floor, while his family lived upstairs. Fairmount Bagel is often referred to as the original Montreal bagel bakery.
A loaf of bagel dough, ready to be rolled and prepared
The bakery is still family owned and competes with nearby St-Viateur Bagel for the title of Montreal's best bagel.