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Jan 31, 2014 10:40 PM

Breka Opening Downtown?

Flying by the intersection of Davie & Hornby on my bicycle earlier in the week I swear I saw a sign for Breka opening up on the NE corner where the old Bread Garden was.

Anyone spotted this?

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  1. Apparently it's been open for a bit -- I called in Dec to see if they were going to be stocking the bee sting cake which is Breka's topnote IMO. And they are. Haven't tried it from there yet though.

    1. There's a Breka on Bute just south of Robson too. Also a former Bread Garden location. Open 24 hours I believe.

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      1. re: Anne M

        OK-Thanks for that there are two-or are going to be two downtown-the one I saw still had the windows papered.

        Their website makes reference to 'our bakeries' but the link is dead.

        1. re: Sam Salmon

          Oops maybe it was the Bute one I called. Sorry about that!

          1. re: Sam Salmon

            Yes I just went by the one on Hornby this morning on the bus and the windows are still papered.

          1. Their red velvet cake is quite good !

            I've always wondered if there are others in Metro who makes as good (and cheap) of a bienenstich as Breka.

            Now that all three locations are open 24/7, somehow it reminds me of the "old" Bread Garden (not its current iteration as BG Urban Cafe). How my wife (my GF at the time) and I spent many moons at their original W.1st location in the wee hours, chatting. If not at Sweet Confections on Alma. Or The Fresgo Inn on Davie ......

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            1. re: LotusRapper

              Stopped by the Davie Breka and nabbed a biesenstich cake for $12.50 today. I haven't bought one from Fraser for a while so not sure if that is the same price but a really good value regardless. They have lovely carrying boxes that mimic the super fancy ones from Thomas Haas but in the more recyclable (and affordable) brown paper. Very chic! Kinda like this but in the natural brown:

              1. re: grayelf

                Hope that'll make up for the meh donuts you had at Cartems.

                I'm 95% sure the biesenstich on Fraser is only $10 (or 9-something). Either way it's heavenly.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  $12.50 at Fraser too, just confirmed telephonically. Parking is a pain near the Davie one but it is more on my usual Habitrail so nice to know there is no price discrepancy between outposts. It's going to be a birthday cake tonight so hope it's as good as always!

                  1. re: grayelf

                    Gasp. The price must have gone up since my last purchase of it (last summer ?).

                    Yeah it would make a nice light b-day cake. Enjoy !!

                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      I thought it was a bit less last time I got one too, but honestly it still feels underpriced to me for the size and quality. Not really a fan of anything else I've tried at Breka but this one's a keeper.

                      1. re: grayelf

                        Their sugared donut, French cruller and apricot donut are pretty good:


                        I only like yeast donuts and theirs are always fluffy and light.

                        Their banana loaves are awesome, and I've not had their lemon loaf or chocolate banana pudding loaf, but at $6.50 they are great value (the loaves are quite substantial):


                        I've not had their cornish pasty but always been tempted to pick one up.

                        1. re: LotusRapper

                          Thanks for the tips -- I eyed the cruller as that is the pater's fave doughnut; good to know it would be a worthy offering, maybe for Father's Day (and I will have an apricot one, please and thank you :-) -- apricot strudel at Baguette and Co is also excellent if you like things apricot)