Fact: Christmas cookies taste better when they’re in the shape of a snowman. Doughnuts taste better when they look like snowballs. And calories don’t count if you’re wearing a Santa hat while you’re eating. (We can dream, right?) In case you need an excuse to treat yourself over the holidays, here are some Vancouver bakeries and chocolatiers that are in the festive spirit and are serving up all sorts of delicious holiday goodies.
The best (and cutest) holiday treats in Vancouver!
Yes, those are holiday macarons! Trust Soirette to come up with a gorgeous array of holiday-inspired treats including delicate sugar cookies, whimsical macarons, and even a gluten-free but rich chocolate roulade with vanilla mousse and kirsch-soaked cherries! Is there nothing they can’t do?
1433 W Pender Street, Vancouver, 604-558-3308
Grounds for Coffee
Not only are their cinnamon buns the best in the biz, they go all out for the hols. This year’s Chocolate Candy Cane Cinnamon Buns (yes you read that right!) taste as good as they look and will be available Dec. 14 – Dec. 17. Get your order in stat!
2565 Alma St, Vancouver
The Pie Shoppe
If you aren’t up for baking, pick this tangy Pear + Cranberry beauty at The Pie Shoppe while you ogle all the other to-die-for perfect-for-the-holiday pies including Saskatoon Berry + Victorian Rhubarb and Salted Honey made with local honey.
1875 Powell St, Vancouver, 604.338.6646
Throughout December, try one or all four of these mouth-watering feature donuts: Gingerbread, Ice Wine Pecan, Holiday Nog Stuffies and the Millionaire’s Shortbread Stuffie.
Locations in Kitsilano (3040 W. Broadway), Mount Pleasant (2190 Main St.) and Downtown (534 W. Pender)
One of Vancouver’s best-known chocolatiers, Thomas Haas pulls out all the stops over the hols. Whether it’s a glorious Bûche de Noël, intricate chocolate Christmas trees, chocolate ornaments’ filled with dark chocolate enrobed salted caramels and smooth hazelnut praline crunch, or the above adorable hand-piped choco-pops, you can’t go wrong at this chocolate mecca. PS: Be sure to have an authentic hot chocolate while you’re there!
2539 W Broadway, Vancouver
Butter Baked Goods
Butter Baked Goods is a must-go at any time of year, but their holiday treats are a delicious delight over the hols. Think decorated sugar cookies in the shape of Santas, Grinch faces and snowmen, snowflakes and snow globes. They also have gingerbread cookies, mini gingerbread houses, and tons of classics from fruitcake and panettone, rum balls and shortbread to peppermint Nanaimo bars and chocolate bark.
4907 Mackenzie Street, Vancouver
BETA5 takes chocolate to the next level. One look at their chocolate creations and you’ll know why. Their shining seasonal collection is to die for and that’s not all, they’ve got signature cream puffs, chocolate bars and even a bust of Rudolph’s head, sprayed with a velvet chocolate spray, finished with a shiny red nose, fitted on a chocolate base. PS: Check out their brand spanking new Beta 2.0 cafe and chocolate shop!
Beta 2.0 409 Industrial Avenue
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).