Liberty Bakery is a coffee shop and bakery serving soup, sandwiches, breads, cookies and other pastries. Lots of vegetarian friendly options.
Picked up a few treats this afternoon.
The kids had gingerbread cookies. Hubby and I shared a diplomat, a chocolate torte type pastery and a Stockholm. I can't remember what the cookies cost each. The pasteries were $3.75 each.
The pasteries obviously used real butter and were rich, but not quite as tasty as I would have liked. After going to Fratellis (on Commercial Drive), I was also a little put off by the price. Fratellis pasteries cost only $2.05 each.
The servers were only okay. Unsmiling. Rang everything up and then promptly forgot what we ordered, I needed to remind her.
The quality was good - but I wouldn't go out of my way to return.
For my birthdays when I was little, my parents used to get a traditional Swedish Princess cake from a place called Elsie's Bakery. Liberty & Gunnar Gustafson eventually moved and opened Liberty Bakery on Main Street, but you can still order Princess cakes, and they are every bit as heavenly as ever: if you like cake and cream and marzipan, there's no cake more delicious than this!
Some of my other favourite things from Liberty Bakery are the black bean soup and the turkey pesto pannini (my lunch of choice when I'm in the neighbourhood), the coffee cake, and the pastries (in particular a clever little thing called a "potato" -- it looks just like a potato but is actually a marzipan-covered treat). The beverage choices are pretty standard, but the pitchers of lemonade are nice in the summer.
The service is very much counter service, not table service (though they will bring things out to you if there's a wait, as with grilled sandwiches) -- I don't mind this but some may not like it.
The prices are very reasonable for what you get, and the atmosphere is pleasant, with original artwork and unique furniture. The washroom is clean. The only downside is that Liberty Bakery occupies a smallish space so you can't always be sure of getting a table, especially at lunchtime.
First of all the food quality is EXCELLENT!!! Many wonderful freshly delicious baked goods and quite reasonably priced.
The lemon bundt cake and custard coffee cake are two of my favourite items. The pastries are also exquisite.
The space is charming - folk art inspired. And 2 or 3 outside tables.
Sadly it is the very poor service that makes me think twice about going back. The last few times I've received horrendous service esp from the Caucasian woman who manages or owns the bakery - she has to get rid of her scowling attitude and be thankful that people are coming in! She seemed perturbed that customers wanted to be served one hour before closing time when she had wrapped most of the baked goods for the day!!!
The counter staff in general don't understand customer service and the very slow and incompetent service is very painful to watch. Definitely AVOID coming in at lunchtime ... you are warned! Or order ahead and hopefully your order will be waiting for you by the time you get to the counter.
All the tips go to charity which I think is generous but maybe the tips should go to the counter staff as incentive to provide better and speedy service.
I don’t go as often as I used to but I still have my favorites. For the panninis there’s the vegan, turkey pesto, and ham and swiss. Then there’s the standard black bean lime soup, lots of flavor for vegetarian (I think vegan). Also it’s nice to get the pitcher of lemonade if there are two of you or more. Finally there are all the baked goods that are very good too. Things that stand out for me are their lemon bunt cake, almond pastry, and anything and everything with buttercream…. The prices may seem a bit pricey but relative to other pastry places that serve the same types of baked goodes it’s not bad. One of these days I may splurge and spend the money to buy the bread they make panninis out of. The caveats include the inconsistency in service and the last time I was there it seemed like they were slowing down on their inventory turnover. I can kind of overlook the service since they are family run and that goes a long way for me. But the last time I was there it seemed like they didn’t have the inventory they used to in the pastry section and maybe it wasn’t quite as fresh perhaps because of decline in foot traffic? In any case, for now I will go back.
Liberty Bakery is a charming place with excellent food and treats. I love to have a bowl of black bean with lime soup there on a rainy day or a capers, roasted red peppers, loves and feta sandwich with some lemonade on a hot day. Cookies, cakes, pastries and coffees are amazing. Great service and character. I love this place.
I go for lunch at least twice a month - Their hummus and sun-dried tomato panini is really good with the black bean soup. Their bakery slection is good too but a bit pricey I think. They offer counter service that is OK if somewhat language limited sometimes. They try hard and are always pleasant. If this seems like damning with faint praise its not. I eat there often and happily recommend it.