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Whether it’s a warm pastry to accompany your morning coffee, a midday snack to indulge in with friends, or a late-night bite to satisfy that sweet tooth, these spots in Toronto will leave you wanting seconds — some even offering vegan, lactose-free, and gluten-free options. Here’s our guide to the best dessert places Toronto has to offer.
Scoop Shop by Sweet Sammies is the go-to ice cream shop, made in-house with combinations that will make you melt inside faster than the ice cream in your hand. A few of the unique flavours include Canadian maple bacon, cream cheese with roasted coconut and espresso-hazelnut; be adventurous and try something new. Go ahead and add baked goods to your ice cream game: try a macaroon or crownie — a brownie meets cookie made with fudge — and stuff it with ice cream or frozen yogurt. These will have you coming back for another! In the mood for a classic? Try Gimme S’more — toasted marshmallow ice cream and graham crackers dipped in Belgian dark chocolate. Daring? Want to indulge in your childhood favourites? This spot is for you.
Scoop Shop, 808 Dundas Street West. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, + 1 416 854 2949
The local and experienced chocolatiers at the Golden Apple Confectionery create delectable and artistic pieces from fair-trade Swiss chocolate and cakes with some of the greatest flavors in town. The candy apples and dark mint truffles come highly recommended. Truffles last up to three weeks and the candy apples for about a week, so feel free to hide those away for later. Custom orders are welcome for special events, weddings and any kind of party or celebrations. Looking for a unique present? The gift baskets are sure to make an impression!
Does it ever feel impossible to find a treat that is vegan or gluten-free? Look no further — at Almond Butterfly there’s a large selection with several different types of pastries and baked goods to choose from, even if you’re on that health kick. Working on that summer body? Treat yourself with one of the protein brownies, a gluten and soy-free option with 10 grams of whey protein. Need to tame that cookie monster? There’s all kinds to choose from including pecan, chocolate chip, gingersnap and even vegan cookie sandwiches! There are also salads and bagels on the menu for those hungry for breakfast or lunch.
Almond Butterfly, 100 Harbord St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, + 1 416 792 7994
Bunner’s caters to all Torontonians by offering a 100% vegan and gluten-free menu as well as several sugar-free options. Go for the town-favorite, the cinnamon buns, or try one of the cupcakes or donuts for a sweet fix. Looking for a hearty chocolate treat? Pay respect to a classic and try a heaping slice of chocolate cake; this one is bound to make your mouth water just looking at it! Pick any treat and get it à la mode, a swirl of soft serve ice cream added to the top. Catering services are available for all types of events as well as delivery to most of the GTA area.
Bunner’s, 3054 Dundas St. West. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, + 1 647 350 2975
Caffe Demetre has an extensive list of chilled treats like sundaes, cones, banana splits, ‘iced cream’ sandwiches, iced coffees, shakes, smoothies, and floats. Late-night snack? Not to worry, some weeknights this spot is open as late as 1:30AM. If you are looking for a decadent dessert, try a crepe or Belgian waffle topped with Caffe Demetre ice cream, fresh fruits and chocolate sauce made from Belgian and French chocolates. Not only are crepes given playfully fun names, carefully crafted using fresh ingredients, but the portions are huge! The Tongue Depressor includes the house-special Cocoa Chanel iced cream and chopped brownies topped with Belgian dark chocolate sauce and Belgian white chocolate buttons. If you love rich, creamy chocolate, this place won’t disappoint!
Caffe Demetre, 188 Eglinton Ave East. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, + 1 905 281 2400