Best Baked Goods in Downtown Vancouver

Looking for the best pastries, donuts, cupcakes or pies in Downtown Vancouver? You’ll find it hard to avoid over-indulging at these excellent bakeries within our city center.

Cartems Donuterie

Cartems Donuts Pender St. interior

534 W. Pender St. | 778-708-0996 $$ | Bakery

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Arguably the best donuts in town, made with local organic ingredients. Try the locals' favourite, an intense Earl Grey, available in vegan form. Other flavours include Salted Caramel and Triple Chocolate. Gluten free options are available too. Donuts sell-out quickly but reserve your six-pack ahead of time by emailing hey@cartems.com.

Thierry

Thierry Patisserie Alberni

1059 Alberni St | 604-608-6780 $$ | Bakery

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Former pastry chef at two three-star Michelin restaurants in London, Thierry Busset creates fine, handcrafted desserts from his cafe’s open atelier. His friend Gordon Ramsay has called him "one of the finest pastry chefs in the world". Open until 12am every day of the week, Thierry’s licensed, heated patio is an ideal destination for spiked coffees and midnight treats year-round. Vegan options: pâte de fruits, jams, and sorbets.

Tartine Breads & Pies

Tartine Breads and Pies Beach Ave

770 Beach Ave. | 604-685-7437 $ | Bakery

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Pie, artisan bread, healthy muffins, tarts and more by Jo-Ann who, years ago, started out of her own kitchen using generations-old recipes. Best known for pie, this small bakery uses natural and high quality ingredients. Located near English Bay just a block from the water’s edge, Tartine is an ideal starting point for a delicious seawall stroll.

Crème de la Crumb Downtown

Creme de la Crumb

466 Granville St. | 778-320-4506 $ | Bakery

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Quality ingredients are owner and creative chef Lydia Lai's top priority. Known for her hand-rolled scones (try the Vanilla Bean & Pear), she also offers seasonal fruit muffins, banana chocolate loaf and lots more from her six locations, including this tiny grab ‘n go space on Granville St. Need fresh baked goods for a morning meeting? Crumb will deliver directly to your boardroom. catering@cremedelacrumb.com

The Pie Hole

The Vancouver Pie Hole Beet Pie

Various retailers | 778-838-8954 $$ | Pie Shop

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The darling of Vancouver's pie scene, Jenell Parsons, is a self-made success who started up in her home kitchen. She's got dozens of killer recipes, including several new plant-based options. Find her wide variety of tempting flavours at quality shops around Vancouver, or order from her directly by emailing vancouverpiehole@gmail.com.

When Pigs Fly Pastries

When Pigs Fly Pastries Wedding Cake

Made to Order | $$ | Cake Maker

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Pastry chef and cake artist Emily Upham’s creations are custom-made and always original. She wouldn’t dream of decorating her desserts with store-bought, inedible items. All cake-toppers and logos are completely safe to eat and crafted by hand, even those that are 2D. Two weeks notice is requested for cake orders and prices vary depending on complexity. And she can do vegan! To place an order, email emily@whenpigsflypastries.com.

Soirette Macaron & Tea

Soirette Macaron

1433 W Pender St | 604-558-3308 $$ | Bakery

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Le Cordon Bleu-trained Pastry Chef Shobna Kannusamy aims to touch people’s hearts through each bite of her baking. Within her ultra-feminine, jewel-box pastry shop in Coal Harbour, she specializes in French macarons, macaron-inspired desserts, luxurious cakes and custom creations. Expect unique flavour twists, like pineapple wasabi, and loose-leaf teas from around the world.

Bel Café

Bel Cafe pastries

801 W Georgia St | 604-673-7000 $ | Coffee Shop

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Pastry Chef Wayne Kozinko (formerly of Yew, Diva at the Met) creates classic desserts "reduced to their base flavour, then reworked into modern interpretations". Staples within Bel's sparkling glass pastry case include jewel-toned macarons, delicate tarts, decadent cookies (like the fabulous Valrhona chocolate cookie) and fresh pastries. Breakfast catering and delivery are available from 7am onwards.