7 Dessert Cafes in Toronto You Should Visit

It’s become very common for new dessert cafés to open in Toronto.

Whether on Facebook or Instagram, it seems like restaurants are competing with who can have the most outlandish, Instagram-able dessert dish, and they’re depending on customers to make their restaurant famous through social media pictures. From ice cream tacos, to black ice cream, to a ten-inch stack of buttery, custard-coated toast drowned in mangoes, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream, you’ll find no shortage of dessert options in Toronto.

With my sweet-tooth, I’ve had a fair share of the sugary goodness Toronto offers. With so many dessert places to choose from, I’ve narrowed down a list of 7 Toronto dessert cafes you should visit:

  1. Delysees

My addiction to éclairs came early. My dad used to purchase éclairs from a Toronto bakery to make me feel better after my dentist appointments. Gourmet éclairs came into my radar a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked since.

French patisserie, Delysees, not only serves artisan éclairs, but also uniquely-flavoured macarons, chocolate bonbons, mini cakes and cappuccinos that will melt you in a puddle of sweet bonheur.

Location:
780 King Street West

Delysees

 


  1. Cacao 70

Cacao 70 takes the aphrodisiac diet-buster to create a fun, exceptional menu. If you live, breath or—of course—eat chocolate, this is your spot.

Indulge in their extensive chocolate collection, which includes 64.5% Peru (a slightly bitter cocoa taste with a fruity note) and 31% French Cream (white chocolate, with nutty undertones, and a hint of citrus and vanilla), to choose which chocolate you’d like to pair with your waffles, fondue, drinks and other treats on the menu.

Locations:
485 Queen Street West
28 Gristmill Lane

Cacao 70

 


  1. Snakes and Lattes

A lively café, which boasts over 3000 board games. Don’t know how to play a game? Servers are well-versed in board game rules and will happily teach you and your group of friends how to play. You can imagine spending hours here, long after your latte is finished. Wait times get 1-2 hours long on weekday nights and weekends, so it’s recommended to go early.

Locations:
600 Bloor Street West
489 College Street
45 Eglinton Avenue East

Snakes and Lattes

 


  1. Bakerbots Baking

This little café is in the quaint Toronto neighbourhood, the Annex. Its owner, Roasanna, began as an illustrator and painter working out of New York, but she quickly succumbed to her love of sweets and pastries after traveling to Europe. She later enrolled in the Baking and Pastry arts program at Toronto’s George Brown College.

Bakerbots features tarts, crème puffs, cakes and cookies, yet its reputably known for its ice cream sandwiches. Customers can choose a cookie and ice cream pairing from the chalkboard menu or create an ice cream sandwich concoction themselves. And it’s delicious.

Location:
205 Delaware Avenue

Baker Bots Baking

  1. Poop Café

The name may sound unfit for a place where people eat, but it’s exactly this that drives people to the café—to check out the absurdity.

This self-proclaimed ‘Doo-Doo Themed Restaurant’ has customers perch on toilet bowl seats, under the dim glow of plunger-shaped lights. Dishware consists of potty bowls and urinal water glasses.

Do people go for the food? With the plethora of poop-emoji pillows, poop facts on the wall, and large poop doll, it’s more for Instagram photos and the social media hype. The food, however, is good. It’s Asian-inspired and consists of desserts like Nutella bingsu and custard poop-shaped waffle.

Location:
706 Bloor Street West

Poop Cafe

  1. Butter Avenue

A classy café famous for its fresh macarons. Described as Japanese perfection with Scandinavian style, Butter Avenue is the perfect spot to buy afternoon tea and dessert. The macarons come in a spiffy ‘Butter Avenue’ embossed box and gift bag, making it nice for gift giving.

Location:
477 Queen Street West

Butter Avenue

  1. Eva’s Original Chimneys

Eva was born and raised in Hungary, but made her way to Canada during the revolution. Missing her childhood, Eva often spoke about how she would eat Kürtoskalács (chimney cakes) on special occasions. Her grandson and his wife set off to travel the world for a year, and found themselves in Hungary, eating the very same chimney cakes Grandma Eva used to tell them about. And that’s how Toronto’s Eva’s Original Chimney came to be.

