These delightful, delicious confectioneries are a truly Japanese way to celebrate the season—with a hint of Western inspiration.P04

Mont Blanc

Created with a more mature palate in mind, this pastry features a subtly sweet chestnut purée laced with a hint of rum.


Although Halloween is over, the harvest season is still at its peak. Ripe local apples, root vegetables and squash provide a bounty of autumn deliciousness. As temperatures drop, it’s no surprise that your sweet tooth may change with the season too, and warm, comforting spices, flavours and textures swiftly become appealing. Indulgent, luxurious, but still light and delicate, pastries are the perfect treat for fall. Since Japan has distinct seasons a lot like ours, the Japanese clearly understand the appeal as well. To make this season more cheerful and enjoyable, try yougashi, the Western-style pastry that has become widely popular in Japan.

Yougashi (洋菓子) literally means confectionery that was influenced by Western culture. Opposite to wagashi (和菓子) (Japanese sweets like mochi, for example), yougashi look very much like any regular pastry seen at any patisserie. However, their recipes usually stray away from the traditional in some way, often incorporating Japanese elements together with European ones, and they are noticeably less sweet. But don’t dismiss this as a passing trend—yougashi have been enjoyed in Japan for over a century. Pastries have their own special role in Japanese culture, and as with any other popular culinary tradition, yougashi have trickled down to Toronto, too.

While some are tucked away and others are much more prominent, look around and you’ll discover that Toronto (luckily!) has its fair share of Japanese pastry shops. Each one brings its own unique artistry to these baked goods, with pastries as distinct as each bakery’s culinary vision. Whether you are seeking the perfect buttery tart or the lightest and flakiest danish, be prepared to experience a little something different at these delectable shops. And pumpkin spice lovers, take note: these treats are so good, you’ll never look at your latte the same way again.


 Savour the flavours of the season


The art of dessert

mon K patisserie A variety of innovative sweets can be found at this East York spot.



Apple Tart

Honey butter elevates this intricately decorated apple tart and is the perfect complement to the naturally sweet flavour of the golden delicious apples.


Pumpkin Tart

The perfect snack to accompany your favourite cup of tea, this pumpkin tart is a milder way to enjoy pumpkin flavour and spice.


Fig Tart

This elegant tart is a study in contrasting textures and flavours. A smooth and creamy custard is studded with ripe figs and crunchy pecans.


mon K patisserie
1040 Coxwell Ave., Toronto | 416-696-8181
OPEN: Tue–Thu 9 am–4:30 pm • Fri–Sat 9 am–5 pm Sun–Mon closed

Pumpkin is a quintessential fall ingredient

Creative confections

Patisserie 27  This charming west-end shop takes pride in its artistic creationsP06_appleXpumpkin

Apple Pumpkin Pie

A puff pastry base, luscious pumpkin filling, delicately sliced caramelized apples and a crunchy streusel topping make this pie one of a kind. $18 for four servings


A smooth and creamy kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) mousse blended with rich white chocolate is sandwiched between two slices of slightly crunchy flourless almond sponge cake. $4.95


Pear Walnut Danish

Sweet and crunchy caramelized walnuts are the perfect contrast to the flaky, buttery puff pastry and crisp ripe pears in this danish. $2.50



To keep the Mille-feuille’s pastry crisp and flaky, cream is not added until after the order has been placed. $4.95


Patisserie 27
401 Jane St., Toronto | 416-762-2103
OPEN: Wed–Fri 7 am–7 pm • Sat 7 am–6 pm Sun 7 am–4 pm • Mon–Tue closed

For the love of pumpkin

Bakery Nakamura This J-Town bakery serves up traditional treats with some whimsy.


Pumpkin Pie

This traditional pie has a buttery crust and creamy filling, plus an extra dose of indulgence with its whipped cream topping. $3.50 per piece / $24 whole


Pumpkin Crème Bun

These cute treats are as sweet as they look. Take a bite to reveal a pumpkin filling and enjoy a light snack. $2

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Pumpkin Crème Brûlée

Your standard crème brûlée gets a seasonal upgrade—featuring a sweet and smooth pumpkin custard under the crispy caramelized sugar crust. $4.50


Bakery Nakamura | 3160 Steeles Ave. E., #9, Markham | 905-477-3555
OPEN: Tue–Sat 10 am–7 pm • Sun 11 am–6 pm Mon closed


Green tea heaven

Uncle Tetsu’s Matcha Cafe The popular international franchise has finally landed in Toronto.



Matcha Cheesecake

Uncle Tetsu’s signature soft and pillowy cheesecake gets an extra dose of colour and flavour thanks to their use of two different premium matcha powders. $8.85


Matcha Madeleine

These matcha madeleines (available plain or filled with red bean paste) are light and fluffy, similar to an extra-moist cupcake. $2.65 each / $7.95 for four


Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Matcha Cafe
596 Bay St., Toronto OPEN: Daily 10 am–9 pm