These storefronts rise to every free-from special occasion.
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Petit Lapin Patisserie
342A Victoria Avenue, Montreal
Free of: Gluten and Top 11 food allergens.
Stars of the Show: Choco-coco Cupcake
Why We Love It: From French macaroons to diner-style donuts, this sweet new shop whips up formerly forbidden delights in a fully dedicated kitchen. The owner shows a keen attention to detail.
Organic Works Bakery
222 Wellington St. London, Ont.
Free of: Dairy, egg, gluten, peanut and tree nut (can accommodate soy-free)
Star of the Show: Quinoa & Honey Bread
Why We Love It: While decadent cakes and cookies are on the menu, the focus is on wholesome quality ingredients. The bakery is certified organic by Ecocert and gluten-free certification is underway.
959 152nd St. No. 127, Surrey, B.C.
Free of: Dairy, gluten, peanut, soy and tree nut
Star of the Show: Classic and Honey Sandwich Breads
Why We Love It: While their friendly bakers are proficient in custom cakes and cupcakes, they also satisfy our savoury side with beloved buns, breads and handmade to-go mixes.
669 Stafford St. Winnipeg, Man.
Free of: Peanut and tree nut (dairy- and egg-free Angels line also available)
Star of the Show: Hand-decorated Sugar Cookies
Why We Love It: Whimsical cookies and cupcake creations are customized for any occasion, from weddings to school programs. The storefront studio hosts birthday parties and decorating classes.
Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe
401 Brant St. Burlington, Ont.
Free of: Dairy, egg, gluten, and peanut*
Star of the Show: Mile-High Brownie
Why We Love It: Run by a mother-daughter duo this vegan venture focuses on nutrient-rich, organic ingredients and won “Best Bakery” at the 2013 Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival.
*Tree nuts aren’t used, but the gluten-free flour that’s used has a ‘may contain’ statement for tree nuts.