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Feb 22, 2008 09:25 PM

Calgary bakeries?

I'm looking for some really nice baked goods... sweets like tarts and things. Charlie's bakery is closed now, and that's where I used to get things. Does anyone know any really good bakeries in Calgary? Thanks!

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  1. Ladybug Organic & Belgian Bakery at Calgary Farmers Market and 510 42 Avenue SE (403) 287-1137 (comes closest to Charlie's imho)

    Rustic Sourdough Bakery also at CFM and 1305 17 Avenue SW (403) 245-2113

    and I'd also recommend Manuel Latruwe Belgian Patisserie 1333 1st Street SE (403) 261-1092 (MacLeod Trail South) at the south end of the same building as Bernard Callebaut....unfortunately ML's is under renovations right now and while signs say they're open 02/07/2008 renos were far from finished as of late last week.

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    1. re: maplesugar

      Sarcee Bakery at 37st SW, just off Glenmore is under new ownership
      & I hear great plans for this place.

      I also like Lakeview Bakery, Biankys (where Eiffel Tower used to be), Patisserie du Soleiel & City Bakery. In fact there is a decent selection of bakeries scattered around our city.

      1. re: graemejw

        I can't believe I left out Lakeview! Thanks graemejw :) And I'm curious about Biankys it in the old NW Eiffel Tower location or is it on 17th Av?

        Edit: I should also add Lina's to the list - I love their cannolies :)

        1. re: graemejw

          I used to really enjoy the Baguettes (sp?) at Eiffel Tower. In light of their demise, any suggestions?

        2. re: maplesugar

          I went to Ladybug, thank you for the recommendation! The creme brulee really was to die for. :)

        3. I like the cheese buns from Glamorgan Bakery. Haven't tried much else other than the florentines which are also good.

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          1. re: sharonanne

            I live almost next door to Glamorgan Bakery so I drop in..well, probably more than I should. I agree with the florentines, also really like the cake squares, vanilla slice, donuts and I think they make the best rum balls anywhere. Their lemon meringue pie is good too and they have that in tarts as well as the butter variety (sorry, not a big tart fan so not much help there).

            I also like the sweeties from Lazy Loaf and Kettle in Parkdale (8 Parkdale Crescent NW), especially the white and chocolate mousse in a chocolate cup and I'll go out of my way for their oatmeal raisin cookies (and I don't even like raisins).

            Also agree with the suggestion for Ladybug—wonderful creme brulee.

            1. re: sharonanne

              oh my gawd, we got a dozen of these (cheese buns from Glamorgan)- they are amazing... heat them up, even for 10 secs in the microwave, they're like the "brown and serve" rolls we had when I was a kid on Thanksgiving and Easter, melt in your mouth goooood.

              1. re: sharonanne

                I went to Jr. High at the school across Richmond Road from the Glamorgan Bakery, and ate their cheese buns at least weekly during that period. I think they have backed off on the cheese a little in recent years, which is probably a good thing, I remember the brown bag being wet with grease when I got back to school from a lunch time run. It may not be the fanciest European-style bakery out there, but they do some things very, very well, florentines included.

                In high school I worked for one of the garages next door to the Lakeview Bakery, which is also very good, and the ladies who work there are almost over the top in their English pleasant-ness. I haven't been back there for probably close to 5 years, but I remember it being very good.

                1. re: Bobatt

                  I know the Glamorgan very well. My wife, both my sisters-in-law and a dozen or so of my friends used to work there when they were younger. I tell ya, I had a good deal going. My wife and I were dating when she worked there and I used to swing by, set up camp in the back and eat...and eat...and eat some more. They have a good thing going there. It's not too fancy, but it gets the job done. The cheese buns are what made them famous. My other favorites are the florentines and their cakes (with the awesome goodness that is custard layer in the middle) are great too.

                  A bunch of people I used to work with always raved about a place called Gunthers. I think it was in Forest Lawn. Once in a while somebody would bring in some pastries or a cake from there and it was pretty good too.

              2. You already know about Ladybug, but you may want to also try Nectar Desserts ( Expensive, but the tarts are exquisite.

                Best cakes are still from Brulee downtown at 722 11 Ave SW (403) 261-3064 (Only open from Wed-Sat). Sticky buns are terrific as well (go Sat. morning for the best variety).

                1. Nectar in Inglewood is great. Also, they make ice cream. I highly recommend the caramel and sea salt and the ginger ice creams.

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                  1. re: sweeterpea

                    Has anyone tried Eiffel Tower Bakery on 17th Ave? What sort of things do they have?

                    1. re: Jasz

                      They don't make anything- closed. Replaces with Bianky's, which so far doesn't impress me but I haven\t been sinceshortly after they opened.

                      We're big Rustic Sourdough fans here- nice deli and some of their products are amazing- their "bee sting" (Bienenstich for you German speakers) cake is heaven, they have lovely pound cakes, and many of their breads are terrific. They make a a black 100% rye that is just superb with a schmeer or butter and a slice of cheese and ham- the perfect German breakfast.

                      1. re: John Manzo

                        Thanks for the heads up—I kept meaning to go down and try it but I guess I missed the boat.

                        1. re: John Manzo

                          mmm that is what I want for breakfast now.