Filosophy Toronto

Filosophy

Filosophy swooped in where Pam’s Roti once was, replacing the island cheap eats with authentic Greek pastries.

They make all Greek pies in their scratch kitchen, otherwise bringing the best baked goods they feel the city has to offer from places like Serano to this neighbourhood.

Filosophy Toronto

Owners Toula and Peter Bekiaris took the lead on design with help from Kelly Driscoll Design. They discovered a brick wall they could expose to use as an anchor.

Filosophy Toronto

Mini greek honey cakes called touloumbes are a play on Greek honey donuts called loukoumades, but these have ridges so the syrup they’re soaked in can grab hold even more easily.

Filosophy Toronto

Mini loukoumades by contrast are smooth, fried little puffs of dough sleeping in honey and syrup in a massive trifle case. They’re chewy and sweet yet airy and addictive, sold by the box ($4.25).

Filosophy Toronto

Traditional croissants ($3.25) and scones ($2.95) come from ever-ubiquitous bakery standby, Circles and Squares.

Filosophy Toronto

Sugar shortbread and walnut cookies ($1.50) provide small tea biscuits.

Filosophy Toronto

Turkish Delight goes for a buck a piece here, a chewy treat made from a sugar and starch gel.

Filosophy Toronto

There’s usually a soup on special, and today’s vegan chili from Foodbenders plays to the plant-based crowd. They also have gluten-free baked goods and vegan galettes from Madeleine’s Pie.

filosophy cafe torontoYour classic spanokopita (spinach pie, $4.75) is made fresh here, and comes in both triangular and rectangular varieties. You might think there’s no difference, but the phyllo pastry on the rectangles is actually thinner than the crispy, flaky triangles.

There are also cheese pies, vegan versions in flavours like butter chicken, and a sweet custard version called bougatsa.

Filosophy Toronto

Coffee is supplemented by Propeller, a local coffee roaster that matches Filosophy’s family-run, local, community-based vision.

Drip starts at $2.25 and it’s $2.95 for a Greek coffee. Espresso-based beverages like lattes and macchiatos top out around $4.25.

Filosophy Toronto

Indeed, the space does have much more of a Pinterest, boho type feel than the homey old accommodations of Pam’s, complete with a chalkboard wall, shabby chic frames, and marble tabletops.

Whether this is a sign of the changing landscape of Bloorcourt or not, folks sure seem to enjoy cozying up in this cute, modern Greek cafe.

Filosophy Toronto

Photos by

Jesse Milns


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