One of the best parts of the holiday season is the sweet treats that comes with it.
Whether it’s the Christmas stollen from your favourite neighbourhood bakery, or the Bûche de Noël and ganache-filled truffles you can never seem to stay away from – most of us can’t deny the simple bliss that sugary sweets bring us during this time of year.
Here are 44 places to find holiday treats in Vancouver.
This year at Chez Christophe choose from bonbon-filled chocolate art sculptures in a variety of shapes like the ‘Slippery Penguin sliding down Grouse Mountain’ or ‘Bear Hug’ featuring a brown bear beside a Christmas Tree, Swiss Gingerbread Biscômes, Snowman Chocolate Tarts, Christmas-flavoured Chocolate Bars, and Bûche de Noëls available for pick-up December 24th and 25th.
Address: 4717 Hastings Street, Burnaby
Beaucoup’s seasonal pastries can be picked up fresh in store or pre-ordered for special occasions. Choose between sweets like the Lemon Chestnut Croissant, Roasted Mushroom Chestnut Tarte, Coffee Mont Blanc, or the Chestnut Panettone Feuilletée. Customers can also order from the Beaucoup Holiday Menu which includes the classic Butter Croissant, Pain au Chocolat, Petit Pain au Chocolat, Kouign Amann, Almond Double Baked Croissant, Chocolate Almond Double Baked Croissant, and Cinnamon Scrolls.
Address: 2150 Fir Street, Vancouver
3. Giovane Cafe
For the holidays Giovane will feature a Cranberry Pistachio sugar bun which will be available through the month of December. This sugar bun is filled with a pistachio-flavoured pastry cream and a cranberry and orange compote and then rolled in red and green sugar.
Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
4. Thierry Cafe
Enjoy Chef Thierry Busset’s selection of treats including his famous Buche de Noel available by advance order only and pick-up on December 23rd and December 24th. There are many other festive pastries and treats coming to Thierry throughout the month of December, and right now you can sip on the cafe’s delicious holiday drinks such as the Salted Caramel Latte, Pomme Caramel Latte, and Americano Espinhoso made with espresso, caramel, whip cream, salted caramel drizzle, and a shot of vodka.
Address: 1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
All the winter flavours from the pie shoppe look amazing, but the Grapefruit and Sweet Vermouth Pie made with Odd Society Spirits is a must-try. With over a dozen other flavours including Okanagan Pear with Walnut-infused Bourbon Caramel, Dark Chocolate, and East Van Plum and Amaretto, the Pie Shoppe is a one-stop shop for all your desserts this season.
Address: 1875 Powell Street, Vancouver
Ladurée macarons will make you feel like you’re in the original Parisian tea house in France. Choose from new seasonal flavours like coconut and lime, chocolate hazelnut, and blackcurrant violet, or from the nine other signature flavours available in collectable gift boxes. You can also pick up jam, chocolate, tea, nougat, toffees, and rich Ladurée hot chocolate at this spot.
Address: 1141 Robson Street, Vancouver
7. Beta 5
Beta 5 has unveiled their extensive holiday collection which includes a wonderful new variety of flavours. Check out the Holiday Chocolate Collection, Christmas in Paris, the Peppermint Crunch, Peppermint Patties, Spiced Praline Pecans, or Beta 5’s Lump of Coal: a mixture of dark rum caramel, eggnog ganache, spiced pecan praline, in a 63% dark chocolate shell, topped with cocoa powder and coconut ash.
Address: 413 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
Made from scratch and made to please, Black Rook Bakehouse has all the classic pies and turnovers you need to make the holiday season a memorable one. From pumpkin to warm apple pie, Black Rook is a solid place to head when you’re in charge of celebratory dessert.
Address: 2474 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
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Off The Grid has created their signature ‘Overflows’ in four new over-the-top winter flavours just in time for the holidays. Check out the Hot Nutella, Hot Strawberry, Hot Caramel, and Hot Matcha varieties which all come with a fresh OTG waffle.
