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Local's guide: Canada's best sweet treats and desserts

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Local's guide: Canada's best sweet treats and desserts

Canada offers up unique experiences that you won't find in any guidebook -- you just have to know where to find them. To help you explore like a local, we've asked friends from across the country to share their top spots and experiences from the cities they call home. Bundled by interest or passion, consider this your local's guide to travelling through the country's vibrant cities and boundless wilderness.

Thanks to Scott BakkenExternal Link Title, Jason FitzExternal Link Title, Callum SnapeExternal Link Title, Stoked for SaturdayExternal Link Title, Jason FrenetteExternal Link Title, and Joann PaiExternal Link Title for their local tips.


Canada is really sweet. Oh, and there’s great café treats and baked goodies too. Canada’s diverse heritage has evolved into a true café culture where boulangeries, patisseries, and more serve up world-class noshes.

Beaucoup Bakery - Vancouver

Encore s'il vous plaît

Owner Jackie Kai Ellis trained in Paris before opening Vancouver's Beaucoup BakeryExternal Link Title. Classic French viennoiserie and pastries are Beaucoup's trademarksExternal Link Title and rival the best patisseries in Paris. The flaky croissants can't be missed, but locals also recommend the kouign amman, a Breton cake with a heavenly combination of dough, butter, and sugar.

Village Ice Cream - Calgary

Small-batch, big flavour

Our local insider says their favourite tradition on hot summer nights (or after any dinner, really) is stopping by Village Ice CreamExternal Link Title to grab a cone with friends. Village serves up artisanal, small-batch ice cream one scoop at a time. When you see the line on 10th Avenue, you know you're there. It's probably the best ice cream you'll ever have so the wait is no surprise. 

Duchess Bake Shop - Edmonton

Baked goods fit for royalty

Come to Duchess Bake ShopExternal Link Title in Edmonton for a taste of Paris in the prairies. Even with two locations this spot serves up such delicious desserts and sweet treats that it's almost always packed. Try their macaron and ?clair, and if you're looking for something extra special, stop by for one of their baking classes so you'll never be without a pastry.

Basho - Vancouver

Cozy Japanese café

You probably haven't had Japanese baked goods before. That's okay, but you're going to want to have them all the time after visiting BashoExternal Link Title. Basho is a small and intimate family-run cafe that feels like home. In fact, the furniture, dishware, and coasters were all built by the owners. The Japanese baked goods (especially the cookies!), coffee, tea, and small lunch menu are local favourites. And the place is incredibly Instagram-worthy.

The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar - Halifax

Sweets and spirits

For a sweet dessert and a nightcap after an adventurous day in Halifax, stop by The Middle Spoon Desserterie & BarExternal Link Title. This favourite has some of the best desserts and cocktails in the city. Looking for a local-approved choice? Pair the chocolate lava cake with a martini.

Boulangerie Guillaume - Montreal

Hyperlocal French bakery

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Boulangerie GuillaumeExternal Link Title is our local's very favourite bakery in all of Montreal. And that's saying a lot for a city chock full of amazing boulangeries. With artisanal chef Guillaume VaillantExternal Link Title at the helm crafting deliciously flaky baguettes and croissants, it's not surprising that Boulangerie Guillaume has earned that title, as well as major accolades in the city's food scene.

Moo Moo’s Ice Cream - St. John’s

We all scream

You won't be able to miss Moo Moo's Ice CreamExternal Link Title in the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. This institution of ice cream on Canada's east coast is covered in cow print. On the inside, you'll find a ton of flavours to choose from -- they rotate frequently so you can always try something new. No matter what, your sweet tooth will be left satiated after sampling their creamy ice cream.

Hof Kelsten - Montreal

Jewish and French delights

Another Mile EndExternal Link Title institution, Hof KelstenExternal Link Title combines Montreal's French heritage and large Jewish population by baking Jewish and French pastries in an exquisitely-designed interior. Plus, they offer some of the best brunch fare in the 'hood.


Mixing cultural traditions and techniques, Canada's plethora of bakeries, pastry shops, and caf?s offer true sidewalk salvation for locals and visitors year-round.