Francesca Bakery at McCowan and Sheppard seems to have always been there (I measure this against my pre-and post-disappearance to HK for 10+years) but I've never paid it a visit before. It's unassuming and you can't see much for the outside. But feeling the need for a baked treat and possibly a coffee, I popped in one day. Had the most delicious custard-filled croissant that I went back the very next day to sample more. That croissant was sooo good that I didn't even get a chance to snap a quick picture. Unfortunately, on my second visit, it was already sold out. Probably a good thing too, so I could sample some of the other lovely baked treats they had.
Francesca is an Italian bakery cafe. Now, as much as I love my Asian food, when it comes to bakery...I generally prefer western ones (unless I'm in a serious mood for eggtarts). Francesca's food is roughly divided into four sections; cookies, cupcakes, cakes and pies; deli; hot food (pasta, pizza bread etc.) and pastries. They also have a selection of fresh bread, olive oils and other similar items for sale.