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Mapped: Vancouver's Best Bakeries

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'Tis the season for sugar and spice and all things nice, and when it comes to bakeries, this city couldn't be sweeter. We asked Eagranie Yuh, chocolate educator and author of The Chocolate-Tasting Kit, available spring 2014 from Chronicle Book, to pick the best in town. From neighbourhood favourites to luxe patisseries, we've got it covered. We present—in no particular order— Vancouver's Best Bakeries Map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Michele Cake Shop 君悅餅廊

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6033 West Blvd., Vancouver
BC V6M, Canada
Tucked away in sleepy Kerrisdale, Michele does a roaring trade in Chinese baked goods: delicate egg tarts (and their Portuguese cousins, which feature a bruleed top), Asian-style mousse cakes and multiple incarnations of sponge cake coiled around buttercream. Cash only.

2. Beaucoup Bakery

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2150 Fir St, Vancouver
BC V6J 3B5, Canada
(604) 732-4222
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From the staff to the clientele, everyone at Beaucoup Bakery seems thrilled to be there. We chalk it up to the French-inspired desserts, the picture-perfect croissants and the airy feel of the place.

3. The Last Crumb

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3080 Main Street, Vancouver
BC V5T 3G5, Canada
(604) 872-0195
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“Life is short, eat dessert first” is emblazoned on the glass fronting this bakery’s kitchen, and they’ve got the desserts to back it up. Here, classic North American desserts meet grown-up tastes, with plenty of gluten-free options to boot.

4. French Made Baking

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81 Kingsway, Vancouver
BC V5T3J1, Canada
(604) 558-4880
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This postage stamp of a bakery-café pumps out delightful French pastries, tarts and macarons, as well as a quirky, bite-sized fluted cake called canele de Bordeaux: darkly caramelized on the outside, soft and almost gooey on the inside.

5. BETA5 Chocolates

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413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver
BC V6A 2P3, Canada
(604) 669-3336
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Is there anything Adam Chandler and team can’t do? Beta5 scooped up a bevy of awards in the International Chocolate Awards, and their Instagram feed of creampuff cross-sections has probably caused more screen-licking than anyone will care to admit. The puffs’ crackly cookie tops are a nice touch.

6. Terra Breads

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1605 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada
(604) 877-1183
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Synonymous with bread in Vancouver, this is your one-stop shop for crusty loaves, springy baguettes and afternoon pick-me-ups. The Olympic Village location is tops for people-watching.

7. Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie

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1059 Alberni St., Vancouver
BC V6Z 1X6, Canada
(604) 608-6870
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Thierry Busset has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens, and counts Gordon Ramsay as one of his fans. Little wonder that his eponymous café is always buzzing. It doesn’t hurt that it’s open late—and licensed. Have a drink with your dessert? How civilized.

8. Cadeaux bakery

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172 Powell
Vancouver, Canada
The upside to seasonal baking? There’s always something new to try. The downside? That tasty delight from last visit might not be available anymore. No matter. There’s plenty to love here, particularly the Danish: seasonal fruit on vanilla-flecked pastry cream, nestled in buttery, layered pastry.

9. New Town Bakery & Restaurant

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148 E Pender St, Vancouver
Canada V6A 1T3, Canada
(604) 689-7835
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Two words: apple tarts. Also: elbows out. It’s controlled chaos at New Town, so dive right in, grab a number and when it’s your turn, declare your order to the deadly efficient counter staff. Cash only.

10. Italia Bakery

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2828 E. Hastings St, Burnaby
Canada, Canada
(604) 251-6800
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This is the place for divinely flaky sfogliatelle, petite amaretti and the city’s best cannoli—filled to order, for optimal contrast between crisp shell and creamy ricotta filling.

11. Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie

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4712 Hastings St, Burnaby
Bc, Canada
Christophe Bonzon is giving naval-gazing Vancouverites a reason to head to North Burnaby, where he’s dishing up desserts that are almost too beautiful to eat. Don’t miss the chocolates, either; Bonzon makes mad chocolate sculptures, and his mango confection won a gold medal at the Canadian competition of the International Chocolate Awards.

12. Thomas Haas Patisserie

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128-998 Harbourside Dr, North Vancouver
BC V7P 3T2, Canada
More than a decade ago, Thomas Haas set the standard for pastry in Vancouver. Stop by the North Van location to see where it all started (check out the teeny drawers on the far right wall; you may find a treat for your trouble) or join the masses at his second outpost on West Broadway.

