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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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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“cakes” (70 reviews)
“bread” (37 reviews)
“pastry” (19 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 1 week ago

I live in NOTL and I come to this place to buy dessert every time I have a gathering at home; all of them and delicious and delightful.

Thank Sandra P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every time I come here I over indulge... but everything is tried has been fantastic. A great place to pick up a special cake or baked good for a birthdays, celebrations or to just to make a Tuesday alittle extra. The people that work here...More

Thank Nikki B
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

Willow Cakes and Pasteries was a great, off the beaten path, find. We were in town on the day of the Christmas house tour, so it was a bit busier than normal, but the staff was friendly and not overwhelmed. There were loads of beautiful...More

Thank BunnyOK
Reviewed November 9, 2017

I went here last summer and got two smoked salmon sandwiches...needless to say I was not well for 24 hours after this experience...neither was my partner. I went back to tell them with no intention of being reimbursed or freebies that they needed to know...More

Thank Howard D
Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

I live in NOTL and I purchased a lemon loaf to serve for a small gathering at home. I was disappointed that the lemon loaf was rather stale and I got it off my table and into the garbage. Pity since I have heard some...More

Thank Gayle B
Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile

The breads, quiches and cakes here are divine but for several days when we were hanging out for cappuccinos and lattes the coffee machine was not working and there seemed no urgency to have it repaired. Pity.

Thank Bartonbears
Reviewed October 12, 2017

Out for a morning walk before breakfast at our B&B, I stumbled upon Willow Cakes and Pastries and it felt like all was ok in the world. Pleasant greetings and service, excellent pastries and some of the best hazelnut coffee I’ve had anywhere. The showcase...More

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Reviewed September 22, 2017

Lovely little bakery cafe with a good but smallish range of options. Baked goods are really good, but modestly expensive.

Thank Herb S
Reviewed September 21, 2017

This place was recommended to us as a good place for a quick breakfast. It was pretty quick, but not so good. The crust on the quiche was doughy, like it wasn't fully baked. The filling had little flavor. Bagels were more like rolls. Now...More

Thank Joe H
Reviewed September 13, 2017

They have some of the best desserts around. It is worth the extra price for the quality of the items.

Thank KMR115
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Validated Parking
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 6:00 AM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 AM
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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