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The top 5 stores to buy Dutch products in Toronto

Dutch food in Toronto is relatively tough to find - it's spread out over a number of small specialty stores. The city's few Dutch cafes, delis and restaurants have closed over the years, leaving few opportunities for expats to find their old favourites - and for newcomers to try Dutch specialties.

Yes, the Dutch are better known for their cycling culture, soccer team, national flower and those cafes in Amsterdam than they are for their cuisine - but, then again, we also invented
flavoured sprinkles that go on toast, and if you know where to look in Toronto, you'll be able to dig up the snacks of your Dutch dreams.

Here are my picks for the top stores to buy Dutch products in Toronto.

Dutch Dreams
The towering ice cream cones at this St. Clair and Vaughan parlour put them on the map - but they live up to the name with their reliable selection of Dutch treats, including a slew of different flavours of hagelslag, and a baked, ice cream-topped dutch baby pancake (aka pannekoek) on the menu.

Holland Store
In addition to wooden shoes, windmill trinkets, and Oranje soccer jerseys, this little shop on Weston Rd. stocks dry goods, candy and deli essentials like cheeses and cold cuts (including, apparently, horse meat).

Gardenview Convenience
It's a pretty bog-standard convenience store, but Gardenview gets onto this list for sheer convenience. If you're downtown and hankering for some stroopwafel, you should be able to find some - imported direct from Holland - on their shelves.


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