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The Best Falafel in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 22, 2011

Falafel TorontoThe best falafel in Toronto, needless to say, comes down to the quality and freshness of its ingredients. I once, to my horror, was served a pita stuffed with microwaved falafel balls, and as I attempted (and ultimately failed) to choke down the gritty mess, I vowed never again to approach the (falafel-related) new without scrutiny.

My favourite falafel spots in Toronto are the ones with owners who recognize that hummus, pickled turnip, tahini, hot sauce and other add-ins must all come standard--and never shall a ball be fried before a customer has placed his or her order. A fresh, warm pita (or laffa) is another must-have, and as with most things, the bigger the better.

Here is the list of the best falafel in Toronto.

See also:

The best shawarma in Toronto
The best hummus in Toronto

Note: This list was previously published in June 2008. Comments made up until December 21st, 2011 are in reference to the old list. We've purposely kept the archived comments here because we believe they (mostly) add value to this topic. If you don't want to have to wade through all of them, simply hit the "sort by newest first" link at the top of the thread.

Dr Laffa

Dr Laffa

This new North York restaurant near Dufferin and Steeles not only prepares its falafel balls fresh to order, but will also throw some dough in its custom-made tabun ovens to bake up a soft, hot laffa for each wrap. Its falafels are Israeli-style, huge, and tremendously delicious, and also come available in a pita, for some reason. Laffa falafels are $5.99. More »

College Falafel

College Falafel

College Falafel practically beckons late on Friday and Saturday nights from its modest spot at Ossington and College. Even at 2am, the falafel balls are deep-fried on the spot, topped with fresh tabouli, hot sauce, and all the other fixings. Halifax donair and baklava to boot. $5.99 More »

King Falafel

King Falafel

Lest new condos threaten its unchanged existence, King Falafel will keep serving the same great falafels that have earned it a top spot in Toronto's royal (ahem) falafel hierarchy. While I find these falafels tend to be crunchier than most, they're every bit as fresh, and certainly just as delicious. $3.60. More »

Akram's Shoppe

Akram's Shoppe

The falafel's at Akram's Shoppe are not just unique in their $2.99 price tag (though that, of course, makes them an easy sell), but they also stray from the traditional chickpea recipe. The balls are made from a mixture of soya, fava and mung beans, rendering them crispy and hearty without being heavy. Occasionally, you'll be able to catch them priced on special for $1.99. More »

King David

King David

While some may laud King David for its pizza (curiously), it's the quality and tastiness of the falafels that regulars and newbies all seem to agree on. Prepared to order (of course), and topped with everything, falafel customers should be prepared to use both hands. More »

Sababa

Sababa

Like Akram's, the falafels at Sababa come fast and cheap ($2.95), but the price tag only underemphasizes the value. Yes, the takeout counter at this North York market offers consistently delicious falafels, with an adjacent store selling all the ingredients for you to make it at home. I'm sure no one does. More »

Sarah's Shawarma & Falafel

Sarah's Shawarma & Falafel

Sarah's is where you'll find hoards of hungry University of Toronto students looking for a cheap and filling lunch. The falafel combo with fried eggplant and cauliflower is definitely a favourite, though many just opt for the sandwich for $3.49. Special hot sauce and tahini make the falafel. More »

TOV-LI

TOV-LI

This is one place where you can actually opt to have your falafel balls baked instead of fried. While the health benefits of a baked falafel are obvious, I think I'd miss that satisfying crunch and subtle pang of guilt that can only come from a food that has gone diving in the deep fryer. Customers can also opt for a half or whole falafel, and take their pick of white or whole wheat pita. More »

Mystic Muffin

Mystic Muffin

It seems Mystic Muffin is loved as much for its owner, Elias, as it is for its fresh and tasty falafel. Oh, and possibly the apple cake. The falafel balls come crispy, crunchy, and soft on the inside, paired with veggies and sauces, and wrapped in a fluffy pita. For $4 and change, you can't go wrong. More »

Discussion

46 Comments

Roger / June 20, 2008 at 01:09 pm
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Mystic Muffin indeed. Although they can't compete with the hot sauce at Sara's.

@ Sally: Pita Break is the absolutely worst you could do for a falafel. The one and only time I went there they took out their falafel balls from a freezer!
Mark / June 20, 2008 at 01:20 pm
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Falafel World, north side of Bloor, one block east of Jane. Absolutely fantastic.
J / June 20, 2008 at 01:24 pm
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Armenian Kitchen on Victoria Park between Lawrence and Eglinton.

