346 Wilson St. East, Ancaster
visited Friday October 7, 2016
It wasn’t too many days ago that the mornings were still warm and taking London to the park was still our daily routine. I feel like fall has officially settled and now we’re in for the long haul till…May?!?! Eeeeeeeeek let’s not think about that now. Let’s focus on something yummy and delightful like this little French bakery, Caniche, in the heart of Ancaster.
It’s located on the main drag of Wilson street, which immediately scores it some extra cuteness points. But it really is an adorable little house, converted into this charming bakery with a big maple tree in the front and some bistro tables out front to watch the world pass by. (ok on this amazing morning there was actually a huge asphalt truck across the street and a jack hammer digging up cement, which wasn’t the nicest thing for me to sit and watch with my coffee and croissant, and while London was peacefully napping in her stroller….but you can’t win ’em all hahhhah)
Caniche serves Balzacs coffee but no espresso based drinks. I’m not a coffee drinker (flat whites, cortados, lattes are more my thang!), but Balzacs does some smooth rich coffee that I didn’t mind too much. Plus these days I feel I’ll get my caffeine fix any ol’ way.
And of course the French baked goods. I had this amazing Pain D’Amandes that was totally Parisian. If you’ve ever been so lucky to have French pastries and bread in Paris, especially croissants, then you’ll know its really hard to find comparable quality and technique here in Hamilton. Like those Costco packs of croissants are c’est horrible.. they’d probably throw you in jail if they saw you eating that in Paris lol.
Well Caniche does France proud. This croissant was super flaky, buttery with a sweet almond paste inside and topped with crunchy sliced almonds and tons of powdered sugar. At 10am they were even out of a few baked goods already like the Apple Cinnamon biscuit. With breakfast cookies, maple walnut tarts, lemon chocolate eclairs and pumpkin bread pudding, there’s bound to be something you’ll love here.
Plus they do custom cakes, light soups and sandwiches and loaves of bread. The bakers come in at 2am to make everything fresh in house, so you can be sure lots of love and care are put into these fine treats. They have a set up with tables n chairs, at the back of the house, to enjoy all these lovely things indoors…away from ol’ man winter who is inevitably on his way.