9 Must-Try Foods in Toronto

One of the best aspects of travel, no matter where you find yourself, is getting the opportunity to try new foods. Every country and every city has its own list of must-try foods – and Toronto is no exception. This is a city of many cultures (Toronto is known as one of the most multicultural cities in the world), each of them adding their own flavors to Toronto’s diverse and exciting culinary scene. From food trucks and market stalls, to bar snacks and fine dining, there’s always something great to eat in the city. With that in mind, whether you live in Toronto, or you’re visiting for the first or fifth time, here are 10 must-try foods to eat in Toronto.

01 of 09

Macarons from Nadège Patisserie

Many trays of colorful macarons in a display case

Courtesy of Nadège Patisserie

Richmond Adelaide Centre, 120 Adelaide St W r6, Toronto, ON M5H 1T1, Canada
Phone +1 416-350-2014

A pastel rainbow of macarons awaits behind the glass counters of Nadège Patisserie (with several locations in the city), and while there are plenty of sweet treats to choose from here all worth sampling, the perfectly delicate macarons are pretty hard to resist and limiting yourself to just one is a lot harder than it looks. Flavors rotate, but you can expect some more unique offerings like cotton candy, cappuccino, and rose amid more traditional offerings like chocolate, vanilla, and salted caramel.

02 of 09

Churros From Pancho;s Bakery

Black styrofoam container filled with churros. There's a closed container of caramel sauce next to the churros. The sauce container has a sticker that says "I love churros"

Courtesy of Pancho's Bakery

214 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2L4, Canada
Phone +1 416-854-8770

Anyone craving something sweet while in Toronto should consider making their way to one of the two locations of Pancho's Bakery for a freshly fried churro (find them at Dufferin and Bloor and in Kensington Market). Here you’ll be treated to sticks of decadent deep-fried dough coated with cinnamon and sugar and then filled with a variety of fillings, from condensed milk to jam. The chocolate is particularly delicious, but you can also get them plain. The bakery also sells churro cones, churro loops, and a variety of other Mexican pastries.

03 of 09

Peameal Bacon on a Bun From Carousel Bakery

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93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
Phone +1 416-363-4247

You can’t have a list of must-try food in Toronto without mentioning the peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery, which has been at the same location in St. Lawrence Market for over 30 years. This is a simple sandwich, just a stack of grilled peameal bacon on a soft bun, but it’s popular and there are usually long lines at the counter every weekend when the long-standing market stall might sell over 2,600 sandwiches in one day on a busy weekend. 

04 of 09

Roast Cauliflower from Fat Pasha

Roasted cauliflower topped with a white sauce, green sauce, pomegranate, and pine nuts on a plat with a knife and fork

Courtesy of Fat Pasha

414 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 1V9, Canada
Phone +1 647-646-1698

Whether cauliflower is one of your mainstay vegetables or not, you’ve likely never had it the way Fat Pasha does it: roasted whole until perfectly charred and smothered in creamy tahini, skhug (a Middle Eastern hot sauce), pine nuts, tangy pomegranate seeds, and salty halloumi. It’s almost too pretty to eat when it comes to the table, but it tastes even better than it looks.

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05 of 09

Bagels From St Urbain Bagel

Pile of sesame seed bagels from St. Urbain. The image has been edited to look slightly hazy.

Courtesy of St. Urbain

93 Front St E #11, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada
Phone +1 416-364-8305

Bagels aren’t hard to come by in Toronto, but if you’re in the mood for a chewy Montreal-style bagel, then you need to order one (or a dozen) from St. Urbain. Boiled and then baked in a blazing hot wood-burning oven, these bagels are dense enough to support a thick layer of cream cheese but soft enough on the inside to create the ideal bite, especially when toasted.  

06 of 09

Khao Soi From Pai Northern Thai Kitchen

Bowl of khao soi curry with braised beef, egg noodles, crispy noodles and garnished with cilantro and scallions. The bowl is on a brown and white checkered tablecloth. There is also a set of disposable chopsticks and a small plate with chili sauce, pickled ginger and a lime wedge

Courtesy of Pai Northern Thai Kitchen

18 Duncan St, Toronto, ON M5H 3G8, Canada
Phone +1 416-901-4724

Creamy, flavorful, and fun to eat, the khao soi from Pai Northern Kitchen is so good it's often described as better than what you can get in Thailand. Fresh egg noodles swim in a golden curry that gets topped with crispy noodles, coriander, green onions, and your choice of braised beef, shrimp, chicken breast, or chicken drumsticks. Whether you've been to Northern Thailand or not, feel like you've been transported with this uber-flavorful dish.

07 of 09

Margherita Pizza From North of Brooklyn

Margherita pizza on a metal tray

Courtesy of North of Brooklyn

650 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E4, Canada
Phone +1 647-352-5700

You could probably debate for days (or months) about where to get the best margherita pizza in Toronto, but the pies from North of Brooklyn (with three locations) are hard to beat. Everything is made from scratch using local ingredients and the result is a crispy (never soggy) crust with just the right amount of chew and a sauce that delivers the right amount of acidity against the creamy mozzarella. If you’re really hungry, get an order of garlic knots, made from leftover dough and smothered in garlic butter.

08 of 09

Signature Singapore Slaw From Lee Restaurant

Colorful salad on a plate with a tower of crispy noodles

Courtesy of Lee Restaurant

601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5, Canada
Phone +1 416-504-7867

There’s salad, and then there’s the epic signature Singapore slaw from Lee. Made with a whopping 19 ingredients, this towering salad is crunchy and offers the perfect balance of flavors and textures. The admittedly beautiful salad contains everything from daikon and pickled red onion, to cucumber, toasted sesame seeds, and fried shallots.

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09 of 09

Pho From Pho Tien Thanh

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57 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y9, Canada
Phone +1 416-588-6997

Located on the restaurant-filled Ossington strip, Pho Tien Thanh was serving up steaming bowls of pho way before the huge wave of current area bars and restaurants moved in. The aromatic, ultra-comforting dish isn’t the only place you can get pho in the city, but the unassuming, no-frills joint does a consistent job of it, something you can tell by the deep flavor of the broth and near-constant stream of happy customers.

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9 Must-Try Foods in Toronto