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Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe

1059 Alberni Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1A1
Tel: (604) 608-6870
Neighbourhood: West End
  • Cuisine: Bakery, Cafe, Dessert
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Patio, Wifi, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 7AM - 12AM, Sat - Sun: 8AM - 12AM
  • Founded in the traditions of internationally acclaimed maître pâtissier Thierry Busset’s native France, Thierry offers a contemporary approach to the finest handcrafted chocolates, macarons, pastries, and desserts.

    We invite you to join us in our comfortable café, where the open atelier is both instructive and entertaining, and where our friendly and knowledgeable staff members will be delighted to assist you with your choices. Whether you drop by for a restorative mid-morning break for a cappuccino and croissant, a leisurely afternoon stop from the nearby shops for a signature macaron, or a post-dinner dessert and drink on our licensed patio, Thierry is designed to uplift the spirits.

    All of our product range is available in our retail shop to take away, and of course our chocolates and other confections make delightful gifts.

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Thierry
By Gorgelicious of Vancouver (52 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2013 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

This is the place to be when you're out late at night but you get a sudden craving for something sweet! Thierry has a myriad of delicious sweets ranging from spiked coffees, high end chocolates, handcrafted gelato, beautifully constructed cakes, and possibly the best macarons in Vancouver! The small establishment can only take 30 people or so but there's enough room in their heated patio for at least 15 more. They have a wide variety of sweets but some of our favorites include: lychee macaron, chocolate tart (they make this occasionally but it's seriously the best!), tiramisu, and raspberry gelato!
Chocolate Tart (6.5/7)

This is amazing! The entire tart is made out of this solidified type of mousse that's extremely creamy but not too sweet. The chocolate isn't too overpowering even though it's very dark, and we thought that it was a lot less bitter than other chocolate tarts that we have had.

Lemon Tart (5.5/7)

This sour treat was loved by only a few of us. The tanginess of the tart was definitely enough but unfortunately, it was just too sour.

Chestnut Cake (6/7)

To be honest, we've only had chestnut cakes made in Asian bakeries before! We wanted to try this as soon as we saw it and we have no regrets! This was made very well as the ratio of chestnut to chocolate tasted perfect.

Tiramisu (6.25/7)
This is honestly a piece of art. The tiramisu here is made beautifully and we've tried both the small individual size and the full size. Even though the tiramisu isn't authentic, the aesthetics of the cake makes up for it! The taste is quite good and we always come back for more.

Pear Cassis Charlotte (4.5/7)
This wasn't very good. Saying this so bluntly makes us want to apologize to the patissiers of Thierry but this cake was honestly not good. We only ordered this because it looked really nice but it was honestly very plain and something that we could never order again. The green outer shell was questionable and didn't taste very good.

Opera Cake (6/7)
This is a very dense cake that is comprised of hazelnut sponge, chocolate ganache, butter cream, and coffee. We enjoyed this a lot with our tea but it was very filling! (not that we're complaining)

Japanese Sencha green tea (6/7)
This was a very enjoyable tea that we could distinguish as high quality. Although it differs from the tea that you could drink at Miku, this had its own soothing taste.

Honeybush Vanilla Tea?? (Not sure if this is the correct name) (6.25/7)
This unique tea was perfect with our desserts as it wasn't too strong but it didn't have any herbal-y smell/taste. We weren't really sure of what tea to categorize it as, but it's most likely a white tea.

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I don't get the expensive hype??
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2012 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

This place is nice inside, not alot of seating, and most people order and leave. I decided to order Americano and heard alot about their macaroons. These cookies aren't cheap and for 7 small cookies, cost $13.00, and anywhere else I could buy a cake, pasteries or lots of cookies. I felt for the price the cookies I tried, Vanilla, Chocolate hazelnut and chocolate caramel. really lack taste, freshness and weren't worth the price I paid. I wanted to like these expensive cookies, but talk about how bland with little flavour they left me. The americano had a great aroma, but was way to strong & bitter. This place is all about the hype, so bring lots of money, to enjoy their indulgence.

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Good but didn't blow my mind
By BigAnthony of North Burnaby (106 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 10:07am [Dine in]

Went here for lunch yesterday with my father. The place is beautiful inside. Nice place to sit down and have a coffee. I ordered a smoked salmon sandwich for $8.75, my dad had a danish for $2.45. We each had a cappuccino for $3.50 each. The service was a little weak (seemed like she wasn't too happy to be working there). My sandwich was averagely alright, nothing special. My cappuccino was VERY strong tasting. I am a lover of strong cappuccino but this was a little over the top in my opinion. This was the first time I ever had to add sugar to my cappuccino. My father agreed and did the same. Before leaving I went back up to grab some sweets to go. The service this time was from another girl, much more cheery then the last, maybe she enjoyed her job. I ordered an individual dessert, the Chocolate Succe for $6.75, was good, kind of dry, nothing amazing. Also 1 small box of chocolates for $8.95. The coconut ganache was awesome, the other 3 were good.

