Best dessert-only spots in Vancouver
By Vancity Buzz
Catering to the sweet tooth, this artisanal patisserie, on Homer Street, explores traditional French-inspired recipes and flavours while handcrafting desserts and cakes to more contemporary palettes.
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’s dial.
f 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.
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.
The Pie Shoppe
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.
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.
Glenburn Soda Fountain
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.
This dedicated desserterie is a popular go-to spot, for those in dire need of cake. Offering unique home-style desserts including cake slices, cheesecake, pie, tarts and trifle, True Confections promises to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
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.
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.
Situated in Coal Harbour this dainty 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.
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.
Nero Belgian Waffle Bar
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.
This Main Street dessert-only restaurant serves old fashioned, homemade desserts, pies and pastry in a quaint, intimate, and dimly lit setting.
Vegan Pudding Co.
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.
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.