Top bakeries in Ottawa
From rustic Italian loaves and French baguettes to sweet Japanese an pan, Ottawa is a hotspot for international bakeries that keep locals coming back for more every day. Bread lovers who travel through Canada should consider stopping in Ottawa to sample any number of these delicious bakeries:
The French Baker
The name says it all. The French Baker is owned and operated by Jerome Mantel, who earned a culinary degree in baking before leaving his Paris home for Ottawa. Considered one of the best bakeries in the city, this 24/7 establishment produces an impeccable baguette - one of the most difficult breads to perfect. Using giant stone hearths and traditional fermentation practices, the artisans at The French Baker work in the early morning hours and fill the streets with the smell of fresh-baked bread every day.
The Japanese pastries at Ichiban Bakery have lured locals for years, and with different specials every day, even regulars have been surprised with some of their offerings. Die-hard fans stick to the basics, however, picking azuki bean-filled an pan buns for breakfast and saving room for gyoza and sushi for lunch. The bakers at Ichiban specialize in healthy breads, including whole wheat croissants and sugar-free Danishes and tarts.
Visitors looking for the perfect sandwich bread should head to Trillium Bakery. Open seven days a week, this small eatery offers a full line of loaves and pastries perfect for taking on a picnic or to a dinner party. Ideal for travellers with dietary restrictions, the menu features sugar-free pastries for diabetics, gluten-free breads for celiacs and even vegan goods that taste just as delicious as the real thing. Locals swear by the Upper Canada Old Fashioned Bread, which makes a mouthwatering French toast. Health-conscious visitors can also indulge in sweets without the guilt, feasting on 100 percent whole wheat cookies filled with fiber.
Along with award-winning breads and breakfast pastries, Wild Oat offers an incredible brunch menu, which is perfect for travellers either passing through or spending their entire Canadian vacation in Ottawa. Featuring locally sourced products and a strictly vegetarian menu, this charming eatery is ideal for young souls looking for an inexpensive and scrumptious meal while mulling over the morning paper with a foamy cappuccino.