Overall.. fancy place but for the hype it receives it wasn't magical or memorable to me. I spent a total of $37.85 here and sampled food,drink,dessert. Nothing stood out and amazed me so that I would come back for more. Except for the coconut ganache (1 piece of chocolate)

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average place
By eddieyang of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 8:28pm [Dine in]

i would like to see this place to get better, it's good in my opinion, but the prices don't go along with what they serve. i think it way too expencive for the little amount of food you get and not so good. i think the people working there can do better in every aspect so that the place can get better.

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Just another Coffee Shop
By Spicerum of Kitsilano BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

In the Chic Alberni St its a busy place. If you need cakes do need to pre order or you can pick up whats not sold. Prices are on the high side, considering the location I wont complain in Vancouver. But lacks in quality and service. Hope they had more selection available for take away pastries.

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Ok place for dessert.
By cyberspace of vancouver (88 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 9:48am [Dine in]

Went on Saturday night and the place was busy. I had the trio cake which was good. The quality of desserts are good. They don't have any drip coffee so did not try any coffee. Would go back if I am looking for a good dessert place. Parking is hard to find.

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I love this place!
By Italian-guy of Downtown&Burnaby (60 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]

Let me start out by saying again I love this place! i love the idea of a authentic Italian/French style coffee bar. The pastries and cakes are extremely high quality and the coffee is top notch. You know..this is the ONLY time I've been served a side of water with my espresso like they do at the better bars in Italy..it is unheard of in Vancouver. Our party ordered a whole cake (very reasonable btw with 10 good sized slices, very creamy/mousse like and not overly sweet) and they plated and served it at our table outside. That is another plus to his place, a great covered patio with sturdy chairs and tables that don't wobble unlike EVERY Starbucks in this city! This place is the antidote for the over priced indifferent Coffee scene that exists in d/t Vancouver right now!..I'll def be back!

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Great place to satisfy your sweet tooth
By kitsl of surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 20, 2014 - 11:14am [Dine in]

My SO and I come here every chance we get when we are in Vancouver to buy their macarons as we are huge fans of these expensive little cookies.

Food:
We mainly come here for the macarons. They are actually quite big compared to other macaron shops that we've been to, which gives the value of these macarons a 3/5. Obviously we would like them to be cheaper as they are still pretty small cookies, but what can you do. At $2/macaron, you get a bigger cookie than L'Opera in Richmond, who also charges the same price per macaron. Notable flavors are the salted caramel macaron, vanilla macaron, and the maple pecan macaron.

We have tried some of their chocolates and cakes. Yes, they satisfy your sweet tooth, but we would prefer the macarons over their cakes.

Their coffees honestly don't stand out to us at all. We would prefer to buy a drink from Starbucks.

Service:
Outstanding. During its' busiest times in the night, we are often served in a minute or less. If we choose to sit down, they will bring us our treats and coffees. I can't think of anything else to say about their service because they've been great to us and there is nothing to complain. They have never messed up our orders.

Value:
The price really isn't that bad. It is definitely on a little bit of a more expensive side, but what do you expect when you are downtown? Like I mentioned before, the price of the macarons are decent with the size that you get. Other shops have much smaller macarons.

Ambiance:
Loud and packed. They have a small seating area indoors, and a small seating area outdoors. I have never been in there during the day, but if you are heading towards Thierry's anytime from 10pm-12am, they are usually packed full of people lining up for some dessert or you'll have problems finding a seat.

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Nice but on the pricey side
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 12:39pm [Take-out]

I knew going in that this would be on the pricier side, so I was well groomed with what to expect, and really, anyone who goes here should know that going in. Thankfully the price is reflected in the quality of the product you are getting. The macarons are very good, got a dozen in order to try all the flavours and the best of the bunch are easily the line and pink praline. I would go back, but it is definitely a (very) once in a while treat type of place.

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Nice interiors
By Lannie of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 24, 2012 - 5:05am [Dine in]

Great location and great interiors... that's just about it. Food, however, is terrible!! Nothing tasted spectacular here except for maybe a couple of their cakes. Bleh, was expecting something more but it's all mediocre. 2.5/5 in my opinion. Don't like it at all.... needs improvement.

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A nice place for a break
By Lover of Wine and Coffee of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 5:11pm [Dine in]

Hey - I like this place - I don't love it, but I do like it. Coffee is great, desserts are just to 'die for', and unlike the previous reviewer, I have no complaints about the service or attitude (must have been an off day). I love the 'savarin' and 'passion-fruit mousse' - though I don't usually care for 'Americanos', it is done exceedingly well. As my office is just a block away, I do tend to visit (a wee bit expensive though).

