I’m crazy about baked goods, cakes, breads and all things sweet. One of my favourite things about Germany is the abundance of bakeries all over the country offering the freshest, most delicious treats hot from the oven.
Despite my love of German bakeries, I love visiting bakeries in my native Canada since the selection is quite different from what is offered in Germany. During my recent visit home, I stopped by some old favourites and checked out some new ones as well. Here’s a list of some of my favourite bakeries in British Columbia, specifically in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.
Butter Baked Goods – Vancouver
I have been dreaming of visiting Butter Baked Goods for years – I don’t know why it took me so long to finally make it there! I follow their feed on Instagram and bought their first cookbook called Butter Baked Goods online in Germany shortly after it came out. I’ve been a longtime fan of their homemade Oreo sandwich cookie since I first discovered it in a grocery store in Vancouver and am delighted that I can now make one (or several) for myself using the cookbook when homesickness strikes.
I finally got a chance to check it out last week and let me tell you, it was worth the wait. Beautiful displays of large, homemade cookies and creative bars await you as you enter the main door. Around the corner, you can order a freshly made sandwich, coffee or slice of cake to enjoy at the little tables set up inside the bakery. We bought a pack of day-old cookies to share so we could sample a variety of flavours – snickerdoodles, gingersnaps, chocolate white chocolate chunk, nutty chocolate chip and more. I’ll be dreaming of those cookies from Germany!
Duft & Co. Bakehouse – Abbotsford
I first learned about Duft & Co. Bakehouse when I was researching new lunch places in downtown Abbotsford. I got a chance to check it out with my Mom on a Saturday morning back in July after we visited the local farmers’ market in town. The enticing bakery smells wafting down the street lured me inside and the long lineup tipped me off to its enormous popularity with the locals. The man in front of us in line ordered a couple of boxes full of different pastries to take home – cinnamon buns, scones, danishes, you name it. My Mom and I both ordered an enormous ham and cheese croissant that was as flaky and scrumptious as could be. I will definitely be going back for more next time I’m in Abbotsford!
Harvest Store and Cafe – Chilliwack
My friend Nicole and I stumbled upon this fun and spacious bakery/cafe in downtown Chilliwack one weekday afternoon. We went in for lunch but were immediately dazzled by the baked goods on display. The cinnamon buns were humongous and the donuts were lusciously sinful (maple bacon donut, anyone?). Harvest Store and Cafe offers a wide range of freshly made breakfast and lunch options including eggs benedict, waffles, sandwiches, fancy grilled cheese, soups and more, as well as tempting daily specials on their chalkboard.
The Old Country Market – Coombs
The Old Country Market in Coombs is legendary – travellers from all over the world come to visit this quirky market known for its goats grazing on the grass roof.
I could spend hours inside the Old Country Market browsing the aisles of international foods (Italian pastas, Thai curries, American hot sauces – the list goes on). The best part of the Old Country Market is definitely the bakery, though. It’s been reduced in size a bit over the years, but this bakery still offers a huge display case full of sweet and savoury pastries including rich lemon tarts, delicate cinnamon straws, rocky road brownies, red velvet cupcakes, cafe-style cookies and much more. Their amazing cheese bread is sold unsliced in brown paper bags – choose from jalapeño cheddar (my favourite), herb and cheese, garlic cheese, rosemary cheese….please just choose at least one! You won’t regret it.
Old Town Bakery – Ladysmith
This is the only bakery that I haven’t actually visited in person but that is still completely worthy of being on the list of my favourite bakeries in BC. For the past two years, our friend Terry has bought boxes of specialty cinnamon buns from the Old Town Bakery in Ladysmith, a small town on Vancouver Island, to share with everyone during our family and friend summer holiday in Parksville. I love cinnamon buns in a big way and have even sought them out in Sweden and Austria to get my fix. I have also joked about flying all the way to Canada or the US just for an ooey gooey cinnamon bun with cream cheese icing.
These Old Town Bakery cinnamon buns are unreal. There are a variety of unique flavour combinations to choose from, including almond, peanut butter cream cheese (my absolute favourite), raspberry ginger, chocolate pecan, cream cheese poppyseed and more. (I am crying inside a little right now just thinking about them). Terry tells us that the cinnamon buns are so popular that they often sell out by noon each day. I believe him. Of course the bakery also sells sugar cookies, scones, freshly baked bread and much more, but the biggest draw for customers is definitely the legendary cinnamon buns.
Do you have a favourite bakery? What item do you always buy there? Let me know in the comments below!