Food & WineBEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Bakeries

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Bakeries

BEST OF OTTAWA 2018: Bakeries
After over 20-years writing about life in Ottawa, we think we have
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By: Kat Walcott and Anna Jonas

Photo credit: Berry Tol via Google Maps

La Maison du Kouign-Amann - 101 A Schneider Rd.

Owned by Parisian baking enthusiast Fran Jung, La Maison du Kouign-Amann serves baked goods that are both delicious and visually beautiful. Their specialty is, of course, Kouign-Amann – a bite-sized, crispy pastry filled with various fillings such as lemon curd, Nutella and salted caramel. Additionally they also offer a wide selection of freshly baked breads, cookies, macarons, fruit tarts and much more.

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La Brioche Pastry & Bakery - 866 Bank St.

If you walk into La Brioche, you will surely walk out with a bag full of goodies. Their display is lined with mouth-watering cakes, baklava, croissants and much more. We promise you, you will not be able to leave with just one item. They also do amazing custom cake designs, so if you have a party coming up, give them a call!

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Moulin de Provence - 55 ByWard Market Square & 30 Metcalfe St.

In the historic ByWard Market building, Moulin De Provence is a local staple. This place truly has every dessert you could ever want, showcasing over 70 feet of pastries, cakes, danishes, tarts, loaves, squares and more. As if that weren’t enough, they also sell delicious sandwiches on squishy bakery fresh bread. Not in the market? No worries, they’ve recently opened a second location on Metcalfe! Let’s be honest, have you even been to Ottawa if you haven’t eaten one of their famous Obama cookies?

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Three Tarts Bakeshop - 464 Bank St. #3

Since they opened their doors in 1996, Three Tarts has been serving up some of the best sweet treats to the Ottawa community. Specializing in pies, cakes, squares, cookies and, of course, tarts, they are the perfect place to drop by to pick up some desserts for your holiday festivities. We personally love their selection of handmade decorated holiday cookies – so festive!

Photo credit: Art-is-in Bakery

Art-Is-In Bakery - 250 City Centre Ave. #112

Opened by star pastry chef Kevin Mathieson and his wife Stephanie, Art-Is-In’s freshly baked loaves and pastries taste as though they could have been flown in fresh straight from France. Brunch at their café consists of “elevated comfort food” in a space that’s a cross between a classic Parisian boulangerie and a trendy modern Brooklyn café. You can also find their products at several local farmers’ markets!

Photo credit: Stefano Rapisarda via. Google Maps

Bread & Sons Bakery - 195 Bank St.

One’s first inclination when ordering pizza is not normally to head to the nearest bakery, but the pizza at Bread & Sons is just that good. Unique toppings, quality cheeses and original sauces make their pies stand out. Other goods of note include breakfast sandwiches, banana chocolate chip muffins and babka.

Photo credit: The Black Walnut Bakery

The Black Walnut Bakery - 979 Cameron St.

This cozy artisan bakery in Cumberland village is well-known for their Viennese pastries and hearth bread. Owners by Isaac Fouchard and Myroslava Mykytyn try to source their flour locally whenever possible. The menu offers everything from broccoli cheddar bechamel croissants to raisin cinnamon egg bread, but their lemon raspberry buttermilk pies are a real crowd pleaser.

Photo credit: Strawberry Blonde Bakery

Strawberry Blonde Bakery - 114B Grange Ave.

Vegan desserts get a bad reputation, but the stereotype is proven wholly untrue at Westboro’s Strawberry Blonde Bakery. Everything they serve is vegan, as well as gluten-free and nut-free, so that no customer has to worry about cross-contamination and everyone is welcome. Yet even without butter or wheat, their baked goods taste just as, if not more, amazing than their counterparts. Their sin-a-mon buns and savoury scones are particularly incredible.

Photo credit: Sarah Fin via. Google Maps

Boko Bakery -  280 Elgin St.

There is nothing like a fresh garlic loaf from Boko Bakery to make you feel like everything is right in the world. The little shop on Elgin is a local favourite, mixing up creative flavour combinations with both traditional and international influences. You can’t help but stop by when you catch the sight of their gorgeous iced cookies in the window or the smell of warm chocolate wafting down Elgin Street.

Photo credit: Nicolas P. via Google Maps

Golden Baguette - 242 Bank St.

If you’re looking for a slightly different bakery experience, we recommend Golden Baguette! This Asian-owned bakery is known for its great selection of goods at amazing prices. They offer what you’d expect from any other bakery like fresh bread and decorated cookies, but also have a great selection of baguette sandwiches with Asian flavours like crackling pork and Vietnamese banh-mi. Most of their menu is under $10, so it is a great value for your buck!

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