The eclair; soft, pastry dough (called choux) baked and stuffed with cream, and delicately painted with icing. This French dessert, while a common sweet in Paris and surrounding cities, has made its way across the globe as staples on the menus of most dessert spots and bakeries, and Toronto has some of the best around town. Read on to discover where to get the best eclairs in the city, from authentic and traditional to innovative and unique.
NÜGATEAU, Toronto’s first all-eclair bakery, makes pastry buying (and eating) easy. Choose from four different categories (classic, delux, lux and savory), all of which are made using authentic French techniques and only the finest ingredients (no artificial flavors here). Go for the strawberry pistachio – pistachio cream topped with fresh strawberries – or, if you’re into the savory, the whipped foie gras eclair with truffle oil and roasted hazelnuts is out of this world. Keep your eyes peeled for flavor specials that change monthly.
NÜGATEAU, 717 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 748 7001
Delysèes, a King St favorite, is known for its macarons; however, all of its French pastries are delectable, especially the eclairs. There are over 18 flavors to choose from and each one, decorated beautifully, will be screaming your name. Favourites include passion fruit, chocolate truffle, raspberry cream and coconut as well as specialty flavors like mojito mint, London fog and the pure matcha cream. If you’re into glitters and gold, the ‘gianna gold’ is your jam.
Delysèes Authentic French Bakery, 780 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 360 0095
Maman is more than just your average French bakery – they’ve got a killer brunch, delicious coffee, incredible baked goods (hello, pistachio cake and chocolate croissants) and of course, a stunning array of mouthwatering eclairs. Go for the lemon and meringue, a perfect combination of sweet and sour.
Maman, 100 King St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 216 6767
The Tempered Room
The Tempered Room, started by chef Bertrand Alépée (owner of The Tempered Chef Catering Co.), is a Parkdale staple for coffee, baked goods, pastries and anything French. Using classic French techniques, the desserts here are made with finesse, using only the finest seasonal ingredients. The chef experiments with modern flavors in his desserts that change seasonally, and the eclairs are no different – favorites include the strawberry pistachio, margarita or blueberry-white chocolate eclair.
The Tempered Room, 1374 Queen St W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 546 4374
Thobors is Toronto’s answer to the Parisian boulangerie – freshly baked bread lines the walls, decadent desserts glimmer in the glass casing and customers line up out the door waiting to take home a bit of Paris. While the desserts are all exceptional, the eclairs are made brilliantly, using classic flavors like chocolate, coffee and pistachio cream. If you’re in the mood for an authentic eclair featuring traditional flavors, Thobors is the spot for you.
Thobors Boulangerie Patisserie Café, 27 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 544 1733
A French-inspired bakery started by a couple from Toronto, Roselle takes dessert-making to the next level. Using French flavors but with modern techniques, Roselle crafts anything from caramels and tarts to cookies and eclairs all set within a beautifully designed space. The banana cream pie eclair – consisting of vanilla bean cream and caramelized bananas – is a must-try for any pastry lover.
Roselle Desserts, 362 King St E, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 368 8188
MoRoCo Chocolat is perfect for anything chocolate – from chocolate fondue to Caribbean chocolate lava cake, there’s no skimping on sweetness here. The eclairs, offered in innovative flavors like yuzu, cookies and mascarpone, maple bacon, salted caramel, and rum raisin, are little pockets of heaven made with choux pastry, a sweet cream filling and flavorful glaze painted on top. While MoRoCo makes some eclairs with a twist, guests can still stick with more traditional flavors like chocolate – their specialty, of course.
MoRoCo Chocolat, 99 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 961 2202
mon K patisserie
Bakery, American, $$$
mon K patisserie
mon K, a Japanese bakery in East York, is a French-inspired pastry shop known for their cakes, cream puffs, baked goods and macarons that boast Japanese influences. However, a well-kept secret is their green tea flavored eclair, a must-try for any eclair lover. Be sure to order in advance if you’re on that sweet tooth kick – eclairs are only made to order.
mon K patisserie, 1040 Coxwell Ave, East York, ON, Canada, +1 416 696 8181
Pain Perdu is a quaint little cafe off St Clair W that serves up traditional French fare along with authentic baked goods and pastries. While the desserts are decadent, they stick to traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla. For those who want to keep it simple, this is the spot. Have a seat on the patio and be transported to Paris while enjoying a French pastry.
Pain Perdu, 736 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 656 7246