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European Bakeries (Vancouver area)

I've been searching for a European-style artisan bakery / pastry shop. There is Chopain, but Manzano (in the Metrotown mall) is still my favorite - way better than Fratelli on Commercial, if you ask me. There must be more though... Does anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. A few pop to mind, although I'm not sure they are what you have in mind:

    - Ganache Patisserie
    - Patisserie Bordeaux
    - Patisserie Lebeau
    - Italia Bakery
    - Calabria Bakery
    - Transylvania Traditions
    - Romania Country Bread
    - Swiss Bakery
    - Mix the Bakery

    Hope that helps!

    Swiss Bakery
    143 E 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T, CA

    Patisserie Lebeau
    1728 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J, CA

    Ganache Patisserie
    1262 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B, CA

    Calabria Bakery
    5036 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5P, CA

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    1. re: YVRChow

      Thank you! I'll have to try them all out now :)

      1. re: YVRChow

        Great list!
        I'll add:
        Universal Bakery (Portugese)
        Thomas Haas
        Andy's Bakery (for their German Rye)

        Some new ones have opened or are opening soon (Steeve Raye, Thierry Busset, etc.)

        1. re: fmed

          Steeve Raye is open. A bit pricey but not bad. No bread.

          1. re: grayelf

            Here's a pic of what we had at the end of October -- white chocolate "stick", apple tart, brioche, plain croissant and their house made sweet nut mix.

        2. re: YVRChow

          And add La Baguette et l'Echalote (Granville Island) to the list too! :)

          1. re: curlygirl13

            yes, I agree. We went there the other day and the service is polite and knowledgeable and we very much enjoyed the toasted sandwiches ... like a panini but on baguette. Just the right combo of crispy outside and softer chewy bread on the inside. Well worth the 7 dollars/sandwich (could cut in half for a shared snack)

            the Margarite (spell?) bun "daisy" looks interesting and I will buy it next time to try. I didn't have any more room in my shopping bag this time.

            1. re: curlygirl13

              My favorite bakery in Van. Great selection!!

          2. There's also Notte's Bon Ton Bakery on W. Broadway between MacDonald and Alma. Service quality/attitude can be a real mix bag, though.

            1. Baguette and Co on Broadway as well.

              1. Thanks all for the ideas, this is exactly the type of list that I was hoping to get.

                1. Don't forget La Boulangerie on Burrard, and Boulangerie La Parisienne in Yaletown.

                  La Boulangerie
                  845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z2K6, CA

                  1. Brekka on 49th and Fraser, big on ryes and sourdoughs plus tons of cakes, pastries, strudels and all things German/European.

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                    1. re: cucinelle

                      mmmm yes, Breka. I'm a big fan of their "Bauernbrot" (dark german sourdough rye).

                      p.s. Added bonus: Breka is open 24 hours & there's always fresh bread on the shelves or coming out of the oven.

                      1. re: curlygirl13

                        Do you know if they sell German Meat Salad there? When I was in highschool at JO, there used to be a German deli around 45th & Fraser that sold this and it was sooo good. We'd just buy some buns and a container of it and have it for lunch. I was in love. I have not had it since then which is ancient history now but would love to find some again.

                        1. re: ck1234

                          They sometimes have fleischsalat (or do they call it weinersalat?) at Oyama on Granville Island

                          1. re: islandgirl

                            Thanks, I will be on the lookout next time I am there. There are so many different recipes I've seen on the internet. I want only the one that I had back then. :-)

                        2. re: curlygirl13

                          The biesenstich (beesting) cake is delightful at Breka too but call ahead as they don't always have it.