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Phipps Bakery Cafe

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / Posted on April 22, 2014

phipps torontoPhipps Bakery Cafe lets whimsy reign. The Eglinton Ave. bakery bubbles over with a kind of frothy enthusiasm, from its curlicue-rod iron-front doors and French-style awning to the big baskets that spill over with cookies, candied nuts and meringues.

As you enter the shop you'll find a display case with beautiful cakes, tarts and cookies. The caramel pecan butter tart looks especially good, rippled with caramel drizzle ($2.89).

phipps bakery cafe torontoShelves are stocked with cards and small gift items if you are looking for a present to go with a birthday cake. Past the giftware, there's a series of refrigerators full of take-home items. Trays of squares, including marshmallow chocolate, lemon, and apple cake flavours, run $11.99 for a tray.

phipps bakery cafe torontoThere are pies and cakes, as well as savoury casseroles and stews (lentil stew is $10.99). There's even ready-to-go pancake mix ($13.99) - what a great thing to take to the cottage or have for weekend visitors.

phipps bakery cafe torontoFollow the stone path toward the back, and you'll find yourself in the cafe part of Phipps. There is a seating area with more rod-iron cafe chairs and tables set against a painted wall mural of the front of the cafe.

phipps bakery cafe torontoWhen I arrive, several families are enjoying late morning pastries and coffees, but before long the lunch rush fills in the empty seats, grabbing delicious looking stews and sandwiches from the cafe or helping themselves to the impressive salad bar.

phipps bakery cafe torontoI sit down and enjoy ratatouille on brown rice, with big chunks of zucchini, peppers, eggplant and a rich tomato sauce. Everything is made in-house with obvious love.

phipps bakery cafe torontoAt the back cafe area you'll find their breads, croissants, and their muffins for $2.50 each. The cornmeal and blueberry muffins have many fans in the neighbourhood. Jewish favourites like their rugelach and challah ($5.99) are available all the time, but they also offer a Passover menu of baked goods and take-away items.

phipps bakery torontoThe Eglinton neighbourhood has embraced Phipps Bakery Cafe since the beginning, but anyone in Toronto would do well to make a visit.

phipps bakery cafe torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns.



kioch / April 22, 2014 at 09:03 am
party / April 22, 2014 at 10:22 am
everything here is incredibly greasy! the cafe food barely ever tastes fresh.
GinaC / April 22, 2014 at 07:37 pm
Everything looks amazing - I want to move to that neighbourhood!
FromLondonWithLove / April 22, 2014 at 08:15 pm
This place is one of the best in Toronto. Have yet to get something I didn't like!
Tiffany / May 13, 2014 at 06:07 am
Never coming here again. Peoples taste buds must be dead to crave this overly sweet synthetic garbage.
torontodrew / October 27, 2014 at 03:23 pm
tiffany, how can it be synthetic If you can see them baking from scratch all the time right in the front window... lol.
Tiffany / February 26, 2015 at 12:06 am
It's called... exaggeration.
My cookies/muffins taste better than the junk they sell here.
I wonder if their ingredient source changed since the "butter" they use lacks quality.
This place can't compare to Thobors, La Boheme, and Jules Cafe.
Sema Schreiber / July 13, 2015 at 10:59 am
I have been coming to Phipps since the day it opened. This is not a place for those who are thinking of their cholesterol and sugar issues as per the remarks above. Phipps makes the most delicious baked goods I have purchased. They also create holiday specialties and if you are lucky enough to allow yourself to indulge, you can have a lemon poppy seed muffin. In addition, the have a great cafe which offers a wonderful selection of items. One of my favourites is the lentil salad.

This place is definitely worth a visit but don't expect fat free!

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