A quick note for those in need of a warm pastry: Bonchaz, previously sold in local markets here and there, has opened its first standalone location on W. Hastings downtown. Their namesake speciality, the bonchaz, is a take on the Mexican 'concha,' which tastes a bit like a brioche topped with a Chinese pineapple bun crust. (Sandwiches, soup and other things are available too, but ultimately inconsequential.) The bonchaz comes in three flavours (original, banana walnut, and mocha) but go with the original if it's your first.
Light as helium, the buns sit warmed in the oven until you order - they might float away otherwise - so make sure you get one that's not burnt (one out of our three were), and eat it before all that lovely warmth fades away.
426 W Hastings Street (between Homer and Richards)
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L1
604 626 7215