The chocolatiers at Choco Tasting Club spread knowledge and passion for gourmet treats with tastings, workshops, and club activities. Guests learn to differentiate chocolates by their origins and flavours, sampling award-winning varieties from around the world in the company of fellow chocolate aficionados.
Mix the Bakery boasts a daily changing menu of fresh artisan breads, savoury soups, salads, and sandwiches, and sweet treats and desserts. Stop in for a loaf of the all-popular Zoey's super grain bread ($5.65), or curb carby cravings with the Yukon-gold-potato and herb loaf ($4.65). A bowl of house-made soup ($4.15–$5.95) is available in daily changing varieties such as chipotle corn and turkey or curried potato and cauliflower, promising a luscious liquefied lunch for diners arriving directly from the dentist or jaw-wirer. Round off meals with a satisfying stack of sugar, courtesy of the bakery's whole desserts, including chocolate oblivion cake ($21.95+), key lime pie with a coconut-graham-cracker crust ($21.95+), or a slice of sour-cream coffee cake ($2.40).
No wider than a postage stamp, the Elphaba truffle’s small size belies its complexity. Beneath its chocolate shell, layers of white and dark chocolate alternate between pistachio-and-cardamom ganache, creating a symphony of unexpected flavours. Inspired sweets such as these have earned CocoaNymph accolades from the Vancouver Observer, which praises the treats as “exotic creations that push the boundaries of a chocolate truffle.”
Chocolatiers pass on their expertise during chocolate-making classes that allow each student to decorate their own batches. All classes take place in the shop, whose romantic atmosphere complements its chocolatey aromas. Punched-tin lanterns illuminate mauve and violet walls and the baby grand piano where staffers belt out ballads about their love for truffles.
For more than 25 years, the bakers at Patisserie Bordeaux have crafted European-style cakes, pastries, and baked goods in an onsite kitchen. Once the bakers decorate their creations with frosting, fruit pieces, or absurdly oversized Sunday hats, the goodies go on parade in a display case chock-full of colourful confections. The desserts are as varied as their colors; custardy tarts commingle with decadent chocolate cakes and jam-topped tortes. The patisserie also makes smaller pastries such as flaky butter croissants and éclairs, and chocolate tarts can satisfy sweets cravings, too.
Café Régalade is the heir to La Régalade French Bistro in every sense—it’s a French bistro operated by the Raye family with a menu of classic French food and imported wine. Michelin-star-winner Alain Raye oversees the original location, whereas son Steeve Raye helms the café’s kitchen, which first fired its ovens in 2011. Raye and his staff create dinner entrees of beef bourguignon, duck leg confit, and braised beef short ribs in a creamy peppercorn sauce. They also prepare appetizers such as smoked herring with potato salad.