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The Best Falafel in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / November 21, 2014

best falafel torontoThe best falafel in Toronto is more than the sum of its parts, though each of those parts had better be on point. From crispy fried-to order chickpea balls with steaming centres, to freshly-baked pita or laffa, and condiments like silky hummus, pickles (turnips are a must!) and fiery hot sauce - this list of falafel shops will satisfy all the essentials.

Here is the best falafel in Toronto.

See also:

The top 25 falafel in Toronto by neighbourhood
The Best Late Night Falafel and Shawarma in Toronto
The Best Shawarma in Toronto

Dr. Laffa

Dr. Laffa

Falafels are among the specialties at this kosher take-out counter on Bathurst at Lawrence. They can be ordered on top a plate of creamy hummus as a snack, or wrapped in fresh, chewy, clay oven-baked flatbread ($6.99) to form a massive sandwich packed with all the necessary toppings. More »

College Falafel

College Falafel

This late-night eats destination might be best known for its East Coast donair, but the falafels (its namesake) are excellent too. The fast food counter deals exclusively in made-from-scratch foods, and the ground chickpea balls seasoned with garlic, onions and fresh herbs are no exception - have 'em on a massive platter ($12) or in a pita wrap ($7). More »

Me Va Me

Me Va Me

Multiple locations downtown and in Thornhill have become favourites for taboon-baked breads loaded with freshly fried falafel balls ($6.95) dressed with hummus and the usual fresh salads. I also like the option of adding creamy cabbage and baba ghanoush to the massive wraps, but when I'm not in the mood for a sandwich, they're great in a boxed meal with salad or a la carte as a snack. More »

King Falafel

King Falafel

This longstanding falafel shop on Eglinton at Bathurst is home to pita pocket sandwiches ($4) stuffed with crispy fried-to-order falafels with hummus, fresh salads, tahini and a smear of hummus. More »

Sofra Grill

Sofra Grill

This Middle Eastern eatery boasts multiple locations that extend from midtown to north of the city. This sit-down experience offers the chance to satisfy hankerings for falafel in sandwich form (in a pita for $6, or wrapped in laffa for $7.50), or as an appetizer or entree dinner with salad and a choice of rice, fries, potatoes or vegetables. More »

Arabesque

Arabesque

Find this Middle Eastern cafe in Little Italy, further west than the main drag. The menu offers quaint, unassuming dishes, including crisp falafel nestled into puffy pitas with lemony hummus, chopped veggies and deliciously zippy hot sauce. More »

Armenian Kitchen

Armenian Kitchen

Falafel sandwiches priced at $3.75 offer excellent bang for your buck at this Scarborough eatery. Here, crunchy fried chickpea balls are wrapped in thin, hummus-slathered pita with tangy pink-pickled turnips, tabouleh and rustically chopped tomatoes and onions - all dressed with tahini. More »

Sababa

Sababa

Pita is baked fresh on site at this Steeles Ave. restaurant with an adjacent Middle Eastern grocer. Order falafels ($6) to sit down in the dining room, or get them to go at the take-out counter at the back of the store, where they're packed into warm pita pockets with lemon-dressed salad with hummus, pickled turnips, tahini and zhoug (hot sauce). More »

Flaming Stove

Flaming Stove

This hidden gem, tucked behind a Hasty Market, draws a serious crowd for its lunchtime specials. Falafels here are wrapped in sheets of markouk bread with roasted vegetables and tabouleh, turnips, tahini and amba, a tangy pickled mango condiment. More »

Eat a Pita

Eat a Pita

This unassuming pita parlour in Yorkville has built a loyal following for for its vast array of $5 lunches. Falafel sandwiches and platters are offered here at exceptional value and come packed with exceedingly fresh ingredients and big, crispy chickpea balls that are light and fluffy in the centre. More »

King David Pizza

King David Pizza

Don't let the name fool you, the falafel wraps ($3.50) are among the menu highlights at this pizza parlour and falafel shop hybrid. Dressed at the counter, pita wraps can be customized any which way from the selection of chopped salads, cabbage, hummus, pickles, onion slivers, and hot peppers on display. More »

Rose City Kitchen

Rose City Kitchen

This contemporary take-out counter draws on inspiration from across the Middle East offering half moons of fresh baked pita packed with falafels in styles that reflect the flavours of Egypt, Lebanon, Greece or Morocco. More »

Discussion

29 Comments

shan / November 21, 2014 at 01:08 pm
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Total Convenience - 36 Church St
easily the best in downtown
Relmar Boys / November 21, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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the King Falafel pita (pictured) has a tendency to leak like a tailing pond, due to too much watery tahini.
Good sangwich but if you love your tweed pants take heed
Dr. Mantis / November 21, 2014 at 01:24 pm
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Falafel from Sababa is not $6 from the take-out counter. More like around $4.
EricaHP / November 21, 2014 at 01:54 pm
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If you're counting Thornhill, try Pita Golden Pocket (2104 Hwy 7 W). Fantastic falafel, and shawarma.
Hungry Man / November 21, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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Tov-Li?
Amanda / November 21, 2014 at 02:33 pm
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Fat Pasha has some pretty killer falafel on their menu too.
emcee / November 21, 2014 at 02:40 pm
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Lebonese Express on the east side of Yonge just south of College is my go to place for falafel but I haven't tried all the ones on this list.
Toronto Jeff / November 21, 2014 at 02:53 pm
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Tov-Li is by far the best for the quality, the taste, the portion, and the price.

http://www.tov-li.com/
Nerves / November 21, 2014 at 03:19 pm
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Seconded for Pita Golden Pocket. I've been doing some work in the area, and it's really quite good.
Mike / November 21, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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Does anyone remember Aidas??
Todd Toronto / November 21, 2014 at 04:09 pm
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Anyone remember when Bathurst south of Lawrence was basically the falafel district? There were about three or four falafel places within a block of each other.
Moi / November 21, 2014 at 04:16 pm
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Any list that omits TOV-LI lacks any credibility!

This is the 2nd list in a matter of days that is complete BS. starting to think that something is amiss in list-world.
Bryce replying to a comment from Moi / November 21, 2014 at 04:26 pm
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A shonde Tov-Li isn't on the list.
TroyinTO / November 21, 2014 at 04:29 pm
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No Tov-Li? That's a big miss.
nj / November 21, 2014 at 04:42 pm
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Mystic Muffin - Jarvis and Richmond
EZ / November 21, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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Being a bit of a falafel snob - having had fantastic stuff in Israel - I have to give a shout out to Tabule on Queen East. While a little on the pricier side of the value spectrum, this Lebanese restaurant makes a great version. The zesty mint note gives it such a summer attitude.
lisa / November 21, 2014 at 08:11 pm
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The best falafel is hands down found at Kruzo 's at dufferin and Steeles in Thornhill. Same goes for Shawarma. They are so underrated and so delicious.
S / November 21, 2014 at 09:19 pm
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Are you sure King Falafel exists? I have lived at Bathurst/Eg for three years and have never noticed it. And I do enjoy falafel.
M.C. / November 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm
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to S - King Falafel is on the southwest corner of Bathurst/Eg, just south of the building on the actual corner. There's kind of an alcove, but it's visible from Bathurst.
Krystine / November 22, 2014 at 10:18 am
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College Falafel is the freshest, best falafel I've ever had. They make everything from scratch there and it comes through in the flavour of all their food. YUM!
Jill / November 22, 2014 at 10:43 am
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the best falafel hands down is TOV LI
yummy replying to a comment from M.C. / November 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm
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Ya it's actually a tasty hidden gem. They have a really delicious veal donair too.
tony shamas / November 22, 2014 at 05:27 pm
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Those pictures really made me hungry!!! Yumm!
Mike S / November 23, 2014 at 09:35 am
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at sheppard and pharmacy there is a great place, best falafel i've had in the city
Jeff / November 23, 2014 at 10:29 am
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This list is wrong. Yehudales makes the best falafel. End of story
Jon / November 24, 2014 at 03:32 pm
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1. Tov Li, 2. Sababa, 3. Dr. Laffa, 4. My Zaidi's, 5. King David, 6. Hummous Hummous, 7. Ba Li Laffa

Whoever made the list above has no idea what they're talking about!
Bob Smothers / November 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm
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No Tov Li on the list? LOL I can't understand how this list was compiled then. A number of the places on the list (I haven't been to all) don't even come close to Tov Li
weare1 / November 27, 2014 at 05:06 am
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Tov li is by far the best falafel place in the city ! Shawarma empire is the best sawarma place in canada ! The list was done unfair to its true taste ...
Riley / November 27, 2014 at 08:12 am
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Falafel World on Jane and Bloor (just outside Jane subway station) is a family-run operation that has been in the neighbourhood for over 20 years, and hands down the best stuff I have had in the city. It's the only stuff comparable to the real thing in the Middle East, the owners are incredible, and the prices tough to beat. Highly recommended.

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