A round pan filled with ooey-gooey sweetness (or savoury-ness) and crumbly, baked-to-perfection dough. Could there be a greater way to end (or start) a meal? Whether you are a pro-filling enthusiast, or if there is no such thing as a tart with too much crust, this list has got you covered. Check to see if your favourite made the cut (it probably didn’t, so be sure to yell at us in the comments).
Wanda’s Pie in the Sky | 287 Augusta Avenue
The destination for classic pies done right, Wanda’s is a certifiable institution in the eclectic Kensington Market neighbourhood. With its kitschy décor and impressive lineup of other baked goods, Pie in the Sky is a perfect, budget-friendly spot to grab a sweet snack.
Mabel’s Bakery | 323 Roncesvalles Avenue; 1156 Queen Street West; 746 St. Clair Avenue West
The staff at Mabel’s takes great pride in their delectable offerings, specifically their pie selection as evident by their tradition of selecting the freshest fruit and fillings and toasting them up until the crust is a golden flaky masterpiece. Sour cherry, lemon meringue, and key lime are a few of the deliciously famous titles available year round.
Kanga | 65 Duncan Street
Erynn and Megan felt a void in Toronto’s food scene when they returned from their year down under – the Aussie meat pie. Kanga serves up traditional Australian meat pies; perfect singular portions that you can grab on the go. They’ve got lots of savoury options, many starring minced beef, chicken and a creamy zucchini option too.
Flaky Tart | 711 Mt. Pleasant Road
Billed as an ‘old school bakeshop that marries nostalgia with whimsy’, you’d be hard pressed to find anything less magical than a ‘flaky tart’ tart. Fresh (and oftentimes inventive) ingredients are sourced with care, while the baking process is handled with an acute attention to detail and tradition, topping it all off with a dusting of snowy sugar.
Hansen’s Danish Pastry Shop | 1017 Pape Avenue
Located a short walk north of Pape Station, in the heart of Pape Village, the charming Hansen’s Danish Pastry Shop has been serving East Toronto with traditional European desserts for over fifty years. Fresh bread, strudel, Danish (duh) and the best pies this side of the Don River—Hansen’s truly is a shop-til-you-drop kind of bakery.
Phipps Bakery Café | 420 Eglinton Avenue West
Proudly serving midtown for nearly thirty years, Phipps is not only a purveyor of gourmet lunches and coffee, but also a master crafter of baked goods—virtually every flaky concoction you could name. But where this delightful café succeeds is the pie department, churning out oven-perfected dishes in a variety of sizes including a personal-pan (3”) for those who aren’t interested in sharing. Try the chocolate pecan, the apple crumble, or one of many double-crust pies.
Madeleines | 348 Ryding Avenue
A bespoke pastry house, every pie—from sweet desserts, to quiches, to savoury vegan vegetable—is made fresh to order. You get to customize the size and select your own fillings (from an extensive list, including mouth-watering options like peach raspberry amaretto, chocolate bourbon pecan, or savoury Mediterranean ratatouille). Variety, with a touch of self-service: Madeleines truly is the best bakery forthe indecisive dessert-er. Visit their website to learn more about stockists throughout the city.
The Pie Commission | 887 Dundas Avenue West, 935 The Queensway
The people have spoken! The Pie Commission claims to have reinvented the savoury pie with their mouth-watering menu that stars braised beef, beef ‘n beer, butter chicken, to name a few. All of the pies are made from scratch, and served hot in a sleeve for maximum on-the-go snacking, or with fries and salad. In 2013, The Pie Commission opened its Etobicoke factory outlet to the public, dishing out frozen and fresh pies from their take-away window.
(Main photo by Kanga)