Address: 2665 Kingsway, Vancouver
10. Wild Sweets
Head to Wild Sweets to check out the great variety of holiday treats available like the Venezuela Ocumare Chocolate ‘Bûche de Noël’, Crispy Chocolate Cherry Orange ‘Tea Cake’, Crispy Cherry Cake Ganache, or the various holiday cocoArt Sculptures that come in the form of trees, sleighs, snowmen, a Santa-sphere, and more.
Address: 12191 Hammersmith Way, Richmond
This season The Sweet & Savoury Pie Company has all the classics and some innovative flavours too – like this Orange Sweet Potato Pie with sweet rosemary crust.
Address: 2661 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
This year Butter is offering Snow Globe Cookies, Gingerbread Cookies, Fruit Cake, Candy Cane Cake, and their signature ‘Yum Balls’, made from rum and chocolate with sprinkles. These are just a few of Butter’s tasty offerings this holiday season.
Address: 4907 Mackenzie Street, Vancouver
It wouldn’t be the holidays if you didn’t have at least a few treats from Purdy’s 2016 holiday collection. Whether you pick up baskets, boxes, or individual treats like the Christmas English Toffee, Georgia Browns, Egg Nog Truffles, and Fruit Jellies, you’ll be happy you checked out the extensive holiday selection from one of Vancouver’s favourite chocolatiers.
14. Cakes by Anjan
This season, Cakes by Anjan is offering an eight-piece Cookies n’ Cream chocolate pack and a three-piece Christmas cookies set all made from scratch. Head to any holiday dinner with these goodies in tow and you’ll surely be invited back next year.
This year the holiday lineup at Lucky’s includes exciting festive flavours like Eggnog Snowball, Stollen Bismarck, Christmas Pudding Bismarck, Mont Blanc Bullseye, Christmas Wreath, After Eight Old Fashioned, Cherry Old Fashioned, Gingerbread Old Fashioned, and a Chocolate-Filled Ornament Doughnut.
Address: 2902 Main Street (Forty Ninth Parallel Café), Vancouver
Address: 2198 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
16. Acme Cafe
Aside from boasting a killer pumpkin pie, this cafe has a pie happy hour from 2 to 4pm on weekdays. You can also pick up seasonal treats like this Chocolate Baileys Cake and Acme’s daily pie selection of fruit, custard, or nut.
Address: 51 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
17. Faubourg Paris
Faubourg’s selection of holiday treats this year includes four unique versions of the Parisian bûches for Christmas 2016. Head pastry chef Ricardo Rosas has created festive Yule Logs including Bark Chocolate Tarragon Mousse and Salted Caramel Mousse. Other treats available include a Christmas Truffle Tree, French Gingerbread, Holiday Stollen, along with pastries like these ornate Christmas Ornaments, Candy Cane Macarons, and Viennoiseries – a homemade danish croissant with eggnog pastry cream and nutmeg crumble on top.
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18. Cadeaux Bakery
This year Cadeaux has a huge selection of holiday goodies to choose from such as Yule Logs (in flavours like dark chocolate and Grand Marnier as well as rum and eggnog), Gingerbread People, Minty Meringues with Chocolate, Damask Sugar Cookies, a Cookie Christmas Tree, Rum Balls, Mocha Candy Cane Cookies, and assorted truffles. Be sure to try the bakery’s festive drink offerings as well, like the Mint Chocolate Ganache Mochas, Mint Chocolate Ganache Hot Chocolates, and the Eggnog Latte.
Address: 172 Powell Street, Vancouver
This made to order service offers savoury and sweet pies for the holiday season. Try Savary’s Lemon Buttermilk or Strawberry Rhubarb pies at your Christmas dinner.
Address: 1533 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Facebook: Savary Island Pie Company
Cartems has some exciting new flavours for Vancouverites this holiday season including Mulled Wine, Chocolate Mint, Gingerbread, Egg Nog, Mint Chocolate, Cranberry Chestnut, a vegan Egg Nog stuffy, and a Sufganiyot donut for Hanukkah. Head to one of their three locations and grab a coffee and donut to kick off December.
