If you didn’t already know, today is National Donut Day – which means it’s the perfect opportunity to grab some glazed deliciousness (just like every other day).
But if donuts don’t float your boat, there’s a delectable dessert for every sweet tooth in the city.
From pies to pastries, donut ice cream cones and everything in between, there’s a sugar coma with your name on it.
San Remo Bakery
You’ll have to make the trip out to Etobicoke to sample this Italian bakery’s confections – but we think you’ll be glad you did. They carry a huge selection of donuts if you’re looking to celebrate today with a ringed dessert, including Wild Berry, Black Forest, Apple Fritter, and Blueberry Cream Cheese. The institution has been serving cupcakes, sorbet, and pastries for 40 years, so you’re in very safe, sweet hands.
With a drool-inducing bakery that serves up treats like butter tarts, lemon creams, and carrot cake, it’s easy to forget what Bakerbots is best known for: the ice cream sandwich. Try the half, the full, or if you’re feeling very hungry, the ice cream puff in inspired flavours like Beer n’ Brown Bread, Frooty Loops, Dulce de Leche, or Grape Jelly.
This North York establishment offers up traditional Taiwanese bites like Mango Black Pearl, Coconut Milk with Soya Bean Jelly, and Stewed Papaya (all of which taste a million times better than they sound). The menu has the right proportions for any sweet-toothed diner, with a dessert option twice as long as their savoury selection and kooky options like Sweet Dumplings for you to sample.
Bobette and Belle
Bobette and Belle were originally wedding cake designers – and you can see the level of detail and one-of-a-kind designs in their exquisite pastries. Their French macarons come in a selection of stunning flavours and their macaron towers will make Leslieville feel like the heart of Paris. Don’t miss their artfully decorated cakes, which come whole or by the slice.
Momofuku Milk Bar
This Toronto hot spot has an amazing selection of weird and wonderful freshly made baked goods, which it serves at its University Avenue location. Try their famous Crack Pie, Compost Cookies, or B’Day Truffles. Originally from New York City, Momofuku is now a Toronto staple and the perfect place to satiate any sugar cravings.
The Black Hoof
It may be known as a hip drinking spot, but this Dundas West establishment has one of the most unusual (and delicious) desserts in the whole of Toronto – so grab a spoon as well as a cocktail the next time you stop by. Their Foie Gras and Nutella French Toast may not sound like a match made in heaven, but the sweet-salty combination somehow works and is well worth the $25 price tag.
The Tempered Room
There are plenty of reasons why this Parkdale patisserie made it onto the list – but their rhubarb and pink peppercorn tart is a pretty good place to start. Or if that’s not your thing, their chocolate mousse is to die for, as are their beautiful eclairs and stunning macarons.
It may feel wrong to eat these works of art, but Nadege’s stunning individual gateaux are as mouthwatering as they are beautiful. Try a Marie Antoinette Tart, Pineapple and Coconut Tatin, or glazed-to-perfection Salted Caramel Cream donut – with crisp praline wafer and almond shortbread. Pro tip, chocolate lovers can try the ultimate indulgence: a 70 per cent dark chocolate Pur Noir with mousse middle.
It’s rare to hear of eclairs being anyone’s favourite dessert – but just one trip to Nugateau could easily change all that. Toronto’s first éclair-only patisserie serves colourful and delicious pastries in a range of incredible flavours like Maple Bacon, Japanese Matcha, Red Raspberry, and Salted Caramel, but if they’re a little more than your average dessert, it’s definitely worth it; those glazes are sent from heaven.
This French restaurant’s pastry chef serves up a wide range of delicious desserts, but it’s their signature Coconut Cream Pie that you’re going to want to sample. It combines fresh coconut custard, Chantilly cream and white chocolate shavings. The Globe and Mail’s Rick Mercer called it “hands down the best dessert in the city.”