›› Lauren Gaultier

Sometimes, it is okay to go beyond the borders of Fernwood—especially if that means, just across the street and it involves baked goods! Marta Café + Pantry opened their doors on the corner of Bay and ­Shakespeare just over three months ago and I’m thankful they did.

Borne out of a passion for great food, owners Chef Nikita Williams and ­Nutritionist Ellie Shortt brought to life this casual yet sophisticated multi-purpose spot. If you have yet to visit this French inspired locale, you can expect to find homemade menu items including baked goods, ­flavourful lattes, and brunch ­offerings that have been thoughtfully curated with beauty, flavour, and health in mind. The ambience is bright and earthy with an ­outdoor seating area surrounded by a budding herb garden and an indoor space that offers local artisan selections in their pantry space.

Although they are currently only open until 3:00pm Tuesday to Sunday, don’t let that stop you from ordering a glass of ­rotating BC Wine, or locally produced beer. With an event page on their ­website, I am ­willing to bet that evening affairs are not too far away. For more info, check them out at martacafeandpantry.com or ­@­martacafeandpantry.