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1. Michele Cake Shop 君悅餅廊

6033 West Blvd., Vancouver, BC V6M, Canada
Tucked away in sleepy Kerrisdale, Michele does a roaring trade in Chinese baked goods: delicate egg tarts (and their Portuguese cousins, which feature a bruleed top), Asian-style mousse cakes and multiple incarnations of sponge cake coiled around buttercream. Cash only.
6033 West Blvd., Vancouver
BC V6M, Canada

2. Beaucoup Bakery

2150 Fir St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3B5, Canada
From the staff to the clientele, everyone at Beaucoup Bakery seems thrilled to be there. We chalk it up to the French-inspired desserts, the picture-perfect croissants and the airy feel of the place.
2150 Fir St, Vancouver
BC V6J 3B5, Canada

3. The Last Crumb

3080 Main Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G5, Canada
“Life is short, eat dessert first” is emblazoned on the glass fronting this bakery’s kitchen, and they’ve got the desserts to back it up. Here, classic North American desserts meet grown-up tastes, with plenty of gluten-free options to boot.
3080 Main Street, Vancouver
BC V5T 3G5, Canada

4. French Made Baking

81 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T3J1, Canada
This postage stamp of a bakery-café pumps out delightful French pastries, tarts and macarons, as well as a quirky, bite-sized fluted cake called canele de Bordeaux: darkly caramelized on the outside, soft and almost gooey on the inside.
81 Kingsway, Vancouver
BC V5T3J1, Canada

5. BETA5 Chocolates

413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2P3, Canada
Is there anything Adam Chandler and team can’t do? Beta5 scooped up a bevy of awards in the International Chocolate Awards, and their Instagram feed of creampuff cross-sections has probably caused more screen-licking than anyone will care to admit. The puffs’ crackly cookie tops are a nice touch.
413 Industrial Ave, Vancouver
BC V6A 2P3, Canada

6. Terra Breads

1605 Manitoba Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Synonymous with bread in Vancouver, this is your one-stop shop for crusty loaves, springy baguettes and afternoon pick-me-ups. The Olympic Village location is tops for people-watching.
1605 Manitoba Street, Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada

7. Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie

1059 Alberni St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X6, Canada
Thierry Busset has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens, and counts Gordon Ramsay as one of his fans. Little wonder that his eponymous café is always buzzing. It doesn’t hurt that it’s open late—and licensed. Have a drink with your dessert? How civilized.
1059 Alberni St., Vancouver
BC V6Z 1X6, Canada

8. Cadeaux bakery

172 Powell, Vancouver, Canada
The upside to seasonal baking? There’s always something new to try. The downside? That tasty delight from last visit might not be available anymore. No matter. There’s plenty to love here, particularly the Danish: seasonal fruit on vanilla-flecked pastry cream, nestled in buttery, layered pastry.
172 Powell
Vancouver, Canada

9. New Town Bakery & Restaurant

148 E Pender St, Vancouver, Canada V6A 1T3, Canada
Two words: apple tarts. Also: elbows out. It’s controlled chaos at New Town, so dive right in, grab a number and when it’s your turn, declare your order to the deadly efficient counter staff. Cash only.
148 E Pender St, Vancouver
Canada V6A 1T3, Canada

10. Italia Bakery

2828 E. Hastings St, Burnaby, Canada, Canada
This is the place for divinely flaky sfogliatelle, petite amaretti and the city’s best cannoli—filled to order, for optimal contrast between crisp shell and creamy ricotta filling.
2828 E. Hastings St, Burnaby
Canada, Canada

11. Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie

4712 Hastings St, Burnaby, Bc, Canada
Christophe Bonzon is giving naval-gazing Vancouverites a reason to head to North Burnaby, where he’s dishing up desserts that are almost too beautiful to eat. Don’t miss the chocolates, either; Bonzon makes mad chocolate sculptures, and his mango confection won a gold medal at the Canadian competition of the International Chocolate Awards.
4712 Hastings St, Burnaby
Bc, Canada

12. Thomas Haas Patisserie

128-998 Harbourside Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3T2, Canada
More than a decade ago, Thomas Haas set the standard for pastry in Vancouver. Stop by the North Van location to see where it all started (check out the teeny drawers on the far right wall; you may find a treat for your trouble) or join the masses at his second outpost on West Broadway.
128-998 Harbourside Dr, North Vancouver
BC V7P 3T2, Canada