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The first time I went to Nadège, I had never actually heard of this place. I was intrigued by the white, pristine-looking pastry shop which occupies a spot on my shopping strip (aka Queen West). Walking inside, I immediately noticed the minimalist décor. The walls and furniture are all white, giving the shop a very sterile feel.

Macaron Display

The pastries in the showcases are all very neatly placed against the white tops and are regularly refilled. All the pastries looked amazing! The macarons, in particular, were displayed gorgeously. I couldn’t resist getting a few… which quickly turned into a full dozen. They’re pretty pricey for these bite-sized sweets at $2.10 per macaron or $24 for a dozen. I tried the vanilla, chocolate orange, salted caramel, cappuccino, pure chocolate, mojito, cassis, hazelnut cranberry and the blackberry chocolate. The only one I didn’t particularly enjoy was the mojito; all the others were quite tasty. However, my favourite, by far, was the salted caramel! Now, every time I’m on Queen West, I have to make a pit stop to pick up one (or a few…) of these salted caramel macarons.

A dozen assorted macarons

The first time I actually had macarons was at Nadège, so I’m certainly no macaron expert. But what I can tell you is that these macrons were delicious!

Nadège also has a wide variety of croissants including plain, chocolate, almond, almond chocolate and banana coconut. On my first visit, I also purchased a chocolate croissant. I ended up eating it several hours later back at home. But since it was pretty humid outside, it didn’t taste very good, so I can’t really judge this croissant. However, on another visit, I purchased a plain butter croissant ($2.20) to eat immediately. After paying for the croissant, I was told to have a seat as a server would bring it over to me. The croissant was definitely better fresh. Although it wasn’t quite as buttery and flakey as I would have liked, it was still a decent croissant.

Butter croissant

The showcase also displays a selection of beautiful tarts and cakes. They’re pretty expensive at up to $8 each for a small tart. I’ve never tried them, but for that price, I hope they’re pretty darn amazing. If you’re looking for good value, you definitely won’t find it at Nadège.

Overall, I’ve been pretty pleased with what I’ve tried here. I just wish the servers were a little more warm and friendly. My impression of them was a little cold and intimidating… kind of like the decor!

Note: Nadège, named after Nadège Nourian, a fourth generation pastry chef from Lyon, recently opened up a second location in Rosedale. I dropped by once and wanted to pick up a sandwich. Unfortunately, I didn’t get one there since it’s a much smaller location and doesn’t have any seating.

Dessert display

At a glance:

  • An expensive selection of pastries, cakes/tarts and sandwiches
  • Amazing macarons – I recommend the salted caramel
  • All white décor – very minimalist and sterile-feeling
  • Ratings (out of 5):

  • Food: 4 stars
  • Service: 3 stars
  • Atmosphere: 3 stars
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    1. Amy (Reply) on Sunday 14, 2011

      Lovely photos, Jess! I used to frequent Nadege a lot.. I have like 7 or 8 posts on them on my blog, lol. Their cakes are definitely expensive. They’re very pretty and different, although the taste is fairly subtle for the majority of them. I’m a major macaron lover so I understand why you ended up picking up more than a few 😀 I’ve had their other croissants but not the butter one. It looks a little dry in the photo?

      • Jess (Reply) on Sunday 14, 2011

        Thanks, Amy. But I have to credit Mike with these pictures. I’d like to try some of their cakes but whenever I drop by it’s always to pick up macarons.
        And yeah, the croissant wasn’t the best. Any recommendations? I really like the ones at Pain Perdu but I haven’t been there in a while.