The 7 Best Spots to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Taste of Ottawa Travel and Eats
Ottawa can be oh-so-sweet and those with a sweet tooth will find much to enjoy in the city. With a wide array of both traditional and non-traditional options, there are plenty of delectable treats to satisfy your cravings scattered throughout out the streets. With a mix of old-school pastries and trendier sweets, the city has a little bit of everything, no matter what your favorite type of sugary delight may be. If you are planning a trip to Ottawa, treat yourself and check out one (or all seven!) of the best spots to satisfy your sweet tooth.
1. Black Walnut Bakery
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Black Walnut Bakery is a small artisan bakery in the heart of Cumberland village specializing in viennoiserie and hearth bread. The adorable bakery and cafe is a well-loved local favorite. We recommend just wandering in and seeing what their lunch or breakfast special of the day is – you can’t go wrong with any of their tasty breads, savory pastries, or sweet treats. If you’ll be around Ottawa for a holiday (whether it be Christmas, Easter, St. Pattie’s Day, or Valentine’s), you can pre-order and hand-baked pie perfect for the occasion.
2. Three Tarts
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Three Tarts is a bakery that really believes in sticking to the tried and true classics. With a wide array of cakes, tarts, pies, cookies, squares, and other assorted pastries, you won’t have any shortage of sweet treats to choose from. Three Tarts does not cut corners and is known for their fresh and decadent ingredients including rich butter, cream, and eggs; fine quality dark, which, and mik chocolate; and the best almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios cranberries, oranges, and apples. Every delicious pastry is hand rolled each morning and just a quick glance into the display case can show you just how much care and love goes into each individually handcrafted treat. At Three Tarts both the special times and the everyday times can be sweet.
3. Strawberry Blonde Bakery
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Fear not, vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free sweet treat lovers, Ottawa has an option for you too! While most bakeries work with animal products and traditional flours, Strawberry Blonde Bakery is the perfect option for those with food allergies who still want to taste some of the very best pastries, cakes, pies, donuts, and cookies. Strawberry Blonde Bakery creates a place where the growing number of people with food allergies can buy a treat and not have to worry about cross-contamination, while also not having to compromise on taste or aesthetics. Their goodies taste just as good (or maybe even better!) than their conventional counterparts.
4. Mavericks Donut Company
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Mavericks Donuts takes your traditional donut shop to another level. Forget the donut store chains and grocery store pastry counters. Mavericks Donuts are always fresh-baked that morning. If donuts are your favorite breakfast pastry option, Ottawa’s local donut delicatessen delivers on tasty and fresh treats with a ton of different flavors to choose from. And they’ve even got some vegan options too!
5. Quelque Chose Patisserie
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Choose Quelque Chose for an authentic French macaron experience. Run by the amazing sister duo Julia and Michelle Dahdah, Quelque specializes in French macarons made with premium ingredients to give customers an exclusive high-end product. Executive Head Chef Julia attended the prestigious École Grégoire-Ferrandi in Paris and Head Chef Michelle studied at Le Cordon Bleu – so it’s pretty safe to say that they know their stuff. The colorful macarons are just as tasty as they are beautiful, crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside with decadent fillings that will melt in your mouth.
6. La Catrina Churros + Café Bar
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La Catrina is the only churro cafe and bar in Ottawa and it’s no wonder they’ve monopolized the market – their churros are impossible to beat. The authentic Mexican styled dessert bar offers not only the tastes of Mexico and Latin America but also illustrates the National holiday known throughout Mexico and the Latin world as “The Day of The Dead” or “Dia de los Muertos.” La Catrina is named for the Dame of the Dead in Mexican culture, Catrina, and showcases the culture and language while serving up sweet delicacies that are to die for. Start with the traditional churros and then graduate to a wide array of delicious Mexican desserts including filled churros, the special “La Catrina,” and churro ice cream bowls.
7. Talluza Desserts
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Talluza Desserts is an experience like no other. This unique dessert bar offers a tasty selection of pastries and dessert options that blend Palestinian and traditional western flavors in a way that will shock and delight your taste buds. Talluza is a great local spot for authentic Palestinian regional specialties and great local favorites. If you want to try something new, check out the Kunafa course with cheese – a sweet cheese topped with coarse shredded kataifi, pistachio, and sweet syrup; or the walnut baklava – a rich and sweet traditional recipe made from layers of phyllo, butter, and sweet syrup. For more traditional western options, their crepes and cheesecakes are hard to beat. Visit Talluza and explore a new dish, try an old favorite, or come back for the ever-changing menu.