Cheap and the best i've ever had.
Darlene / June 20, 2008 at 02:18 pm
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At the very least, I think Ghazale wins for "best smelling"..
No matter how full I am, whenever I walk past Ghazale my mouth starts watering and an overwhelming desire for shawarma/falafel goodness ensues.
Paul / June 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm
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There's a nice little place near where I live, on Bloor west of Dufferin, called Babylon Gardens that I quite like. Good value too... on Mondays their falafel sandwiches are 2 for $2.99. An "Ali Baba" just opened at Lansdowne. More selection but not as tasty. I have not yet tried "Shawar-mama" next to the House of Lancaster.
Ian / June 23, 2008 at 05:20 pm
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Sababa is great and cheap. Love the fresh pitas. And i've never had a hot sauce on a pita that was half as good as theirs. Although, lately the quality of the patties has been variable... i think they've had some turnover in the kitchen.
Adam K.S. / July 21, 2008 at 03:30 pm
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I second Falafel World on Bloor/Jane area. ALso, best Chicken Shawarma Sandwich in Toronto!!! I can't eat Chicken Shawarma anywhere now because it always pales by comparison.
Jamie / September 20, 2008 at 09:13 pm
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Has no one here been to Eat A Pita on Cumberland at Yonge? Their falafel is big, fresh (balls formed and made to order), and perfectly flavoured. The shawarma is similarly great. In my opinion, both are superior to Sarah's, Ghazale, and most other places in town. I'm really surprised no one has mentioned them here.
dhani / November 17, 2008 at 07:56 pm
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sababa's is the only thing that makes my weekly visit to bathurst & steeles to see my parents worth it. their pitas are made fresh on site and i believe other falafel shops use them.

believe me, i've had'em all...sababa rules.
Ethan replying to a comment from TARA / September 10, 2009 at 11:08 am
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Sultan at main and danforth that is!
Jho / November 4, 2009 at 01:43 am
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Sababa is the closest thing to an authentic felafel this side of Jerusalem
danny / April 3, 2010 at 10:32 pm
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the best falafel& shawarma sandwish i ever had in toronto was at sultan restursnt at main and danforth.it is just perfect i didnt taste anything like it,and believe i've tried many but sultan is just different.now i can't have them any where else,they r so fresh and everything is home made..they are so yummy.
mitjak / June 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm
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My own personal #1 would have to be the genuine family owned King Falafel at Bathurt and Eglinton. The Middle Eastern ladies operating the place are always friendly and provide quick and attentive service. Favourite combo clocking in at $7 is a delicious falafel sandwich, a side of freshly cooked fries and a glass of mango juice. Mmm. Gonna go grab one now.
A.D. / November 23, 2010 at 11:47 pm
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my favourite of all is falafel on pita i get at College Falafel. they actually cook the falafel balls the moment you get them so they r really fresh and tastefull. i always have a craving for their falafel sandwitches. amaazing topings and dressings too. LIKE LIKE LIKE
MJL / May 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm
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If you're all the way up north (Newmarket), Cedar Grille just south of Mullock on Yonge St. does an excellent job. Always fresh, excellent ingredients, nice decor too if you're not in a hurry.
Kimberly / June 9, 2011 at 12:09 am
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Best falafel place in Toronto? Sultan, at Main St. & Danforth - hands down.

FRESH & DELICIOUS.

I no longer live in Toronto, but upon visiting I had to go get a falafel in my old neighbourhood. I went in for one, ate it, and had to grab another one to go.

You haven't had a falafel until you go there. Seriously.
Loes Dijkman / August 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm
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Nona, at Yonge and Lawtrence (8 blocks north...) is by far the best in Toronto. Just visited Toronto again this summer, to find out that Nona's falafel ("the veggie sliders") is really the best in Canada. The very friendly owners (father and son) make their falafel with mix of chick-peas and fava (FUL) beans, cinnamon, cardamon, sesame, celery and many more... Add to that their Tahini sauce and their home-made mild garlic-banana-pepper sauce and you';re in 7th heaven.
Pity that I have to go back to Holland, my country, and back to the not-half-as-good falafel offered there...
Zack / August 9, 2011 at 02:09 pm
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Recommendations: Yakamoz at Bathurst and Wilson, right nest to the exit from the 401. Incredible shawarma and falafel. What sets them apart is the use of the Lafa instead of the pita.... much bigger and better IMHO. Also delicious is Paramount at Yonge and Clark - No better pita in the city, although their falafel balls are a little bland. The best? Me Va Me in Thornhill. Authentic, very Israeli, amazing food all around. I see alot of Sababa recommendations here - I've found that their quality has gone down over the past 4-5 years. Their food used to be much better.
nadia / August 25, 2011 at 02:55 pm
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The best Shawarma/ Falafel in town "The Liberty Shawarma" at 114 Atlantic! I've tried all those other places and they definitely don't come close to Liberty Shawarma. If you like middle eastern food you got to go to this place...simply the best both!Tasty food, and top notch service.
Jer / December 22, 2011 at 12:45 pm
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They should open another hundred shawarma places on Toronto. I think we need more.
Jason / December 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm
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Anyone else try Mama Koka's in that nearly empty indoor mall across from the old much music building? it's got the jetsun burger place and one falafel place.

They've got these marinated lemon slices that you just eat through. I'ts pretty amazing stuff.

Angel / December 22, 2011 at 04:17 pm
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Arabesque on College! Cheap and delicious plus a a huge selection of baklava!
Al / December 22, 2011 at 04:59 pm
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Best Falafel is one that's somehow traveled here from Ottawa.
gorf / December 22, 2011 at 06:19 pm
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I just stopped at College Falafel for the first time ever on my way home this evening. Firstly, $1 is far too much for a falafel ball. As somebody who lived in the middle east for a significant portion of his life, even $0.50 per ball seems a bit much most of the time.

