Treat Yourself to These Sweets
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there is no better time to try out some of New West's amazing bakeries and sweet-shops! Whether you're treating yourself or brightening the day of a loved one, we have some recommendations that everyone will surely want to savour.
Doughnut Worry, Be Happy
Old Crow Coffee Co.
Nothing says, "Thanks for making my life brighter," quite like a doughnut, especially when they're 100% vegan. Old Crow Coffee Co. is known for its ethically sourced coffee, sweet treats, and other homemade snacks. They have partnered with Dipped Doughnut Co. to offer vegan and gluten-free doughnuts that taste as good as they look.
Keep your eye out for some of Old Crow Coffee Co. exclusive flavours of doughnuts such as the Simpson's Strawberry D'Oh-nut!
The only thing is that these doughnuts are so in demand that every customer is only allowed to purchase one at a time. Doughnut Day is Saturday, so make sure to get down there early if you want to get your hands on one.
If you can't get down to try a doughnut, then get ready to try some of their house-made baked goodies! Their selection changes daily. They offer anything from savoury scones to sweet cinnamon buns.
Old Crow Coffee Co. is located at 655 Front Street, New Westminster
An Elevated Classic
Origins Chocolate Bar
At Origin's, Bean-to-Bar chocolate is their specialty! This means you get to try local, handmade, small batch chocolate that is roasted, ground, and assembled, all in New Westminster. They used ethically sourced cacao beans and ingredients, so you can feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth.
This Valentines Day, they are bringing back three popular flavours: Raspberry Rose, Rose Cardamom, and Lychee Rose. These have been consistently in demand all year, so they definitely won't last on the shelves for long.
On Thursday, February 13, Origins will be hosting a 'Pal-entines Chocolate Tasting' at their store in River Market. Come with your friends or treat yourself to trying six decadent flavours such as Lavender, Raspberry, and Rose. Origins said it best: Who needs Cupid when you've got chocolate?
Origins Chocolate Bar is located at in River Market at 810 Quayside Dr, Unit #110, New Westminster
Holy Cannoli of Italian Baking
Give your loved one what they want this Valentine's Day: a trip to Italy. Almost at least. At Fratelli's family-run bakery, you'll go on a culinary journey to Italy without the long flight. From classics such as a cannoli and tiramisu to Italian and French-inspired pies and cakes, you're sure to find something to curb your sweet craving.
You can either walk-in and pick out from a large variety of baked goods, or order ahead of time. The hardest part of this Valentine's Day treat is deciding what to get.
Fratelli Bakery is located at 459 E Columbia Street, New Westminster
Click here to go to their website and see all their delicious options.
Pies on Pies on Pies
The Pie Hole
Need something for your sweetie pie? What about an apple sweetie pie! These classic apple pies can be customized to order with any message you want on them, which makes it the cutest gift.
For Valentines Day, they have a variety of festive pies such as the "Eat Your Feelings," which is a fudge brownie cookie cake, red velvet pie, and Valentine's Mini Pies that come in both a regular and vegan option.
The Perfect End to Any Meal
Saemaul Rice Dessert Cafe
Need something that's gluten-free but want to try something new? Try Saemaul Rice Dessert Cafe. This Korean styled dessert shop uses rice flour to make all of their treats so everything is completely gluten-free
The flavours of these desserts are typically fruity, light, and the perfect amount of sweetness. Saemaul's is the perfect place for someone who only has a light sweet tooth, but still wants to get a treat.
Try some cute Korean cakes, shaved ice, tea, milkshakes, and more! They are closed for their winter vacation until February 13th, which means they're open again just in time for Valentines Day!
Located a little further away at B-901 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
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