I remember when Eva’s O.G. Chimneys was just a food truck. Now, their brick and mortar cafe is a hit. The chimney cones are baked and then rolled in organic cane sugar. They are filled with ice cream and come in flavours like matcha crunch, banoffee pie, Thai mango sticky rice and even some vegan options.

Location:
454 Bloor Street West

Eva's Original Chimneys

Did I miss anything? What’s your favourite dessert spot? Let me know in the comments below!

Samah
Samah is a Toronto-based freelance writer, digital marketer and former public servant. Needing more creative inspiration, she purchased a camera for motivation to travel and explore. You can catch her hiking or roaming urban landscapes, camera slung over the shoulder, with an iced chai latte in one hand and checking Instagram in the other.
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  • Maggie
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    So many choices! I love dessert cafes and always visit dessert places everywhere I travel. The Poop cafe sounds really interesting! My 6 year old is obsessed with all things poop these days, so I’m sure she’d get a kick out of it!

  • Anthony (one of FourFriendsOneWorld
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    Wow! That got a sweet tooth tingling.

    We are toying with the idea of moving to Toronto. We will certainly have our dessert places covered thanks to this list!

    Thanks for sharing and keep blogging. Adventure is better when shared with friends.

    1. Samah Khan
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      Toronto’s a great place, Anthony. On top of all the desserts hehe

  • Yogita
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    I love desert’s 🙂 reading your blog just made me want dessert. Those photos just made me want to visit all those desert places especially Butter Ave for macarons

    1. Samah Khan
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      Butter Avenue is a favourite!

  • Shivani
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    I loovee desserts and coffee too so snakes & lattes has to be my favorite out of these 7. I love board games and a game with a lattee seems like a perfect start to a day 😉 When I was in Prague I ate Tredlnik which was something like the chimney cakes and that was delicious, this cake completely reminds me of that!!

    1. Samah Khan
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      I think it’s called ‘trdelnik’ in the Czech Republic, and yes I think it’s the same thing

  • Lisa
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    What are you doing to me?!! These all look incredible, and I missed all of these when I visited Toronto in June. You’re so right about those eclairs, they’re absolutely delicious, I’d love one now!

    1. Samah Khan
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      Hah! Apologies Lisa, but I too was craving eclairs while writing this piece

  • dennisallacross
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    I think I shouldn’t go back to Toronto if I want to keep my current weight level… everything looks so yummy!

  • Manoj
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    I know that Toronto is the best place to explore. My brother is settled there three years back, but I couldn’t get any chance to visit the country yet. I will definitely visit some of the cafes mentioned here as I am a big deserts fan.

  • heid
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    Oh WOW. Heaven in desserts. And you had the "hard" job of trying them all to choose your favorites. It’s a rough life but someone has to do it 🙂 Bookmarking so I know where to try first when visiting Toronto. And that Poop Cafe, just funny.

    1. Samah Khan
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      And I gained a few pounds while at it, sigh. The things I do for the people 😉

  • James
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    Dessert photography is so popular right now. It’s good as it makes the dessert restaurants become more and more inventive. The restaurant that sticks out to me from these 7 is the Poop cafe! I think I would have to see it to believe it. Drinks are served in urinal shaped glasses, lol!

    1. Samah Khan
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      It’s quite amusing, James, I’m sure you would get a kick out of it!

  • Adea Ademi
    Reply

    Oh my goodness! These pictures are beyond "delicious"!! I truly enjoy desert although I’m trying to cut down on it. I was imagining me and my hubs enjoying these, especially the eclairs!

    1. Samah Khan
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      Delysees is one of my all time favourites and it would make a very cute date spot

  • ana
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    Haha despite the name I am definitely drawn to the ‘Poo cafe’ or doo doo cafe as I love its humorous outlook on desserts. And look at that freakshake as well?! It looks divine!

  • Our Family World
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    OMG, such delicious, mouth watering desserts! We don’t have a lot of dessert cafes in our area but if I were to be in Toronto, I would make sure I will try to get into all of these above-mentioned cafes and enjoy their desserts, even if I know it will make my blood sugar shoot up to max!

  • l dove
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    Poop Café made me laugh out loud, what a funny name! But WOW those freak shakes!!