The falafels are tasty, but I find the tahini sauce to be bland and watery.

My favourite quick place for both falafel and shawarma in this city is Eat A Pita just East of Yonge on Cumberland. Though I'm sure there is far better out there.
C / December 22, 2011 at 07:54 pm
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Sarah's is amazing!!!
Denise / December 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm
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Falafel World at Jane & Bloor by far.
Rob B / December 23, 2011 at 07:43 am
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Uh, why isn't Falafel World at Bloor & Jane i=on this list? The most amazing Falafels and Chicken shawarmas ever!
jer replying to a comment from nadia / December 23, 2011 at 11:03 am
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How is the Liberty Shawarma on Spadina? As good as you say the one on Atlantic is?
Caroline / December 23, 2011 at 02:24 pm
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Falafel World.
missedthebus / December 23, 2011 at 04:03 pm
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I second the endorsement for Arabesque, at College and Gladstone. Delicious falafel and baklava, lovely little seating space.
dv / December 27, 2011 at 11:26 am
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The Doner Kebab House on Yonge just south of Gerard (next door to the Big Slice) has excellent falafels. Their sauce is amazing, and be sure to order extra onions! There are 4 or 5 other falafel places in that immediate area, but this one is clearly the best of them.
AJ / January 3, 2012 at 05:31 pm
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There's a place on lawrence in Scarborough called Shawarma Empire. They are really good, they sell falafel sandwiches at 2 for 5 dollars. If they weren't in Scarborough, I don't think they would be off this list.

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/shawarma-empire-scarborough#query:falafel
mike / February 3, 2012 at 09:38 am
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Sultan main & danforth has the best falafel I ever had .always fresh and made from scratch even the humus is soooo good . U have to try it to believe it !
met1 / May 14, 2012 at 08:40 pm
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I can't believe you haven't included Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine, 2009 Yonge (near Eg) in you list of best falafel. Fresh, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, they're addictive!
MargaretMarch / June 1, 2012 at 08:27 pm
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Milo's pita, level 3 food court - "Future store" Dundas/Yonge. Unforgettable experience!! Fresh falafel in a whirl of other delicious tastes of tahini, vegetables, tabbouleh,...I would have never believed that combination of bread and veggies can cause ecstasy in my month :)He does an upstanding job!
Amalya / September 4, 2012 at 02:37 pm
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Pleas I am intersting to know the Email address for the Dr' LAFA
in Toronto

THANK you

AMALYA
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm
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I second Falafel World on Bloor/Jane area. ALso, best Chicken Shawarma Sandwich in Toronto!!! I can't eat Chicken Shawarma anywhere now because it always pales by comparison.
www.thefreecamping.com / October 20, 2012 at 03:02 am
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Ich würde mit Ihnen muss hier überprüfen. Welche ist nichts, was ich normalerweise tue! Ich bekomme Vergnügen beim Lesen eines veröffentlichen, machen Individuen denken kann. Darüber hinaus ermöglicht dank für mich zu bemerken! xyj
PETER / December 26, 2012 at 01:17 am
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I wanna try....
In SEOUL KOREA, JACK'S BEAN is excellent!
FALAFELS AND HUMMUS....
Jeff / January 23, 2013 at 04:14 pm
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We just came from Orly's at 660 Sheppard Ave W (near Bathurst) and decided that their falafels BLOW AWAY Tov-Li and King David (our usual haunts) Super fresh veggies, and the falafels were steaming as we bit into the sandwich. Also, the sandwich makers have personality here. At $4.50 (after tax) per sandwich, it's half the price of Dr Laffa...whose product is also exceptional. But for a tradional falafel, Orly Restaurant & Grill is BEST.
Q / April 21, 2013 at 05:20 pm
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Worth trying, at Bathurst and College there's a new place called Shawarma Bites. They make their own bread (saj instead of pita), their falafel is tasty and they always fry it fresh.
sue / August 28, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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rememeber aida's @ bloor/bathurst? that was the best falafel i had ever had and was my introduction to falafels too. never did find a place as good, but haven't tried any of the places listed above, either.
Nova / September 13, 2013 at 04:45 am
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Tequila Bookworm, 512 Queen West. 15 minute walk from the Eaton Center. Best falafel I've ever had. Amazing texture and wickedly devine taste. Could eat their falaf minikins everyday. :3 served on mini pita triangles, with tomato, arugula, and turnip. With an I believe lime aoli sauce? Not sure on that though.
soon tasty falafel open in toronto / October 15, 2013 at 01:05 am
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Soon tasty falafel open in toronto will have the best falafel in toronto
shadi / October 15, 2013 at 01:09 am
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Tasty falafel open soon in Bloor st west in toronto
jacob / April 6, 2014 at 11:03 pm
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Best Falafel you can try at Shawarma House, 222 The esplanade

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