Who doesn't love a perfect piece of pie? We certainly do. Good pie is comforting, homey, and delicious. We decided to create a list of the best places in Toronto to indulge in a handmade slice of pie — from sweet to savoury. The pies we found are all made with love in Toronto.
Wanda's Pie in the Sky
287 Augusta Avenue,
Open from 8am to 7pm, except Fri. & Sat. til 8pm
Wanda's Pie in the Sky is a must-stop for pie lovers. This cool Kensington Market bakery is a staple for locals. Pies are sold in countless varieties by the slice and whole ($5.50 per slice, $21.95 for whole 9" fruit pies, $22.95 for whole nut and custard pies, $38.95 for 11" fruit pies, and $39.95 for 11" nut and custard pies).
It is both a retail and wholesale bakery, which means you may have tried a Wanda's pie while dining out at a Toronto restaurant or café. Everything from the sour cherry pie (our favourite) to the key lime pie is available whole and by the slice every day. Sour cherry is "the bakery's best seller and award-winning pie," according to Wanda's helpful staff.
People with dietary restrictions should note that most pies are traditionally made with wheat flour and butter. But you will find a few gluten-free and vegan varieties as well, such as their delicious gluten-free wild blueberry pie.
"Everything we sell is made with the best ingredients by hand. We've been doing this for over 25 years so we must be doing something right!"
says Leora Winkler (office manager for Wanda's).
Pies are Wanda's focus but not their only product. Wanda's offers freshly made cookies, cakes, and savoury café style food. Their Kensington Market location is also a proper dine-in café that serves espresso beverages, teas, and more. The atmosphere is relaxed and lost between bakery storefront and casual café. Seating includes a large communal table inside the main space with several smaller tables on an outside patio, making this a great café to visit in summer, spring, and fall.
The glorious pies of the day are on display in a huge glass retro bakery counter, making it even harder to choose a flavour because they all look simply amazing. All food is available to take out or eat in.
Madeleine's Cherry Pie and Ice Cream Company
348 Ryding Avenue,
Another local favourite is Madeleine's Cherry Pie and Ice Cream. This business formerly operated out of a beautiful little Upper Annex café. The café was very cozy, small but inviting, and featured antique furniture and a beautiful back garden patio where they served weekend brunch in the warmer months.
Madeleine's café closed its doors in 2013 and reopened in the Junction as a wholesale and retail bakery. Their pies are now sold to order (you call, they bake, you pick up), allowing you to take your pie home to enjoy with your friends and family. As their name suggests, the café's specialty is cherry pie — sour cherry pie, to be exact.
Their pies are family recipes — not to mention tender, flaky, sweet, and delicious. They taste like home and look handmade. Madeleine's prioritizes the use of high-quality ingredients. They offer sweet pies, cookies, and cakes, as well as savoury quiche and vegan vegetable-filled pies.
"We bake naturally. We've been a family baking business in Toronto for 10 years. Our recipes are all family traditions,"
says Kyla, one of the owners and bakers at Madeleine's. Pie prices range from $15 to $20, depending on size and ingredients.
366 Bloor St E #2,
Hours: Mon - Fri: 07:30–21:00, Sat - Sun: 08:00–21:00
A newcomer to the Toronto pie scene, Pie Squared is a new small bakery café located in the Yonge and Sherbourne area. What makes their pies stand out is an incredibly creative and scientific approach to pie. The pies are square-shaped hand pies, reminiscent of British pasties. Each pastry features periodic table of elements symbols! Their periodic table of pie (their take on a menu) appears on the wall behind their café counter to guide you through your order.
Pie Squared offers both sweet and savoury pies and some sweet crimped-edge open tarts. Their savoury hand pies are the standouts, though. They offer flavours like "Thanksgiving" — a Thanksgiving meal in pie form, a flaky pie pocket stuffed with roasted turkey, mashed potato, stuffing, and cranberry sauce! For vegetarians, they offer pies like their delicious Moroccan vegetable pie. Their sweet pies are scrumptious as well but come in more traditional flavours like apple crumble.
"We specialize in hand-held savoury and sweet pies. Everything is baked in-house, including the pastry and made with fresh ingredients,"
says Gino (owner of Pie Squared). Prices are very affordable. An entry-level pie is $5, or you can buy two for $8 with tax included, while a smaller dessert pie goes for just $2.40.
The café offers a unique atmosphere. Parts of it resemble a cafeteria but with a touch more flare, as the café features some modern high tables with metal stools as well as some modern industrial lighting design. If pie is not your thing, the café also offers salads, soups, juices, and fresh coffee and espresso beverages. All food is available to take out or eat in.
589 Markham Street, Lower level,
Hours: Sun-Tues - closed, Weds - 3pm-9pm, Thurs-Fri: 12pm-10pm, Sat, 12pm-7pm
Located in the heart of Mirvish Village in an underground storefront near Bathurst and Bloor, Apiecalypse Now is an all-vegan bakery on a mission. Their specialty is vegan baked goods including pie, but they sell much more.
"Everything we make is vegan. We like to think of ourselves as the little punk rock bakery that could!"
says owner Jennifer Bundock.
The little bakery certainly pumps out an impressive array of treats — everything from vegan sausage rolls to jars of vegan cinnamon butter. Activism plays a big part in this business. Portions of all sales go towards various causes that activist owner Jennifer Bundock supports. All items are vegan, non-hydrogenated, non-GMO, dairy-free, egg-free, and lard-free. Several items are gluten-free, and a few soy-free items are offered as well for those with allergies and intolerances.
Pie prices range from $11 (for a 6" pie) to $21 (for a 9" pie). Pies are also occasionally sold by the slice for $3.50 each.The café is quite small and there isn't a proper seating area, so be prepared to take your pie or other baked goods home or somewhere nearby to enjoy.
If you're looking for a great piece of pie, our guide to Toronto's Best Pie has you covered. From sweet to savoury, gluten-free to vegan, these cafés and bakeries will take care of your craving.