One of my must-dos whenever I travel is to go cafe-hopping (check out my list of the coolest cafes in Los Angeles!). Now that Vancouver has become my new home, it should come as no surprise that it's also one of my favourite pastimes here :p
Beaucoup Bakery was one of the cafes in Vancouver I had bookmarked for ages. I came across the cafe on Instagram and was instantly obsessed with their gorgeous baked treats. I finally had the chance to visit them on a sunny (but cold) Sunday afternoon with friends back in March.
The cafe is pretty small (I think I saw only three or four tables indoors) and it gets filled up really quickly, but the good thing is that they do have a few tables outdoors.
My friends and I each picked our teatime treat and enjoyed basking in some late afternoon sun for a few hours. What we ordered: A plain croissant, a chocolate croissant, and a pecan banana sage chocolate tart along with two cups of London Fog tea.
Honestly, I enjoyed sampling every item we picked. The croissant was suitably flaky, while the chocolate croissant had the right kind of bitter chocolate in it. My choice - the chocolate tart - was super rich and decadent, and I was pleasantly surprised by its subtle play of flavours (okay, I'm a sucker for anything with banana and chocolate in it). It also made me feel like I was hanging out in a Parisian bistro again...
The most memorable thing about Beaucoup Bakery, though, wasn't the food - it was their stellar service. The cafe was closing up for the day, but one of its staff kindly allowed us to sit and chat outside for as long as we wanted. He even told us that we could leave after the cafe closed. And he communicated all of this in a really friendly manner. I really have to commend Beaucoup for this, and I will definitely be back. Plus, I've already picked out the items I wanna try on my next visit there: The lemon yuzu tart and milk tea croissant!
2150 Fir Street
Tuesday to Friday: 7am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am-5pm