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Jul 15, 2012 08:08 AM

Best French Bakery for Macarons, Cakes, Tarts, and Pastries in YVR?

I'm in the process of trying to decide which bakery to pick up some French desserts for a special occasion. I'd like to get a combination of smaller items. I've picked out Faugborgs, Thierry and Thomas Haas. Any suggestions on where to find the best macarons, tarts, etc. ? Thanks!

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  1. French Made Baking has macarons, canelé, and other goods

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    1. re: el_lobo_solo

      I don't care for the three places you've suggested. For me the best macaron are at Bel Cafe. I like the canele best at French Made per ELS' post. I've had several other items there that were quite tasty as well -- the lavender lemon tart for example.

    2. I've liked some of French Made Baking's macarons but not others (for instance, the earl grey is too sweet). I do like their canelés. I've only had two Faubourg macarons but what I had was good.

      If you happen to wind up at Ganache, avoid their canelés -- I should have known better as they were sold pre-bagged (3 to a bag) but I didn't think they'd allow such stale items to go out their door! Got none of that treasured crispness in the shell.

      Haven't been in a while but there's also Patisserie Bordeaux at 10th & Alma.

      1. Good suggestions, thanks! Where you all go for tarts and croissants? Any suggestions for unique/different cakes flavours?

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        1. re: famishedfoodie

          I like Patisserie Lebeau for tarts; lemon for example; their chocolate eclairs are nice and they make a raspberry/blueberry rice pie that I like. Patisserie Bourdeaux (noted above) makes some great cakes and croissants. Baguette and Co also has some nice tarts and croissants; I believe they make cakes by order.

          1. re: Philx

            Of the not-great croissant options in town, I quite like the butter ones from Patisserie Lebeau.

            Baguette and Co has teeny weeny versions of a bunch of their patisserie that are fun and tasty.

            1. re: grayelf

              Fieldstone in Crescent Beach has outstanding Croissants but it's a long way to just to grab a bun!