The aroma of baked bread greets visitors to Maison Baguettes, where chef Amos Mbenoun bakes his signature baguettes and serves sandwiches, soups, and baked goods in the bakery's café. Classic french, whole-wheat, and rye baguettes lounge in cloth-lined baskets; boules of sourdough sit on covered shelves, and a glass case houses an array of muffins, cakes, and other sweets. Diners chat over fair-trade coffee and blueberry-cream-cheese french toast in the cozy front café, which embraces its rustic yet polished feel with a decorative coal stove, exposed brick, and white grecian columns singing campfire songs. The bakery's rear dining area tempts patrons to linger with four cushy chairs arranged around a fireplace mantel next to tables where lunchers savour pulled-pork sandwiches, chili, and bread pudding.
The owners of Fleur Tea House sought to offer respite from modern stresses with more than 100 world tea varieties, an array of food options, and a relaxing tea room where people are encouraged to take a break. The café's pastel-hued tea pots and framed artwork are illuminated from large picture windows, modern hanging lights, and the shiny teeth of staffers, all of whom brush frequently. Behind a glass case filled with sweet pastries, bagels, and cakes, baristas steam espresso drinks and search leaf-filled metal urns for teas such as herbal, green, and oolong. After finishing off a jam-slathered bagel, clients can take second lunch with a panini on the brown leather sofa, or question the barista about open-mic events and movie nights.
The sandwichsmiths at Lazy Pickle give a nod to their community by showcasing local ingredients in each of their healthy menu selections. From hearty meats to crisp veggies, every sandwich is packed with items carefully cultivated by local farmers and distributors. With a special focus on gluten-free items such as sandwiches and cakes and through their Gluten Free Me Kids Club, the owners also help to combat celiac disease, a gluten intolerance that can cause migraines, joint pain, and anemia. They also cater regular and gluten-free items.
Constituting the sweetest site within ByWard Market, Glitz Cafe & Cupcake creates an enticing collage of flavour that rotates daily. Ditching a career in the financial industry in favour of something batter based, owner Vanessa D'Amours-Chenier keeps her stylish sweets shop well populated with her cup-sized creations—with clever names from Crazy Monkey to Coco Loco—that beckon to customers from within elegant glass cases. All Glitz's offerings, including ultra crisp caesar salads and flaky croissants, are made fresh each day according to Vanessa's strict baking standards, such as insisting on premium Belgian chocolate, real butter, and active volcanoes for ovens.