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Complete Incompetence
By goodwine of Langley (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 7:54am [Take-out]

We were so excited to try this place, and went in to get our morning coffee and to buy pastries for take back home with us. I first ordered a large decaf mocha. We then ordered 4 Almond cookies, 4 Chocolate Madeleine, one slice of Opera Cake, and one slice of Chocolate Succe cake. We then ordered two slices of the Pumpkin Pithivier and were informed by our bored-looking server that we had to buy the whole thing if we wanted a slice. My husband pointed out that there was a sign in front that said $4.95, and we were pretty certain this didn't mean for the whole thing. A gentleman had to come along and tell this server that he just hadn't sliced up the Pithivier yet.
The server then informed me that my coffee was ready, so I went and got it and started drinking it. We proceeded to the checkout to pay for everything. I asked the server to make sure that it was all there in the boxes. She opened up the one with the two chocolate slices and told us they were both there. She then just glanced at the box with the pumpkin slices and informed us that they could put two slices in the box, which I was doubtful of. However, I took her word for it. I gave my Interac card to pay, and the machine said there was an error. She reset the machine and we tried again. Again, an error. This went on for at least 5 tries, at which time I became so worried that their machine was taking out the money each time that I actually had to sit down and phone my bank to make sure this wasn't happening. We went back to pay, and by that time they had switched the machine. $52 later we were finally sitting at a table and I was sipping my Mocha while we absorbed the exorbitant cost of a few treats.
I was then approached by the Barista, who was carrying a Mocha. He told me it was mine. I had already drank half of the one I had. I was a bit panicked, as I have a very bad reaction to caffeine. He quickly took the drink I had started on out of my hand and put the other one on the table. He informed me that the one I had been drinking had caffeine, while the one he just gave me did not. I was furious. He rushed off, and then came back a few minutes later to say that they both had been caffeine-free. Quite frankly, I didn't believe him. Sure enough, 20 minutes later in the car I started to have heart palpitations. This is the reaction I get from caffeine. It's not fun. Actually, it's downright scary.
To top it all off, we arrived home and later on in the evening settled down to enjoy our desserts. We opened up the box of Pithivier slices to discover, alas, only ONE slice. They charged us for TWO!!!
I am absolutely amazed that this place, who like to advertise that they are a part of the group who runs CinCin, Araxi, etc., can have such incompetent staff working for them. We are huge fans of CinCin and Araxi, and have never encountered such bad service at either of those places. Thierry is a disgrace to this name. We will not go there again.

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Great macarons!
By Sidneylee of Burnaby (25 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:05pm [Take-out]

Went to Thierry to pick up some macarons last week. The shop was packed but we were helped after waiting for a minute. On the day we were there, they only offered 3 choices of flavors. Apple spice, earl grey and salted caramel. Although they were not my favourites, they tasted really good! I also wanted to give their coffee beans a try so I asked the staff if they knew when the beans were roasted, she said no. Then I asked them to grind the beans for stovetop, and they said they didn't know what it was. I was surprised and a bit apprehensive to get the beans since their knowledge in coffee seemed limited. I pulled out a picture of the moka pot to show them to make sure the beans get the correct grind.
Despite of that, I highly enjoy their macarons and think they have the best ones in town.

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Trial and Error
By I like 2 nom of North Burnaby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2012 - 12:29am [Dine in]

After being introduced to Thierry through a friend that's a major chocoholic, I found this place to be delightful. As a person who likes there desert light and less sweet, I had to be careful of what I ordered (as with any desert place). After asking the workers for a recommendation, I ended up ordered the blueberry tart and a green tea drink(which was basically syrup and water). I also split some macaroons with my friend and we ended up getting earl grey, raspberry and lychee macaroon. I wish I had tried the Early grey macaroon first as it was bland after I had everything else. My friend said that it was her favorite one out of the 3. Personally, the raspberry and lychee were both as good. The raspberry had raspberry bits which were a nice surprise and lychee bits in the lychee macaroon as well. The Blueberry tart was a little bland. It tasted better the day after when I took it home (which is odd). My friend got a slice of tuxedo cake which of course is way too much sweetness for me but the cream filling was very good. The macaroons and deserts are fairly priced. The decor and design of Thierry is super chic; a great getaway from the downtown chaos.

Overall, I would definitely come back again to try some more deserts. I will want to see how there pies or mousses are. I hoping that they won't be too sweet !

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Disappointed....clearly overrated!
By minniehe of Downtown Vancovuer (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 8:56am [Take-out]

First off, this cafe looks somewhat identical to Thomas Haas, I heard that they used the same designer. Quite frankly, I prefer Thomas Haas over this place anyday, but I just wanted to try this place out, since everyone was "raving" about it. So I ordered a hot chocolate, 3 macaroons, chocolate succe, and a lime cake. The hot chocolate was not chocolatey enough, it tasted very watery and powdery...it was not good. The macaroons were very vibrant coloured- almost tooo synthetic, I really wonder if the FDA would approve of the colouring...hmm. Anyways, the macaroons were way too sweet, and they were crunchy ( macaroons are not supposed to be crunchy). I ordered the pistachio- way too sweet, passionfruit- fruity but way too sweet, and the gianduja- the best out of the 3, but still too sweet. The lime cake was very wet tasting, it was unappetizing. The chocolate succe cake was the best thing I bought, and it was decent, nice chocolate flavour. Will I go back- NO, its difficult to find parking, and Alberni is always so busy. Nothing beats Thomas Haas.

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