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Lemon Tarts in TO

I'm looking for a really great lemon tart downtown. I've tried a couple of yummy ones in the distillery district, but I'd like to try some elsewhere to find the best ;)

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  1. Celestin has a full-sized pie (as opposed to a personal-sized tart) that's pretty much my favourite dessert ever, though it's rather pricey.

    1. patachou does a very nice lemon tart, as does bonjour brioche - the filling is tart with just a hint of sweetness and the pastry is light and crisp.

      1. Two suggestions with very different styles:

        - Bonjour Brioche on Queen
        - Sweet Indulgences on Coxwell

        1. I really like the ones at Wagamama at the corner of King/Tecumseth.
          They only make a few each day so call ahead to order, or get there early!

          1. I've heard great things about the desserts at Gilead Cafe though I've never tried.. They have a large lemon custard tart for $3.95.

            1. I'm a big fan of the ones at Patisserie Zane (Queen & Woodbine) their not too sweet, nice and tart. Of course, you could probably have your choice of many at Pusateri in Yorkville (for a price)

              1. My favorite in the city is from Rahier, not so downtown but well worth it IMO...uh oh here come the cravings...

                1. Starfish has a nice lemon tart, if you're looking for lemon tart served in a restaurant.

                  1. Thanks! :) mmm looking forward to trying all of them

                    1. Avenue Cafe at University/Dundas has nice lemon squares. They're $2.75 and quite lemony. I just ate one... yum.

                      1. I think Queen of Tarts are Ronny has the very best lemon tarts in the city and to me it is the best item in their store. The Drake has them from time to time and they are very good.

                        1. i know attitudes bakery on queen east does a really beautiful lemon tart, but it is a full sized one, not meant for one individual's consumption.

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                          1. re: petitaubergine

                            LOL. I often mistakenly call them Attitudes, too, based on the service I used to get with the previous owners. This most excellent bakery is actually called Altitude and yes, their lemon tarts and key lime tarts are awesome.

                          2. I just tried the lemon tart at Flaky Tart (yes, I'm working my way through all of their offerings) and it was really delicious. The filling is tart and ultra light and creamy. It's a bit "fluffier" than a traditional lemon curd, but not as fluffy as a mousse. The shell is a sweet pastry crust and the whole thing was garnish with a ring of fresh raspberries. Very, very nice. They call it a lemon flan, but it's still a lemon tart in my book.