The Best Baklava in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »