The Top Spots for Sugar-Free Desserts in Vancouver

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Writer26 May 2017

Vancouver has a reputation for being an extremely health-conscious city. There are many restaurants, bakeries, food trucks and cafés selling only vegan and vegetarian fare, for example. For people looking for sugar-free desserts, here are the best places to source them in the city.

Edible Flours

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Vegan, Pastries, $$$
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An all-natural vegan bakery in Kitsilano, Edible Flours has an open concept kitchen so that patrons can see the bakers and pastry chef hard at work, creating delicious desserts. Everything at Edible Flours is made using high-quality ingredients. All products are dairy- and egg-free, while there are also some gluten-, soy-, and sugar-free options. Their pastry case is stocked daily with cookies, cakes, cupcakes, slices, and pastries.

Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
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The inspiration behind Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery comes from the saying, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—pastry chef Tracy Kadonoff discovered after nearly 20 years of working with gluten that she had an intolerance. Her bakery’s menu includes freshly baked bread, cakes, tarts, pastries, cookies, and squares. There are also a few sugar-free options, including the delicious-sounding chocolate coconut bar.

Amato Gelato Cafe

Ice Cream Parlour, Dessert Shop, Dessert, Ice Cream, $$$
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Mario, the man behind Amato Gelato Cafe, is known as “Vancouver’s pioneer of gelato.” Four generations later and the café continues the family tradition of creating gelato from the finest high-quality ingredients. They serve dairy-free, as well as sugar-free, gelato options. Popular sugar-free flavors include café latte, coconut, chocolate, and vanilla bean.

Koko Monk Chocolates

Bakery, Cafe, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
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Koko Monk Chocolates serves artisan chocolates to the people of Vancouver and specializes in raw chocolate creations. Fortunately, their menu includes vegan and sugar-free products as well. Some of the unsweetened chocolate bar flavors available are plain, goji berry, coconut flesh, and sun-dried date.

The Gluten Free Epicurean

Bakery, Pastry Shop, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
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The Gluten Free Epicurean has a wide range of sweet and savory menu items. Every product is gluten-free and soy-free, while there are many dairy-, sugar-, and nut-free options available as well. They have daily specials, which usually include different donut varieties, stromboli, cinnamon buns, and apple fritters. Their lemon tart, salted caramel cheesecake, and chocolate cheesecake are all refined sugar-free.

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Canadian I Candy

Bakery, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
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Canadian I Candy is a popular sweets shop located on Granville Island. They have containers of candy stacked high against their walls in every flavor imaginable. Much of the candy in-store is organic, gluten-free and sugar-free, which makes the treats a little less of a guilty pleasure.

La Casa Gelato

Ice Cream Parlour, Ice Cream, $$$
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La Casa Gelato is the only place in the world with 238 flavors of gelato. Fortunately, there’s something for everyone, including non-fat, dairy-free, and sugar-free varieties. They’re known for their unique flavors, such as Vegemite, curry, and hot chocolate. La Casa Gelato is also known for its friendly staff, so definitely visit the business, and its pink wall, when in Vancouver.