Bakery Gabi and Jules (named after the owners’ daughters) is known for baking exceptional handmade pies from their original Port Moody location. And we truly mean handmade. Each pie is made without the use of machinery (barring an oven, of course) with an all-butter crust. The resulting slice (or full pie, we don’t judge) is a slam dunk of flavour bursting with nostalgia.
We stopped by the shop and spoke to owner Lisa Beercroft to chat the bakery’s second location that is now open in Burnaby.
This new location of Gabi and Jules was previously home to the owners’ other café, Caffe Divano. When we went to the bakery it was bustling with people, some taking their treats to-go, others sitting in the ample indoor dining space sharing a slice or two.
The menu rotates regularly to reflect the seasons, with offerings like strawberry, peaches and cream, and rhubarb, apple and strawberry crisp for summer. Cult-favourites like apple and blueberry earl grey are regularly available too—the latter a Mother's Day launch from a couple of years ago. But “people were obsessed with it, so it stuck around,” says Beercroft.
I picked up their key lime, and it might just be the best version I’ve had. A buttery cookie crust is the base for a creamy yet bright filling that begs for extra bites. (Full disclosure: I have been eating this for both breakfast and dessert).
You'll also find bake-at-home savoury selections like butter chicken pot pie and a personal mac and cheese pie. The bakery also has a coffee bar, plus a selection of pastries (think croissants, crostadas and scones) and freshly made focaccia, which Beercroft says is a passion project of her husband’s. The storefront also an array of home accessories, like tea towels, magnets and mugs that Beercroft says are all from local female makers.
Integral to Gabi and Jules is their support of people on the autism spectrum as well as inclusivity on a grand scale. Beercroft says that “this has attracted people to the company who want to be in a space where they can really be themselves and be accepted for who they are.” She explains that after a pledge to measure last year, they found that 40 percent of their employees are people with disabilities. "It’s what the culture is. We live and breathe it, defend it and make sure it is rooted in kindness," she says. "We want to cultivate an environment where people feel safe.”
We love the awareness and inclusivity model that Gabi and Jules operates, but of course we’re also pretty obsessed with their pies. Their pastries are made in limited quantities, and they run out of their fan faves pretty quickly, so place an order online to secure yours.