On a weekend visit to Toronto to meet up with some old friends I happened by my old neighbourhood and stopped for some coffee and treats.
Eight years ago when I had just moved back to Canada from Japan, I remember taking a photo of this corner. It was an old portrait studio from the 50′s that was closing down (sorry I couldn’t find the photo). Now it is home to the super minimal and swish Nadège patisserie at Queen West and Gore in Toronto (next to Trinity Bellwoods Park).
I don’t know about you, but I am always on the hunt for a good croissant or pain au chocolat. In a city the size of Toronto you think this would be easy, but in fact a good croissant can be surprisingly hard to come by. My go to place was always Clafouti, and now (well it’s been there for a while) just a stone throw away from their café I can add Nadège to the list of satisfactory places to find delectable croissants among other delicate and delicious confectionaries.
My friend sampled a chocolate, caramel mousse creation, and I tried my first macaron -old-fashioned marshmallow and a salted caramel, which was amazing!
In addition to sweets Nadège had a full lunch menu with sandwiches, fresh soups, salads and the like. I couldn’t help eyeing the table next to ours, with their delicious home-cooked vegetable soup! If you’re looking for a light and quick lunch with a bit of class this is a perfect park-side stop.
I love the occasional weekend trip to Toronto. It’s never as far as I think, and always good to see old friends and visit new places.