Anyone who’s ever had a spoonful of this classic dessert knows that crème brûlée (French for “burnt cream”) is one of life’s most satisfying simple pleasures.
Comprised of a sweet egg custard base and a hard, shattering sugar coating this after dinner treat is always worth saving room for.
Read on to discover which cafes and restaurants in Vancouver serve up some truly delicious crème brûlée.
Thomas Haas whips up and displays an impressive selection of pastries, tarts, cakes, and other dainty desserts, including a wonderfully smooth crème brûlée. Served with seasonal fruits, Thomas Haas’ crème brûlée rendition comes in a variety of rotating flavours, like vanilla, matcha, and pistachio.
Address: 2539 West Broadway Avenue, Vancouver
Address: Unit 128, 998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
Crackle Creme is a craft-style dessert cafe dishing up artisan, small-batch crème brûlée and authentic Belgian liège waffles. While Crackle Creme’s crème brûlée flavours are always changing, they almost always include Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Earl Grey, Fererro Rocher, Black Sesame, Honey Lavender, Organic Matcha, a rotating vegan crème brûlée, and for those who enjoy their dessert with a little kick crème brûlée infused with Baileys or bourbon.
Address: 245 Union Street, Vancouver
Gastown’s Pourhouse offers a delicious traditional Vanilla Crème Brûlée. Served in a thin dish, this decadent treat is made with a classic crème brûlée recipe of cream, sugar, and egg yolks, formed in-house and caramelized to order. The vanilla flavouring comes from real vanilla beans (the beans are opened up in-house and steeped in the cream in order to create a uniform flavour throughout) and the crisp shell shatters satisfyingly under your spoon. Once the brûlée is formed and torched the dessert is garnished with red wine poached pears and a tuille (baked wafer).
Address: 162 Water Street, Vancouver
This charming bistro in Gastown offers up a mouthwatering array of French-inspired temptations, from hearty dinner plates to luscious desserts. Served in a thin dish, Jules offers up a delectable Vanilla Crème Brûlée, which boasts a scrumptious custard base, a thin layer of hard caramel, and a silky smooth texture.
Address: 216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Bistro Pastis’ Salted Caramel Crème Brûlée is just as it should be: rich, soft, and indulgent, plus and it will always satisfy your sweet tooth after the restaurant’s hearty mains.
Address: 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
This recently opened ice cream shop in Yaletown serves nitrogen-churned artisanal ice cream. Flavours listed include Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Double Oreo, Lemon Frozen Yogurt, and seductively sweet Crème Brûlée. Made with real vanilla bean, frozen custard, and a hand torched crackled caramel top this moreish treat is the real deal.
Address: 1141 Mainland Street, Vancouver
The French Table’s Espresso Crème Brûlée is served in a wide shallow ramekin and sprinkled with sugar before being torched to create a thin layer of deliciously crispy caramel on top. This satisfying dish is served with a piece of the restaurant’s homemade biscotti and pairs perfectly with an espresso at the end of a meal.
Address: 3916 Main Street, Vancouver
Although there are many delicious things to fill you up at Tableau Bar Bistro, room must be saved for Tableau’s exquisite crème brûlée. Currently the Coal Harbour restaurant is offering a seasonally-inspired Coconut Crème Brûlée, which is served in a deep ramekin with mango sorbet and a raspberry Linzer cookie.
Address: 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver