Richmond is well known for its sushi and bubble tea, but hidden amongst the many boba shops, there are some pretty spectacular desserts and sweet treats to get your hands on.
From world-acclaimed chocolatiers to gourmet carnival favourites, there is something to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
Here are the 10 best places to feed your sweet cravings in Richmond.
It’s not often you come across a chocolaterie that does all stages of chocolate making, from the roasting to the tempering, in-house. Wild Sweets is hidden away amongst industrial buildings in Richmond and it is well worth the trip for their rich bean-to-bar chocolates. Owners Cindy and Dominique are master chocolatiers, and they also make mini Prêt-á-Manger Desserts in various flavours like Tarte Framboise and Mousse Chocolate Milk. The atelier is open on the weekends and by appointment only during the week.
Address: 12191 Hammersmith Way #2145, Richmond
When you are craving something sweet-but-not-too-sweet, Snowy Village’s Bingsoo is the perfect refreshing treat. Snowy Village shaves 100% frozen Canadian milk making for a creamier bingsoo compared to traditional shaved ice. The milk snow is then topped with your choice of fresh fruit, sauces, and other sweet toppings. The most popular flavour is the Mango Bingsoo which is fresh mango, whipped cream and sweetened condensed milk.
Address: 8571 Alexandra Road, Richmond
The Bubble Tea Shop is known for their dual cup bubble tea’s and also for their tasty and fresh bubble waffles. Part of the fun of eating these egg-based waffles is tearing each bubble off, however, if you don’t want them au-natural, get your bubble waffle piled high with a large array of toppings. The Bru’nana comes with brûléed sliced bananas, whipped cream, condensed milk, and caramel sauce, while the Super Matcha (matcha bubble waffle) consists of sliced strawberries, matcha ice cream, condensed milk, red bean, and whipped cream.
Address: #105 – 4651 No 3 Road, Richmond
L’otus Cake Boutique was the first cake shop in the Lower Mainland to make the delicate crêpe cake called mille crêpe cakes. Between the thin crêpe layers are delicious fillings like fresh Philippine mango, chantilly creme, matcha cream, and bruléed sugar. L’otus’ mille crêpes are so popular that they often sell out by midday, so call ahead to reserve your favourite flavours.
Address: #103 – 8580 Cambie Road, Richmond
Pastry chef Gerald Stenson baked his way around the globe before opening Diplomat Bakery along Richmond’s seawall. European-style cakes fill the display and entice patrons with their fluffy whipped creams, Belgium chocolate and silky mousses. Since the cakes are always available by the slice, why not indulge in a few different cakes like Tiramisu (layers of mascarpone cream cheese, vanilla sponge cake, and espresso-soaked lady fingers) or the Pavlova (airy baked meringue, pastry cream, whipped cream, and fresh fruits). No trip to Diplomat is complete without their namesake Diplomate Cake which consists of layers of flakey puff pastry, vanilla buttercream and vanilla sponge cake.
Address: 6168 London Road, Richmond
In historic Steveston Village, you will find the charming little Outpost Mini Donuts. You can watch the tiny little donuts get fried golden brown before getting their gourmet toppings. Tangy lemon curd, fresh blueberry coulis, and salted caramel are just a few of the garnishes that make these little fried rings irresistible. If you’re really lucky, you may get them still piping hot in Outpost’s signature red and white paper cone. Do not get offended if your friends do not want to share – we wouldn’t either.
Address: #110 – 12240 Second Avenue, Richmond
Located in central Richmond, the adorable Dazzling Cafe which specializes in a Japanese favourite, the honey toast dessert. The end of a fresh loaf of bread is hollowed out and filled with cubes of buttery toasted bread before being drizzled with delicious toppings. The most popular and recommended honey toast is the Mont Blanc. It is artfully presented with pureed, sweetened chestnuts and a piped whip cream border making for a spectacular Instagram picture too.
Address: #140 – 7971 Alderbridge Way, Richmond
If you are craving airy choux pastries filled with velvety rich custard, visit Beard Papa’s for one of their signature made-to-order French cream puffs. Always fresh and preservative-free, these puffs are available in several flavours including Belgian dark chocolate, high-grade Japanese green tea, and classic Madagascan vanilla bean. Also, Beard Papa’s cream puffs are huge, so you will only need one to feel content. You can pick up some of their delicious puffs along with other treats like creme brûlée, macarons, and molten matcha cake at one of their two Richmond locations.
Address: #100 – 5951 No. 3 Road, Richmond
If you are a lover of the tropical mango fruit you need to visit Mango Yummy located just across from Richmond Centre. This mango-centric dessert shop serves up favourites like shaved ice bowls and hot sweet soups. The popular mango sago hot sweet soup with pomelo and grapefruit is a delightful treat made with mango, grapefruit, sago, coconut milk, and cream.
Address: 6564 No.3 Road, Richmond
Often boasting a line well beyond their red doors, Timothy’s Frozen Yogurt offers custom swirled frozen yogurt in a warm waffle cone. Choose from a case of frozen fruit including mangoes, peaches, and strawberries for your custom frozen yogurt. Since it is practically just fruits and yogurt, this cold treat will feel guilt-free!
Address: 3800 Bayview Street, Richmond
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