The Best Latin American Cafes and Bakeries in Toronto
The best Latin American bakeries and cafes in Toronto offer tastes of home for the many South American communities in the GTA, but they also open their doors to newcomers who have opened their eyes, and their tastebuds, to the region's vibrant cuisines.
From big bakeries to tiny cafes to supermarkets with tucked away counters to Cookie Martinez's container stall, each location sells their signature take on traditional goods like alfajores, arepas, churros, empanadas and more. Those may be the familiar favourites, but take a step into the unknown, ask the helpful owners, bakers and servers what to try, and you'll be rewarded greatly.
Here are the best Latin American bakeries and cafes in Toronto.
El Almacen, the yerba mate cafe also home to two locations (on Queen and Dupont), is also home to fine South American pastries and snacks. The alfajores sandwiched with dulce de leche or jam are a great follow-up to their equally good empanadas, and of course, the massive selection of mate lets you enjoy life, southern style.
This Latin American supermarket is full of fantastic food, including a bakery and confection selection (you can wash it down with coffee, but just on the weekends). Otherwise, you can take home some masas dulces, tortilla Española, tarta jamonyqueso, fatura, churros and alfajores.
This Venezuelan café opened at Dupont and Bathurst so you can hop off the subway to grab the tenquenos, cachapa, empanadas, arepas, hayacas, and tacos. They also make their own traditional drinks - guava, papelon con limon, and more. You can take it to go, but I suggest staying in and lingering over their many offerings.
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