Finding a place to eat in an unfamiliar city with a food allergy or sensitivity can be tricky, especially when all you want is a bakery-fresh cookie minus the worry to start your day. That’s why we’ve put together this list of six allergy-free bakeries across Canada.
Started by a mother whose five daughters all have food sensitivities, this bakery—the name of which translates to “sisters” in Italian—produces delicious baked goods of nuts, gluten, soy and sesame. Herbivores and dairy-sensitive folks are welcome here, because these goodies are vegan, too. Grab a Nanaimo bar or scone at the flagship location in Vaughan (30 minutes from downtown) or in the lower level of downtown’s Eaton Centre.
When owner Viviane Nguyen couldn’t find a bakery in Montreal that could accommodate her one-year-old son’s many severe food allergies, she started Pâtisserie Petit Lapin, which prides itself on being the only place in Canada that makes guaranteed nut-free French macarons. In addition to being free of the most common allergens, everything made here is also safe for those with sensitivities to seafood, sulphites and mustard. The best part? The bakery offers shipping anywhere in Canada and the U.S.
Diabetics rejoice! Not only is this bakery free of major allergens, all of its products are free of refined sugar. A user-friendly online ordering system allows you to check your specific allergies so your cookies, muffins, cakes or pies can be closely monitored to ensure no cross-contamination as they move through production. There’s even dedicated equipment at this bakery that’s free of less-common allergens like soy and eggs.
Bliss & Co.’s two Calgary locations make it easy for those with a craving for sugary goodness to get their fix. Its kitchen has been nut-free since opening in 2009, and has since expanded to include gluten-free products. Try one of the 16 different varieties of cupcakes, including the ever-popular red velvet, and make sure to check out the new vegan options such as vanilla cake with vegan vanilla icing.
Located in South Surrey, a 45-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, Pikanik cooks up the usual array of nut-, wheat-, gluten-, soy- and dairy-free sweet treats as well as gluten-free sandwich bread, dinner rolls and pizza dough made of tapioca, brown rice and millet. You can also order online and they’ll deliver anywhere as far as Abbotsford for a small fee on orders more than $30.
Founded in 2009, Crumsby’s has two café locations in Victoria. This family-run business was the brainchild of owner Maria Elmwood, a former preschool teacher. Most of its products, including muffins, vegan chocolate ganache cupcakes and even fresh turkey meatballs are made entirely from scratch. The meatballs are free of hormones and antibiotics.