May 2015 28

Photo Essay: Have a Slice of Vancouver’s Best Pies

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However you like your pie, Vancouver has something for everyone. From timeless classics to hip new creations, the city offers a number of authentic cafés with handcrafted pies and signature flavours. With everything from a simple cherry pie to a decadent chocolate ganache, you'll never be short of a delicious combination to try. Here are the top pie places in Vancouver worth checking out!

The Pie Shoppe

Address: 721 Gore Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-338-6646

Sisters Andrea and Stephanie French know how to create an all-around pie experience. Serving local BC ingredients, quality grains and real food, The Pie Shoppe offers a haven of fresh beans, fairly traded coffee and delicious handmade pies.

1 The Pie Shoppe StorefrontThe Pie Shoppe Storefront

Their pie flavours change with the season and the menu alternates weekly, however their much loved classics remain firmly on the menu. With their father's collection of vinyl records and cool art hanging around the cafe, this sister duo really serves up a treat.

According to Andrea and Stephanie, their philosophy is simple.

We want to create a nostalgic experience for our customers, creating real food with simple ingredients. Using good quality local butter, organic flour, free-range eggs and seasonal fruit, we try to achieve the making of something damn fine!

The Pie Shoppe's creative selection includes blackberry buttermilk chess, chocolate pecan and pumpkin spice, so there's really something to suit all. They also offer gluten-free pies upon request, and operate a zero-waste, eco-friendly system. This Chinatown pie spot is definitely one to look out for!

2 The pie flavours change with the season and the menu alternates weeklyThe flavours change with the season and the menu alternates weekly
3 The Pie Shoppe InteriorThe Pie Shoppe Interior
4 We are creating real food with simple ingredientsBefore Baking
5 We are creating real food with simple interiorsCreating real food with simple ingredients
6 Just one of the delicious treatsJust one of the delicious treats
7 The Pie ShoppeThe Pie Shoppe

Tartine Bread & Pies

Address: 770 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-685-7437

Tartine Bread & Pies put a lot of love into their baking and strive only for the best. Situated in downtown Vancouver, this cute bakery is best known for artisanal bread, light breakfasts and a simple yet delectable selection of pies.

Offering everything from classic cider apple pie to tangy blueberry sour cream, Tartine Bread & Pie's range will really appeal to all senses. This small yet established bakery uses only the freshest and highest quality produce, with recipes that have been practiced for generations. This neighbourhood cafe offers a friendly atmosphere and fine quality food.

1 Tartine Bread PiesTartine Bread & Pies Storefront

Liam Cogley of Tartine Bread and Pies notes that they take great pride in what they produce.

We only use ingredients that are clean, natural and of the highest quality. Our recipes are generations old and tried and tested with techniques developed by accomplished bakers.

You can order by the slice, as a whole or place special orders in advance. The setting is also as unique as the piesthe bakery is located just a stone's throw away from Vancouver's famous seawall near English Bay. Enjoy your pie in house or to take away.

2 Lemon MeringueLemon Meringue
3 Welcome to the Tartine Bread PiesWelcome to the Tartine Bread & Pies
4 This small yet established bakery uses only the freshest and highest quality produceThis small yet established bakery uses only the freshest and highest quality produce
5 the bakery is located just a stones throw away from Vancouvers famous seawall near English BayThe bakery is located just a stone's throw away from Vancouver's famous seawall near English Bay
6 The original logoThe original logo
7 Bread from the Tartine BakeryBread from the Tartine Bakery

East Village Bakery

Address: 2166 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-568-5600

An artisan scratch bakery specializing in wholesome food, hard work and delicious recipes, East Village Bakery uses only the best ingredients and their passion for good quality food shines through in their selection of heavenly pies.

With everything from classic fruit crumbles with wheat or gluten-free crusts, to spiced brownies and flourless chocolate cakes, East Village Bakery know what they're doing. All of their ingredients must pass the 'good taste' test before they hit the cabinets, and their collection of vegan and gluten-free baked goods is second to none.

1 East Village Bakery StorefrontEast Village Bakery Storefront

Karin Piett says they try not to over-complicate things at East Village Bakery.

For us, it's simple. We work hard and we do the best we can for our customers. We make pie from the best ingredients and make them with love – it makes all the difference.

Offering a selection of freshly baked breads, award winning pies and pastries and a collection of sugar-free recipes in the pipeline, East Village Bakery is definitely one to try.

2 Enjoy the selection of award winning piesEnjoy the selection of award-winning pies
3 We make pie from the best ingredients and make them with love it makes all the difference Everything is made with love, and it makes all the difference
4 Welcome to the East Village BakeryWelcome to the East Village Bakery
5 MacaronsMacarons
6 Our bread will rise to any occassion"Our bread will rise to any occassion"
7 East Village CookiesEast Village Cookies

Meet The Photographer: Kevin Eng

Kevin EngKevin Eng

Kevin's passion for photography has encouraged others to see the splendor and beauty of nature right at their doorstep, as he captures the sights of the day, and colors and mystery of world while it sleeps. Many of the subjects of his work are based locally in his hometown in Vancouver, B.C., where he first discovered his fascination with night photography. Kevin is currently working as a music teacher, music director for his church, and landscape photographer.


5 Responses to “Photo Essay: Have a Slice of Vancouver’s Best Pies”

  1. Jess W

    You’re missing The Last Crumb for best pie in Vancouver!

  2. Heather

    The Pie Shoppe sisters have the best pies in the neighbourhood – even if a bit pricey, but definitely worth the money! I’m not a big fan of sweets and I don’t know what makes a pie a good pie, but these ladies definitely know the secret… If you’re around, don’t miss out the lemon chess!

  3. Where Vancouver

    You have some of our favourites in there, but we also love the sweet (and savoury!) pies at Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe & Pie Shop. Yum!

  4. Jack

    I gotta say these pies looked fantastic and yummy at the same time, too bad I’m from Toronto otherwise it is a must visit for me. Thanks again always love read blog post with decent amount of pictures which makes it more appealing.

  5. Elaine

    Thanks for providing the article! I’m always on the lookout for great pies.
    Beautiful pics too – everything looks so wonderfully yummy.

    Tartine is my current go to favourite for quality, price and variety.

    You may want to check out Acme Cafe in Gastown too. They do a very good pie there :)

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