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La Boheme Cafe Patisserie

Posted by Amanda DiPasquale / Posted on May 10, 2010

La Boheme TorontoLa Boheme Cafe Patisserie is sandwiched between the many shops and cafes along the Yonge and Eglinton strip. Opened for just a month and a half, this French inspired pastry cafe is WiFi enabled with light wooden floors, lots of overhead pot lights and scattered artwork. Owner Sha Taheri has been enjoying her new batch of regulars and seeing familiar faces everyday.

La BohemeThe coffee beans are from Te Aro. Regular options like a latte ($3.30) or an espresso ($2.15) are offered with (. $50) extra for specialty milk. I order a creamy cappuccino ($3.30) with a chocolate stuffed croissant ($2.00).

La Boheme Cafe PatisserieButtery, flaky with a rich chocolate filling, I didn't want to share it with Cory but I wavered because keeping it to myself would be selfish. We also split a pear Danish ($4.25) and it was sweet and fresh with a delicious buttery pastry crust.

Everything is made in-house by French chef Marc Tournayre, who is the boyfriend of Taheri. He's also the head chef at Jules Patisserie on Mount Pleasant. His expertise in French pastry and cuisine is apparent in every edible item in the shop. From the baguettes ($2.50) to the quiche ($4.95) the Parisian panache is there.

La Boheme CafeTournayre uses natural and fresh ingredients with no added chemicals or preservatives. Also, most desserts are reduced in sugar so they're not too heavy. A customer interrupted while I was chatting with Taheri to exclaim that the desserts here are amazing, and they are really good at what they do. "They're so light!" he exclaimed.

La Boheme Cafe TorontoLa Bohème also specializes in cakes for any occasion. Customers can order a cake and pick it up within 1-2 days. The glass windows are filled with interesting cake creations, and boxes of mini pastries to take home.

La Bohème Café Patisserie is open Monday to Saturday 8 a.m - 7 p.m and Sundays 9 a.m - 6 p.m.

Photos by Cory Vanderploeg

Discussion

38 Comments

steve / May 11, 2010 at 10:08 am
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The photography in this article is terrible.
Gloria / May 11, 2010 at 10:15 am
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I think it looks OK. It's not brilliant, but it's far from heinous.
Joe replying to a comment from steve / May 11, 2010 at 10:18 am
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Alright, how would you do it better? Eh Steve
Linda / May 11, 2010 at 11:06 am
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Have tried a number of the pastries here - including the chocolate croissant and can attest to the deliciousness! This place gets really busy on a Saturday morning so be prepared for a little chaos. They hadn't quite worked out the ordering/paying process when I was there.
TorontoTaco / May 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm
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I actually quite like the photographs.the depth of field makes it that much more tempting!
marty / May 11, 2010 at 01:04 pm
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I am consistently blown away with the negativity of the readers on BlogTO. Amanda, the photos are really nice and the cafe is in the hood I work in, so I appreciate the post!
sweet cuppin' cakes / May 12, 2010 at 12:22 am
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Eh, Steve!!!

http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail72.html
justhere / May 12, 2010 at 06:12 pm
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I think the photos are just fine! If you click on the photographers name it take you to his site. And that right there will show you that he does great work!
Karen / May 12, 2010 at 08:13 pm
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Does anyone have a phone # to this place?
kath / May 13, 2010 at 09:35 am
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o.k...I just had my very first almond croissant from this cafe and I don't remember ever having a lighter, flakier, tastier croissant in all my 49 years
Robert / May 15, 2010 at 02:49 pm
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I can't be certain, but from the few pastries I've had from here and Jules, I think they use a margarine for the fat in their croissants/danish.
Genevieve / May 18, 2010 at 10:55 am
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It's probably a special roll-in fat that's commonly used in laminated doughs like croissants and danishes. It's easier to work with and the pastry rises better making it lighter and flakier. Often it's used in conjunction with butter.
Alex / May 20, 2010 at 01:21 pm
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They use Te Aro beans, so off to a very good start. But they only have 1 or 2 good baristas, the others are not good enough, and I won't order a coffee from the them. The owner seems to be really spacey, and seriously needs a lesson in how to run a cafe. There is no order to the place. And they should really have one of the good baristas on the machine at all times.
Alireza replying to a comment from Karen / May 30, 2010 at 11:07 pm
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Hi Karen. Here is the number for La Boheme: 416 489 2233
marc / June 7, 2010 at 09:33 pm
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they lie about their fruit juices being freshly squeezed, and have the gaul to charge 3.75 for them. I ordered one of their tarts the other day, and also felt like it wasn't fresh, although I had specifically asked if it was baked that day and had gotten a yes from the owner.. I agree with Alex she does seem totally spaced out, and has no clue as how to run a cafe.
Linda / June 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm
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I have been there quite a few times and tried a variety of their croissants and lunch items and think they are absolutely delicious. Their Te Aro coffee beans are also very good.
Linda / June 7, 2010 at 11:09 pm
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I have been there quite a few times and tried a variety of their croissants and lunch items and think they are absolutely delicious. Their Te Aro coffee beans are also very good.
Lola / June 7, 2010 at 11:12 pm
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Their pastries are made with butter only, no margarine at all. I have been here quite a few times and had their croissants which are the best in the city and their lunch items and coffee are also delicious
Liz / June 8, 2010 at 12:40 am
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I am ABSOLUTELY in love with this place.

