The Best Portuguese Custard Tarts in Toronto
The best Portuguese custard tarts in Toronto are an exercise in indulgence. Also known as pastel de nata, these addictive creations were invented by nuns back in the 14th century. As the story goes, they were using egg whites to keep the clothes they were ironing nice and firm and ended up having a lot of egg yolks left over that they didn't know what to do with. One thing led to another and they ended up baking these delicious tarts that can now be found at Portuguese bakeries around Toronto.
Here are the best custard tarts in Toronto.
The custard tarts at this mini Toronto chain are excellent, sweet and a little burnt. Pair one with brewed coffee and free WiFi and you've got the makings of a perfect afternoon snack. More »
In business since 1968 and with 9 locations, this group of bakeries serves up several thousand of custard tarts a day. Each location has a decidedly local following, but according to the store owners their custard tart cuts across all socio-political, ethnic and religious lines. In other words, everyone eats and loves them. More »
This old school bakery is a fantastic reminder of what Ossington once was before the entertainment district moved in. The custard tart might be on the small side but you'll know it's made with love and authenticity. More »
This bakery on Davenport makes so many custard tarts that the question of how many they actually make gets answered with a “Woooooooooooo, a lot!” If it’s too many to count, something good’s a happenin’! More »
With a bright, modern interior, this Dundas West cafe is typical of all Portuguese bakeries in that there is an espresso counter that seems to be especially made to accompany the tarts. Unique to Brazil however is the extra dusting of sugar on your tart (that’s optional) just in case you thought caffeine, cream, eggs, and sugar weren’t enough. More »
With the slightest attention paid to design, Courense definitely wins for nicest storefront out of these bakeries. Around for 25 years and with men playing chess inside, the locals are clearly comfortable and eating lots of tarts. Making over 4,000 a week by hand (by hand!!!), Courense supplies many bakeries and cafes around town (possibly some on this list) – you’ll have to figure out which. More »
In the same location for the last 17 years, Golden Wheat produces a tart that is not as sweet as others but has a depth of flavour that others lack as well. The puff pastry is flaky and chewy - a nice combo and making over 1500/day ensures a consistent product that will never disappoint. More »
The super cheerful exterior of Jack’s is a welcome sight along this rather dull stretch of Oakwood and the 24 hour sign must also be a beacon to many returning after a late night of frolicking or work. Good thing it’s all backed up by an excellent tart. Light, rich, flaky, chewy, sweet - it hits all the right notes. More »
35 years and still going strong this College Ave. stalwart only makes their tarts on weekends and by special request. Using a puff-like pastry they suggest that you sprinkle a little cinnamon on the warm tart and, of course, sip an espresso for that total Portuguese experience. More »
Hard to find as it’s not actually on Rogers Rd. but in a strip mall about 300m behind a massive Value Village, it isn’t the most picturesque of locales, but many times that’s beside the point. A relative youngin having only been around for 4 years, they’ve already expanded to a second location on Keele. The tart has a slightly, shall I say, burnt flavour – which I quite liked. It’s definitely worth a try. More »
Wickedly out of the way unless you’re outfitting your new condo and looking for tiles, draperies, lighting and furniture, this massive complex in the Castlefield Design District is industrial strength. The tarts are hard to find in the front grocery/deli/hot food counter store at the front of the bakery but ask and hopefully some will be found. Took me 3 tries. More »
21 years and still going strong, owner Eugene knows everything there is to know about Portuguese custard tarts and if you can keep up with his unbelievably fast rate of speech – there’s a lot to be learned. Luckily for us his exuberance also translates directly into his tarts (and his new and delectable rice pudding!) which I’d personally put at the very top of this list. Perfection! More »