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Willow Cakes & Pastries

242 Mary Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario ON L0S 1J0, Canada
+1 905-468-2745
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“cakes” (79 reviews)
“pastry” (19 reviews)
“quiche” (16 reviews)
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Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
242 Mary Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario ON L0S 1J0, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a great little gem of a pastry shop! We popped in for a qquick bite after driving into Niagara-on-the-Lake and had fresh pastries and some tea. Very nice!

Thank giwpriestap
Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't there for coffee snacks or hanging out, just to pick up some cakes and snacks to take with us. They are higher priced then you could get elsewhere but definitely worth it. They are well above most shop cakes and more on the...More

Thank Bryan M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was taken in by an online rave review where the reviewer said that she had traveled extensively and had never been to a better bakery anywhere in the world. After trying Willow's freshly made croissant and almond croissant, I concluded that the other reviewer...More

Thank bluevoter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of sweet desserts especially scones . Enjoy the assortment. Small shop with local chatter and coffee shop atmosphere. No specialty chocolate with fancy packaging- just plain ole good desserts.

Thank 2fatcatsonthego
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked to the Willow for breakfast. Selection was a bit limited on a Sunday morning @ 10:30. Service left a bit to be desired as well. Food was tasty.

Thank HammerHeidi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely selection of pastries, tarts, and cakes (though unfortunately they don't seem to offer cake slices). I had a chocolate/caramel tart. It was pretty good, but not as flavorful as it could have been because it came out rather cold from the fridge. Wish they...More

Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food and pastries are always tasty, but the coffee station needs to be check more often,so coffee is fresh too.Been there many times. It can be addicting.

Thank Meow24
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I came to Willow Cakes & Pastries as part of a culinary walking tour of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Hearing that there were vegetarians on the tour, the staff prepared a special strawberry mousse because the other dessert contained gelatine. Whether or not one is...More

Thank michaelpatrickfr2017
Reviewed 11 June 2017

From the first steps in we knew this would be super. OK the location may look a wee bit negative and do not let that stop you. The front of staff,and owner, greeted us and totally took care of us. We ordered the Signature Tastings...More

Thank Paul E
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We had a lovely lunch at this location. Not only do they have sweets but wonderful sandwiches, quiche & pot pies.

Thank mdfw2gc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Validated Parking
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 06:00
08:00 - 06:00
08:00 - 06:00
08:00 - 06:00
08:00 - 06:00
08:00 - 06:00
08:00 - 06:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 242 Mary Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario ON L0S 1J0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 905-468-2745
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It is hard to say what pastry chef and proprietor Catherine O'Donnell is best known for - her incredible breads, decadent cakes, or her decidedly delicious pastries. Unquestionably, they are all worth the trip to Willow Cakes and Pastries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, christened "a place of pilgrimage for anyone with a sweet tooth" by James Chatto in the LCBO's Food and Drink magazine. Stepping into Willow Cakes and Pastries feels like a trip to the Continent and a European patisserie. Customers experience the feel of both a local bakery and an exquisite boutique - surveying the breads, chocolates, cakes and tarts in gleaming display cases, watching Catherine and her team at work through the viewing window or lingering over coffee and a newspaper. Whether you are in the market for a show stopping wedding cake, a dessert to impress your guests, a gift to be savoured, or a coffee and quick bite on the go, Willow Cakes and Pastries is truly a "must stop shop" in Niagara.
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