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16 Best Pancakes in Toronto

16 Best Pancakes in Toronto

Searching for the best pancakes in Toronto to satisfy your brunch cravings?

Toronto’s got a pretty dang great brunch scene, and we’ve got plenty of incredible restaurants serving up delicious stacks of pancakes.

Whether you’re into classic buttermilk pancakes or more modern takes, here are some of the best spots to grab pancakes in Toronto!

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Old School serves up some of the best pancakes in Toronto

Old School

Epic comfort food is what you’ll find at this school-themed diner on Dundas West.

Their Blueberry Hill Pancakes are truly legendary: fluffy buttermilk pancakes decked out with blueberry compote, brown sugar butter, and bacon slices.

Brunch is their main thing, but they do offer dinner, and the Blueberry Hill Pancakes are on the dinner menu!

Brunch at Old School Restaurant in Toronto

They also have a cool chalkboard filled with equations that makes for a perf Instagram photo backdrop.

I did a whole video feature on their pancakes for Lonely Planet, which was a super fun experience!

LOCATION: 800 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Mildred’s is one of Toronto’s most beloved brunch restaurants, you’ll find them right in the heart of Liberty Village.

Their Mrs. Biederhof’s Wild Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes are just as incredible as Old School’s blueberry pancakes, and it’s served with a wild blueberry compote, Lanark County organic maple syrup, and whipped cream!

They use locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients for their small menu of unique brunch dishes, and they also make a lot of things from scratch in-house, like their scones, biscuits, and jams!

LOCATION: 85 Hanna Ave #104, Toronto, ON

School Restaurant

Also located in Liberty Village is the popular School Restaurant, which serves up a mean brunch menu in a cool industrial-inspired space.

Their Apple Crumble Pancakes feature a caramel drizzle, crushed pecans, brown sugar butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon sugar dust.

They’ve also got their Black n’ Blue Flapjacks with black + blueberry sauce, brown sugar butter, real whipped cream, and maple syrup.

If you can’t get enough of the sweet stuff, they’ve also got their Krispy Krunchy French Toast and Synonym Toast Crunch!

LOCATION: 70 Fraser Ave, Toronto, ON

Pancakes from Almond Butterfly in Toronto
Photo by Almond Butterfly

Almond Butterfly

Special mention to Almond Butterfly, because everything on their menu is gluten-free, which is great for my friends with dietary restrictions!

Their Pancake Stack features a mountain of mixed berry compote, fresh fruit, and maple syrup.

They have a bistro in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood, as well as a bakeshop and café in Harbord Village, though only the bistro location has the pancakes!

LOCATION: 792 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Emma’s Country Kitchen

Emma’s is a beloved Toronto brunch spot serving up some of the best pancakes in the city.

A lot of their ingredients are prepared in-house, from their freshly-baked biscuits to their house-cured meats.

You’ll find a few different pancake options to satisfy your belly:

  • Classic Buttermilk Pancakes served with whipped citrus butter and maple syrup
  • Cinnamon Bun Pancakes served with whipped brown butter and maple syrup
  • Gingerbread Pancakes served with whipped brown butter and maple syrup

The Cinnamon Bun and Gingerbread Pancakes are flavoured with various spices and ingredients, so they’re not just plain pancakes topped with stuff!

Of course, we love our pancakes both flavoured and topped with stuff – we don’t discriminate here 😉

If you’re visiting with a group, definitely order the Pancake Party Pack – it features 4 sides of Emma’s signature pancakes, including Cinnamon Bun, Gingerbread, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, and Buttermilk!

Emma’s is also a Certified Living Wage Employer on the Ontario Living Wage Network, which means they pay their staff a living wage!

LOCATION: 810 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON

Pancakes from Rosemary & Thyme Family Restaurant in Toronto
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Rosemary & Thyme Family Restaurant

This homey family restaurant serves up a variety of Greek eats and Canadian comfort foods, and they’ve got a couple of different pancake options!

