100 holiday eats and treats to try in Vancouver this Christmas

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‘Tis the season for EATING, right? From modern takes on classic traditions like Buche de Noel, or bold and sweet new chocolatey frontiers, there’s much to indulge in come Christmastime in Vancouver.

We’ve rounded up 100 incredible eats for the young and the young at heart you’ll find right now in Vancouver. There’s everything from egg nog doughnuts to Turducken sandwiches, and a lot of delicious treats in between.

1-14. Butter Baked Goods

The beautiful bakeshop will have a slew of holiday-time treats, including: Shortbread, chocolate caramel shortbread, yum balls, fruitcake, Butter’s own panettone, seasonal cupcakes, seasonal cakes, candy cane bark, bars, cookies, marshmallows, s’mores, peppermint whoopie pies, mince tarts, gingerbread men, yule logs, and a turkey sandwich with stuffing and cranberry (available in the cafe until December 24).

15-22. Thomas Haas

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Photo courtesy Thomas Haas

For his 2017 collection, Thomas Haas features an assortment of handcrafted chocolate creations including Rudolf in the Forest, Ornaments, Truffle Trees, Snowman, Stuffed Santa Boot, and Tannenbaum Tree. In true Christmas fashion, Thomas Haas will also offer his famed Stollen and lineup of eight Yule Logs inspired by his most popular cake flavours. All 2017 Holiday products are available at the two Thomas Haas cafes in North Vancouver and Kitsilano.

23-28. La Glace 

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Photo courtesy La Glace

Vancouver’s newest ice cream parlour is decking the halls with decadent French-style treats, including: Gingerbread cookies, peppermint meringues and marshmallows, cardamom zucchini bundt cake with orange glaze, pain d’épices (spiced gingerbread), and limited-edition ice cream flavours (Pain d’Épices, Eggnog & Rum, Mont Blanc, Candy Cane).

29. TWG Tea

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Photo courtesy TWG Tea

The Joy of Christmas (tea) is brewing at TWG on Georgia. They have lots of treats, including a Joy of Christmas Tea infused yule log, encasing a chocolate hazelnut sponge cake filled with a luscious Joy of Christmas Tea-infused cream mousse accented with vanilla & orange custard and cinnamon Streudel, coated with a milk chocolate glaze.

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30. Meat & Bread

Meat & Bread’s popular holiday-time Turducken sandwich will be available just on December 21 to 23. Available at both Cambie Street and Pender Street locations, this year’s Turducken carve will be topped with a cranberry apple mostarda, pumpkin seed crumble and radicchio red cabbage slaw. Turducken is available while supplies last each day for $12.50 a sandwich. There will be lines!

31-42. Chez Christophe

For his fifth Christmas at Chez Christophe, Christophe Bonzon has a new line-up of bonbon-filled chocolate art sculptures, all inspired by iconic holiday symbols or classics: A mini Christmas Tree adorned with truffles; XMAS All Around featuring holiday typography; Burnaby’s Little Helper, a cute chocolate elf; a reindeer on a runaway sled called Oh, Deer!; and a beautiful and delicate, lace-wreath named Wish upon a wreath featuring chocolate stars and truffles.

Photo courtesy Chez Christophe

In addition, new flavours have been added to the popular Chez Christophe Bûche de Noël (yule log cake) collection, including Santa’s Coffee Break featuring a chestnut sponge, cappuccino mousse, cinnamon nameleka and chocolate shavings, and chestnut puree; A Slippery Slope featuring matcha namelaka, matcha chiffon, lemon yuzu mousse and white chocolate sesame crunch; and Merry and Bright featuring milk chocolate mousse, mandarin cremeux, mandarin compote and mandarin sponge with cocoa nibs.

Other holiday treats include:

  • Chocolate Trio, mulled wine, apple cider, gingerbread
  • Chocolate Barks, pistachio and beet, almond and cranberry
  • Chocolate Bar Trio, Blood orange marshmallow with champagne ganache, Caramel gingerbread, Coconut ganache with pineapple jelly and coconut crunch
  • Winter White holiday hot chocolate – White chocolate and orange ganache with cardamom mandarin sprinkles

43-53. Thierry

Thierry

Maitre Chocolatier and Patissier Chef Thierry Busset is set to dazzle this Christmas with an array of treats. His Buche de Noel come in five flavours (Chestnut; Blood Orange; Pecan, Coconut, and Chocolate; Fromage Blanc; and Chocolate Caramel), and there are also seasonal macarons (Cranberry, Gingerbread, Stollen), spiced tarts, Kugelhopf, and a Burnt Orange Creme Brulee.

