Whether you’re after an after-dinner treat or you simply have a sweet tooth regardless of what time of day it is, here’s a list we’ve compiled on where to find Vancouver’s best dessert-only spots.
Featuring everything from decadent chocolate bites to home-baked pies with flakey, buttery crusts, this list is sure to leave your tastebuds feeling truly satisfied.
Catering to the sweet tooth, this artisanal patisserie explores traditional French-inspired recipes and flavours while handcrafting desserts and cakes to more contemporary palettes. Patrons visiting Ganache Patisserie can expect to find an array of delicate and beautifully presented treats, including milk chocolate caramel moose, vanilla and lemongrass crème brûleé, strawberry and rhubarb cheesecake, and a varied selection of bite-sized macarons.
Address: 1262 Homer Street, Yaletown
This contemporary chocolatier and pastry shop creates a range of innovative and flavourful pastries, one-of-a-kind chocolates and confectionary, which promise to put a smile on anyone with a sweet tooth. Enjoy ice cream sandwiches in the summer, and a range of caramels and signature chocolates (including their Polygon bars). An absolute must-try is the salted caramel cream puff. Made-to-order, this unique dessert is filled with a light whipped caramel chantilly cream and sprinkled with sea salt flakes.
Address: 413 Industrial Avenue, Stathcona
If you have a late-night hankering for cheesecake, this dimly-lit, Granville Street dessert destination is the place to go. As the name suggests Cheesecake etc. offers patrons a varied selection of drool-worthy cheesecakes. Light in texture and rich in taste, the original cheesecake topped with B.C. strawberries is one of the bakery’s most popular slices. Cheesecake purists should dig into the crustless cheesecake, which promises to be the lightest, smoothest and creamiest cheesecake you’ll ever taste.
Address: 2141 Granville Street, Fairview
This intimate champagne and dessert bar is the perfect spot to enjoy an after dinner drink, as well as a decadent treat or two. From the bar, patrons have the choice between champagne cocktails, sweet wines, spirits and beer to pair with an enticing list of desserts ranging from $10 to $12. Creative and visually stunning, Mosquito’s desserts are like no other. A must-order is Mosquito’s peanut butter and milk chocolate bar, which comes served with caramel popcorn, caramelized banana jam and popcorn gelato.
Address: 32 Water Street, Gastown
The Pie Shoppe
The pies at this petite Chinatown bakeshop are sure to catch your eye, while at the same time get your stomach rumbling. Made with love and local fruit and ingredients from B.C., The Pie Shoppe is a great spot to enjoy a slice of pie, along with a coffee. Rotating pie flavours are available over weeks and change with the season. The classics stay on the menu year-round and include apple and chocolate pecan.
Address: 721 Gore Avenue, Chinetown
A recent addition to the Vancouver dessert scene, Crackle Creme is a small, craft-style dessert cafe serving up artisan, small-batch crème brûlée and authentic Belgian liège waffles. While Crackle Creme’s flavours are always changing, they almost always include Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Earl Grey, Fererro Rocher, Black Sesame, Pandan Coconut, Honey Lavender, Organic Matcha, a rotating Vegan crème brûlée and, for those who enjoy their dessert with a little kick, crème brûlées infused with Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur, bourbon or Guinness.
Address: 245 Union Street, Chinatown
Glenburn Soda Fountain
Located in North Burnaby, this quaint, old-fashioned soda shop is a must-visit for anyone who is mad over deliciously creamy treats as well as those looking for a touch of nostalgia. With a retro themed interior, Glenburn Soda Fountains screams of yesteryear and just like its decor which has taken inspiration from the 1950s so has the menu which offers sundaes, egg creams, floats and the soda shop’s signature milkshakes, which includes dreamy flavours like butterscotch, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coffee and banana.
Address: 4090 Hastings Street, North Burnaby
This dedicated desserterie is a popular go-to spot, for those in dire need of cake. Offering unique home-style desserts including chocolate cake, cheesecake, pie, tarts and trifle, True Confections promises to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. Whole cakes are also available, as are gluten-free options. Enjoy a slice of cake in-house or take-out and savour True Confections’ sweet offerings at home.
