World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls

Canela: The Best Cinnamon Rolls in Calgary

Where are the best cinnamon rolls in Calgary you ask?

Out of the four bakeries we visited in our search for Calgary’s best cinnamon rolls, only one met our world-class expectations. Canela bakery serves the best cinnamon roll in Calgary.

A Tradition of Mexican Flavor

The swirling sweetness of a warm and gooey cinnamon bun, especially when it’s made by Chef Veronica Amaya, cannot be beaten. Canela is her brainchild.

Born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico. Amaya’s passion is for creating exciting new vegan recipes with fresh ingredients. Chef Amaya has been living and promoting a plant-based vegan lifestyle in her community of Calgary since 2013.

The word “Canela” is Spanish for cinnamon, which just so happens to be a key ingredient and the namesake of Chef Amaya’s small bakery in Calgary. She chose this name deliberately to represent her mission of bringing traditional Mexican flavor to all of her recipes and baked goods.

Locally Owned & Operated

Chef Veronica Amaya - Founder of Canela

Chef Amaya, an immigrant herself, started Canela in her daughter’s kitchen with an easy vegan cinnamon roll recipe. The market gradually became a go-to spot for the local community.

Canela’s customers tipped us off in 2021 that they had the best cinnamon rolls not only in Calgary but possibly in the world! We were bombarded with so many suggestions to visit this quaint little bakery in Calgary, that we eventually gave in and added Canela to the list along with three other bakeries.

Our 2022 Calgary cinnamon roll tour included the following bakeries:

  • Canela
  • Cobbs Bakery
  • Lina’s Market
  • Alforno

We visited all four bakeries over a two-day period while in Calgary. We sampled a number of cinnamon buns.

(Photo Credit: Canela) 

A Vegan Bakery

cinnamon roll in calgary canada

On our two-day journey to discover the best cinnamon rolls in Calgary, we quickly discovered that not all cinnamon rolls are made equal. One bakery stood above the rest and it was vegan.

But don’t let that scare you.

Vegan or not, you can get delicious world-class cinnamon rolls and croissants from Canela.

If you’re looking for a delicious treat, look no further than this incredible bakery in Calgary. Canela is a brick-and-mortar Bakery that is completely dedicated to creating yummy vegan baked goods that will tantalize your taste buds.

Whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll be sure to find an amazing cinnamon roll or pastry at this amazing spot!

Canela is located in a modest house just off of Macleod Trail S.W., and it specializes in vegan baked goods…including cinnamon rolls. If you’re not a vegan, don’t let that deter you from sampling these delights; you’ll have a hard time convincing yourself these cinnamon rolls are not real. Because they most certainly are. Not only are they real, they are the best cinnamon rolls in Calgary.

Canele’s most popular vegan cinnamon rolls are still a top choice for bakery consumers, and for good reason. We’re purists at The World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls so we tried Canela’s Classic Cinnamon Roll with cream cheese frosting.

Although our team was there to review Canela’s classic cinnamon roll, others who are more adventurous may enjoy trying their seasonal cinnamon roll flavors.

Canela’s Seasonal Cinnamon Roll Flavors: 

  • Salted Caramel Latte
  • Blueberry Almond
  • Oreo
  • Strawberry

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The Classic Roll

woman in pink eating The Classic Cinnamon Roll at Canela

The classic cinnamon roll at Canela is without a doubt a hot seller in Calgary! Made with all vegan ingredients, served with their infamous cream cheese frosting.

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Salted Caramel Latte Roll

The Salted Caramel Latte Cinnamon Roll at Canela

Canela transformed one of their more popular drinks into a cinnamon roll!

(Photo Credit: Canela)

Canela is Perfection

Canela is special. Chef Veronica Amaya’s brainchild was a recipe for success! Living a Vegan lifestyle, Amaya has demonstrated to her community in Calgary what’s possible.

Canela’s cinnamon roll was delicious; it tasted freshly baked and the cinnamon wasn’t overpowering. The cinnamon roll’s cream cheese frosting was just the right amount!

The staff at Canela were very friendly and helpful, and the bakery had great lighting that made it feel bright and welcoming.

Amaya’s humble roots, hard work, and dedication to her craft have earned her international success. Congratulations to Chef Veronica Amaya and her team at Canela on being named the Best Cinnamon Rolls in Calgary. Canela has also earned a nomination for the 2023 World’s Best Cinnamon Rolls. The current title of the World’s Best Cinnamon Roll is held by Kanela Breakfast Club in Chicago, Illinois.

National Cinnamon Roll day is celebrated globally on October 4th. Our recommendation? Stop by Canela if you live anywhere near Calgary. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

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