Let’s talk about cookies, the sweet treat that has become the staple of confectionary lovers all over the world. A bad day or a good day can be made even better as soon as you smell those freshly-baked cookies coming out of the oven. From simple sugar to gourmet masterpieces, there is a huge variety of cookie options available right here in Ottawa. You can pick up a cookie just about anywhere that sells groceries or baked goods, and they’re all pretty delicious. But what if you want a cookie that’s a cut above the expected?

If you want to make a splash at the office, someone’s birthday or just because it’s Monday, you need to check out these five Ottawa bakeries. They not only bring fun and flavorful creations to people of the city, but also some of the most experienced cookie chefs and innovative recipes. At these bakeries, cookies aren’t “just” cookies. They’re edible art. You’ll feel like they’re just too pretty to eat, but you won’t be able to help yourself!

1). Boko Bakery
280 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M2, Canada

This charming Ottawa bakery is known for stellar sugar cookies that come in more designs than you can even think of! A lot of sugar cookies taste the same as the competitor’s sugar cookie, but Boko Bakery truly sets itself apart from the rest. Pick up a dozen Rick and Morty, Little Mermaid or Spongebob cookies whenever you’re craving something sweet that is sure to put a smile on your face.

2). Le Moulin de Provence
55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, ON K1N 9C3, Canada

This café in Byward Market is a great spot to take some time away from the rush of the world to relax with a cookie and a cup of coffee. Since 1999, Le Moulin de Provence has been baking delectable pastries, cookies and other treats for the people of Ottawa and it has been a huge success! Le Moulin de Provence has your traditional faves, like chocolate chip and macadamia nut, as well as unexpected twists on confectionary classics like oatmeal orange raisin.

3). Three Tarts
464 Bank St #3, Ottawa, ON K2P 1Z3, Canada

Shortbread, sugar, chocolate, ginger, cranberry and lemon are just some of the cookie flavors that you’ll find at this premium Ottawa bakery. Are you looking for something customized and sweet to make an impression? No matter the occasion, Three Tarts’ cookies are guaranteed to be the talk of your friends, family and colleagues for days to come!

4). Strawberry Blonde Bakery
114B Grange Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Y 3B1, Canada

The gluten and nut-free sugar cookies at Strawberry Blonde Bakery are all the rage, but there is really nothing on the menu that isn’t incredibly delicious. You don’t have to sacrifice goodness for your dietary restrictions here, because there is something for virtually everybody at prices so good that you’ll do a double-take. If you have your heart set on a dozen or half-dozen cookies, we recommend that you call and pre-order in advance. Their selection goes fast, and it’s not hard to see why.

5). SugarSugar Ottawa
1407 Ballard Ct, Gloucester, ON K1B 4Y9, Canada

These beautifully crafted, customized sugar cookies are baked, decorated and sold by a one-woman cookie army named Amanda. She has brought her passion for Pinterest-pretty cookies to the people of Ottawa for them to enjoy in their homes, too. These adorable creations are as delicious as they are beautiful, made from hand and with the utmost care and highest-quality ingredients.