A famous bard once said, “If music be the food of love, play on.” That said, if Shakespeare were alive today, he’d probably be a regular at Midtown’s soon-to-be opened Spin Dessert Cafe. There, you'll be able to choose song-inspired dessert options such as Chris de Burgh's Lady in Red (a strawberry and vanilla two-scoop sundae) or Dave Matthews Band’s So Much to Say (a hazelnut creme and banana ice cream waffle).
Take a trip throughout Latin America without leaving Queen West at El Almacen. This cafe specializes in mate, a earthy tasting drink made from the yerba mate, a species of holly. The drink, which at El Almacen is served in a gourd and drank through a filter-tipped metal straw called a bombilla, is ubiquitous in
Dreaming of Paris? Wish that Gossip Girl were still on the air? Are pastels your favourite type of hue? Well, the iconic Ladurée patisserie and macaron-erie has opened up its third Canadian location inside of the Yorkdale Shopping Centre — definitely a far cry from its origins as a small Parisian bakery that opened in
Since 1888, this Kosher bakery has been one of the most popular bakeries among Toronto’s Jewish community. Whether you are looking for sandwiches, loaves of bread, pastries or catering platters, Grodzinski’s has got you covered. The bakery has two brick and mortar locations in the GTA. Their second outpost is in Thornhill on Centre Street.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at this J-Town pastry shop that specializes in handmade mochi desserts. Mochi is a traditional pounded rice cake treat with the texture of playdough, stuffed with delicious seasonal sweat flavours including strawberry, mango and black sesame. If you’ve never had it before, Sasaki Fine Pastries is the best place in town
Baristas beware: coffee lovers may soon be renouncing their espressos for Toronto’s newest trend, tea. Steeped in years of tradition, tea culture is taking over the city, and rightly so, says Andrew Marrone, a tea sommelier (yes, that’s a real title) at the newly-opened t-buds. “The thing with our teas is that a lot of them are single estate, premium teas, and you can get a lot more nuances out of tea than you can with coffee,” he says. “We’re trying to get a complete tea experience.”
North York’s favourite neighbourhood doughnut shop, the Rolling Pin, has perfected the art of holed desserts, from your classic yeasty confectionary to extremely Instagrammable innovations like their Nutella-Reeses Cocoa Puff and Fluffernutter doughnuts, and whatever else their talented pastry chefs are making that day. With a rotating selection of blinged-out doughnuts, you’re always in for
One of Unionville’s most iconic landmarks also happens to be a candy store. In the early 1800s Old Firehall took its place in the heart of Unionville and was turned into the Old Firehall Confectionery where it remains the franchise’s flagship store. A staple within the community, customers keep coming back for Old Firehall’s wide
Delight is the Junction neighbourhood’s source for certified organic, handmade, fair trade chocolate and ice cream. The shop is run by the husband and wife duo Jennifer Rashleigh and Jeff Brown and has been a mainstay in Toronto for more than a decade. Every single piece of chocolate in the shop is handmade and hand-decorated
Located in the Corso Italia neighbourhood, this bakery has stayed in the family since it first opened in 1960. Now Tre Mari Bakery (which translates to “three seas”) has been passed down through three generations and remains a staple in the community. Tre Mari operates as both a market and cafe, offering fresh bread and
Amanda Mizen’s website is, quite frankly, food porn for fans of baked goods. And, after selling those baked goods online for about a year, she opened up Desmond and Beatrice Bakeshop and Cupcakery in Leslieville, expanding on her wholesale line.
You just might miss Dipped Donuts in Kensington Market if you’re not on the lookout. The tiny donut shop on Baldwin has enough space barely for you to stand and place your order. Most of the real estate is reserved for production. On a nice day, bet on a queue snaking its way outside; on
Empire Espresso is a cosy little coffee shop with plenty of sweet treats right in the heart of Little Italy. This queer-owned business is dishing out customizable bean blends and in-house baked goods like gingersnaps, rosemary lemon shortbread cookies, blackberry and lavender biscuits, plus so much more. Empire Espresso has a bright and airy colourful
Bomou Artisanal Bakery had its grand opening on March 17, but then sisters and co-owners Azar and Negar Sabzevari had to close up shop, as COVID-19 quarantined Toronto. Despite the rocky start and what was an undoubtedly long list of compromises, the bakery was able to re-open a few months later. Bomou’s signature products include their
Since 2005, Funnel Cake Express has been touring Ontario to serve up the sweetest treats at carnivals, parades, and concerts. On the menu are the three signature funnel cakes: the steam engine (a classic with cinnamon and icing sugar), the locomotive (topped with strawberries), and the bullet (topped with strawberries and loaded with vanilla soft
Doughnuts are making a big comeback, and they’re nothing like the boring ‘ol chocolate dips, Boston creams or Timbits of the classic coffee shop. Just as Krispy Kreme once sparked an obsession in the city (raise your hand if you drove all the way out to Mississauga just to line up for a box of original glaze), Glory Hole Doughnuts have come to redeem the doughnut for Toronto.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Fuwa Fuwa soufflé pancakes have definitely been on your radar. Originating in Japan, these light and airy pancakes are traditionally served after weddings to symbolize good fortune. They are bringing these fluffy good luck charms to Toronto seven days a week, to encourage a daily dose of celebration.
Master gelato makers from Florence, Italy, have graced us with their icy sweet treats at Gelato di Carlotta. Located inside Vaughan Mills shopping centre, this gelateria embodies the truest sense of the Italian ice milk shop. From real Florentine recipes and superior fresh ingredients, they want to ensure we can find a taste of Italy
Rahier Patisserie has been a mainstay in the Leaside neighbourhood since it first opened its doors in 1996. Now more than two decades later, residents in South Bayview continue to flock to the bakery for its intimate atmosphere and delicious baked goods. The menu is filled with items like fresh baked bread on weekends, daily
This bubble tea and dessert shop is a South Korean favourite with over 200 locations across the country. Now, Palgong Tea is spreading the sweet goodness across Toronto, too, with eight storefronts currently open and more in the works. Palgong gets its name from the Korean word for 80, which, in Celsius, is the perfect