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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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    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.

      2. 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

        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.

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            Philx Nov 18, 2010 08:04 AM

            Baguette and Co on Broadway as well.

            1. 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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                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!!

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