The Best Portuguese Custard Tarts in Toronto
The Best Portuguese Custard Tarts in Toronto are also known as pasteis de nata (or just nata for short). The heavenly sweets were invented by monks in the 14th century who, as the story goes, were using egg whites to starch nuns' habits, and ended up with a lot of extra yolks. Their sweet solution was to bake these delicious custard tarts. Lucky for us, they became a staple Portuguese sweet - and now, they're easily found at Portuguese bakeries citywide.
Here are the best custard tarts in Toronto.
Located on Dufferin, this Portuguese bakery cafe has lots to offer, and it doesn't matter if you've just stopped in for a loaf of bread - no trip would be complete without a sampling of the gold, brulee-topped natas on display. More »
Established in 2006, this bakery boasts three locations where you'll find sublime pastry cups filled with sunny yellow custard and browned 'til they're blistered and caramelized on top. More »
Locals flock to this Dundas West bakery to savour the small tasty sweets along with strong shots of espresso. Order your java black and let the custard-filled tarts add all the cream and sugar you need. More »
First opened in 1979, this old-fashioned Portuguese bakery has since expanded to a second outlet, both found on opposite ends of Ossington. Here, the flaky, slightly chewy pastry shells are filled with light, creamy egg custard bruleed on top. More »
After 25 years in business, this bakery has established itself as the original (and freshest) pasteis de nata shop in Toronto. Their tarts are sold at bakeries and cafés citywide - possibly even at other spots on this list. Courense makes each sweet mini tart by hand, producing 4,000 each week. More »
Rotisserie-cooked poultry might be the main attraction at this Portuguese barbecue counter located inside Toronto's historic market, but the pasteis de nata are not to be missed. Strategically positioned next to the cash, the pastries are the perfect sweet ending to a mighty fine chicken dinner. More »
The iconic pastry is among the specialties at this bakery on Davenport that's always buzzing with chatter of Portuguese regulars. Here you'll find creamy, egg custard baked into crisp buttery pastry shells. More »
Open 24 hours, this bakery on Oakwood will let you mow down on sweet golden mini tarts any time the craving strikes. (You can also grab a latte and a lottery ticket while you're at it.) More »
The institution in Little Italy has been open for over 20 years, producing heavenly Portuguese tarts that are best ordered at least a half dozen at a time, because one is really never enough. More »
Portugal's most revered sweet is just one of the many pastries made from scratch by this local chain of bakery-cafés. Nine locations have proliferated the treat throughout the GTA and beyond. More »
Having grown to nine GTA locations since 1968, this family of padarias (bakeries) serves up thousands of pasteis de nata each day. Each location attracts its own strong local following. More »