Choose between Cinnamon Roll, Oreo, Apple Pie, Banana Blitz, Blueberry or Strawberry Cheesecake (heavenly), Campfire S’mores, or Berry Supreme Pancakes.

Pancakes from Rosemary & Thyme Family Restaurant in Toronto
Photo by Rosemary & Thyme Family Restaurant

You can also just get classic buttermilk pancakes and add your own toppings for additional fees!

They’re actually located in Scarborough, but it’s worth the trek to visit!

LOCATION: 2798 Victoria Park Ave, Scarborough, ON

Pancakes from Lazy Daisy's Cafe in Toronto
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Lazy Daisy’s Cafe

This super cute all-day breakfast spot in Leslieville is actually known for their delicious breakfast sandwiches, but they’ve got some amazing pancakes as well!

You can’t go wrong with Daisy’s Buttermilk Pancakes, and they’ve also got some fun Cinnamon Bun Pancakes.

You can choose between a short or tall stack of either, and you can add fruits, chocolate chips, or Mennonite smoked bacon for additional fees.

Lazy Daisy’s focuses on farm-fresh, locally-sourced, and seasonal ingredients, and they only source naturally-raised and drug and hormone-free meats.

You can find them on Gerrard East, in the family-friendly East End of Toronto!

LOCATION: 1515 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON

Sisters & Co Restaurant

This adorable brunch spot is co-owned by three best friends, and they serve up all kinds of delicious sweet and savoury brunch dishes!

Asian-inspired brunch dishes are what you’ll typically find on the menu, but they’ve also got a few different pancake options for the sweets lovers:

  • Earl Grey Pancakes: buttermilk pancakes with earl grey mascarpone, strawberry sauce, seasonal fruits, syrup
  • Blueberry Pancakes: blueberry buttermilk pancakes with blueberry compote, powdered sugar, syrup
  • Cinnamon Bun Bun Pancakes: cinnamon buttermilk pancakes with vanilla cinnamon cream cheese, cinnamon sugar, syrup
  • Cookie Butter Pancakes: buttermilk pancakes with cookie butter whipped cream, cookie butter, Lotus cookie crumble, syrup

You can find Sisters & Co in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood!

LOCATION: 887 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Pancakes from Sophie's in Toronto
Photo by Sophie’s


This adorable and vibrant spot in Leaside serves up incredible brunch dishes, including two different pancake options!

Choose between their Lemon Ricotta Pancakes (topped with blueberry compote) or their Sutherland Sweet Stack (with strawberry coulis, white chocolate, and shaved almonds).

They’ve also got their Pecan Cornflake Crusted French Toast and The Best Stuffed French Toast Ever if you can’t get enough of the sweet stuff!

LOCATION: 1614 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON

Good Fork

Good Fork is known for their Middle Eastern-inspired eats, and they’ve actually got two different pancake options for brunch!

Their Blueberry Halva Pancakes feature orange blossom ricotta, lemony blueberry, halva crumble, and Hockley Valley maple syrup, all sitting beautifully atop of buttermilk pancakes.

The Other Pancake features medjool dates, sliced almonds, cinamon custard, and Hockley Valley maple syrup on buttermilk pancakes.

Their restaurant is stunning, bright, and modern, and they’ve also got a front patio during the warmer months.

LOCATION: 1550 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON


If you’re craving Mediterranean-style eats, you’ll definitely want to hit up Pasaj in Leslieville.

They serve up Turkish-style brunch and baked goods, and their Grandma’s Pancakes are a must-try.

It features a stack of milky-soft pancakes topped with sour cherry jam, tahini helva, labne, and pistachios.

Their gorgeous, glass-enclosed space lets all the light in, and the decor feels very luxurious.

This spot is actually by the same folks behind Simit & Chai, a popular bakery on King West known for their simit (Turkish bagels)!

