Here are a few walking tours I've created that revolve around baked
goods and pastries (unless you have two stomachs or a crazy fast
metabolism, I think two trips for each area would make the nosh fests
- get off dundas west subway station, walk south on dundas west and
1. Alternative Grounds Coffee, 33 Roncesvalles
- grab some java and move on
2. Queen of Tarts, 283 Roncesvalles
- grabba tart (of course!), I enjoy the sweet snickers tart, granted,
it's sweet, but oh so luscious to bite into three layers of heaven-
peanuts+caramel, pb mousse, topped with choc. ganache!
- also very fond of the banana cream tart (though the best rendition
I've had so far was at panagea when Joanne Yolles did a stint there)
3. Granowka's, 175 Roncesvalles ave.
- plum doughnut hits the spot (though I do wish there was more filling!)
4. The Drake Hotel, 1150 queen st. west
- chocolate caramel tart, I eat this strategically, not with a fork,
but with two hands, biting into the crust and letting the caramel ooze
out and slide right into my mouth rather than having to lose any of
the filling to the plate. me:1 plate:0
- pick me up: chocolate brownie
-talking to the kind folks who work there... smiles abound
5. Yummy Stuff, 1660 queen west
- have yet to try it but definitely want to try some tarts and other
6. Clafouti, 915 queen west.
- heard this place is hit and miss, but I had a good experience there.
-chose the raspberry clafouti, fresh raspberries suspended in a creamy custard.
7. Johnny Banana Bistro, 181 bathurst st.
- (apologies, I forget the name of this) akin to a giant Mexican wedding cookie and sandwiched with dulce de leche
- do not wear black when devouring this tasty treat, otherwise you'll
be visibly covered in confec sugar. bibs are optional.
- so tasty I practically inhaled it
8. Le Gourmand, on spadina (right off of spadina/queen)
- Chocolate Bomb, explosion of rich chocolate.. but goes down the
gullet easily with their large selection of teas and coffee
- best part: you can call to reserve one, as they quickly sell out.
9. Wanda's Pie in the Sky, 287 augusta ave.
- i know, not everyone is a fan, but I like Wanda and want to support
her bakery+ delights when I can
- the lemon square is tasty but a little too tart!
Eglinton Subway Station- walk down south of yonge, until you see manor road, walk down and hit---
1. La Bambouche, 4 manor road east
- mont blanc, who knew I would like chestnuts !),.. and you will
too!.. spaghetti strands of it drape a mousse centre and everything
sits on a pretty, moist cake base.
continue east till you hit mount pleasant road...
2. Le Comptoir de Celestin (or Thobor's now)
- Pain au chocolat , or flourless chocolate cake.. need I say more?
3. Flaky Tart
- Madeline was so nice to speak with (we talked shop, in particular my
intentions of making a 4 tiered fondant cake for my mom's birthday)..
her tips were very helpful
- I gravitated towards the butter tart. her philosophy as follows '
we always have a rim (lip) around our tart. the idea is that you can
break off a piece and dip it into the 'goo'.-- I like her frame of
mind. The tart is not for the faint of heart! A gloriously running
filling is balanced with a flaky crust.
- also try the brownie with chocolate ganache and skor bits on top.
It's a mammoth of a brownie, more chewy than fudgey, but enjoyable
4. Jules Patisserie
- Almond Croissant; it's a vision. so pretty I almost didn't want to
eat it.. almost.
.. walk over to Bayview using manor road. ..
5. Rahier, 1586 Bayview Ave.
- Lemon Turnover (though I believe they call it something else)
- textural delight with the raw turbinado sugar sprinkled on top
- nice bright flavour with the curd inside
6. Patisserie La Cigogne
- Fruit tart, vanilla scented pastry cream and lots of beautiful
fruits adorned on top. Nice with hot tea. To boot, you can eat it
outside where their patio is located.
.. reverse.. head back down manor road and hit yonge then walk south.
7. Xoxocava, 1560 yonge st.
- friendly and helpful gals there :)
- had a brownie roulade. cylinder shaped goodie, dense pate like chocolate
filling enveloped by a 1/2 inch brownie
- must get some truffles too! (i.e. highlights: chorizo, black trumpet mushroom, olive
8. Petite Thuet (across from All the Best), 1162 yonge st.
- Blackberry macaron (decent by Toronto's standards.. though I would
try their paris brest next time)
9. All the Best, 1099 yonge st.
- smorgasbord of goodies.. chose whatever catches your eyes. there are
also samples galore-- from sandwiches to bites of cookies
10. Patachou, 1095 yonge st.
-orange blossom brioche
-a buttery, floral scented delight
still got room??
choose (or if crazy enough, hit both spots)
11a. Greg's Ice Cream
- roasted marshmallow ice cream, memories of camp in a bite without
the mosquitoes taking a bite outta you!
walk down yonge, hit dundas--
11b. Wanda's Belgium Waffles, 331 yonge st.
- get a waffle, duh:)
get off at woodbine station and walk south till you hit queen st.
1. Ed's Real Scoop, 2224 Queen Street East
- suggest a flavour and he'll probably make it for you :)
2. Bonjour Brioche, 812 queen east
- you can never go wrong with their famous bread pudding
3. Sweet Bliss, 1304 queen east
- although many of their sweets are too sweet, I do recommend the
strawberry scone (seasonal). a tender crumb and just the right amount
of sugar used.
4. Altitude Baking, 1346 queen east
Almondine Tart, I suspect they used either almond paste or marizpan in
the filling. there were also hunks of rhubarb in mine. slivers of
almond garnished on top complete the lovely presentation
5.Konditor (1856 queen east) and Zane Patisserie, 1852 queen east
-haven't tried either yet but they've been in the neighbourhood forever
-always drawn in by the heavenly smells but by then I'm usually too
full to get anything
walk to distillery district
6. Soma, 55 mill street
- must, must eat the balsamic vinegar truffle and the olive oil
truffle (also heard they have a poprocks truffle!!)
- drink bicerin
-take a flourless chocolate cake home (or devour it there)
7. Brick Street Bakery,
- I can't remember which one is only available on the weekends but you
must try the chocolate brioche and the sticky bun
8. Balzac's Coffee
- grab a fair trade cup of joe and enjoy alongside your baked goods
LASTLY, there are a few more bakeries/patisseries/ice cream shops I
haven't mentioned yet because either a. I have not tried them
yet, or b. I do not fancy them. If you want to know which ones these are, just post a message and I'll do my best to answer your question(s).
I'm currently looking for more good eats in the bloor west area
(starting from Frangipane)
- I've started compiling a list and will get around to trying them once the weather isn't so unpredictable (aka, no more rain please.. it's supposed to be summer!!) I will post my yummy results when I do.
Please enjoy and happy eating!