'Tis the season for treating! Deck your holiday table with all sorts of seasonal sweet treats found across Vancouver, from traditional cakes to innovative chocolates and much, much more. We've rounded up an array of incredible holiday treats you'll find in Vancouver this holiday season.
Of course you can find traditional French holiday pastries at Ladurée. They have large and small Buche de Noel cakes, and flavours include Pistachio Macaron; Rose and Raspberry Marie-Antoinette; Louise with soft milk chocolate biscuit, mousse, and cream milk chocolate; and Fleur Noire. They also have Scandinavian-themed macarons with red, white, and gold designs and motifs, and their classic macarons, all available in a variety of gift box options.
Maitre Chocolatier and Patissier Chef Thierry Busset of Thierry will make the holidays sweet with his signature Buches de Noel (in five festive flavours), holiday macarons (in cranberry, gingerbread and stollen flavours), and holiday chocolates, spiced tarts and Kugelhopf.
The legendary local pastry chef and chocolatier's 2018 holiday selection is spectacular as always. Featuring a tantalizing lineup of Buche de Noel, edible ornaments, a truffle tree, chocolate reindeer and angels, cookies, and their signature Stollen, Thomas Haas knows how to dazzle for the holidays.
Christmas Cake, a Chocolate Cherry Yule Log, boxes brimming with seasonal cookies, a mini-gingerbread theatre, and the most incredible set of intricately designed Nutcraker-themed macarons await at Soirette. The bakery has so many delightful holiday touches and design work showcasing Soirette's on-point flavours and pastry skills. Seriously, these macarons are almost too pretty to eat.
Look for seasonal scoops like Dark Chocolate Peppermint, Gingerbread Cookie, Irish Cream, Rum & Egg Nog, and Spruce Bud in rotation at their shops.
The 2018 collection at this social enterprise cafe and chocolate shop includes seasonal chocolate bars and truffles, small chocolate-coated treats, signature fresh bars, holiday confection and vegan chocolate boxes, and bagged caramel and toffee treats. Plus, new this season, East Van Roasters has introduced their very own stone-ground hot chocolate mix to take home. These sweet gifts really give back to the community, too.
This year’s treats include Chez Christophe’s signature Holiday Showpieces, Chocolate Lollipops, Holiday Truffles, Advent Calendar, Dragée, and Bûche de Noël. And, a special new feature this season: Chez Christophe invites budding chocolatiers to hone their craft with DIY Chocolate Bark Kits.
Mon Paris owner and pastry chef Elena Krasnova has created a delightful collection of chocolates, confections and pastries that promise to sweeten the season. Born from centuries of French holiday traditions, this year’s offerings include playful chocolate gifts, sumptuous stocking stuffers, gourmet advent calendars, seasonal chocolate bark and an exclusive lineup of decadent Yule logs.
This Vancouver Christmas tradition brings former Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver chef Gerhard Weitzel out of retirement to bake and share his decades-old secret stollen recipe. This famous German cake, rich with holiday spices and flavours, is available for purchase at YEW seafood + bar from now until Christmas Day.
Purdys has been making the holidays sweeter in Vancouver for decades. The locally-founded chocolatier has all the goods for a delectable season, from everyone's favourite Hedgehogs to gorgeous seasonal gift boxes. Their special holiday truffles include Egg Nog, Mandarin, and Gingerbread, and they have cute things like a chocolate Holiday Survival Kit and chocolate Santa lollies for stocking stuffers.
Giovane café + eatery + market at Fairmont Pacific Rim
Giovane café + eatery + market sweetens up the season with a selection of individual desserts, full size cakes, holiday bûche and stollen. As well, their beloved sugar bun is dressed up as Old Saint Nick with the 'Santa Belly' making its debut from Dec. 17-25. Pre-orders for cakes and sugar buns can be made through the festive desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 604-695-5557.
Lucky's is always baking up fresh doughnuts in fun new flavours, and for the holidays they'll be putting their Stollen and Egg Nog Snowball doughnuts in rotation at their shops.
In addition to Buche de Noel ice cream cakes (available in Mont Blanc or Candy Cane flavours and by pre-order only), this ice cream and treat shop has flavours like Pain d'Epices (gingerbread) and Egg Nog ice cream, along with candy cane meringues, egg nog lattes, and other sweet treats.
The holidays are sweet at Beta5, whether you've been naughty (i.e. a chocolate "Lump of Coal") or nice (seasonal artisan chocolate collections, peppermint crunch bars, or peppermint patties).
How does an Egg Nog Butterscotch shake sound? How about a Peppermint Malt? Festive flavours are on the menu at this beloved Burnaby soda fountain, and can be found in shakes, malts, sundaes, and scoops.
Get your advanced order in ASAP for their signature 10cm tall totally edible chocolate Rudolph, along with their assorted holiday flavour chocolates, and more.
The exquisite seasonal menu at Faubourg includes Buche de Noel in multiple flavours like Blackberry Lime or Milk Chocolate Earl Grey. They've got charming Polar Santa Bear sweets, Stollen, and traditional loaves of Pain d'epice as well.
The beautiful bakeshop has a slew of holiday-time treats available, including: shortbread, panettone, seasonal cakes and cupcakes, candy cane bark, mince tarts, gingerbread men, fruitcake, yule logs, and more.
Blogger and baker Fanny Lam is known for her beautiful boxes of holiday cookies. Order one online for the season, and dig into (or gift) this delightful array of shortbread, snow balls, ginger cookies, and more.