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54-56. giovane café + eatery + market at Fairmont Pacific Rim

Gingerbread Apple Cider Spice Buche de Noel (Photo courtesy Fairmont Pacific Rim)

Get your treat on at giovane at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. This cafe and market has these tempting goodies for the holidays:

  • Vanille Buche de Noel: Vanilla Bean Sponge Cake, Cocoa Nib Muscovado Cream, Vanilla Bavarian
  • Gingerbread Apple Cider Spice Buche de Noel: Gingerbread Genoise, Apple Compote, Cider Mousse, Green Apple Cake, Gingerbread Sable
  • Holiday Sugar Bun – Cranberry Walnut Caramel

57. Earnest Ice Cream

Seasonal festive flavours at Earnest include Spruce Bud, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, Gingerbread, and Rum & Egg Nog.

58-66. Beta5 

Beta5

Beta5’s 2017 holiday collection is called Aurora Borealis, inspired by Canada’s majestic winter. Look for The Cabin in the Woods (white and dark chocolate cabin); Bonfire; Lump of Coal; Snowball; Peppermint Patties; Silent Night and Winter Wonderland Bars; and Aurora Borealis chocolates.

67. Four Seasons Vancouver

Photo courtesy Four Seasons Vancouver

It’s a way of life at the Four Seasons Vancouver: Stollen (Christmas Bread) is a holiday must. This Christmas tradition brings former Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Chef Gerhard Weitzel out of retirement to bake and share his decades-old secret recipe. Stollen is available for purchase at YEW seafood + bar for $25/loaf. Stollen lovers can also call 604 692 4939 to place orders of four or more.

68. Lucky’s Doughnuts

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Lucky’s has launched a new seasonal doughnut: The Snowball Bismark. It’s got eggnog filling, meringue topping, and coconut.

69-72. Cartems

Meet the four holiday flavours from Cartems Donuts:

  • Sweet Snow: Chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache glaze and topped with shredded coconut.
  • Gingerbread: Gingerbread cake base with molasses glaze, ginger drizzle and gingerbread cookie topping.
  • Winter Mint: Mint glazed yeast donut topped with candy cane crumble.
  • Eggnog: Coconut eggnog pastry cream stuffed inside a yeast donut with cinnamon nutmeg glaze and molasses brittle topping.
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73-85.  Beaucoup Bakery

Photo courtesy Beaucoup Bakery

It’s merry and sweet at Beaucoup Bakery right now. They’ve got six kinds of holiday cookies, including Spiced Rye Sablés, Rye Ginger Cookies, Smokey Russian Tea Cakes, Malted Coffee Thins, Chocolate Pistachio Sandwich Cookies, and Pecan Praline Shortbread.

More seasonal options include: Chef Betty Hung’s Gingerbread Financier, Gateau Basque, Alsatian bread Kugelhopf, Orange Cherry Double-baked Chocolate Croissant, Pecan Banana Sage Chocolate Tart, Mulled Wine Pear Bostock, and a hearty Potato Raclette Tarte.

86. Gem Chocolates

Head to Gem to check out their seasonal and new flavours of their handmade chocolates. The choices include “Holiday Stripes” (Vanilla bean & cinnamon), Kirsch (Cherry, marzipan & Kirschwasser), a Cranberry & ginger caramel, Rochers (Pistachio & goji rochers in milk or dark chocolate), and Speculaas (Dutch Gingerbread).

87-94. Faubourg

Faubourg

Christmas treats at Faubourg include Pain d’epices, Stollen, numerous Buche de Noel flavours (Lemon Drop, Jingle Bells, Traditional, and Chestnuts on an Open Fire), a pastry Holiday Wreath, and Tree Bark.

95. Virtuous Pie

Look for scoops of the all-plant based seasonal “nice” cream called Rum + Everything Nice this December at this Vancouver vegan pizza spot.

96-100. Glenburn Soda Fountain

Burnaby’s Glenburn Soda Fountain is perfect for old fashioned holiday fun. They’ve got four festive ice cream flavours right now to use in all sorts of sundaes and treats: Candy Cane, Peppermint Cookie, Eggnog, and Butter Tart. Then there’s this treat: The Yule Nog Sundae. Sweet!