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

Bonchaz Bakery Cafe on Urbanspoon


Tia said... @ March 6, 2010 at 11:52 PM

i've never ehard of tese pastries before! gotta try it.

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How much do these pastries cost?

Joe said... @ March 7, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I can't remember the exact amount off the top of my head, but it was no more than parking meter change.

Anonymous said... @ March 7, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Passed by Bonchaz today... they don't open on Sundays!

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Came across this earlier last week on Yelp. I swear they must have put something in there... now I'm hooked!

The Fledgling Basement Foodie said... @ March 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM

I work at Bonchaz and just wanted to make some corrections to the original post and provide some more info!
The three current flavours are: original (coffee butter), banana walnut, and French truffle. They began as a legitimate vendor with the Vancouver Farmers Markets, which is a non-profit organization that puts on all the farmers markets you see during the summer and fall, and at the WISE Hall in the winter.
The buns cost between $1.25 and $1.75. The coffee is the best you'll have, fresh French-press and made briskly. And the soups and sandwiches are not inconsequential, they are delicious, freshly made every morning, and extremely delicious. This is not written with bias either, as this is based on customer reviews even more than my own taste preferences. Also, there is free wi-fi too! And Bonchaz is open on Saturdays (Sundays soon hopefully).

FriedChicken said... @ March 11, 2010 at 2:40 PM

The banana walnut is my FAVORITE. I brought 10 home (no joke) and finished all in one day :$ haha. The original is also good, there's a chocolate flavored one now.. it's also not bad. But the banana walnut, Da BESt.
So addicting. It costs the most out of all the flavors, but I'm pretty sure its the healthiest xD. Once you try the original, try the banana-walnut.. its GREAT. . well . only if u like bananas :)

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