Treat Yo’self – Sweet Treats in the Glebe You Need in Your Life
You know you deserve it.
- Alicja Confections
This is definitely not your average chocolate shop – and we are all for it. Alicja Confections is home to the famous Postcard Chocolate Bar, which you can send in the mail as-is. These funky bars come in flavours that you couldn’t even dream of. Cereal? Donuts? Popping candy? POTATO CHIPS? We dare you to try them all. Each bar is wrapped in beautifully designed unique packaging and is ready to be dropped in the mailbox and sent to a loved one – or devoured yourself in one sitting (sorry Mom!)
- Playa del Popsical
This is the coolest place you’re going to pick up a popsicle, that’s for sure. Complete with a full beach set up, lounge chairs, sand and all, Playa del Popsical doesn’t mess around. This pink and blue truck is tucked away behind Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, allowing you to step into your own min-vacay. Come soak up the sun while it lasts and try one of their homemade fruit “popsicals” in refreshing flavours like Watermelon-Kiwi and Raspberry Lemonade.
This restaurant and bakery is brand new to the Glebe, so make sure you swing by and say hello! And while you’re there you may as well stuff your face with their delicious brunch. Induuuuuulge in their yummy and beautiful crepes or waffles, complete with fresh fruit and melted chocolate. And you can’t ignore the perfect photo-op in their adorable bright shop, fit for any Instagram.
- Ichiban Bakery
With no reason to be modest, Ichiban Bakery literally named itself #1 in Japanese. With so many things to try, I suggest you start with one of their best-sellers: the Dirty Bun. I know you’re intrigued. The treat is a fluffy pastry with white chocolate baked in the middle that comes in plain, matcha and chocolate. It’s definitely messy to eat, but worth every bite.
- Little Victories
We owe this place big-time for bringing Suzy Q’s Doughnuts to the Glebe. These Ottawa-famous doughnuts are now conveniently available right inside Little Victories coffee shop and it is sooooo dangerous. Having just opened in the last few months, Little Victories has already made a name for itself in the Glebe and apparently it just keeps getting better. This sweet sweet collab has us drooling just writing about it.
- Lindt Boutique
No explanation needed for this one. Lindt chocolate is a go-to in treat-yo-self culture, but did you know that Lindt Boutique at Lansdowne also has a chocolate drink bar right in the store? They even have a little patio set-up outside to enjoy their drinks in the warm weather. Try one of their frozen chocolate bevvies while summer is still here. You can even add a shot of mocha for a little extra pick-me-up.
- Marble Slab
Marble Slab doesn’t sell ice cream. They sell personalized, freshly-prepared works of art. You can choose from their 50 different flavours of ice cream with your choice of unlimited toppings folded and chopped right in on a frozen slab of marble. This ice cream is no joke; it’s a sundae in overdrive. Make up your own creations like S’mores, Chunky Monkey, or Birthday Bonanza. (Yeah we just made those titles up right now.) Did we mention you get unlimited toppings?
- Tamis Cafe
Tamis Cafe, the hidden gem tucked away on Fourth Ave., features home-style Filipino cuisine and handmade desserts all made from scratch. Their signature Ube treats make Tamis really stand out (and not just because they are all bright purple.) Tamis is the first family-owned Filipino cafe in Ottawa and they are trying to promote classic ingredients and recipes that originate from the Philippines and have been passed down from generation to generation. They incorporate the gentle vanilla, nutty flavour of purple yams into nearly any form of dessert you can think of. Cookies, lattes, cheesecake, ice cream, layer cake – you name it.
- Cacao 70
It’s what you dreamed about as a kid: a chocolate restaurant. Cacao 70 has your chocolate fix, and then some. Try going for one of their chocolate pizzas (yes, you heard me.) These dishes ditch the melted cheese for melted choco and incorporate ingredients like hazelnuts, marshmallows and fresh fruit to spruce it up. Cacao 70’s menu has taught us that you can incorporate chocolate into pretty much anything if you try. Turns out Mom and Dad were wrong – you CAN have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- La Brioche
La Brioche knows their baked goods. This place is like the Chocolate Factory of pastries. Come try a middle-eastern style baked good or maybe a tray of them. If you like baklava, you’ve found your new home. Try their cream-infused sweet baklava with a pistachio crumble.
- Sweet Bite
This cute little bakery features French-inspired sweets like their famous macarons. The bright colours make these desserts seem cute and fun, but don’t be mistaken – these desserts mean business. The thin flavourful meringue cookies are smooth and crisp on the outside, with a moist, chewy interior. We can already hear your French accent coming through.
- Pure Gelato
Pure Gelato = Pure bliss. They have a plethora of Italian flavours to try, including this Fior D’arancio scoop that tastes just like a fancy creamsicle. They rotate their flavours often so you’ll always have a new creation to test out. Complete with ample seating, free wifi, and a huge patio, there’s no reason not to stop in.
- Second Ave. Sweets
If your sweet tooth is acting up, SASS Bakery offers a quick fix. All their small batch desserts and pastries are homemade from scratch which means you can taste the love that went into them. They take it back to the basics to make sure everything you taste is the best thing you’ve ever tasted. Come by and try their cookies if you want that melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for experience.
- Wild Oat
Being an entirely vegetarian café and bakery with tons of vegan options, you can’t really go wrong at Wild Oat. Everything is made from scratch and they even grow ingredients on their own farm just outside of Ottawa. Their desserts are made with fair trade organic chocolate. Try their Spicy Vegan Brownie to spruce things up a bit.
- Joy of Gluten Free
Gluten who? The goodies at Joy of Gluten Free will make you forget gluten ever even existed. Gluten-free diet or not, customers can go wild at this little spot without having to compromise the consistency or deliciousness of their treats. If you’re looking to indulge, try one of their Gluten-Free salted caramel cupcakes (or 12).