More than 60 years of history,
dreams and know-how

In 1951, Roland and Odette Étienne settled in the Rosemont neighbourhood. Five years later, with support from Montreal’s Basque community, the Étiennes purchased a bakery with two Mignolet ovens on Marquette Street.

Au Pain Doré is born

In its early days, the bakery’s golden-crusted baguettes and French breads attracted restaurant owners. It was only in 1983 that the first Au Pain Doré bakery opened in a converted former garage, finally giving local residents the opportunity to also enjoy the quality of genuine French bread.

The Marquette Street bakery was such a success that it wasn’t long before Au Pain Doré’s quality began to spread across the city. A location opened on St-Denis Street in 1991, followed by Peel Street downtown and Laurier Street in 1992. Three more addresses joined the family in 1995: McGill Street, Mont-Royal Avenue and Côte-des-Neiges. The growing demand for breads, pastries, sandwiches, desserts and other delicacies also meant a growing challenge with regard to production and multiple daily deliveries. To overcome the
challenge, the Atelier Boulanger rue de Rouen was opened in 1997. Here, bread is handmade under ideal conditions and continuously fine-tuned by a desire to blend expertise and technology. Proud of its success, the thriving family-owned company continued its expansion by opening six more locations in Montreal and Laval.

In 2008 Au Pain Doré attracted the attention of Le Duff Group, also experts in high-quality bakery and owners and operators of several international brands throughout the world. Au Pain Doré became part of the Group, which shares the same ambition as the three generations of the Étienne family who had been part of the business through the years: to strive for excellence, and to pride itself on being the reference for traditional French bread in Montreal.

As of 2013, Au Pain Doré-brand breads and pastries have begun gradually appearing on the shelves of Quebec’s major retailers. This new distribution allows more consumers throughout the province to enjoy an artisan-style bakery experience through high-quality products.

More than sixty years after Roland and Odette Étienne first realized their dream, the evolution of the Au Pain Doré brand continues to be nourished by the same values. The same creative passion inspires our bakers’ commitment to offering you the crème de la crème of baked goods.