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About Us

Some of you may have been wondering where our name came from. Here is a bit of history:

Karelia was founded in 1959 by a young, Latvian born, architect, Janis Kravis in order to make available contemporary design products from Scandinavia, and in particular from Finland, to the Toronto and Canadian marketplace.

Karelia was born from a personal desire and passion to experience life and environment and to share this experience.

Karelia was a retail leader in the 1960’s and 70’s and greatly influenced the awareness and appreciation of contemporary design in Canada. Karelia had a section for cookware and tools which was called “karelia kitchen”.


We have now reinvented this iconic brand and opened Karelia Kitchen as a Nordic smokehouse and café.

Leif Kravis and Donna Ashley are the two main shareholders and operating chefs. They are also the son and daughter-in-law of the two original Karelia founders Janis and Helga Kravis. Both Leif and Donna are seasoned chefs with years of experience working in top kitchens in Toronto as well as around the world.

Serving lunch, brunch and dinner Karelia Kitchen features a European style smokehouse, open-faced sandwiches, pastries and modern interpretations of classic Nordic entrees.

Using locally sourced and organic ingredients, new ideas and traditional techniques chefs Leif Kravis and Donna Ashley bring a passion for food, flavour and design which sets karelia kitchen apart.

By emphasizing simplicity, quality, craftsmanship and innovation they pay homage to their namesake and to the fundamental principles of Nordic cuisine.

1194 Bloor Street West
Just west of Dufferin
Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2

Tues-Thurs: 11:30am-9:00pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-10:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm
Closed Mondays

Please call 647 748 1194
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