Indian Sweet Shops in Toronto for Diwali Celebration

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights will be celebrated around this week. Today is the third day of the five-day festival, where families celebrate with fireworks, food, and of course, mountains of Indian sweets.

About Diwali
The Festival of Lights is one of the world's largest events, originating in India and Nepal. The festival celebrates the victory of Good over Evil, Light over Darkness. It is of major religious significance for Hindus and Sikhs. The festival follows the monsoon season in India and the dates are calculated based on the Hindu Luni-Solar calendar based on the positions of the Sun and the Moon. Diwali also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. This year, it culminates on the November 13.

Two major components of Diwali are, of course: fireworks and Indian sweets. Indian restaurants and shops are transformed by displays of stacked rows of Indian sweets: Gulab jamun, mysore pak, laddoo, hot pink cham chams, milk cake, halwa, and dozens of different types of colourful burfi. 

Colourful boxes filled with assorted sweets become the appropriate (and preferred) gifts of choice. Each region of India has its own variety of traditional sweets (You can learn the basics here). In Toronto, a number of Indian restaurants and shops carry a diverse selection of sweets throughout the year, but during Diwali it really becomes a spectacle. Many restaurants–like A1 Sweets in Scarborough–will transform their dining space and set up towers of stacked treats in a sweet buffet. The sweets are sold in one-pound (1.5lb and 2lb as well) boxes and are given as gifts to other families, friends, and co-workers. In addition, A1 Sweets also sets up a tent outside in the parking lot for dancing and free chai.

Here are my top picks for places in the GTA where you can get a little dose of Diwali. Don't be intimidated by the wall of sweets and treats, staff will be more than happy to guide you through the selection of textures and tastes. Happy Diwali 2012.

A1 Sweets Restaurant
3300 McNicoll Avenue (Map)
Toronto, ON M1V 2V4
(416) 299-9424

Embassy Restaurant
5210 Finch Avenue East, Toronto (Map)

460 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto (Map)

Surati Sweet Mart
26-28 Carnforth Road, Toronto (Map)

Arora Foods Market
922 1/2 Bloor Street West, Toronto (Map)

Mahar Restaurant
1410 Gerard Street East, Toronto (Map)

Moti Mahal
1422 Gerard Street, Toronto (Map)

Village of Punjab Sweets & Restaurant
1515 Birchmound Road, Scarborough (Map)

Shirin Mahal
5651 Steeles Avenue East, Toronto (Map)
2 Thorncliff Park, Toronto (Map)
1325 Eglinton Avenue East, Mississauga (Map)

Taj Mahal Sweets
1221 Markham Road, Markham (Map)

India Sweets
280 Elson Street, Markham (Map)

Indian Sweet Master
503 Ray Lawson Blvd Unit #7, Brampton (Map)

Tandoori Flame
8150 Dixie Road, Brampton (Map)

Brar Sweets and Restaurant
199 Advance Blvd, Brampton (Map)
755 Dundas Street West, Mississauga (Map)
2646 Islington Avenue, Etobicoke (Map)

Sweet India Restaurant
7126 Airport Road, Mississauga (Map)

India Gate Sweets and Restaurant
1050 Albion Road, Etobicoke (Map)

New India Sweets and Restaurant
12012 Britannia Road West, Unit 17 (Map)

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Written by Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss is the publisher of and Rickshawmag. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America. Suresh also runs the newly launched Zagat Toronto site.


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