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“Incredible cookies” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wild Flour- Banff's Artisan Bakery Cafe

Wild Flour- Banff's Artisan Bakery Cafe
Ranked #11 of 143 Restaurants in Banff
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $15
Cuisines: Cafe, Canadian
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Here artisan bread is hand-crafted the traditional way with long fermentation periods, careful hand shaping and small batch baking. When the sun is rising behind the mountain tops, our organic loaves are just coming out of the oven, along with freshly baked pastries and other tasty treats. All of our offerings are made with locally-sourced and all-natural ingredients.Whether for breakfast, lunch, or the in-between snack, everyone can find something to fuel their day in Banff at Wild Flour! Vegan, Vegetarian, gluten-free and raw options are always available.Our Specialty coffees are organic, fair-trade and served in a ceramic mug that invites you to stay in the warm bakery atmosphere. If you are keen to get out and explore the national park, know that our take-out packaging is made from biodegradable, compostable, and recycled materials.In the evening, you may well find a unique community event hosted at Wild Flour. We regularly feature local and visiting musicians, poetry readings, conversation cafes, and even custom calzone nights in the outdoor wood-fired oven.Twitter & Instagram: WildFlourBanff
Wadsworth
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Incredible cookies”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

For the most part the coffee was very good and the pastries were great. We went back multiple times during our recent 4 day stay in Banff. Their oatmeal raisin cookies were incredible. The staff was always friendly and attentive.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jsehj4ever
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Manager_Banff, Manager at Wild Flour- Banff's Artisan Bakery Cafe, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
It’s so great to hear you loved our cookies (& other pastries). Thanks for reviewing us!
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Houston, Texas
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Breakfast at the Bakery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2014

Breakfast sandwiches here were just what was required to set us up for a day of sightseeing. The granola with fruit compote looked wonderful.

Visited June 2014
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Flagstaff, Arizona
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“No Passion, No Flair, No Imagination”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014

Those three things-- Passion, Flair, Imagination-- are something we know about, with regard to artisan bakeries and/ or breakfast-lunch cafes. Our sister-in-law is a first class artisan baker in the Pacific Northwest. The nearest coffeehouse to where we live-- Macy's in Flagstaff-- is world class. Perhaps these things make us too qualified, even snobs on these subjects. Be that as it may …

The house coffee at Wildflower was so weak we didn't know for awhile if we'd mistakenly gotten tea. Weak tea at that. The buttermilk muffin was moist, fluffy, and full of blueberries. A 3.5 out of 5 for a muffin lacking any spice or flair. But our two sandwiches-- the grilled cheese and breakfast sandwich-- were plain and ordinary to the point of being boring.

Wild Flower also lacks atmosphere and seems designed to push the crowd through in big numbers, rather than having an ambience that makes folks want to stay and enjoy what they get. They could also use someone out bussing the tables every now and then.

For now, they ought to change the name to Mildflower or even Blandflower.

Caveat, we will say that the loaves of breads on the shelves looked great, although we did not buy one.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank polaris22
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Manager_Banff, Manager at Wild Flour- Banff's Artisan Bakery Cafe, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Thanks for providing feedback on our bakery. I’m sorry the drip coffee you tried was flavourless, I can assure you this is not the norm. We source all of our organic coffee from Fratello, a roasters in Calgary. Our staff receive frequent training and we are proud of the coffee we brew.

We’re currently updating the menu to offer a wider range of tasty treats for our guests. The change does mean that bakers are still refining certain recipes. I’m confident in a few weeks they will have them dialed and you wouldn’t find things bland. However, I recognize that doesn’t change your experience and apologize you were disappointed.

We’re also hoping to renovate soon so that people don’t feel rushed through the space. We hope you give us another try when all of this is in place! Next time you will have to try a loaf of bread! Thanks again for your feedback.
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Annapolis Valley, NS
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“A great alternative to the ordinary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

I usually have breakfast and/or lunch at the Wild Flour. A bowl of their granola with yogurt and fruit compote will set you up for a full morning of walking. Their unique wraps and paninis are excellent as well.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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“Great healthy option in Banff - amazing coffee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

Wild Flour Artisan Bakery is a first stop for me when I get to Banff. Their healthy granola with organic yoghurt is delicious and there is some gluten free options (live seed granola and a seed bar). The seed bar is delicious. They also make salads and soups and sandwiches for lunches and have lovely baked treats. As I am gluten sensitive, I haven't tried the treats, but the soups and salads are fresh and delicious.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DeborahD449
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JuniperGM, Manager at Wild Flour- Banff's Artisan Bakery Cafe, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Hi Deborah!

Thanks for reviewing us! It’s great to hear you enjoyed the coffee, soups and salads. We hope you stop by next time you are in Banff!
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