7 places to find Hanukkah eats in Vancouver

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Hanukkah, the eight night Jewish Festival of Lights, begins this year on Sunday, December 6 and ends the evening of Monday, December 14.

Along with special songs and games, the festivities include eating Hanukkah foods, which have been prepared in oil, including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), among other edible delights.

With a variety of eateries selling a myriad of sweet and savoury eats, crafted especially for this annual celebration, here’s our guide on where to pick up a wide range of Hanukkah fare.

Solly’s Bagelry

This long-standing bakery prepares a range of Jewish staples based on old-world traditions, including deep-fried latkes (which can be bought either fresh or frozen), house-made apple sauce, and authentic sufganiyot.

Address: Various locations (check website)
Website: www.sollysbagelry.com

Breka Bakery

Those on the lookout for Hanukkah edibles will find an assortment of treats at Breka Bakery, including loaves of challah (braided bread), kifeles or kuffles (crescent-shaped pastries wrapped around cream cheese fillings and dusted with cinnamon and sugar), and jelly-filled donuts.

Address: Various locations (check website)
Website: www.breka.ca

European Breads

This downtown bakery prides itself on baking fresh each day an array of baked treats, and come Hanukkah offers wonderfully airy challah, in addition to savory cheese pies.

Address: 1262 Burrard Street
Phone: 604-569-0708
Website: www.europeanbreads.com

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Siegel’s Bagels

While this Vancouver-based bakery specializes in bagels, it also prepares a variety of traditional rugolachs (crescent-shaped pastries). Flavours include chocolate-walnut, apricot, strawberry jam, dark chocolate raspberry, and cinnamon raison. For large volume orders it’s best to pre-order from the Granville Island outpost.

Address:  22-1689 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Phone: 604-685-5670

Address: 1883 Cornwall Avenue, Kitsilano
Phone: 604-737-8151

Website: www.siegelsbagels.com

Gem Chocolates

Every year Gem Chocolates creates a limited edition apple-spice chocolate for Hannukah. These luscious dark ganache squares will be available from December 2.

Address: 2029 West 41st Avenue, Kerrisdale
Phone: 604-263-9878
Website: www.gemchocolates.ca

Purdys Chocolatier

Purdys’ kosher certified Star of David Lollies sell out extremely quickly over Hanukkah. So if you’re after a few be sure to stock up on them as soon as you can. Circular in shape, these chocolates cost $2 each, or three for $5. Not every Purdys sells the Hanukkah-inspired confectionary so it’s best to call ahead to see if your nearest location carries them.

Address: Various locations (check website)
Website: www.purdys.com

Sabra Restaurant & Bakery

Founded in 1992 by a family of the Jewish community, Sabra Restaurant and Bakery serves a range of kosher foods. The menu features ethnic, West Coast fusion, and traditional kosher and meat dishes, including the ever-popular chicken matzo ball soup.

Address: 3844 Oak Street, Mount Pleasant
Phone: 604-733-4912
Website: www.sabrakosherrestaurant.com

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