Senses 15 Bloor West, at Yonge, 416-935-0400
Pure sensory overload: banana cream pie -- thin straight-edged pastry filled with burnt caramel-crusted custard garnished with sliced fruit -- and syrupy deep chocolate mousse.
Sweet Master 736 St. Clair West, at Rushton, 416-652-6030
Strauss waltzes on the Blaupunkt and old word Austro-Hungarian tortes like delicious Dobscz cake with alternating biscuit-like layers of chocolate and vanilla. Granny-style poppy seed strudel, too.
Dufflet 787 Queen West, at Manning, 416-504-2870; 2638 Yonge, at Craighurst, 416-484-9080
Dufflet Rosenberg and company supply most of downtown with first-class baked goods. Cut out the middle man and buy straight from the source.
Ed's Real Scoop 2224 Queen East, at Birch, 416-699-6100
Hand-dipped truffles and ice-meister Ed Francis's fabulous frozen creations. Flavour faves: Calebaut chocolate, kiwi sorbet, Tahitian vanilla bean.
Athens Pastries 509 Danforth, at Logan, 416-463-5144
Sweet Greek treats like baklava -- multi-tiered triangles of flaky phyllo drenched in honey and coated with coarsely chopped walnuts.