2150 Fir Street
T: 604 732 4222
Brief Description: A small, chic bakery located at Fir and West 6th that offers freshly baked exquisite pastries, such as croissants, chocolate éclairs, and chausson aux pommes. Don’t bother monitoring calories here.
Whilst almost everyone that I know spent December waiting for Christmas, I spent December patiently waiting for the opening of a new bakery in town, Beaucoup Bakery. And finally, on December 21st, with permits approved, Beaucoup opened its doors and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I’ve made it pretty clear that I love bakeries and baked goods so of course I was excited to finally get to sample some of the products that I have seen Beaucoup’s owner, Jackie Ellis, tweeting over the past few months. Tantalizing images of treats like cinnamon scrolls, Valrhona chocolate chip cookies, pine nut praline croissant, and salted caramel brownies have been filling my Twitter feed for months so I was there as fast as I could to devour some calories!
As with any bakery, I’d suggest getting there early. By doing so, you won’t miss out on items that sell out fast and the pastries are fresher having just come out of the oven. Seating inside the small café is quite limited and it is a tight spot but if you can grab a seat inside, I’d recommend it. Alternatively, you can get your pastries to-go. The space is in a convenient location for those that live on the west side – it is close to South Granville, Granville Island, and West 4th Avenue. The interior has been carefully decorated by Jackie who, with her graphic design background, has kept it minimal but stylish. Baskets of freshly baked pastries and loaves of brioche line the wall behind the counter, whilst a big chalkboard that prompts pastry-lovers to write their bucket-list goals, and some elegant plates, act as art work along other walls.
Jackie’s story is inspirational to a baker like myself. She started baking for fun years ago and sold her goodies at local bakers markets. She then moved to Paris to attend pastry school (jealous!) before travelling through France and Italy sampling different desserts and pastries (double jealous!). She then returned to Vancouver to launch Beaucoup.
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And thank goodness she did return to start up this little gem. Beaucoup is one of my new favourite spots. Everything that I have ordered has been decadent and well-executed. It is now my plan to get through the rest of the menu. Prices are a little high but Jackie really does value quality (evident in her food suppliers, such as Oyama Sausage and Benton Brothers Fine Cheeses) so you get what you pay for.
Final Thoughts: My taste buds welcome Beaucoup Bakery with much fervour, but my thighs and butts are fearful that this could be their demise. Pack a few extra pennies, forget about the calories, and enjoy what Beaucoup has to offer.