Vibrant Venezuelan bakery is bringing grandma’s recipes to Toronto

Marquin is a deliciously authentic Venezuelan bakery that’s a must-try for Latin American cuisine in Toronto’s bustling Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood.

Since it opened, the bakeshop has been selling out of arepas — cornmeal cakes stuffed with meat, veggies or cheese — and pastelitos, tiny pies chock full of sweet or savoury fillings, including guava and caramel apple. The boutique bakery, founded by Maryelin Quintero and Alonso Montoya, is a way to share their passion for Venezuelan cuisine with the Canadian community.

Quintero was born in Venezuela but lived in Spain before moving to Canada to pursue a career in digital marketing. Montoya was born and raised in Mexico and currently works as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, but has a special interest in food. Together the duo believes food can serve as a connector, bringing people

“Marquin is a place where you can enjoy authentic Venezuelan food made with love and care, share experiences with your loved ones,” says Quintero.

Patrons can expect a variety of authentic Venezuelan food made with meticulous attention to detail, prepared using recipes from Quintero’s grandmother, a local of the Andean city of Merida, Venezuela.

Beyond the food, the vibe of the interior echoes the same friendly, warm and fun-loving atmosphere of the founders’ roots. The décor, inspired by European bars, mixes softly coloured walls, gold signage, and pops of boldly coloured floral bouquets. Together, the vibe is chill and stylish with an unmistakably Latin touch.

“We play a mix of Latin music that you can hear on the sidewalk. It creates a happy and lively atmosphere, and we love to see people dancing outside of our store,” says Quintero.

In the coming months, the bakery will be heading downtown to a new space in The Path at  First Canadian Place, but for now, people looking to get their hands on some sweet or savoury-filled Venezuelan pastries can visit Marquin at 2523 Yonge St.

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