Whether you like them baked, fried, or sauteed, perogies are a delicious dish that is loaded with flavour and comfort. You can have them plain, dipped in sour cream, or smothered in toppings. They can be a satisfying comfort meal, a tasty appetizer, the perfect late-night bite after a night of partying, or a sweet dessert. Their fillings vary and are only limited to the imagination of the chef. Whatever your preference, perogies are a European classic that has become incredibly popular here.
If you find yourself with a serious craving for perogies and don’t happen to have an Oma who lives nearby and would love nothing more than to whip you up a fresh batch of handmade perogies as you visit over tea, then you’ll want to know where in London has the best perogies?
We’ve done the delicious research. This list isn’t organized in any specific order. Here’s where to find the best perogies in London, Ontario.
PRINCE ALBERT'S DINER
Located Downtown, everyone knows Prince Albert’s Diner. With the inside done up to look like a retro diner and offering delicious things like gourmet hot dogs, burgers, shakes, and all the classics. They offer four different varieties of perogies: plain, veggie (grilled onions and mushrooms with cheese), loaded (grilled onions, bacon, and cheese), and extra loaded (grilled onions, bacon, cheese, and housemade Texas chilli). These deep-fried perogies come with sour cream and are served with a side. Pair that with one of their classic milkshakes… how delish does that sound?
ALICIA'S FINE FOODS
Alicia’s Fine Foods is a local grocer that stocks European essentials as well as hand-made delicacies every day. It’s located in the Hamilton Road neighbourhood.
These perogies are made daily in-store from the freshest ingredients. You can simply take them home and reheat them for your family and enjoy fresh, handmade perogies. They also have their handmade perogies in the freezer aisle if you’re looking to stock up on grocery essentials.
Their flavours range from sweet to savoury. You’ll see classics like cheddar & potato, cottage cheese & potato, and traditional meat. They also have more European-styled flavours like sauerkraut & mushroom, sauerkraut & meat, cabbage & onion, and smoked cheddar. For sweet perogies, there are sweet cheese, blueberry, blueberry & sweet cheese, as well as strawberry & sweet cheese.
JBogal Foods sells incredibly delicious homemade perogies at the Western Fair Market, which is located in Old East Village. Their perogies are made with local and fresh ingredients that are sustainably sourced. Because they work with foraged and local ingredients, the flavours offered change and vary based on what’s available. You can find totally unique ingredients such as ramps perogies. Ramps are like a cross between garlic and onion and are a labour of love to prepare. You can also find incredible sauces for their ingredients such as vegan queso.
Helen’s Restaurant is a small, mom and pop shop located on the edge of the Longwoods neighbourhood. You can find hearty, homemade European dishes at Helen’s, but the one thing you’ll hear time and time again is how good the perogies are. Helen’s cheddar and potato perogies are loaded with bacon, onions, and of course, sour cream.
UNIQUE FOOD ATTITUDES
Unique Food Attitudes is a small restaurant in Old East Village that offers simple, healthy, homemade meals. These European meals include things like cabbage rolls, bigos, and krokiety, but their perogies are show-stoppers. They have multiple flavours like sauerkraut & mushroom, meat, white cheese, and cheese. They also have the Polish Poutine which has cheddar perogies that are covered with goulash sauce and cheddar cheese! Yum! They also have dessert strawberry pierogies.
Poacher’s Arms is London’s oldest pub and is located in downtown. While many flock to grab a beer or two there after work, or go for darts or their live performances, if you’ve never tried their pub grub, you’re seriously missing out. Poacher’s Arms serves tasty treats, including their very special spinach and feta perogies. You can have them topped with bacon, onions, and their dill sour cream, or you can embrace the flavours of the Mediterranean and have them topped with bruschetta, green onions, green peppers, black olives, feta, and balsamic reductions. Yum!
THE EARLY BIRD
The Early Bird is one of the Wolfe Brothers’ incredible restaurants. Anyone who’s been downtown and enjoyed a meal at The Early Bird knows that grabbing a bite to eat there means generous portions, inventive menu items, and a flavour punch to the mouth. Their perogies are no exception to all of that. Their Baba Style comes with house-smoked bacon, fried onions and sour cream. Their Mushroom Perogies have mixed mushroom and onion sautee and is served with sour cream. Their Perogie Poutine has fries, perogies, cheese curds, shredded mozzarella, and duck gravy.
LONDON WINE BAR
Looking for perogies with a little sophistication? Why not pair them with wine. Head downtown to London Wine Bar where they serve an elevated version of the dish. Their homemade perogies have bacon, caramelized onion, and their delicious garlic sour cream. If you’re wondering what wine would pair best, the staff there are well versed in helping you find the perfect fit.
Angel’s Diner is a restaurant located in the Norton Estates. Angel’s Diner is known for their scrumptious breakfasts, but don’t let that make you pass them up for lunch and dinner grub. Their food is top-notch, especially their perogies. This delicious appetizer option is cheddar cheese flavoured. The perogies are sauteed with fried onions and bacon and are served with sour cream.
LONDON ALE HOUSE
Situated downtown, London Ale House is known for its wide variety of local, craft, and international beers (and a good selection of ciders for those non-beer drinkers). They’re proudly local and serve delicious things like house-made burgers, wings, appetizers, nachos…and basically anything salty that pairs deliciously with beer. Oh, and they’re also known for the fact that their servers wear kilts.
For perogies, London Ale House has two delicious options. The first option is the appetizer which includes fried cheddar perogies, topped with cheese, bacon and green onion. It’s served with sour cream. Their second option is the Perogie Bowl. The Bowl has their cheddar perogies, sauteed onions, bacon, and sweet peppers all tossed together in a creamy alfredo sauce. It’s served with garlic toast to mop up every last bit of sauce. Delish!
Kleiber’s Deli has been part of the Covent Garden Market in downtown for over 70 years. You can find incredible delicacies from Germany, Holland, Poland, and Switzerland. It’s a great place to grab schnitzel, sausages, cabbage rolls, and homemade soups, but the one thing people should know about them is that they make the best perogies in all of the Market.
LONDON UKRAINIAN CENTRE
The London Ukrainian Centre is an event venue and banquet hall facility. Their catering offers delicious Ukrainian and European dishes. Anyone who has tried their perogies knows that it’s hard to get any better than that. The handmade deliciousness will have you re-thinking all of the perogies you’ve had in the past.
Budapest Restaurant is a family-run establishment and offers an authentic and historic Hungarian dining experience. They have over 60 years of experience in providing their guests with delicious, authentic food. You can find incredible dishes like schnitzel, chicken paprikash, goulash, and cabbage rolls. Their authentic perogies are giant and come stuffed with a potato and dill filling. Their handmade perogies are fried to golden perfection and are topped with a sour cream sauce, fresh dill, and bacon.
The Pierogi Queen is our only Food Truck to make this list! They take a unique approach to this classic and introduces fresh fusion recipes like jalapeño cheddar, buffalo chicken, or taco Pierogi. Handmade and delicious, these gourmet pierogis take it to the next level.
Keep an eye on their social media to see where they will be next and which pop-ups they are attending. Having a private event? You can book them too!