SweetSalt Bakery is one of our go-to cafes/restaurant! Okay, it’s only a five-minute walk from my house, but I think you’ll love it too. It’s a must to add to your list of where to eat in Vancouver especially if you have little kids.
“I’ve Always Shared my Baked Goods”
The owner of SweetSalt Bakery and Cafe, Hanna Wolff, is a mom herself and she knows how valuable it is to have a place where you and your rambunctious toddler can feel welcome. Though she lives just a few blocks away from her new bakery cafe, she originally comes from southwestern Germany. Hanna has dreamed of running a bakery since she was a child. After she moved to Canada, Hanna really missed the hearty breads from back home. Like most Germans, bread is central to shared meals: “You connect over a piece of bread and butter. Bread is essential!”
Where to Eat in Vancouver for a Taste of Germany
Much of the menu at SweetSalt is inspired by the hearty breads Hanna’s family would eat during the wine harvest, like Flammenkuchen. (It’s a flat bread traditionally topped with ham, onions and soft, unripened cheese). Other savoury options at SweetSalt are traditional German pretzels, which are soft and dense inside, sprinkled with coarse salt; a variety of artisanal breads and buns (the oat rye sourdough is particularly tasty and moist for such a hearty loaf), as well as some tasty sandwiches. The Alpengluhen sandwich (ham and swiss) accompanied by mixed greens looked small when it arrived, however its dense pretzel bun was stuffed with more than enough meat and cheese: plenty for lunch.
Pastry to Die For
I’ve been back several times in the last few weeks (did I mention SweetSalt is dangerously close to my house?) trying more of their sweet offerings, including various types of cookies, notably the green tea shortbread. The chocolate bun, a simple light bread with chocolate chips in it, would be lovely dipped in hot chocolate for breakfast. Their danishes are the best I’ve ever had in my life (apparently the baker at SweetSalt is actually from Denmark) and I’ve also enjoyed the same flaky, light pastry in the apple strudel and the rosemary olive tapenade spirals. This is where to eat in Vancouver for some seriously delicious pastry.
Besides being a stylish place for you to get a coffee or a cup of tea with a pastry, SweetSalt is a great place to bring your kids too. When she planned SweetSalt, Hanna included a number of features that make the cafe truly child-friendly. The play area at the front of the bright and sunny cafe offers a well-stocked toy kitchen, a little table and shelves full of wooden toys and books. The counter wraps all the way around the kitchen and is closed off with a gate, keeping curious little people safe. Everything on the countertops is protected by a glass partition, so little fingers can’t pull items down on their heads. The washroom has a change table, of course. However, what’s probably the most important aspect of SweetSalt is that nobody will give you the stink-eye when you and your friends’ three toddlers are doing laps in the front of the cafe.
SweetsSalt’s baked goods are made with quality ingredients and organic flours and the prices are affordable. Buns start at $0.90, cookies are $1 each, most of the pastries are $2.50 each and the artisanal breads vary from $4 to $6.50. SweetSalt is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Tuesday to Saturday
SweetSalt Bakery and Cafe
Lisa Corriveau is our East Side Contributor. When not writing, she can often be found at the park chasing her little boy, sewing clothing, cycling, reading just about anything, performing on stilts, eating chocolate or drinking craft beer. (Sometimes several of the above simultaneously.) Lisa lives car-free in East Van, with toddler, husband and a few bikes. You can also find her on her blog, The Sprog.