La Boheme Cafe Patisserie
La 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.
The 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).
Buttery, 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.
Tournayre 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 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