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Haymishe Bagel Shop

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on September 4, 2011

Haymishe TorontoHaymishe Bagel Shop is one of the front-runners in the North York bagel wars. Its major competitor, Gryfe's, with its fluffy, chewy goodness, is just a little bit up the road. But during its years on Bathurst near Lawrence, Haymishe has grown to be more than just bagels, with a whole line of baked goods that are totally gluten-free.

Haymishe Toronto"We've had these for years," Razda, the woman behind the counter, says when I ask about the gluten-free spread. "The owner wanted to offer something that everyone could have."

Haymishe TorontoIndeed, I've known Haymishe to be onboard with gluten-free long before many supermarkets and bakeries caught on, though it has yet to introduce a gluten-free bagel.

Haymishe TorontoInstead, Haymishe offers Celiac-friendly loaves, which are made in a separate environment to avoid contamination. At $8.50 each, they're not the most cost-effective option at the bakery, though they come in unique varieties such as quinoa, mozzarella and oregano, and chickpea. Other gluten-free options include mini pies, rum balls, cookies, pizzas, and soups, though with no prices labeled, you might want to ask before you carry to the cash.

Haymishe TorontoI had come for the bagels, of course, so Razda breaks them down for me. "We have two types," she says. "The harder, Montreal-style bagels, and the softer ones that are fluffy on the inside." The bagels come in typical plain, sesame seed, poppy seed varieties and more, and are sold for $0.70 each.

Haymishe TorontoThough Haymishe has a bagel bar where customers can order a bagel with various cream cheeses, lox spread ($4.60), egg salad ($3.55), and so forth, I decided to get my half dozen poppy seed to go. Never much a fan of the Montreal-style bagel, I asked for the other kind, and was delighted to feel the softness through the bag.

Haymishe TorontoThe true test of a bagel, as I have always said, is how it fares unadorned, so I decide to dig in as soon as I've left the shop. And the bagel does well--a nice shell, light and chewy on the inside, and a great fresh taste. Though I will still admit, I could've gone for some cream cheese. Let the bagel wars continue.

Haymishe TorontoHaymishe TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns



Glen Smith / January 18, 2009 at 04:46 pm
Amazing Bagels, great service.
Steffi Black / August 17, 2009 at 01:58 pm
They have the best gluten free breads and good dairy free alternatives too! Any with food intolerances will love this place.
Lauren B / December 7, 2009 at 09:22 am
Try the chicken kreplach!!! So yummy.

(For non-Jews, that means chicken dumplings)...they're so fresh and tasty. Just plop ’em into a chicken soup and enjoy! Mmm
Denver / August 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm
I had no idea how to approach this before-now I'm lckoed and loaded.
jameson / September 5, 2011 at 11:14 am
I find it rather annoying the comments on the prices of the gluten-free products, you have to remember that gluten-free flours have far less demand than typical flour products and demand a higher price. Also, gluten-free products aren't eaten in the same quantity as regular bread products, it's more as a treat. Keep this in mind when you aimlessly nitpick prices, people are willing to pay more when this is all you can eat without running to the bathroom immediately following or breaking into a rash.
Confused / September 5, 2011 at 11:53 am
I'm sorry, but what does "a great fresh taste" mean? I don't know how that is in any way descriptive.
anti-jameson / September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Sure, people are willing to pay a markup for gluten-free. But people still see a difference between (say) a 60% and an 80% markup, and will tend to buy the cheaper if quality is the same.

If you want to claim that this bakery has a substantially higher quality of gluten-free bread than any other, come out and say that. Otherwise, $8.50 for a loaf is indeed pricier than most, even for specialty loaves (e.g., I can find a great challah and pumpernickel for $6.99 each). And it's certainly not nitpicky to point this out. Especially in a review.
Noah / September 5, 2011 at 02:34 pm
Best rye bread in the city. As close to Zabars in NYC as you're gonna get.
KC replying to a comment from jameson / September 5, 2011 at 03:49 pm
One very important thing you didn't mention about GF ingredients: Truly GF flours, etc., are laboratory tested for the presence of gluten. This costs the manufacturers big bucks. They have no choice but to pass this cost on to their retail and bakery customers.
Ed Allen / February 28, 2012 at 10:52 pm
Found this bakery by accident driving up Bathurst a couple of weeks ago , bagels were superb, cabbage rolls delicious and the three ladies who work there were extremely helpful not to mention kind , it's a haul for me living in Whitby but whenever I am close by I will call in next time I'll try the chicken dumplings ?
very nice fig cake also
Sharyn / March 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm
I love this bakery, we come in from Mississauga, regularly to get our fix of great bagels and breads. But the most important treat is at Purim when we buy the best hamentashen in the city (triangle cookies filled poppy seed or other delicious things) and fresh blueberry buns - oh and I must not forget the rugaleh.
Tim / May 30, 2012 at 03:50 pm
This is a great place if you have a gluten allergy, they have a huge selection of gluten free products and the owners are unbelievably nice. It seemed like every customer that came in while I was there got a little something extra for free. I told the woman behind the counter that I was a celiac and she was having me try all of her gluten free products and they were delicious.

