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Most tasty desserts of Kensington Market?

I'm planning on going to KM on the weekend for dinner and wondering what is the best thing to call ahead to reserve. Pies, cookies, squares...?

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  1. Haven't been yet, but Millie's Creperie is supposed to be fantastic. Also, Fika is supposed to have great baked goods. But these aren't places that you have to call ahead for.

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    1. re: kwass

      Crepes don't travel home well. Hadn't heard of Fika...

    2. You want to make reservations for dessert? Most of the dessert spots in the market close fairly early and don't take reservations afaik (Millie's, Wanda's)

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      1. re: MissBingBing

        I often phone ahead and ask them to put stuff aside for me. But yeah, I've noticed the early closing. I eat dinner early so can probably get there just before they close.

      2. Are you looking for cakes, pastries or ice creams? Many options depending on which culture you wish to partake in. A couple of places make fresh churros (Pancho's and Pancho & Emiliano's), Via Mercato makes interesting gelato, Segovia makes savoury empanadas, Moonbeam has a good selection of pastries. Akram's on Baldwin has some very good variations on baklava.

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        1. re: Snarf

          That's a good list...also...
          Urban Herbivore - Delicious, hearty, healthy-ish muffins.
          Jelly Modern Donuts - if you like that sort of thing.
          My Market Bakery - appeals to many

          1. re: justsayn

            +1 Urban Herbivore. Awesome muffins!

            1. re: justsayn

              Is there a JMD there? Good to know!

              What is MMB like?

              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                JMD is on College just East of Bathurst. So not right in KM, but close.

                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                  MMB is a no frills bakery. Get there early for fresh baked buns that are made elsewhere.

                  They have the typical cakes, slices, and squares. Reasonable I guess.

                  1. re: flonie

                    My Market Bakery doesn't bake their own products? News to me!

                    1. re: MissBingBing

                      They make some muffins on site but that's it. I worked over nights in the market and there were a lot of Westons racks out every morning.

                      1. re: LexiFirefly

                        Their banana bread seems quite homemade and is sold for dirt cheap. I'd be shocked if that were mass produced.

                        Some of the other products, I can see that.

                        Interesting.

                        1. re: magic

                          Banana bread would make sense to make themselves. It's a quick bread, like muffins. I'd see bakers in other bakeries at 2 am but there would be bread racks outside (filled) sometimes as late as 6 am. For a bakery that's like no one showing up till 7 for a dinner service!

                          1. re: LexiFirefly

                            Hmm, ok then. Thanks for that bit of info :)

                        2. re: LexiFirefly

                          What place is open for you to be there that late? If Weston's makes the bread at MMB, it sure doesn't seem like it.

                          Good riddence Cobs is gone though. I found that location had apricot buns that were regularly dry and hard and not fresh.

                        3. re: MissBingBing

                          Some of hte portuguese buns are made offsite and brought there. They bake some stuff but other things aren't made there but brought elsewhere.

                  2. re: Snarf

                    What kind of pastries does Moonbeam have?

                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                      A decent selection of sweet and savoury, French standards, rugelachs, muffins, and many more.

                  3. If you don't mind walking a little, I would definitely order the 'Spanish Chocolate Flan' from Torito's around the corner, to take out!!

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                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      They'll do this?

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        I think I might have had it way back--is it like chocolate creme caramel?

                      2. Krepesz European Palascinta Cafe, on Augusta. Haven't been in a few years, but last I was there - yummy.

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                        1. re: magic

                          That looks like an eat rather than take away. But if we have time before it closes, will consider.

                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                            True, yes. Although it did not meet your requirement I thought it'd still be nice to give a shout out to this place on a Kensington dessert thread.

                            But yes, quite right :)

                            1. re: magic

                              It sounds worthy of mention.

                        2. I cannot recommend any desserts down in KM,but what I will tell you is,do not go for the Dutch apple pie at Wanda's.

                          Not good at all.

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                          1. re: Spanglo

                            I have been thoroughly discouraged from the pies at Wanda's. Just not good.