Who can resist a beautiful display of baked goods or the perfect patisserie? Not us! In the cooler months (before we swap cookies for ice cream cones), we’re finding comfort with a sweet treat to pair with our latte. In the summer, we’re looking to pick up the perfect provisions for a picnic. Luckily, Vancouver has some amazing bakeries and patisseries sprinkled throughout the city, ready to offer up high-quality carbohydrates wherever you might find yourself. Here are five of our favourites, based on both amazing carbohydrates and walking distance from the hotel. (We’d also like to flag a couple of honourable mentions that are a bit further away, but offer the very finest in baked treats: LIVIA – right in the heart of Commercial Drive, and Flourist – just off Commercial Drive and a little further south.)
1088 Homer Street, Yaletown
Just a short walk down the hill from The Burrard in Yaletown, Small Victory is one of our go-tos for both coffee and baked goods. Sure, the pastries are tempting, but this place is really all about their bread, which you can buy by the loaf, or transformed into one of their sensational sandwiches. They also have a location in South Granville.
1059 Alberni Street, Downtown
After you’ve given your credit card a workout on Robson Street or at the surrounding designer boutiques, there’s no better balm than retreating to Thierry for an espresso and a macaron or two. You’d swear you were in Paris. And while you’re there, pick up a box of handmade chocolates as an elegant souvenir. If you find yourself in Mount Pleasant, pop into their new location there.
159 West Hastings Street, Gastown
We think the term “jaw-dropping” is overused, but there really is no other superlative appropriate when it comes to Purebread. The overwhelming cornucopia of baked goods laid out in front of you will leave you speechless. From savoury buns and quiches, through to loaf cakes, brownies, towering meringues and pastries, choice really is going to be your biggest issue. You’ll also find locations in Kitsilano, Mount Pleasant, Squamish and Whistler (x2!).
172 Powell Street, Gastown
A soothing oasis of calm on the eastern edge of Gastown, Cadeaux Bakery is one of our favourite spots for a sweet pick-me-up. They’re justifiably well-known for their towering layer cakes (nine layers is the standard), some of which they offer by the slice at the bakery. Our favourite is the London Fog; if you’re looking for something more petite, try the caramel cream cheese brownie.
2150 Fir Street, Kitsilano
Hidden away a block or so from Kitsilano’s Fourth Avenue main drag, Beaucoup Bakery is a tiny, light-filled gem in the middle of a semi-industrial area. The peanut butter sandwich cookie is the stuff of legend, but the real highlight here is the Viennoiserie—the croissants here impress even the French.
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Feature Photo: Beaucoup Bakery’s raspberry brioche buns: Beaucoup’s Facebook page
Small Victory’s Sandwiches: Small Victory Instagram page
Macarons at Thierry: Thierry website
Chocolate Loaf at Purebread: Purebread website
Cadeaux’s Raspberry Latte Cake: Cadeaux website
Beaucoup Bakery’s Croissant: Beaucoup website