Eating gluten free has become the latest weight loss trend, and shunning wheat is popular even among those who don’t suffer from allergies or intolerances to it.
But for those still enjoying a chewy, rustic loaf, here are just a few of the city’s best bread bakeries — some new and some that have been baking and breaking bread for generations.
The SAIT Downtown Campus
Their daily bread offerings depend on student schedules and what’s on the curriculum. Expect anything from a rustic sausage sourdough loaf to delicate brioche and tall biscuits — you can get a great deal while supporting the culinary arts program.
226 - 230 Eighth Avenue S.W. in TD Square, (403) 284-8535
You can hardly talk about bread in Calgary without mentioning baker Aviv Fried. He started out with bread, and then distracted us with scones and pastries, but his crusty loaves are still some of the best in the city.
5524 - 1A Street S.W., (403) 400-3067
Their loaf options are limited to a few French classics: crusty baguettes, sourdough among pastries galore and some of the best croissants in the city, stuffed with any number of delicious ingredients both sweet and savoury.
2435 Fourth Street S.W., (403) 984-9294
Lazy Loaf and Kettle
Great bread makes a great sandwich — they know this at the Lazy Loaf, where their nine-grain Kettle Bread, made using a generations-old recipe, has become a Calgary favourite.
8 Parkdale Crescent N.W., (403) 270-7810
Sweet Home Bakery
It’s as old-school as they come. Go for square sandwich bread, sheet rolls, hot dog and hamburger buns or Parker House rolls, and bring cash.
7930 Bowness Road N.W., (403) 288-5252
Another old-fashioned family-owned bakery, Glamorgan is famous for their ultra-soft, cheesy, salty cheese buns — you’re lucky if it’s in your neighbouhood, but they’re well worth a pilgrimage across the city for.
19 - 3919 Richmond Road S.W., (403) 242-2800