To you few naysayers: I think you've got it all wrong! I would encourage anyone reading this to try one of those pastries and tell me that its not incredible. The staff all seem very nice. I often see them bringing out meals to people despite the fact that (I don't think) they offer table service.

Plus, there is a cute Barista.
Chichi / September 4, 2010 at 11:27 pm
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I had a rasberry tart and it was delicious!!
eg / September 12, 2010 at 08:42 pm
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I've been here at least a dozen times since opening and I think La Boheme is good...not great or awesome...just good.

Today I had their salmon and leek quiche it was almost 100% leek and a wee bit of egg to hold it together. I took one bit and was turned off (even though I love leeks) and threw it out. I bought their 'freshly squeezed' juice and was disappointed to read that it isn't as such. I do like their pastries which consistently good and are as good as their competition.

The service is awful! The owner and staff really lack the customer service that you get at other neighbourhood bakeries. Agreed with above poster that their is always chaos at the counter. They hound you to order even when you are obviously still looking/deciding which is so annoying.

I far prefer Thobors Boulangerie (formerly Celestine's bakery) and Jules Patisserie both on Mount Pleasant for not only their food but service and atmosphere.
Mike / October 5, 2010 at 08:15 pm
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As posted by "eg"

"I've been here at least a dozen times since opening and I think La Boheme is good...not great or awesome...just good."

followed by

"I far prefer Thobors Boulangerie (formerly Celestine's bakery) and Jules Patisserie both on Mount Pleasant for not only their food but service and atmosphere."

Who do you think supplies and bakes all of La Bohème’s food?

Jules would be the answer, so don't you think that takes a "bit" as you put it into the credibility of your post!
KK replying to a comment from Mike / October 19, 2010 at 09:15 pm
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All of you, get a life.

I have worked there for short while and I can tell you that all the juices are freshly squeezed, there's only butter used in EVERY SINGLE PASTRY and the owner might be spacey but she is hot and sexy; I would like to roll her in one of those buttery croissants and ..... yum yum,

Sorry I got side tracked there.... Yes, they might not have the best service on busy days or an occasional off day with the leek quiche but they have one of the best croissants not only in Toronto but probably in all of North America.

When you open your own cafe's and bakeries then please feel free to make an "intelligent" comment, until then please enjoy your coffee and donuts at Coffee Time because you are not even ready for Tim Horton's yet.

Vive La Boheme


Claude Prévost / April 20, 2011 at 09:18 am
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I'm an older lady, living on Yonge St. very closed to La Bohème. Since it opened, I've been going regularly. The pastries are delicious. The coffee is out of this world, better than at all the other places around (including Starbuck and Tim Horton). The staff is very courteous and helpful for a lady with a cane, bringing my coffee to a table for me. The place is very crowded on week-ends. But the customers are mostly a happy group, and nobody mind (specially young families with children) if I sit at the empty seat of one of the occupied tables to enjoy my pastry.

Je suis Canadienne-Française, et j'ai eu le plaisir de rencontrer le Chef Marc qui m'a servi lui-même un croissant frais et délicieux. Quelle gentillesse! Et aussi quel talent!

But what is surprising (and amusing) is how I discovered this review! I communicate, through a blog, with a gentleman in Scotland, who travels and often puts photos of the different pastries he enjoys on his trips. We have become pen-pals. I told him about La Bohème, in Toronto. And this morning, he sent me this review, asking, "Is this the place you visit, Claude?" There you are! If any of you, working at La Bohème, read my comment, you will know that your courtesy, fresh pastries and incredible coffee are known all over the blogworld, and very specially in Scotland. À votre santé! Merci, and the best to all of you.

Mimi / April 24, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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have been going to La Boeheme since they opened and still love it. Chaos is part of the charm of the place and the staff and owner do their best considering the huge amount of clients they have(this should tell you that I am not the only one who thinks it is a nice place to have a good light meal and a great coffee!). Introduced quite a few friends to La Boheme and they have all since been going regularly. Keep it up La Boheme,bravo il etait temps que nous ayons un endroit agreable dans le coin!!!
AESLSK / April 26, 2011 at 06:08 pm
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No doubt about it -- the pastries, bread, and sandwiches are good, and the coffee's fine. Staff is pleasant enough BUT -- there are not enough people working there. You often have to wait a long time for service at the counter, the tables aren't bussed enough, so you have to sit down at a table with dirty dishes, the owner feels her job is to chat everyone up, but wouldn't remove an empty cup if her life depended on it. So, there are many other places, like Jedd's across Yonge Street, that actually want your business, and welcome you the minute you walk in, and the food's great there too. I've given La Boheme many chances to get their act together, but I won't be going back.
Deanna / August 4, 2011 at 04:53 pm
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Best Croque's I've everd had, aside from Paris. Service is brutal, they don't care about the customer at all. But I don't care, I keep coming back for their awesome food!
Deanna / August 4, 2011 at 04:54 pm
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Best croque Madame's ever, aside from ones I have had in Paris. The customer service is so brutal, they don't care about the customer at all. But I don't care, I just keep coming back from those croque's!
Bernie / September 8, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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I love the croissants and the ham and cheese quiche slices from here. I've been going on a regular basis and they have been consistently good.

