Thierry Patisserie in downtown Vancouver fills what seems to be an emerging niche in the coffee market: a classier espresso cafe which focuses more on fancy dessert offerings rather than coffee and espresso. The decor is reminiscent of Thomas Haas Patisserie, with its wood-based decor, small round tables, and even the tiny airplane-sized washrooms. Thierry offers the standard cafe menu, from espresso-based drinks to loose-leaf teas, as well as a wide-range of french dessert options, including macarons, pastries, and various confections. Pricing is a bit higher than what you would find at a typical Starbucks-class cafe, though it’s standard for the quality that is presented. One thing that Thierry deserves points for is accessibility: it’s open until midnight everyday (+1), even on Sundays and holidays (+1). Furthermore, it’s located right in the middle of downtown (+1), one street up from Robson and a five-minute walk from Burrard Station.
On the day I visited Thierry Patiserrie, I was in a rush so I was only able to grab a tiramisu cake to go. The presentation was excellent, with a ribbon tied around an outer chocolate shell. The taste itself was fine, but it was a little heavier on the whipped topping than I liked. One thing I really appreciated was that they taped the cake onto the box, so it wouldn’t smush up against the sides when I jostled it. On a future visit, I’ll have to try some of their actual pastries and macarons, which should be their strength.