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The Best Baklava in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 24, 2014

Baklava TorontoThe best baklava in Toronto is available in an abundance of regional variations. While the Greeks might favour walnuts, honey and spices, you'll also find excellent examples of rose and orange-blossom-infused versions steeped in simple syrup from the Middle East.

Found at specialty grocers, cafes and patisseries citywide, the one thing all these excellent baklavas do have in common is nuts - generally walnuts, pistachios, cashews, or some combination of the three. Sold in a dizzying variety of shapes, delicate folds or hand-rolled presentations, these sweets are typically sold by the pound, though sometimes you'll find them priced per piece.

Here is the best baklava in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Greek Restaurants in Toronto
Where to find Turkish food in Toronto

Patisserie Royal

Patisserie Royal

A mesmerizing array of daily-made baklava awaits you at this bakery located near Kennedy and Ellesmere in Scarborough. Here the syrup-soaked pastries, infused with rosewater and orange blossom, take decorative shapes like diamonds, birds nests, fingers and rounds. More »

Athena Bakery

Athena Bakery

Inside this bakery on the Danforth you'll find a half-dozen varieties of baklava, including trays of honey-steeped pistachio pinwheels and cinnamon-scented walnut triangles. Baked on site, these pastries are so large and dense, you’ll be thankful they’re sold per piece and not by weight. More »

Serano Bakery

Serano Bakery

Found on Pape north of the Danforth, this family-run bakery can get insanely busy on weekends, though the vast array of baklava and other Greek delicacies makes contending with crowds worthwhile. More »

Select Bakery

Select Bakery

This massive East York bakery and deli is home to a wide array of Greek grocery staples including an impressive display of decadent pastries like galaktoboureko, loukoumades, and of course, sticky sweet baklava. Here you’ll find honey-soaked walnut triangles, chocolate-dipped lady fingers, and kadaif, a frizzy baklava made of finely shredded phyllo. More »

Akropolis Pastries

Akropolis Pastries

Located on the Danforth, this bakery cafe has grown into a Canada-wide wholesale business for traditional Greek pies. The cafe is an institution, where you’ll find not only the signature savoury phyllo products but also trays and trays of nutty, honey-soaked sweets. More »

Arz Fine Foods

Arz Fine Foods

This grocery store on Lawrence Ave. East specializes in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods. It wins big points for the sheer variety of baklava - you'll find it done 50 different ways, ready to be devoured on the spot or laid out on trays for take-away. More »

Mustafa

Mustafa

Find crispy, flakey fingers of phyllo, plus basma squares made with buttery kanafe dough and crunchy ground pistachios, among the house-made varieties available at this Turkish restaurant on Wilson. More »

Kostas Bakery

Kostas Bakery

While there's plenty of tempting sweets at this old school Greek bakery in Scarborough, the baklava is truly not to be missed - trays of buttery, flaky phyllo layered with spiced walnuts, or delicately hand-rolled and bathed in pools of heavy honey syrup, ensuring maximum saturation. More »

College Falafel

College Falafel

This east-coast donair shop on Ossington at College doesn’t just bring in baklava from some bakery, but makes the labour-intensive layered triangles and syrup-saturated lady fingers from scratch. More »

Stany Greek Bakery

Stany Greek Bakery

This unassuming storefront on Pape is easy to miss, but once inside, you'll find a delicious array of jewel-shaped pastries. Delectable house-made baklava sits on trays behind glass, showcasing traditional walnut- and pistachio-laden varieties, sometimes smothered in high-quality chocolate. More »

Paramount Fine Foods

Paramount Fine Foods

The Arabic sweets at this Middle Eastern eatery are handmade daily and sold by weight. Available to enjoy alongside an espresso or for take-away, the assortment of crisp, flaky phyllo pastries are available in a variety of shapes stuffed with pistachios or cashew nuts and saturated in a light syrup. More »

Arabesque

Arabesque

Found on College near Dufferin, this tiny Middle Eastern cafe is a sweet spot for strong coffee and Lebanese-style baklava. Here, you'll find diamonds layered with pistachios or walnuts and steeped in honey or rose syrup, plus shredded phyllo-wrapped burma baklava. More »

Discussion

10 Comments

S / September 24, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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It seems like Loblaws now carries ARZ sweets; are the packaged sweets good?
Kays / September 24, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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I absolutely LOVE baklava and have been in search of the best baklava place in Toronto/GTA for a couple of years now. The best one is by far the Baklava Kong in Mississauga- the chef there is apparently trained specifically in baklava-making and it is just wonderful. Definitely worth the trip there for those of you in Toronto :)
Kays / September 24, 2014 at 02:00 pm
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I absolutely LOVE baklava and have been in search of the best baklava place in Toronto/GTA for a couple of years now. The best one is by far the Baklava Kong in Mississauga- the chef there is apparently trained specifically in baklava-making and it is just wonderful. Definitely worth the trip there for those of you in Toronto :)
SamIam / September 24, 2014 at 03:49 pm
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you missed the best place .. Meli Baklava & Chocolate Bar, it's located in Scarborough, and it ROCKS!
Zeynel / September 24, 2014 at 04:15 pm
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i can recommend you guys to try Sofra Istanbul. It's on Steels Ave. and Hwy 400
Takeover replying to a comment from S / September 24, 2014 at 07:28 pm
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Loblaws does carry Arz Foods baklava now. It was announce in May that they had purchased the company. Just tried Kosta's yesterday for the first time and it is a pretty good product.
Tenille / September 24, 2014 at 11:14 pm
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I've never really tried Baklava...is it really any good?
toronto dude replying to a comment from Tenille / September 25, 2014 at 08:18 am
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nahhhh they're not good....they're out of this world!...crispy pastry dripping with honey and sugar syrup flavoured with rose water, nuts etc. go to Arz and choose individual bite sized morsels from their 20 or so varieties and see if you don't eat them all in the car before you even get home.
AA / September 30, 2014 at 05:23 pm
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Sorry, Serano Bakery is #1... hands-down
amy / October 16, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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PATISSERIE ROYAL FOR THE WIN! For years we've gone there, ingredients, quality and service haven't changed. Plus, if your middle eastern family from the states is asking for it, you know it's good.

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