Gluten-free desserts in Vancouver

A number of Vancouver bakeries have mastered the art of gluten-free baking and the results will convince even the most diehard dessert lovers. Whether you’re celiac or just generally trying to avoid gluten, here are some must-try desserts around town. [Photo © Yellow Pages / Pages Jaunes]

Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery Ltd

3385 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W6

Everything at this Cambie Street bakery is gluten free. Their selection of sweets is impressive, but Lemonade also has a winning roster of savoury breads and buns. The staff understand allergies and will go to great lengths to find a treat that works for you. Whatever you do, don’t leave without a lemon tart.

The Gluten Free Epicurean

633 E 15th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6

Visit this chic Mount Pleasant café for its cozy atmosphere and kid-friendly environment. Order your warm drink of choice and dive into one of the best gluten-free apple fritters around. In addition to ready-to-devour cookies, cakes and brownies, you’ll find a selection of to-go mixes so you can impress guests at your next dinner party with your baking “from scratch.”

East Village Bakery

2166 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5L 1V1

This artisanal boutique bakery is located in Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood. Best known for their light and fluffy cakes, all of East Village Bakery's creations, including their cookies, pies and danishes can be made without gluten. We love the pistachio cookies!

Panne Rizo

1939 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C8

Order a cup of tea and have a seat in this Kitsilano bakery and café. Panne Rizo has a full range of pastries, along with bread, sandwiches, pizza and crepes – and everything is 100 per cent gluten free. Top off your dessert with a scoop of homemade non-dairy ice cream. And be sure to try their delicious shortbread.

Bakery Sate

2879 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 0A6

Bakery Sate is not exclusively gluten free, but it does feature daily creative specials sans gluten. This modern French-style bakery has a full espresso and tea menu, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. So make yourself comfortable and order up a slice of their matcha black sesame cake.

Stuart's Bakery

420-1689 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

This long-standing institution in Granville Island Market is best known for its decadent desserts, artisan breads and macarons. But their gluten-free Bliss Balls are probably Vancouver’s best-kept secret. So be sure to pop a couple for the perfect fuel-up before an afternoon of shopping.

Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery

1025 Royal Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 1K3

You’ll find an abundance of bars, cakes and pies in this New Westminster shop. And if you can’t find what you’re craving, they’ll bake it to order. The Cloud 9 bakers claim the secret to light and fluffy baked goods is their gluten-free baking mix – they won’t tell us what it is though – and it’s no surprise why. Don’t walk away without testing out one of their sinfully good cinnamon buns.

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