Our city is brimming with drool-worthy local bakeries. Satisfy your sweet tooth at at the many bakeshops and confectioneries sprinkled throughout Halifax and Dartmouth.
1567 Grafton St. – Downtown Halifax
My best friend introduced me to Scanway just before Christmas and she raves about it constantly. I’m always getting texts of what she’s eating, which makes me instantly hungry! Scanway’s lunch menu is top-notch; I recommend the grilled cheese. I’m also a fan of their peanut butter doughnuts, featuring drizzly peanut butter ganache over a perfectly cooked doughnut.
2 – Uncommon Grounds
Uncommon Grounds is a coffee house that serves baked goods and lunch options. All pastries are made fresh from scratch in their own kitchen. They bake everything from raspberry white chocolate muffins to cheddar herb & hazelnut scones! Uncommon Grounds has two full time locations and operates seasonally at Halifax’s Historic Public Gardens.
Le French Fix Patisserie
5233 Prince Street, Halifax
The absolute best macaroons in Halifax can be found at Le French Fix Patisserie on Prince Street. Authentic French pastries and locally brewed coffee are always available here. Whenever I stop in, I can’t resist picking up a selection of macaroons and eating them all on the walk home. Regularly-available flavours include vanilla, pistachio, violet, Tazanie 75%, rose and sea salt caramel.
Two if By Sea (known lovingly as ‘TIBS’ by locals) is an institution in Halifax and Dartmouth. It’s always overflowing with satisfied visitors. In fact, the food is so good that you need to arrive early before they’re sold out! My favourite pastry at TIBS is the pain au chocolate.
1276 Barrington Street, Halifax
In addition to delicious and creative cupcakes, Layers is one of the cutest stores I’ve ever been in. When you walk into the small bakery, you’re surrounded by warm colours and platters upon platters of cupcakes, cakes and even take-away meals. At my day job, my former co-worker and I frequently partook in what we called “Cupcake Friday” and Layers was often a go-to. Now it’s something I revive for our interns every summer.
Last time I was at Layers, I grabbed the Reese’s Pieces cupcake. I’m a sucker for anything with Reese’s in it, and Layers always satisfies my peanut butter cravings.
1138 Queen Street, Halifax
Another sentimental favourite of mine is Gingerbread Haus. When my friend and I we were in university, we would stop in every month, pick out two pastries each, then head to one of our apartments to watch movies all night. The Gingerbread Haus focuses primarily on German pastries, and the quality is superb. I think I’ve tried just about everything at this point. Most recently, I had a Hollander pastry.
2525 Agricola Street
It is impossible to explain just how delicious the bread is at Smith’s Bakery. Mmm-mmm. Smith’s is located in the heart of North End Halifax and has been serving up their homemade breads and pastries for decades. Every time I’m there the tables are filled with regulars and the smells wafting from the kitchen entice me to buy more than I’d planned.
Last time I visited, I bought a chocolaty, sweet Nanaimo square. I also recommend the peanut butter cookies and every type of bread.
Julien’s Patisserie, Bakery & Cafe
5517 Young Street, Halifax
Located in the historical Hydrostone neighbourhood, Julien’s Patisserie, Bakery & Café always has a lineup of people waiting to taste their pastries and breads. I’m a big fan of the neighbourhood and an even bigger fan of this bakery!
I’ve had various breads and pastries here, including a choux pastry Paris-Brest and a luscious chocolate croissant.
With all the options available, any sugar fiend is sure to find their fix. If you have an appetite for decadence, Halifax is the place to please your palate!