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.
534 W. Pender St. | 778-708-0996 $$ | Bakery@cartemsdonuts | Visit website
Perhaps the best donut you will ever have, made with local, organic ingredients, like flour from Anita’s Organic Mill, eggs from Rabbit River and butter from Golden Ears Cheeseworks. Try the favourite, an intense Earl Grey classic. Or spring for something crazy like Vegan Apple Fritter. Flavours like Salted Caramel, Triple Chocolate and Canadian Whiskey Bacon make it even harder to pick. Gluten free? You’ve got options. Cartems sells out frequently, but you can reserve ahead by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
1059 Alberni St | 604-608-6780 $$ | Bakery@thierrychocolat | Visit website
Former pastry chef at two three-star Michelin restaurants in London, Thierry Busset creates fine, handcrafted chocolates, macarons, pastries and more 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.
Tartine Breads & Pies
770 Beach Ave. | 604-685-7437 $ | Bakery@tartinebnp | Visit website
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 (which comes in nine flavours, including sour cherry, maple cream apple and lemon meringue -- all $20), this small bakery uses clean, 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
466 Granville St. | 778-320-4506 $ | Bakery@cremedelacrumb | Visit website
Quality ingredients are owner and creative chef Lydia Lai's top priority. Known for her all-butter, hand-rolled, always-moist scones (try the Vanilla Bean & Pear), she also offers seasonal fruit muffins, banana chocolate loaf, croissants 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. email@example.com
The Pie Hole
Various retailers | 778-838-8954 $$ | Pie Shop@pieholevan | Visit website
The darling of Vancouver's pie scene, Jenell Parsons, is a self-made success who started up in her home kitchen. She's got dozens of bang-on recipes -- find her plethora of flavours at quality shops across Vancouver, or order from her directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Pigs Fly Pastries
Made to Order | $$ | Cake Maker@pigsflypastries | Visit website
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. To place an order, email email@example.com.
Soirette Macaron & Tea
1433 W Pender St | 604-558-3308 $$ | Bakery@soirettemacaron | Visit website
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 goat cheese walnut, and loose-leaf teas from around the world.
801 W Georgia St | 604-673-7000 $ | Coffee Shop@bel_cafe | Visit website
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 (the croissant is worth a try). Breakfast catering and delivery are available from 7am onwards.