Passover starts this week (April 5-13, 2023), so we’re sharing a few of our favourite Jewish bakeries, and kosher-friendly kitchens in Metro Vancouver to get your celebrations started.
Fire up Shiva Baby (a dramedy about a young Jewish woman attending a family’s funeral service-which aptly features a buffet of kosher comfort food) on Netflix and chill, enjoying great food with fam and friends!
By Avneet Takhar
Garden City Bakery
This kosher-certified bakery has been around for 20 years! And its popularity continues, with rave reviews claiming it’s got “the best challah in town.”
It’s a great spot to pick up both the savoury and sweet stuff – like the challah or chocolate and cinnamon raisin babkas.
9100 Blundell Rd #360, Richmond. Get off at Richmond-Brighouse and either walk 30 minutes or hop on the 408 bus.
Boemma Euro Foods & Deli
This Euro deli is great find for stocking up on all the things you’ll want for the week. We recommend the kremesh (vanilla custard slices) and borscht (beetroot soup), and they carry loads of ready-made snacks and dinner dishes.
*Food products here are not all kosher, check with vendor before purchase.
5172 Kingsway, Burnaby. An 8-minute walk from Royal Oak Station.
Based on cuisine originating from Jewish-Ukrainian culture, Kozak has various locations for their restaurants and eateries, but for this week we’d strongly recommend stopping in at their delicious bakery in New Westminster.
With everything from rum babkas, to cabbage rolls and latkes (crispy potato fritters), Kozak Bakery is a must-visit to get your fill for the holidays.
*Food products here are not kosher.
444 6th St, New Westminster. A 20-minute walk from Columbia Station.
The OG Mensch is back after a seven year hiatus – just in time for Passover! Delivering across Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby their a la carte menu is as delectable as fans remember.
They’ve got you for starters, mains, sides and desserts: signature pastrami, matzo balls (Jewish dumplings), egg salad, basbusa (semolina and coconut cake)- Mensch are living up to their name (which translates to honourable in Yiddish).
To place an order, click the message button on their website.
Owned and operated by the Israeli-Jewish Kahlon family, this kosher bakery is a Vancouver staple.
Chicken matzo soup, shakshuka (an egg dish) and chocolate twist rolls await you! And they even have the menu available in Hebrew.
3844 Oak St, Vancouver. Get on the Canada line to Olympic Village and use the 17 bus to get there.
A deli that literally has it all, with all the sausages, jerkys and pastramis you can think of, this is as authentic as it gets. Within the deli is also a restaurant that serves tongue and reuben sauerkraut sandwiches, and even chopped liver appies. Meaty stuff!
5775 Oak Street, Vancouver. A 12-minute walk from Oakridge-41st Avenue station.
There are many ways to get to each of these spots in Metro Vancouver by transit. Visit TransLink’s Trip Planner to find your way.
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