Every meal deserves to finish on a sweet note, especially during the holidays. No time for baking this season? No problem! Hang up your apron and head out to one of these fantastic Halifax bakeries for desserts that will please any crowd.
1. LF Bakery
Stepping inside LF Bakery is a real treat for the senses; you’ll be welcomed by the sweet aroma of freshly baked pastries, loaves, and baguettes stacked high behind the counter. Serving up some of the best croissants in the city, it’s no wonder why this local gem was 2023’s Gold Winner of Halifax’s Best Bakery. With a menu full of beignets, milk buns, tartelettes, various croissants, and more, this is the perfect spot to load up on treats for the holidays.
2. Bliss Caffeine Bar
Treats from Bliss Caffeine Bar are just as beautiful as they are decadent. Stop by to find carefully-crafted handpies, bomboloni, tarts, scones, and more. From the buttery pastry to the delicate garnishes, no details are left out in the creation of the treats found here. Pick up an assortment of pastries from Bliss and be prepared to wow any crowd.
3. Suda Table
Easily one of Halifax’s most underrated gems, Suda Table’s dreamy treats are a must-try. From the basque cheesecakes to the mini lemon cakes (playfully shaped like a lemon), dessert is done right here. Pick up a box of egg tarts, madeleines, or canelés from here for the easiest, tastiest holiday treat.
4. Creamy Rainbow Bakery & Café
This whimsical Asian-French-inspired café-bakery serves up treats almost too beautiful to eat. From custom cakes to cream puffs, find a variety of mouthwatering treats made to impress any crowd. When it comes down to choosing the best treat on Creamy Rainbow’s menu, it’s no question that the macarons are a winner – with gallery-worthy designs and so many flavours to choose from, these are the perfect mini treats to surprise any crowd with.
5. Ori Foods
From pies to cheesecakes and so much more, look no further than Ori for crowd-pleasing confections. This sweet local gem offers classic desserts made with quality ingredients with a local focus. If you’re in a pinch for time, pick up a box of crème brûlée cookies, guaranteed to sweeten any gathering.
6. The Gingerbread Haus
If you’re in search of rich, heavenly desserts, look no further than The Gingerbread Haus. This family-owned bakery is stocked full of authentic European cakes, pastries, and artisan bread. From black forest tortes to strudels, eclairs, and more, this is the perfect spot to pick up a variety of treats. Of course, if you’re looking for gingerbread for the holidays, you’ve found the ultimate spot.
7. Layers Cupcakes
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Layers is known for their decadent, thick buttercream, simple and refined designs, and creative rotating flavours. Any occasion calls for cupcakes – with so many incredible flavours available, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
8. Pane e Circo
Step into Pane e Circo to be greeted by dozens of gorgeous Italian desserts with hints of espresso wafting through the air – from mini cakes to tarts, cream puffs, croissants, and more, it’s difficult to only settle on one type of treat. Put an assorted box together and dazzle a crowd with sweet treats of all kinds.
Settled in the heart of Musquodoboit Harbour, this adorable bakery and café is best known for its decadent donuts and cupcakes. You can always count on this sweet spot to stock the pastry case with muffins and cruffins, eclairs, garlic cheese sticks cookies, and more, all made with local, seasonal ingredients. This is also one of the best spots to pick up a loaf of bread on the Eastern Shore, baked fresh onsite every morning.
Tart & Soul Café
Tucked away on the corner of Coburg Road and Oxford Street, this bright little café and bakery serves up a selection of crowd-pleasing treats, from pies to cookies and so much more. This spot also offers custom cakes layered with decadent Swiss buttercream, fancy fillings, sprinkles, and more, perfect to serve for any occasion.