Excellent pastries and desserts, ranging from fusion delicacies to classic cake, can be found in many areas of Toronto. Who knows, there might even be a new hidden gem for sweet treats in your own region that you just haven’t discovered yet.
Here are some great places for pastries and desserts in Toronto by neighborhood.
Those craving Vietnamese flavors in a new form should check out LA LA Bakeshop, where typical ingredients include durian and pork bristle.
Avenue and Laurent
There is no better place in this neighborhood for cakes, pies and especially donuts than The Rolling Pin. Inventive flavors and awesome decorating skills abound.
Bayview and Leaside
The cutest creations can be found in Bomou in this neighborhood, where seasonal treats for the holidays are always pretty and overdone.
Locals love Bakerbots, which serves amazing cinnamon buns, cookies and pies. They even have ice cream sandwiches during the summer.
The Banana Creme Pie Eclair at Roselle is something of a legend not only in this neighborhood but across Toronto, and this is just the start of their jaw-dropping baking offerings.
Tre Mari Bakery has all the cannoli you could ask for, and they always come up with new flavors. There are also plenty of other freshly baked goodies to peruse.
This neighborhood may be the only one in Toronto to have stacked Ampersand donuts. The bakery also makes cakes and is known for its fun decorations and colors.
Those looking for a great croissant or cruffin can head to Geste, where they are always inventing new ways to use butter dough.
Some of the best pies and butter pies in town can be found at Gerrard Street Bakery, where the name and the baked goods get straight to the point.
Gourmet stuffed scones and butter pies are amazing at Rob’s Good Food, where they always have plenty of seasonal offerings when you need dessert for a vacation gathering.
Cakes, pastries, sugared almonds, ice cream, everything is there at Gouter. This family-owned bakery may be small, but the flavors it contains are potent.
Happy Bakers make amazing pies in all kinds of varieties, and you can taste the happiness in all of them.
Emmer comes up with new and different ideas for baked goods all the time, and while they have a robust savory program, their sweet offerings are just as amazing.
Kings Cream is known for its macaroons, which come in creative varieties like Matcha, Earl Gray and Creme Brulee.
No trip to this neighborhood is complete without a final stop in Hodo Kwaja to purchase nut cakes with red bean or mashed potato flavors, as well as other Korean desserts.
Sweet Bliss makes perfect cupcakes as well as cinnamon buns and other heartwarming pastries.
The French restaurant and bakery Le Conciliabule serves classics like sausage rolls, garlic knots, croissants, danishes and apple turnovers.
Barbershop Patisserie is making a name for itself with lovely baked goods like cakes and puff pastries that are decorated to perfection.
If you’re looking for a Danish, croissant, or full-size cake with some serious whimsy, Butter Baker is the place to go in that area. There is always a special seasonal flavor in cakes and softs.
Nowhere in this neighborhood are there more breathtaking desserts and pastries than Delysées, where the techniques are as refined as any French store.
Café Serano offers Greek delicacies like loukomades and all kinds of other Mediterranean inspired delicacies.
A pastel de nata or stuffed muffin is a treat at Bom Dia, which also sells savory items like Portuguese pancakes. Great for a quick stop before getting on the Queen Streetcar.
The Nord Lyon pastry crate delights the pedestrians who walk in this street, filled with cakes, pastries, croissants, éclairs, meringues and macaroons.
The specialty of Le Beau is the croissants that go well beyond the average butter and chocolate flavors and the usual croissant shapes.
Fantail is the reference in this district for all kinds of pastries, cookies and macaroons. They also offer savory and healthy options and make much of what goes into their items from scratch.
A taste of France can be found in this neighborhood of Fleur du Jour, a charming spot where buttery pastries and croissants are rolled out just behind the store.
West Queen West
Pies, panna cotta, financiers and sticky caramel pudding are both understated and mind-blowing at Castle & Coal.
Yonge & College
People swear by Le Génie for their fresh daily pastries made with local ingredients.
Yonge & Eglinton
Padaria has all the Brazilian goodies you are looking for, from brigadeiro cakes and donuts. They also have all kinds of savory options like cheese bread.
Yonge and Laurent
Jellybean Cake & Dessert makes steamed macaroon cakes and rice cakes that almost sound too good to be true.