Also, I've been there a number of times, and each time the service was prompt and friendly.

Skip the nearby Starbucks and go here instead.
Emma / November 12, 2011 at 07:47 pm
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I went there on a Saturday morning. The coffee and food were good but the service was horrible. I had to ask for my americano 3 times before I received it. They also made about 10 orders before they made mine and I had ordered before those people. Not sure if I would go here again. Not worth waiting 15 minutes for an americano unnecessarily.
Monica / November 30, 2011 at 01:37 pm
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The photographer is agency represented. Thats def a good thing. Maybe bad photos taken by a good photographer?
kat / May 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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I live in the area and have gone in a few times looking for nice pastries. I have never been served, greeted or even acknowledged that I was there. I have even walked to the back and still nothing... Each time I go in thinking it might have been a one off 'they were busy' moment but I have yet to be able to taste one of there treats that do look very nice.
I agree the place across the street Jed's is quite nice and they do greet you once anyone walks in.
John / June 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm
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I was in this poor excuse for a pastry shop three months ago to order a birthday cake. They assured me it would be ready the next day. However, when I went to pick it up they had some excuse. They gave me a cake and it was horrible; my guess is it must of been sitting there for a few days. Not only that they kept me waiting for a good 1/2 hour. Laboheme is pathetic and should not be business. This place is out for your money is not a reputable store. Do yourself a favour, stay away from place! And I'm not the only one to complain about this....... .
Arby / July 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm
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This place has some good things going for it, not including staff who put cold salad items on a warmed plate. Sorry.

I like Te Aro coffee, but the cup (espresso) I had here was mediocre. With the competition that this place has, I would think that paying attention to that is a no brainer. Then again, and in fairness, that may simply not be the focus of the owner. And Andy can do little about what buyers of his excellent beans do with them.

The place doesn't have an indy coffee vibe at all. It's pleasant enough, but just not to my taste. If I'm with my mother, it's perfect. By myself... I'm by myself.

I did like the food items on offer. Beets? Awesome. I try to always have them when I see them. They're a veg you never buy (if you're a single guy cooking for himself), but which you may know is very good for you. They could bump it all up to organic and I'd be much more enthusiastic. Still, It's good.
NativeTorontonianAl / October 6, 2013 at 03:34 pm
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What is with all the lying going on? A number of businesses are starting to lie about things, and thankfully, are being exposed.

La Boheme is a great idea, but they are continuing the proof that ideas and concepts from elsewhere either do not ever work in Toronto, or become watered down. People have said that their food quality has clearly gone down, while becoming smaller and pricier. Some of their pastries and cakes are very dry and stale, either by not being fresh or lacking ingredients. When asked if their goods were baked in-house, "Yes they are, most of them" was one response from staff, but they're clearly not baked in-house.

Then there's the wifi. They continue to advertise as wifi being available. It is NOT. They do provide a password, but it never connects no matter how many times you retype it and check it. A staff member when asked about the wifi stated,"Someone's downstairs restarting it." I don't think so! Please, just be honest and just eliminate the "wifi available" label. Stop LYING.
Maymay replying to a comment from NativeTorontonianAl / October 29, 2013 at 04:46 pm
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Jules provides them the pastries, it's considered in-house because they are kinda like partners.

There IS wifi, I go there regularly and bring my laptop there. Maybe you were just being unlucky to go there on a wifi-unstable day.
NativeTorontonianAl replying to a comment from Maymay / November 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm
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It happened three times in a row with the wifi situation. Perhaps people's comments, including mine, have been heard? Consider that. That or you were just lucky that it was working for you that day.
jennifer / August 29, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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awful terrible service. i stood there for a good four minutes before i was served, the girls were standing there milling around, staring at me.

then i used my debit card to pay for my coffee mostly because i hate change and spending cash. that way i dont blow through cash that quickly. if i have 60 bucks on me, i will spend that 60, dont ask me, it's my methodology.. she sneered.

then i waited for six minutes before they got my order wrong, when i said i'll just take the "latte" instead of the americano, so i dont have to wait any longer, she insisted it was already started. there was one person ahead of me waiting for one americano.

so i waited another three minutes while that happened.

it's a nice enough bright and airy cafe, maybe it's the neighborhood but at the end of the day it's a bloody coffee shop.

seven grams in yorkville has better coffee, a similar atmosphere- arty paintings, white walls, european cafe like vibe, BUT they treat their customers well, every time.

there's no attitude.

i've been here three or four times and the experience is about the same.

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