  • Abigail Sinsona
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    Wow there are so many great dessert options in Toronto! I am a foodie at heart so this got me so excited and curious. I would definitely love to try out the eclairs on the Delysees and Butter Avenue! I love French macaroons so much!!

  • Chelsea Elizabeth
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    Butter Avenue, what a beautiful name for a dessert cafe. I’ve never visited Toronto before but I sure want to now just to sample some delicious desserts

    1. Samah Khan
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      Toronto has much more to offer than desserts, you should totally visit 🙂

  • Abhinav Singh
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    I didn’t know Toronto is a hot destination for deserts. In the age of Instagrammable food, I still give preference to taste and freshness of ingredients. I am sure these cafes work on both taste and presentation. Butter Avenue seems like my kind of thing. Would be interesting to see how Japan meets Scandinavia here!

  • Yukti
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    Great list of all dessert cafes in Toronto and your post is making me tempt to eat right now. Poop cafe name is really weird and inappropriate for me too but its dessert looks really colorful and tasty. I would opt for Cocao 70 as I would love to taste Peru’s flavors.

  • Soraya
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    Ohhh dessert is my soft spot and I totally would like to explore Toronto through its dessert cafes. Snakes & Lattes sounds so fun – love that they have over 3,000 board games! Macaroons are totally my favourite so I would be so excited to try Butter Avenue. But wow Poop Cafe sounds so bazaar! I mean I think it would be totally fun to visit and experience, but not sure how I would feel eating out of a toilet haha

  • Rye Santiago
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    Cocoa 70! Such a visual treat! I’ve just had lunch, and there’s no better blog article to read than something that satisfies one’s sweet tooth. I hope these cafes have branches in Vancouver. I’m going there next month.

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      Vancouver is beautiful! Have fun 🙂

  • Teresa
    Reply

    I have never been to Toronto but these look so amazing that I want to go just to check them out!

    1. Samah Khan
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      It’s definitely one of the reasons to come to Toronto, Teresa.

  • Punita
    Reply

    Its close to lunch time here and seeing all the pictures of these delectable desserts, I have decided to make a beeline for the best confectionery in town. Very inspiring post Love all the desserts in it.

  • Dada
    Reply

    I have sweet tooth so I totally love this post although Toronto is very faraway! The Poop cafe would be very interesting to see and have a taste of what they have to offer! And look at those Eclaires! I live in Switzerland and they sell eclaires in all bakeries but none of them are fun as these!

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      I would love to try Swiss eclaires!

  • neha
    Reply

    I was going through your post and as I scrolled through reading the accounts of these amazing dessert cafes, I couldn’t help but ask my husband that lets go for some nice dessert today 😀 Each of these cafes are amazing in their own way, including the poop cafe 🙂 and I have such a sweet tooth I will try to go to as many of these as possible when in toranto

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      I’m glad this post inspired you, Neha, even though it was just to go out and get some dessert! The Poop Cafe is definitely… unique.

  • lee
    Reply

    of all the sweets I’ve seen, ice cream and macarons are my all time fave. any reataurant or cafe I would definitely order these two. yum!!!

  • Baia
    Reply

    Eclairs are my all time favorite, but I think I would have eaten all the other desserts as well 😀 They all look so yummy

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      Haha, it’s nice to meet a fellow dessert foodie!

  • Nick
    Reply

    I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but my husband does. And Toronto would be such a great place to visit. I live in the west coast so we only ever make it up to Vancouver.

  • David
    Reply

    I’m a big fan of macarons! Your pictures are making me so hungry, I love desserts!

  • Paula - Gone with the Wine
    Reply

    Oh wow! I would love any of these places! Especially the golden eclair looks awesome. Hope to visit one of these places someday.

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      The golden eclair is tasty – it’s hazelnut-chocolate flavoured

  • Dena
    Reply

    So many amazing places to choose from! Everything looks SO good!

  • Parnashree Devi
    Reply

    Each place is great with their special desserts. Everything looks so delicious. But what made me feel hungry is the Chimney Cakes. The story is so fascinating that it even make the cake special.

    1. Samah Khan
      Reply

      The chimney cakes are delicious! And yes, the story is very intriguing.

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