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Best Calgary bakeries recommendations please.

We have a bakery in small-town Southern Alberta, and are currently mixing up our product mix and decor. I've love your recommendations as to places in Calgary that are 'doing it right', particularly any with a wide product selection, and possibly a bakery-cafe concept (ie soups, sandwiches, breads and treats).

We'll only have a few hours to run around checking them out, so we'll have to limit ourselves to checking out the best we can find.

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  1. If you're looking for a café/bakery that's "doing it right" one example that comes to mind is Caffe Rosso just because they do all their baking in-house and I think more important is that the coffee part of their business is taken just as seriously as at Phil and Sebastian or any top-level coffeehouse. In fact Rosso is first and foremost a top-level coffeehouse. You can't have great baked goods and lousy coffee. Oh another great example of a first-rate coffeehouse that has excellent house-baked things is Bumpy's. There are lots of examples of coffeehouses with good food programs but most of those source their baking from Sidewalk Citizen or wherever.

    Speaking of Sidewalk Citizen- they're opening an actual storefront in Kensington by (or maybe inside of) Sunnyside Market so check that out!!!

    I know everybody's going to recommend that you follow the sort of example of Lazy Loaf and Kettle but I'm not as in love with the place as everybody else in Calgary seems to be.

    1. Oddly enough, the one place that comes to mind that fits your description is Loaf Bakery & Cafe in Fernie, BC. Great little place, good variety of bread and excellent use of small space. In Calgary, I totally agree with the Sidewalk Citizen rec.

      1. Go to a Superstore and pick up some Ace bread, particularly the baguette and the ciabatta lunga. The baggutte is the best in the country. It and the ciabatta sell out every day by mid afternoon. All Ace products are stellar.

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        1. re: Scary Bill

          Hi Scary Bill - sorry they removed your post. My fault - can't talk at all about my business - which I'm not trying to promote - I was only trying to establish why we're not looking for examples of bakery/cafes where the primary focus is coffee.

          So..... back to the basic question. Heading up to Calgary wednesday and would LOVE people to recommend freestanding (ie not affiliated with grocery stores) bakery/cafes where:

          A) most or all food is made onsite
          B) there is ready-to-eat product: soups, sandwiches, etc.
          c) small seating area if any
          d) places with a 'buy coffee and linger' model aren't what we're looking for - more 'soup nazi' than starbucks.

          Your recommendations mean a LOT to me.

          (For the moderators: I am looking for recommendations for businesses in Calgary. My business is several hundred kilometres away from Calgary. There are no identifying factors in this thread now. Alberta is a big province. Please consider before deleting this.)

          1. re: LocalBread

            Definitely check Sidewalk Citizen:

            http://sidewalkcitizenbakery.com/priv...

            Hours:

            Tuesday till Thursday: 10:30am till 1:30pm.

            Friday and Saturday: 10am till 3pm

            located at 5524 1A St. SW.

            1. re: LocalBread

              WildGrainz in Inglewood. The best bread I've had other than the forementioned ACE bread. Their croissants are the best I've had since the bakery in Kensington closed down many years ago.

            2. re: Scary Bill

              Yeah Ace is wonderful and it's great to have it in Calgary but I doubt the OP is looking for supermarket recos no matter how good the products are. Safeway is hitting home runs with some of their artisanal breads and they have THE BEST CRUSTY ROLLS in town, better than Rustic Sourdough sometimes, but I'd never think to reply to this with "check out the great breads they have now at Safeway" (or Costco, which does have awesome breads).

              1. re: plateofshrimp

                Local's initial post referred to "a bakery in small-town Southern Alberta, and are currently mixing up our product mix", hence I recommended a product line I thought he/she might find interesting.

                But thanks for thr criticism, Local probably found it very helpful as did I. My most humble apologies to you for offending you. I promise on my mother's grave I will never do it again.

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              1. My vote is for Patisserie du Soleil in Woodbine in the SW (24 St SW and Anderson Rd, just before it turns to 37 St )

                My other favourite is Eclair de Lune in Thorncliff. They make these amazing Mushroom Turnovers as well as some really awesome pastries.