I know Christmas comes and goes every year and I know it might not be the happiest occasion for some folks, but for me, it’s my favourite time of year. I love Christmas even more than I love summer and that’s saying a lot because my birthday is during the summer and I love me my birthday celebrations. I love Christmas so much and I look forward to the season and everything it brings each year and I always feel so happy when everything I love is happening within a span of a month (seeing friends, holiday menus, holiday displays, exchanging presents, and taking a ridiculous amount of photos of all of the aforementioned) and when it’s all over I always feel a little nostalgic and sad. So I try my hardest to soak up every moment and to make as many fun memories as possible.
I made many of these wonderful memories yesterday when I spent one of the best days ever with my best friend for the holidays. Part of the ultra fabulous day included an afternoon stop at Bobbette & Belle’s 2nd location in uptown Yonge-Lawrence village for hot drinks and sweets!
Not only am I so in love with Christmas but I am absolutely smitten with Bobbette & Belle’s newest location. I didn’t even KNOW they opened a 2nd location until late last week when I was just out and about in the area and happened to walk past it. I was so stunned I nearly shouted, “WHAT!?” right out on the sidewalk. Sigh. This is what happens when I stop blogging and, for the most part, being tuned out of all my foodie outlets for nearly half a year.
I have no idea when Bobbette & Belle opened this new location but am I ever sure glad they did! I love it even more than their original flagship on Queen Street East. While the Queen East location is big and airy, the Yonge-Lawrence location has such a warm, comforting, communal feel to it. The decor and aesthetic is very similar: gorgeous cake pedestals displayed on shelves, beautiful china dishes and tea plates hung stylishly on the wall, a chalkboard menu, wood floors, and platters and stands full of pastries and sweets (tarts, cupcakes, macarons, cakes, scones, cookies and so much more!) just waiting to be devoured. The difference? The cafe aspect and feel. The Yonge-Lawrence one screams Parisian cafe to me with its small tables and seating section in the back and the beautiful cushioned booth seating right up in the front by the storefront window (which can seat 4 sets of 2) is prime real estate, baby. It’s bright, it’s soothing, and with the cushiony seating and knitted pillows, it’s the perfect spot to spend time with someone over a delicious dessert and hot drink.
I was so excited finding out about their new location that I took advantage of the timing and ordered something holiday-themed: a Christmas tree-shaped shortbread cookie (which is actually what I had the last time I was at Bobbette & Belle during Christmas, go figure! Check out that blog post here) along with two delightful macarons in cassis and chocolate mint, an alfajores cookie, and a nice big hot steaming mug of Citron Calm tea from their selection of Sloane Fine Teas! I am over the moon that they serve Sloane teas as their teas are delicious.
Ugh, this was such a delicious afternoon treat! I knew I loved their macarons and shortbread cookies and now I love their alfajores cookies. A lot. The cookie has such great texture (sturdy yet soft and moist) and the caramel was nice and thick and gooey without being mushy and the coconut it was rolled in gave it the perfect crunch. LOVE. And in addition to the Christmas-themed shortbread cookies, they had a chocolate candy cane peppermint cupcake on hand as well as some apple caramel pastries, apple cider, and several other holiday yummies.
Their new location is in an accessible part of town (walking distance from Lawrence subway station) and it’s in an area that I really enjoy being in as I love the Yonge-Lawrence and Yonge-Eglinton neighbourhoods. I cannot wait to come back for scones and tea, or maybe a tart with a macaron, or a slice of cake, or just more alfajores cookies. And a hundred plus more cups of tea.
Bobbette & Belle is located at 3347 Yonge Street on the east side of Yonge at the corner of Snowdon Ave. (Fairlawn Ave. being the street on the west side of Yonge) in the Yonge-Lawrence Village neighbourhood. Their hours are 9am-6:30pm from Monday-Friday and 9am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Their original flagship location is in Leslieville at 1121 Queen Street East.