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European Bakeries (Vancouver area)

quatrofromaggio Nov 17, 2010 07:02 AM

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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    YVRChow Nov 17, 2010 08:03 AM

    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
      quatrofromaggio Nov 17, 2010 03:34 PM

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

      1. re: YVRChow
        fmed Nov 17, 2010 06:51 PM

        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
          grayelf Nov 17, 2010 08:34 PM

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

          1. re: grayelf
            grayelf Nov 24, 2010 09:57 AM

            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
          curlygirl13 Nov 17, 2010 09:06 PM

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

          1. re: curlygirl13
            Georgia Strait Jan 21, 2011 09:06 PM

            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
              VanCosta Mar 15, 2011 07:09 PM

              My favorite bakery in Van. Great selection!!

          2. LotusRapper Nov 17, 2010 09:00 AM

            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.

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              Philx Nov 18, 2010 08:04 AM

              Baguette and Co on Broadway as well.

              1. quatrofromaggio Nov 18, 2010 06:38 PM

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

                1. LotusRapper Jan 17, 2011 02:46 PM

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

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

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                    cucinelle Jan 17, 2011 11:25 PM

                    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
                      curlygirl13 Mar 15, 2011 10:27 PM

                      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
                        ck1234 Mar 15, 2011 11:19 PM

                        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
                          islandgirl Mar 16, 2011 04:39 PM

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

                          1. re: islandgirl
                            ck1234 Mar 16, 2011 04:54 PM

                            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
                          grayelf Mar 16, 2011 12:23 PM

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

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