One of the advantages of being a professional pedestrian and public transit user in Toronto is that you come across some wonderful small businesses with a lot to offer. Pavillion Pastries Cafe is a thriving little coffee shop steps from the Main Street subway at Danforth.
Opened about three years ago in a small unused retail space that was formerly a doctor’s office, its main window shows off a freshly baked choice of Greek pies and specialities. John Kodothodoros whose family owns Pavillion Pastries Cafe is a great host. Funny, congenial, he and his staff greet the regulars by name. A welcoming little café that offers organic coffee, light meals and free WIFI is an oasis at this busy East End Toronto intersection.
Specializing in traditional spanokapita (Feta & cheese) and tiropita (cheese) pies which are baked on the premises, they also offer a good selection of cookies including kouriabedes, Greek shortbread cookies in dusted with powdered sugar.
All your traditional types of Greek sweets like baklava are available. They have my favourite, the very difficult to pronouce, galatoboureko – a semolina custard sandwiched between layers of phyllo and drizzled with honey syrup is available as well. Two dollars will get you six loukoumades – deep-fried pastry balls soaked in a honey syrup, sprinkled with cinnamon and lightly with powdered sugar. Sweet and snack sized, these little gems are great when you need a hit of deep-fried goodness. It’s hard for me not to stop in daily to buy some on my way to and from Main Subway station. Usually, however, I just stick to getting a big cup of their fine coffee.
Sometimes it’s an adventure to get on the transit line and go to a destination coffee shop, I do it sometimes. If you’re in the East End of the city and are looking for something different and better than your double-double coffee chain coffee, try Pavillion Pastries Cafe, John will be happy to get to know you and that you came in.
2554 Danforth Avenue Toronto, ON M4C 1L4