There are some great bakeries in Vancouver, but while these places cater to a carb loading, gluten-tolerant eating crowd, it doesn’t seem fair that a portion of eaters might miss out on these delicious baked good. That’s why we turned our attention towards finding the best bakeries in the city for gluten-free treats.
With an increasing amount of bakeries dedicating their time solely to gluten-free baking, catering to the health conscious and those with allergies and intolerances, we have complied a list on Metro Vancouver’s best gluten-free friendly bakehouses.
Smallflower is a newly opened gluten-free and vegan-friendly bakery, sandwich shop and retail space carrying a range of sweet and savoury products. A typical day’s offering at Smallflower includes a variety of baked goods, breads, cookies, cinnamon buns, sandwiches and more, all made in the bakery’s entirely gluten-free kitchen.
Address: 47 West Hastings Street, Gastown
This small, locally-owned bakeshop is entirely 100% gluten-free. In addition to using all natural baking ingredients such as butter, free-run Rabbit River Farm eggs, and whip cream, Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery makes their own flour blends using organic quinoa and millet flour, sorghum flour, organic corn flour to name a few. They also use non GMO canola oil and no preservatives or additives. Customers can expect freshly baked breads, cakes, tarts, pastries, cookies and more.
Address: 3385 Cambie Street, Mount Pleasant
All the baking at this Mount Pleasant bakeshop is done by hand in a 100% gluten-free environment, with the highest quality ingredients available locally. With a range of cakes, cookies, sweet loaves, buns, mini quiches, and pies, whether you live a gluten-free life or not, these enticing sweet and savory offerings at The Gluten Free Epicurean will leave you feeling satisfied. The apple fritter is highly recommended.
Address: 633 East 15th Avenue, Mount Pleasant
Panne Rizo has been baking wholesome, award-winning gluten-free breads and delicious desserts since 1998. With over 15 years of experience, Panne Rizo assures its customers a range of edible delights (breakfast wraps, paninis, chicken pot pies, crepes, cookies and cakes) handcrafted to the highest standards. The bakery not only uses gluten-free flours, but also exclusively all-natural ingredients and non-hydrogenated oils.
Address: 1939 Cornwall Avenue, Kitsilano
Part bakeshop, part cafe, Float On, located on Fraser (near East 28th), is solely dedicated to gluten-free goods, and tries to source local, seasonal and/or organic ingredients when possible. In addition to cookies, sponge cakes, muffins, cinnamon buns, scones, butter tarts, lemon bars, brownies, and flatbreads, the cute and colourful bakeshop also serves a variety of gluten-free lunch and brunch options, like sandwiches on house-made bread, crepes and more.
Address: 4384 Fraser Street, Riley Park
Those seeking tasty alternatives to wheat-based treats should make a point to drop by Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery. Utilizing a specially formulated gluten-free all-purpose baking mix, created by founder Ray Porcellato, Cloud 9 offers a range of tempting treats, including brownies, cheesecake, cookies, lemon squares, pecan caramel bars, pizza shells, mini bagels, hamburger buns, focaccia and more. Cloud 9 also sells their ready-to-make Cloud 9 mixes, which include a brownie mix, chocolate chip cookie mix and a pancake and waffle mix (by special order).
Address: 1025 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
This teeny tiny North Van bakery proves that gluten-free desserts and sandwiches don’t have to sacrifice flavour. With a varied selection of treats, including chocolate chip cookies, lemon ginger sandwich cookies, baked mini donuts, Nanaimo bars, muffins, granola bars, veggie paninis, toasted bagels and super cheesey pizzas, Two Daughters Bakeshop promises that there is something for everyone on the menu.
Address: 121 East Street, North Vancouver
Edible Flours is a bakehouse that specializes in vegan baked goods. All of the sweet treats on offer (cakes, cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts, loaves, and breads) are natural, as well as dairy and egg free. The West Broadway bakery also offers choices that are gluten-free, wheat-free and soy-free.
Address: 2280 West Broadway, Kitsilano