Bon Macaron’s hand-painted macarons now come in seasonal flavours for the holidays. Try the Mulled Wine, Rum and Eggnog, Mint Chocolate, Gingerbread, Cranberry, Chocolate Orange, or Candy Cane-flavoured mini snowman macarons.
Address: Kitsilano location – 2823 West Broadway, Vancouver
Address: Granville Island Location – 545 – 1689 Johnston Street, Vancouver
22. Thomas Haas
Thomas Haas has a wide range of holiday treats to choose from like the Bûche de Noël which comes in eight delicious flavours: Champagne Truffle, Chestnut Mont Blanc, Chocolate Caramel, Crispy Chocolate Raspberry, Dark Orange Chocolate, Hazelnut Praline, Milk Chocolate Tiramisu, and Pistachio Sour Cherry. All flavours are available for pre-order and pickup is on December 23rd or 24th. Thomas Haas also offers a variety of chocolate sculptures and ornaments, along with holiday tree bark, Christmas stollen, chocolate gift boxes, and tons of stocking stuffers.
Address: 2539 West Broadway Avenue
Address: Unit 128, 998 Harbourside Drive, North Vancouver
23. Bel Café
The Bel Café’s holiday offerings are must-tries, like this white chocolate, cranberry, and orange cake – just one of many seasonal sweets you can get at this spot. Be sure to try the cafe’s new house made eggnog too.
Address: 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Order a pie for delivery from Her Majesty’s and you wont be disappointed. This North Van bakery serves up some seriously delicious pies including unique takes on deep dish apple pie, pumpkin pie, and chocolate pecan ganache.
Address: 107 Bowser Avenue, North Vancouver
Facebook: Her Majesty’s Pie Company
Expect traditional holiday treats made the way your Grandma used to make them from this spot. Batard Bakery’s seasonal selection includes cookies, cakes, and of course batches and batches of shortbread.
Address: 3958 Fraser Street, Vancouver
26. Karameller Candy
Karameller Candy is all decked out for the holidays with bright, tasty holiday candy. Grab a few bags of candy, chocolate, and licorice as stocking stuffers or as something to snack on before your holiday feasts. Green sour Christmas tree gummies for all!
Address: 30-1020 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Just because it’s colder outside doesn’t mean ice cream is off the menu, and how could it be with the arrival of tasty new holiday flavours from Earnest? Choose from Vegan Chocolate Peppermint, Vegan Maple Walnut, Cardamom, Rum + Egg Nog, Gingerbread, and Oatmeal Brown Sugar this December.
Address: 3992 Fraser Street, Vancouver
Address: 1829 Quebec Street, Vancouver
French Made Baking offers a variety of holiday macarons in Gingerbread Orange, Peppermint, Black Forest, and Eggnog, along with their stunning Yule Log Cakes available in three sizes. This ‘Matin d’hiver’ Yule Log consists of vanilla cheesecake filled with raspberry and blackcurrant mousse on a layer of almond cream and shortbread.
Address: 81 Kingsway, Vancouver
Phone: 604-558- 4880
29. Mink Chocolates
Mink Chocolates has some delicious boxes of the sweet stuff available from their holiday collection. Grab them as a gift or keep all the boxes for yourself, Mink’s hand-crafted bonbons and truffles are a holiday must.
Address: 863 West Hastings Street
30. Gourmand Macaron
Gourmand’s holiday macarons are just as beautiful as they are tasty. Whether as a gift or for a unique Christmas dessert, you can’t go wrong buying these little beauties.
Address: 260 East 5th Avenue,Vancouver
Soirette’s holiday collection takes Christmas spirit to a whole new level. Some of the treats available include the Soirette Mini Gingerbread House, holiday cakes, macarons, Mini Macaron Ornaments, a Bûche de Noëls in Matcha Raspberry Sleigh and Eggnog Chocolate Dream, and a selection of holiday cookies.
