Many a time have I passed by Ichiban Bakery‘s iconic window on Bank Street, filled to the brim with baked goods and pastries just beckoning for me to step inside and eat my bodyweight in French and Japanese tarts. So, the other day I finally made a point to check the place out and I’m so glad I did! I think I’ll be able to add this cute little spot in the heart of the Glebe to my list of favourite bakeries in Ottawa!
Ichiban Bakery is a family-run business that has been serving both Japanese and French baked goods for 16 years! You can find them in the Glebe, right in between 4th and 5th ave.
So, Ben and I popped in for a quick bite and coffee before heading to one of my last classes for the semester (cheers to that bois).
The place is actually a lot smaller than I had envisioned it, but it had a really cozy and warm aesthetic to it. Right as we walked in the lady behind the counter pointed out a couple of her favourite baked goods behind the large display case and explained that everything was homemade and baked fresh that morning!
While it was tempted to try one of everything that she suggested, I HAD to try out their iconic “Japanese Cream Cheese Tart” – it’s what Ichiban Bakery is well known for!
You can check out their entire menu here!
The tart was creamy and delicious! The dough was a bit hard to rip apart with just a fork, but I expected as much. I feel like cream cheese tarts are aesthetic AF and then you start digging into it with your fork and it gets all mushy and just completely falls apart (oh wow, kinda like me during exam season).
The coffee was pretty superb too. I’m going to have to do a comprehensive review of all the coffee around Ottawa at some point lmao, but for the time being, I’m not too sure where exactly the coffee at Ichiban would fall on my scale. I’d say that the best coffee I’ve had has been at like, Headquarters or Black Squirrel or Little Victories, but Ichiban’s latte definitely kicks Starbucks and any other commercial producer’s ass. You just can’t beat a really nice latte made with love, ya know?
Speaking of love, the service was really kind! The lady was totally cool about me being obnoxious and taking pics of the cafe and it was really kind of her to tell us about the different kinds of baked goods behind the counter.
When we went, the place was pretty dead, save for a few clusters of old ladies getting together for some TEA (if ya know what I mean) ;p
But I don’t get the impression that this place gets super packed on the regular or anything, so if you are in the ‘hood I’d recommend this place if you are looking for a neat cafe to study in! Plus, the fact that Ichiban Bakery has French AND Japanese baked goods gives me LIFE. My TWO favourite kinds of cuisines! And of course, this place gets a nod of approval from an aesthetic snob like me – the interior design is cute, with dope ceiling fixtures and cute wall art!
You can count on me going back to Ichiban Bakery to try out their matcha pastries and pick up a baguette for dinner ;p