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Patisseries, Dessert places and Chocolate stores/Cafes in Toronto

nothingtoosweet May 26, 2011 07:16 AM

I will arriving in Toronto this weekend from Sydney to visit relatives for a week. Any suggestions for Patisseries, Dessert places and Chocolate stores/Cafes in Toronto? I will be mostly in downtown and mississauga area. Do you recommend Soma, Dessert trends or Black Hoof?
Thanks :)

The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

  1. jlunar May 26, 2011 09:34 AM

    Black Hoof is my top food rec usually. However, it is neither a dessert place nor a chocolate place. It's really good food however. No reservations. Cash only. To get a table w/o waiting forever, go either right when it opens, or later in the evening.

    Canadian Chocolatiers
    - Soma is excellent for all things chocolate. Also located in the very picturesque Distillery District. Can pair this up with the newly opened Sake brewery and Quebec-based cheese shop in the same area.
    - Sen5es Bakery (in the Metropolitan Hotel) has both baked-goods and Thomas Haas chocolates and truffles.
    - Callebaut has a place out Oakville end. Very nice truffles.

    - Nadege has very beautiful creations. Taste is a second.
    - Dufflet is a Toronto cake shop that supplies a lot of other places. A solid cake choice, but probably missable.
    - Petite Thuet has lovely croissants and breads. My current go-to for croissants in the core.

    Note: There are a whole slew of bakeries I'd recommend in the Mt. Pleasant and Eglinton area. You could spend an entire day there eating from them. And gelato. Good for a sunny day. However, this is North of downtown, so it'll depend if you want to travel that far (about 20 minutes by TTC) out of the core.

    787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    328 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 3T4, CA

    Bernard Callebaut
    194 Lakeshore Rd E, Oakville, ON L6J, CA

    55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

    Nadege Patisserie
    780 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    Petite Thuet
    1 King St W, Toronto, ON M5J, CA

    The Black Hoof
    928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    Petite Thuet
    244 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

    7 Replies
    1. re: jlunar
      FrenchSoda May 26, 2011 02:03 PM

      +1 on both checking out Soma Chocolates (delicious) and the missable-ness of Dufflet. They are a high-end mass production place now. Better than the other grocery store cakes but nothing really special.

      I'm in the Etobicoke area which is between Missisauga and downtown. I recommend Ma Maison for pastries in that end of town.

      1917 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

      Ma Maison
      4243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M8X, CA

      1. re: FrenchSoda
        dessertgal May 27, 2011 07:59 AM

        +1 for Ma Maison. Beside desserts, I also love their pâté and foie gras.

        Ma Maison
        4243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M8X, CA

      2. re: jlunar
        Charles Yu May 26, 2011 06:31 PM

        With Rahier, Jules and Cigogne all within a block or two from each other, may be a trip further up north to visit them might not be a bad idea? One can even squeeze in a fine Bistro meal at 'Simple' as well!

        1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

        1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

        1. re: Charles Yu
          ctl98 May 27, 2011 03:30 AM

          Don't forget Thobors. It's right there a few doors up Jules too.

          627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

          1. re: ctl98
            Charles Yu May 27, 2011 06:10 AM

            I went in there a couple of weeks ago and found their pastry selection not that impressive?!

            1. re: Charles Yu
              ctl98 May 27, 2011 08:05 AM

              Try the Le Royal. It's the only thing I eat there. And their baguettes, which are wonderfully textured.

        2. re: jlunar
          dessertgal May 27, 2011 07:54 AM

          Has anyone been to Petite & Sweet at Summerhill?

        3. danionavenue May 26, 2011 02:08 PM

          Rocky Mountain Chocolate has great stuff. There is a french place La Boheme that is fantastic for pastries and french desserts.

          La Boheme
          2481 Yonge St, Toronto, ON , CA

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            bluefirefly May 26, 2011 05:46 PM

            Agree on Soma! Their hot chocolate is a must!

            You might consider Stubbe Chocolates (653 Dupont St. - 10-15 min. walk from Christie subway station). They are a "traditional German pastry shop". Love their truffles!

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            1. re: bluefirefly
              CocoaChanel May 27, 2011 07:07 AM

              I am also throwing my vote in for Soma and Stubbe -- which is fantastic, but a little out of the way

              I personally wouldn't bother with Dufflet's. I always find the cakes under whelming. I personally think they have gotten 'too bid" since they supply a lot of the city restaurants, super markets etc. I find their offerings very industrialized.

              787 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

              375 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N, CA

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