Address: 1433 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Holiday pies in all the classic flavours are ready to be ordered from Lime and Moon Pie Company this year. Head here to grab an organic pie for every occasion.
Address: 1066 Mainland Street, Vancouver
33. Gem Chocolates
Gem Chocolates is back with their whimsical holiday line up which includes chocolate Christmas figurines, handmade bonbons, and holiday ganache in seasonal flavours like milk chocolate-caramel, dark chocolate, and cinnamon ganache. Customers can also pick up hand made chocolate Mordecai Mensch’s for Hanukkah.
Address: 2029 West 41st Avenue, Kerrisdale
The Smallflower has some droolworthy holiday treats this year like this chocolate peppermint cake topped with Wishing Treats candy cane crumble. Keep an out of for more seasonal and daily festive treats.
Address: 47 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
35. Liberty Bakery
Liberty Bakery will be whipping up festive treats with their unique flare like these Totoro cookies done up for Christmas time. The bakery will be offering these individually and in small woven baskets with house made caramels.
Address: 3699 Main Street, Vancouver
East Village Bakery has a fantastic selection of Christmas goodies available this holiday season. All items from this spot are gluten free, so even those with dietary restrictions can have a sweet time with the bakery’s Gingerbread Peeps (vegan and gluten free), and no-sugar-added desserts like their holiday swirl cheesecake bars sweetened with Swerve. Customers can also find Mincemeat Tarts, Ginger Spice Cake, and Christmas Pudding.
Address: 2166 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Facebook: East Village Bakery
Order your holiday pies from Aphrodite’s and you wont be let down. Always organic and always in season, try winter varieties like Tourtiere, Turkey Pot Pie, or purchase classic flavours and cream pies in either regular or gluten free crust.
Address: 3598 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver (Pie Shop)
38. Bjornbar Bakery
Bjornbar’s selection of holiday items includes White Chocolate Candy Cane Bark, Pistachio and Almond Nougat, caramel corn, Christmas Tree Meringues, Snowman Marshmallows, biscotti, Chocolate Almond Bark, and a large selection of the bakery’s holiday BjornBars.
Address: 102 – 3053 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver
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40. The Pie Hole
You can buy The Pie Hole’s quality pies at multiple locations across Vancouver or in the shop itself. Be sure to keep an eye on what’s in stock when so you can land the perfect pie just in time for your holiday celebration.
Address: 401 Industrial Avenue, Vancouver
Facebook: The Pie Hole
One of the seasonal offerings you can get from Lisa Lou’s this year is hot chocolate made from house made chocolate ganache, topped with whipped cream, and finished with Lisa Lou’s salted caramel or chocolate drizzle. Hot chocolates can be ordered in chai, peppermint, or mocha flavours. You can also pick up Lisa’s Peppermint Patties here.
Address: 1007 Main Street, Vancouver
Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionary’s Festive Flavours Sundae Collection has launched with nine sundaes only available in December including ‘Down the Chimney’, ‘Hawaiian Holiday’, and ‘Santa’s Nightcap’. You can also expect merry milkshakes and festive floats, along with three seasonal ice cream flavours including candy cane, butter tart, and eggnog.
Address: 4090 Hastings Street, Burnaby
The Four Seasons Vancouver’s legendary Christmas Stollen is back. Head here to taste Chef Gerhard Weitzel’s decades-old secret recipe for the rich German Cake, which is available for purchase at the Festive Desk, or can be ordered by calling 604-692-4939.
Address: 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Railtown Cafe’s Pastry Chef Alex Abley will be offering a variety of delicious grab-and-go holiday treats, such as his Florentine Cookies made with vanilla shortbread, caramelized honey, orange zest, and almonds, Linzer Cookies with raspberry rosewater jam, and Vanilla Kipferl Cookies. Railtown also offers a wide selection of gluten-free treats for your seasonal get togethers.
Address: 397 Railway Street, Vancouver