At first glance at the deluxe Louis BonBon, you may think you may have taken a wrong turn in the PATH. A reallllllllly wrong turn. Glistening floor-to-ceiling glass, encasing the almost entirely marble interior is just the first clue.

It’s fancy. Nestled into the bustling Royal Bank Plaza, it feels like a departure from the usual mainstays. PATH eateries, once celebrated only for the convenience of not going outside, are now the main draw to go into the office.

Louis BonBon PATH

Louis BonBon Courts a New Way to Cafe in Toronto

Exuding chic flair and refined gourmet goodies, Louis BonBon offers guests a gateway to Paris without punching your passport. The eclectic menu boasts breakfast and lunch finds with fresh juices, teas, coffees and blends.

Custom cakes, colourful macarons and a selection of pastries that are all made in-house daily are tempting and tasty. It’s like what Tim Horton’s would be with a few Michelin stars under his belt.

A full kitchen in the back supports the front of the house. The display is just that, everything is made fresh in the bustling kitchen in the back. Turnover is swift, everything is made fresh daily, onsite, except gelatos.

Three breakfast toasts prove too popular to switch up. Avocado (below), Peanut Butter & Banana or Mediterranean Toasts ($7.49 each) come open-faced and flavourful. Perfect for on-the-go eats, at lower prices than fast food combos.

The Croissants ($5.25), Pistachio, Tiramisu and Almond offer gloriously perfect layers of buttery pastry. Pistachio is a top seller. Blended teas with fresh juices, like the Coco BonBon ($7.49) are signature unique finds of Louis BonBon. Sommelier-blended teas and Nespresso coffee pods offer caffeine in a variety of flavours.

Louis BonBon Also Offers Custom Cakes

A cafe setting may be the last place you’d think to find incredible pizza slices, but here fluffy and bubbly crusted slices await. Pizza Slices (starting at $5.09) come in Pepperoni, Mushroom or Margarita. Portion sizes make it a meal, again, at a price point that does not befit the luxe surroundings. In other words, treat a friend, too.

Louis BonBon pizza

More Tea on Louis

Foot traffic keeps loyal Louis patrons coming back again, and again. The well-stocked display cases and mesmerizing wheel-of-gelato provide guests with more than just a respite from the day. There’s whimsy in the little details, including the uber-fancy packaging that makes everything feel like unwrapping a gift.

The presentation proves important. The flourishes and rosy-pink touches add warmth and invite guests to linger, longer. With everything made in-house daily, and favourites selling out quickly, it is best to drop in earlier in the day to avoid disappointment.

Look for vegan and gluten-free menu items to launch soon.

Louis BonBon is located at 200 Bay Street.

Louis Bonbon is open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekends, but follow @louisbonbon for more info and up-to-date hours.

All images by Libby Roach.