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Patisseries & Chocolate Shops in Vancouver?

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I will be in Vancouver the first week of October and would like to check out a few patisseries and chocolate shops.

Any recommendations?

I am also hooked on French Macarons. What places should I try to find the perfect macaron?

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I would visit Thomas Haas, he makes everything from scratch, including his soft drinks. I have taken classes from him, and he's great teacher in addition to being a very talented chef. His philosophy is that maybe only 2 people out of 20 can tell the difference between good chocolate and great chocolate -and he wants to cater to those two people. You can see more on his Facebook Page.

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

I will try to visit as many as I can and report back

Can't wait to hear about it. It's been a few years since I've been out that way. Really liked Chocolate Arts, wasn't a huge fan of Haas.

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I agree with gingerpeachy. Thierry's macarons met my high standards when I tried them a couple months ago - flavours included lime (there was lime zest in the buttercream), passionfruit, strawberry rhubarb, apricot pistachio, coffee and milk chocolate. The vegetable quiche was surprisingly excellent - the consistency of the egg was flan-like (not overcooked as it often is), and the crust was buttery & crumbly but not heavy, with a layer of toasty cheese on the bottom.

As for croissants, lots of people feel that Thomas Haas has the best almond croissants - they are double-baked, flaky & so rich. Bonus: you can call & order them ahead of time so you don't have to wait for them to bring out the next batch (they often run out).

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Faubourg in Kerrisdale is great.

Some of my favourite confections are made by Wendy Boys of Cocolico. She doesn't have a storefront, but she often attends events or gives classes, or you can contact her through cocolico.ca. She also makes macarons!

I think Edible Canada on Granville Island sells some Wendy Boys products.



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