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Have a sweet tooth? Head to Denman Street in Vancouver's West End. The six block section of Denman between Davie and Robson is known as “Dessert Row”. Here are a few of my favorites, as determined by intense product tasting (all in the name of research, of course).
Cupcakes: The cupcakes at Cupcakes aren’t so much delicately iced – they’re positively slathered. A giant swirl of buttercream icing tops each cake (enough to sink your teeth into), which have fun names like Diva, Lava Flow and Koo Koo. Try the Lemon Drop; it comes garnished with a citrus candy.
Creampuffs: When Beard Papa’s moved in, I had no idea what they sold but I was hooked by the name. Turns out they specialize in freshly made creampuffs. How fresh? They inject the cream into the puff when you order. Classic vanilla is my choice.
Cookies: Cookies by George’s slogan is “Because you can’t eat flowers,” and they have great cookie gift tins along with individual cookies for sale. I recommend the Reverse Almond Chocolate Chunk or the Cappuccino Chocolate Chunk.
Frozen Yogurt: Qoola has the healthiest dessert option on Denman: fat-free, gluten-free, probiotic, Kosher-dairy frozen yogurt. Try the green tea flavour – it’s only 140 cal per small serving. Of course, that’s before you load it with some of the 40 toppings available, like Oreos or organic bee pollen.
Also on Denman Street are: Dulcinea, an all-chocolate café; True Confections, the “date place” that serves cake slabs so big they could double as dinner; Delany’s, the locals’ coffee shop with great cinnamon buns; Dairy Queen, for Blizzards and Buster Bars; and Mondo Gelato, with dozens of creatively decorated flavours to choose from.