Address: 866 Denman Street, West End
Address: 3701 West Broadway, Point Grey
If you adore dessert (particularly when it’s of the chocolate variety) you should make a beeline for Thomas Haas immediately. Having been in operation for more that 20 years, Thomas Hass and his handcrafted chocolates and pastries are destination desserts for locals and tourists alike. At his Kitsilano cafe (as well as the one in North Vancouver), patrons can choose to purchase chocolates by the piece or box, baked goods, confections, coffees, and more.
Address: 2539 West Broadway Avenue, Kitsilano
Address: Unit 128, 998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
Most sweet-toothed Vancouverites would (or rather should) be familiar with Thierry on Alberni Street. The chocolaterie patisserie (which also serves a number of sandwiches, therefore technically making it an eatery not solely dedicated to dessert) offers cakes that are worth every delicious calorie. It seems as though everyone has their own Thierry favourite, but common picks include the Chocolate Marquise cake (hazelnut dacquoise, salted caramel, crisp praline and chocolate mousse), the decadent chocolate tart, and any of the soft and delightfully chewy macarons.
Address: 1059 Alberni Street
This dainty Coal Harbour pastry shop specializes in French macarons. Available in a range of enticing flavours (pistachio, praline, lavender, rose, and vanilla, just to name a few), these tiny morsels of goodness are best enjoyed in-house with a pot of freshly brewed tea or at the weekend when Soirette offers a tantalizing high tea spread.
Address: 1433 West Pender Street, Coal Harbour
Chicco Japanese Dessert Cafe
A tiny dessert-only outpost on Robson Street (near Nicola Street), Chicco serves a range of Japanese inspired cakes, cookies and other sweet treats, like gelato-based parfaits and ice cream sandwiches. Chicco’s Green Tea Parfait is by far the most popular item on the menu and contains red bean, rice cake, green tea ice cream, whipped cream, melon, grass jelly, frosted corn flakes, green tea mousse, sponge cake and a green tea stick.
Address: 1504 Robson Street
Nero Belgian Waffle Bar
Dine in or grab one to go. This specialty waffle bar in the West End is busy at all hours of the day — proving that waffles aren’t just for breakfast and brunch. From chewy waffles topped with fresh strawberries and whip cream to the Bresillienne waffle (a crispy waffle with vanilla ice cream, crumbled Oreo cookies, whip cream, and chocolate syrup), you won’t be disappointed.
Address: 1703 Robson Street, West End
This Main Street dessert-only restaurant serves old fashioned, homemade desserts, pies and pastry in a quaint, intimate, and dimly lit setting. Indulge in treats like the Sweet Revenge — a torte-like cake, rich and dense, coated with dark chocolate ganache, or the Berry Trifle, comprised of sponge cake soaked in Grand Marnier, fresh berries, vanilla custard and whipped cream.
Address: 4160 Main Street, Riley Park
Vegan Pudding Co.
Guilt-free, hand-made dessert is what you can expect to find at Vegan Pudding Co.’s tiny walk-up window, located at 422 Richards Street. Priding itself on being the one and only vegan custard pudding store in Vancouver, Vegan Pudding Co. offers customers creamy cups of vegan, organic custard (great for those with allergies and food intolerances), which come in variety of flavours including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and matcha (green tea) and black sesame. Packaged in biodegradable containers, Vegan Pudding Co.’s custard based dessert lasts a week refrigerated, so you can stock up on flavours a week at a time.
Address: 422 Richards Street
Rain or Shine
If ice cream is your thing don’t resist the temptation for a scoop or two at Rain or Shine. Made-from-scratch, Rain or Shine’s ice cream is generously scooped into either a cone, cup, handy pints to-go, and on Tuesday’s tacos — a waffle cone tacos that is. Enjoy a range of the ice cream joint’s signature flavours, which include London Fog, Cracked Mint, Honey Lavender, and Blueberry Balsamic, in addition to their seasonal specials.
Address: 102–1926 West 4th Avenue, Kitsilano
Address: 3382 Cambie Street