Born in Auvergne, Thierry Busset trained with European masters before taking his pastry prowess to London’s Le Gavroche and Marco Pierre White (both of which peaked at three Michelin stars). His talent even tamed the famously mercurial Gordon Ramsay, who called Busset “one of the finest pastry chefs in the world.” Nestled on Alberni Street (which is rapidly turning into Vancouver’s version of Rodeo Drive), Busset’s eponymous café is constantly bustling. Pop in for the pillowy macarons, but stay for the soups, quiches, and sandwiches crafted with house-baked bread. Open until midnight daily, the chic eatery also serves spiked drinks, perfect for sipping on the gorgeous heated patio. If you have your heart set on a particular treat, swing by early—fan favorites can easily sell out before noon.
Delicious Eats and Treats at Thierry
The name is Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe, but they don’t just serve desserts here. I went because I heard about their macarons and pastries from local friends. I was wandering around downtown when I noticed that Thierry was still open, so I decided to give them a try. They are open from 7am till midnight daily on weekdays and from 8am on weekends. Perfect for those early morning coffee runs or late-night munchies. I was a bit peckish when I noticed they served quiches and sandwiches as well. I’m obsessed with soppressata and they have a baguette sandwich made with soppressata, arugula and basil mayo. I ordered just a half sandwich, a couple of macarons and a drink for under $15. Budget friendly and delicieux!
Parisian Desserts in Vancouver
I went to Thierry for my birthday and fell in love with it. First of all, it has the best location, right in the heart of the downtown shopping area. The café is small and buzzing with life. We order desserts and tea and quickly grab a table in the corner. Seating is tight and gives the feel of being in a vibrant city. I notice all types of people from different walks of life. Each dessert was great and the tea went perfectly, especially with the rain pouring outside. When you walk out and look to your left you can see the Fairmont Hotel with shopping inside and around the corner is the underground mall, The Pacific Centre, with mid to high end shopping. I encourage anyone to go there who loves to be in the city and eat delicious treats!