Dessert in Yonge/Bloor area
- Candice May 30, 2003 12:33 PM
I'll be staying in a hotel near the intersection of Yonge/Bloor next month, and am looking for places to get good desserts. I will be car-less, so walking distance or easy public transportation access, please. I've written down Greg's Ice Cream as one place to visit. I'd love other suggestions; I especially love chocolate dishes. Thanks!
Just up Yonge Street (about 3 minutes) on the West side, there is a street called Yorkville (on the corner of Yorkville and Yonge is a store called the Cookbook Store), go west on Yorkville about 3 stores and you will find Wanda's Pie in the Sky. Homemade pies, squares and cookies. They also have a limited soup and sandwich menu. Wanda published her first cook book earlier this year.
You can also check out Holt Renfrew Gourmet (50 Bloor St. W) at the bottom/concourse level of their flagship store. They carry a good selection of desserts and treats from some of Toronto's finest patisseries and bakeries. It's a good place for a mid-afternoon coffee--casual (for Holt's), cafeteria-style line-up with limited seating.
If you are in the mood for an excellent breakfast Danish, Cakemaster on Cumberland makes them fresh every morning. If you go at about 9 A.M. they are still warm. The poppy seed is especially good, but they also have cheese, apple and cherry. They are very buttery so you have to like that.
7 west is a 24-hour cafe on Charles St: One block south of Bloor, 7 doors West of Yonge (hence the name). Attracts a young & hip crowd, but a has relaxing ambience. Along with coffee, sandwiches and bar, they carry an excellent selection of cakes and pies of good quality - not a dessert destination per se, but since you're in the neighborhood.... the people watching is good and the Chocolate Banana Cake (alternating layers) is yummy.
Patachou is a great pastry shop at 1095 Yonge Street. It may be a little further that you want. 3/4 of a mile north of Yonge and Bloor, it's on the NE corner of Price and Yonge, halfway between the Summerhill and Rosedale subway stations. It's a nice place to stop for a coffee and some great french pastries.