Avoca Chocolates is East York's premier spot for specialty chocolates. Handmade treats transcend the quality of a store-bought chocolate plus in-house ice cream and a hot chocolate that tastes like it was poured directly from a chocolate fountain, Avoca knows how to make all our chocolatey dreams come true.
After being in the industry for over a decade and establishing a reputation as one of Toronto’s top pastry chefs, Jill Barber has opened her own pastry shop, where she serves coffee and tea along with her assortment of puff pastries, including the crowd favourite sausage rolls. This Little Italy shop is open daily until
Step into Bean and Baker Malt Shop and instantly be taken back to the 1950s in all of their kitschy glory. The mom-and-pop-style shop, owned by the husband-and-wife team of Brennan and Liezel Anderson, is serving up good and honest food and drink, all made from top-quality ingredients. The open concept kitchen allows for diners
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
Scarborough Town Centre just got a little sweeter. Chocolate fans will be delighted to discover that a new location of Cacao 70 has opened on the second floor. Complete with a fresh new design that’s different from its other locations, the new spot is a breath of fresh air.
Cafe Bora’s popular purple Korean desserts are popping up all over the world, and now you can find them right here, in Yorkville. The Korean dessert craze is as esthetically pleasing, as it is delicious. Translating to “purple” in English, Bora was once considered a regal colour amongst Korea’s royalty. These majestic desserts made from
Carole’s Cheesecake delivers on the promise of its name, offering over a dozen types of the delicious dessert which range from classic with fruit toppings to speciality varieties like Reese’s Peanut Butter. Founded in 1972, Carole’s also claims to have been the first bakery to introduce carrot cake to Toronto and they still make a
This cheery, Instagram-friendly bakeshop specializes in Japanese-style cheesecakes, cheese tarts and tiramisu. Although Cheese Garden is a local chain rather than a Japanese import, the bakery aims to stay true to the light textures and not-too-sweet flavours that define traditional Japanese desserts. Their signature dish is the ‘double fromage cheesecake,’ which features layers of frozen
All the fun of chocolate meets all the responsibility of kosher laws with Chocolate Charm. On the Bathurst strip of Lawrence Manor, Chocolate Charm is churning out the chocolate goodies for every holiday, occasion or simply just because. Every truffle and treat is made from high-quality Belgian dark or Swiss milk chocolate and blended with
With a motto like “We’ll dip anything in chocolate,” it’s hard not to love Chocolateria. Once a corporate lawyer, Tim English decided to leave his suits and statutes behind and take a sweeter career path. He opened Chocolateria on Roncesvalles in 2010 and became famous for his chocolate-covered potato chips. As the perfect combination of
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
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
Opened in 1982, Dufflet Downtown is a well-loved bakery known for its hand-made cakes and desserts. They’re a popular choice for wedding cakes as well as cakelets, their signature style of small rectangular cake. This landmark bakery also offers a variety of cookies, tarts, pies, and other sweet treats of all sizes, from individual brownies
Duo patisserie is a chic Markham bakery that specializes in viennoiseries, cakes and chocolates. It is a French-inspired cafe with a Japanese flare. The must-try item here is the croissant which comes in the traditional form, as well as pain au chocolat, almond, chocolate almond, roast beef, ham and cheese, salami and cheese, and a
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.
Deep in the midst of the Skycity Shopping Centre, a dessert oasis awaits. Golden Bubbles is a dessert spot specializing in the Hong Kong egg waffle street food delicacy. You’ve seen these guys before: a waffle with spherical protrusions of crispy, doughy goodness. Fold the waffle and stick the end in a cone so that
Once you check in, you’ll never want to check out. Hotel Gelato has been Forest Hill’s go-to destination for rich and delicious gelato for more than 10 years. Decorated to look like a boutique hotel in Europe, a trip to this gelato destination feels like being transported to another place and time. Regulars that come
Hailing from Calgary, Jelly Modern Doughnuts opened its first Toronto location on College St. last week — just in time for National Doughnut Day. Inspired by places like the Doughnut Plant in New York City, co-owner Rita Tripathy — along with her husband Murray Coleman and her sister Rosanne Tripathy — opened the first Jelly Modern shop in April 2011.
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