Vancouver Bakeries

Vancouver has always had good bakeries both for bread and for pastries. Now, however, with the heightened interest in all things related to food, Vancouver’s bakeries are better than ever. Here are our favourites. If you know of others that deserve to be here, let us know.

Fratelli Bakery
1795 Commercial Drive
604-255-8926
Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 AM – 5:30 OM
Sunday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Their many fans consistently vote Fratelli’s one of the best bakeries in Vancouver. They make the best Italian pastries, breads, cookies, cupcakes, biscotti, and cakes in town.

Mix The Bakery
4430 West 10th Avenue
604-221-4145
This small but delicious neighborhood bakery has exceptionally good baked goods and a great hang out environment. Award winning breads, croissants, muffins and scones and, for lunch, soup and sandwiches that reflect the quality of the baked goods. Mix also does catering and prepares picnic lunches for your day at the beach or in the woods.

Sweet Obsession
2611 West 16th Avenue
604-739-0555 extension 2
Known for their environmentally sustainable approach, Sweet Obsession is in the business of producing quality cakes, flan and tarts. The cafe serves sandwiches, coffee and tea.

Butter
4321 Dunbar Street
604-221-4333
Butter specializes in cookies, cupcakes, homemade marshmallows, lemon loaves and assorted bars.

Terra Breads
2380 W 4th Ave
604-736-1838
Terra makes the best bread in town. They have been around a while but they stay current and delicious. Their pumpkin seed and their cranberry and pistachio breads are particularly good as are all their baguettes. They have a store on 4th Avenue and also at the food court at Granville Island. Both sell soup, sandwiches, bread, cookies and pastries though Terra’s pastries are, not surprisingly, a bit bready.

Transylvanian Traditions
1111 Davie Street @ Thurlow
604-682-0096
The best reason to go to Transylvanian Traditions is to pick up one of their speciality cakes made by rolling dough onto a cylinder and then cooking it on a spit in a special oven brought from Romania. The result is a very fresh cylinder cake with a wonderful flavour. You can watch your cake cook while you wait.

True Confections
866 Denman Street
604-682-1292
and
3701 West Broadway at Alma
604-222-8489
True Confections sells cakes and pies, but it is really their cakes that are most famous. These are fantasy cakes, the cakes you dream about as a kid. The cakes at True Confection are TALL, really tall, with lots of layers and good things between the layers. The cakes are also works of art; you aren’t sure whether to admire or to eat them. Of course, once you’ve made a choice and have the slice on a plate in hand, the decision is simple.

Unlike some pretty cakes, the cakes here are as good as they look. This is just a fun place to come for dessert or just to have cake and coffee. Two locations: Denman at Haro, and West Broadway at Alma.

Uprising Breads Bakery
1697 Venables Street
604-254-5635
Monday to Friday 7:00 – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
and
3066 West Broadway
604-254-5635 ext. 201
Monday to Friday 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Uprising sells not only breads but also fresh every day muffins, scones, croissants, cookies, pastries and lunchtime fare such as soups, sandwiches, wraps and pizza.