Bakeries and patisseries bursting with goodness

Whether you can’t bake bread to save your life or simply believe cookies taste sweeter when there is no mess to clean up, there’s no shame in buying your loaves and baked goods from a pro. These bakeries and patisseries have the best treats in town.

Cobs Bread

100-11169 Ellerslie Rd SW, Edmonton, AB T6W 0E9

This bakery makes a whack-load of different breads, all free of added sugar, preservatives and colours. The menu varies each day, and includes chia flax, German rye, whole-wheat sourdough, pumpernickel and challah breads, as well as cheese and chive and apple butterscotch scones. In addition to all these awesome, wholesome breads, the bakers also whip up some sweet treats, such as traditional, cranberry orange and chocolate chip hot cross buns.

Wild Earth Bakery & Cafe

8902 99 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3V4

This cute bakery is an Edmonton institution. They cater to both celiac and non-celiac clients, with their great-smelling loaves, yummy tarts (a crème brulee tart? It’s like they read my mind!) and their especially good gluten-free monster cookies. The breads range from sort of sweet (pumpkin cranberry apple loaf, chocolate pecan zucchini loaf) to savoury (jalapeno cheddar loaf, garlic sticks). Cakes come by the slice or whole. And the scones, muffins and cinnamon buns are worthy of bringing to a baby shower.

Bonton Bakery

8720 149 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5R 1B6

Their chocolate macarons are utterly delightful, just because cocoa will practically ooze out of your pores after eating a few of these little treats. This French bakery makes more than 30 kinds of bread, bagels and buns, plus an assortment of dessert, including pies, cakes and tortes. The tarte hazelnut and tarte citron are both particularly popular for being as beautiful as they are yummy.

King of Dates Sweets & Bakery

21-9312 34th Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5X8

I found this Mediterranean bakery solely by chance one day, simply because it is next to my favourite Persian restaurant. It’s located in a strip mall on the south side but you need to seek it out, however long the distance. It’s filled with Lebanese and Mediterranean treats, ranging from dates dipped in chocolate and pistachio to baklava and cream puffs. The variety of treats is different from what you’ll find elsewhere, so go with an open mind and an empty stomach.

Duchess Bake Shop

10720 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H1

Known in Edmonton simply as “Duchess,” this shop is known to the rest of the world as Canada’s best patisserie, as per the National Post. There’s often a lineup out the door as people wait to get their fix of macarons, brioche pepin, pain au chocolat, eclairs and key lime tarts. And their croquembouche – I want this tower of hand-filled cream puffs covered in sugar and held together with spun sugar to be at my funeral one day. So that people will talk about it forever.

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