LOCATION: 1100 Queen St E, Toronto, ON


Viaggio is a gorgeous Italian spot that serves up a seasonal menu using locally-sourced ingredients.

They’re actually only open for dinner, but their Tiramisu Pancakes are available as a dessert!

The pancakes feature espresso syrup and tiramisu mousse on buttermilk pancakes, and they’re heavenly.

They do take 20 minutes to prepare, so be sure to order it early to avoid a long wait!

I absolutely adore the interior of the restaurant – the combination of all the wood accents, leather banquette seating, and unique lighting fixtures is just stunning.

They’ve also got a cute and fun patio if you’d prefer to dine outside.

LOCATION: 1727 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Pancakes from Liberty Commons in Toronto
Photo by Pauline Yu

Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery

This brewpub in Liberty Village serves up brunch on weekends, and they’ve got some incredible Carrot Cake Pancakes.

The pancakes feature smoked buttercream frosting, orange, tea raisins, walnuts, and coconut, and they’re amazing.

While you’re here, you might as well try some of Big Rock Brewery’s draught beers, or go for one of their tasting flights!

LOCATION: 42 Liberty St, Toronto, ON

Korean pancakes from Hodo Kwaja in Toronto
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Hodo Kwaja

This traditional Korean bakeshop serves up walnut cakes (hodo kwaja in Korean) and other baked goods, including Korean pancakes!

Also known as Hotteok, these stuffed pancakes are either filled with brown sugar, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and cinnamon, or sweet red bean.

They use a secret recipe for the sweet red bean filling, which takes a day and a half to produce!

The pancakes are made fresh daily only three times a day: in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening.

This spot is also Maangchi-approved, so you know it’s good!

LOCATION: 656 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON

Fuwa Fuwa Pancakes in Toronto

Fuwa Fuwa Pancakes

If you haven’t tried Japanese soufflé pancakes before, prepare to be amazed.

Fuwa Fuwa serves up these fluffy stacks of jiggly goodness with a variety of topping options.

Go for the Tiramisu Pancake, Matcha White Chocolate, or Crème Brûlée!

The pancakes get their fluffiness from beaten egg whites, which are then cooked at a low temperature to keep their fluffiness.

Fuwa Fuwa Pancakes in the Annex, Toronto

Their downtown locations are in the Annex and at Yonge & Eglinton, but they’ve also got locations in North York, Scarborough, and around the GTA.

The word “fuwa” literally means “fluffy” in Japanese, and that’s exactly what you can expect with their delicious soufflé pancakes!

LOCATION: Various locations

Pancakes from Barque BBQ in Toronto
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Barque Smokehouse

This spot is for my barbecue lovers out there, and you can find them in Roncesvalles!

They serve up weekend brunch with all kinds of delicious barbecued meats, like their Barque Benedict (choose between brisket, chopped BBQ pork, or Beyond Meat breakfast patty).

Their Smoked Duck Pancakes feature pulled smoked duck leg, blueberry compote, whipped chèvre, maple syrup, and fruit.

It’s the perfect brunch dish if you love a mix of sweet and savory!

LOCATION: 299 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON

Best pancakes in Toronto:

  1. Old School
  2. Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
  3. School Restaurant
  4. Almond Butterfly
  5. Emma’s Country Kitchen
  6. Rosemary & Thyme Family Restaurant
  7. Lazy Daisy’s Café
  8. Sisters & Co Restaurant
  9. Sophie’s
  10. Good Fork
  11. Pasaj
  12. Viaggio
  13. Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery
  14. Hodo Kwaja
  15. Fuwa Fuwa Pancakes
  16. Barque BBQ

These were some of the best restaurants to grab pancakes in Toronto!

Of course, any pancakes are good pancakes, and these were just some of my personal fave spots to grab pancakes in Toronto.

Have you tried any of these pancakes? What are the best brunch spots you’ve had pancakes at in Toronto? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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