As far as price goes I was very happy to pay $8.50 for a loaf of bread, if you go to the supermarkets and buy Gluten Free bread it is about $7 for a much smaller loaf and the bread is almost rock hard and in a lot of cases unpalatable. I think most Gluten intolerant people would agree that paying $1.50 more for a bread that actually tastes like bread is not much to ask and you get more of it.

Thanks to Haymishe I can finally eat delicious sandwiches for the first time since I found out I had celiac. Great place, great people, 5 stars all around in my book.
avb / August 20, 2012 at 03:25 pm


I am extremely excited about this place
John / November 13, 2012 at 06:28 pm
I enjoyed the bread buns and treats. I live in Richmond Hill and recently found out about Haymishe. I was a little upset the last loaf of chick pea bread i got was moist in the middle. All the others however have been fine, willing to give them another try!
Rick / November 22, 2012 at 04:35 pm
I was there yesterday and i thought the bagels were terrible, what am I missing, they were soft and wimpy, they were just buns but round.
Eva / December 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm
I really liked their products but as soon as there was a problem with a product for example burnt bread, tasteless soup, they refused to take ownership and said there is nothing wrong with it. Yesterday was the last straw and I am done with them. To me, customer service is the ultimate. I gave them 2 chances and now they are out.
Bea / January 27, 2013 at 06:14 pm
It burnt down today, Jan. 27, 2013.
Joe / January 28, 2013 at 11:15 am
user-pic sad. All gone.
Noreen Nisker / January 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm
I would like to express my sadness to Bracha and Moti and hope they will rebuild or relocate. Theirs is a very special bakery, with the best variety of healthy speciality breads and bagels,gluten-free products and other foods - all very tasty and of top quality. My best wishes go out to them
Robert Zeglen / January 29, 2013 at 08:55 pm
I grew up on Stormont ave and Haymishe Bagel was part of my childhood. I am now 55 years of age and have been living in Sudbury for about 25 years. I would telephone my order and pick up 20 to 25 loafs of bread and assorted other treats at a time which I would freeze and enjoy for months. I am sad to hear of the recent fire. Bracha please rebuild.`
Stephen Ross / January 30, 2013 at 12:07 am
No one mentioned their chocolat buffalos. They are fantastic. All kids, no matter what their age love them.

I also send my best wishes and hope they will rebuild soon.
Zi / January 30, 2013 at 02:20 pm
I was sad to read about the fire at Haymishe bagel shop. We live a quick bike ride away and I enjoyed my Sunday morning bike rides to pick up a bunch of bages and one of those delicious pistachio covered danishes for treat breakfast. I hope they can re-open. My best to the owners and employees!
Peter Ledwon / February 6, 2013 at 12:37 pm
Growing up on them, I've eaten countless caraway rye loaves in my sixty-plus years. Haymische's double caraway version is the best I've ever had. Unfortunately, shortly after discovering it, the place burns down. I can only hope the owner decides to re-open.
Heather Conrad / February 13, 2013 at 04:11 pm
I'm so sorry about the fire that destroyed Haymishe Bakery. I loved going there, not just for the gluten-free goods but I liked very much the woman in the store. Somehow I always felt special. I hope they are alright and coping with this great loss. My best wishes go out to them.
sarah cohen / December 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm
This is the most wonderful bakery in the city all Jewish people that I know go here and even Gentile it is the best bakery I know
Jim / April 17, 2015 at 09:21 am
Does anybody know if they will be re-opening?

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