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Paris Bakery & Pastry

Posted by Staff / Posted on January 17, 2011

Paris Bakery TorontoParis Bakery & Pastry isn't exactly reminiscent of the type of place you'd encounter while wandering the narrow streets of France. That is, unless bakeries in France have Just for Fun gaming machines at the entrance. Or beer fridges at the back. To the novice these might seem out of place but neighbourhood locals should remember they were here when Bom Apetite used to occupy the space. Kudos to the owners for retaining some of this character.

Paris Bakery TorontoThis Paris bakery is right at the corner of Lansdowne and Wallace and seems a mishmash of several different worlds: A posh exterior and casual interior; signs in English and Portuguese, with block French words serving as countertop decor. The French baguettes are beside the Portuguese cornbread, across the aisle from the deli counter, adjacent to the beer fridge. It's the type of combination that's reflective of the changing face of Wallace and Lansdowne.

Paris Bakery TorontoUnfortunately, I didn't get a chance to clarify with the owners (and believe me I tried), but employees working there told me they modeled their bakery after shops in Europe, inspired while living in France.

Paris Bakery TorontoIt's clear that a lot of this inspiration went into the recipes. They serve a variety of treats such as meringue cookies ($1.50), carrot cake ($2.00) and eclairs ($1.75), one of which I tried and found to be light and sweet--just as I imagine they must be in Paris.

Paris Bakery TorontoParis Bakery & Pastry opened in 2009 and seems to cater to a mixed crowd. There are the regulars sipping their coffees, kids popping by on the way home from school, and neighbors stopping in to grab a loaf to bring home. You probably won't overhear impassioned conversation about the merits of sans-serif fonts here, but not much about the price of gas either.

Paris Bakery TorontoA bakery favourite, according to the employees, is the Portuguese custard tart ($1.00). The tart was crispy and flaky, just a little ashy and slightly sweet. I can see why it's a best seller. Paired with a beer-- and perhaps some just-for-fun slots--and Paris France has nothing on this place.

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31 Comments

Arnaud / January 17, 2011 at 11:43 am
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Unbelievable... I am French from Paris and I can tell you that you won't find this type of bakery in France. This is obvious that this bakery is owned by a non French person and try to use Paris as a selling point.

This what a "Boulangerie" should look like:
http://www.lost-in-france.com/cuisine/347-the-boulangerie
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http://www.sissysbix.com/Book%20PIX/Paris-Boulangerie-Patisseri.jpg

sam / January 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm
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I live in the neighbourhood and wanted to see what it was like a couple of months ago.I had walked by it one day to see people sipping cups of coffee and talking.

I went in the following weekend on a Sunday morning and was greeted by 5 men pounding back the beers and occupying the front half of the bakery with their loud talk and uncoordinated swaggers.

We all need a place to have a drink, but a bakery? On a Sunday morning? Really?

not going back.
michelle / January 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm
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Yes, this definitely isn't a 'real' Paris bakery, but the bread is great and the prices are awesome. We buy bread (and treats) from there regularly.

Mingo Jones / January 17, 2011 at 01:35 pm
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@Arnaud: I'd be interested in knowing your top 5-10 (central TO) boulangeries. I'm always in the hunt for a good baguette and croissant - bonus if you know a place that makes good french brioche!
arnaud / January 17, 2011 at 01:48 pm
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to Mingo Jones: I personally like the croissant & pain aux chocolats from Rahier at Bayview. You can also find great croissants at Black Skirt on College (near Dovercourt) & from few Espresso Bar such as Sam James (Harbord & Manning) or Thor Espresso Bar (Bathurt & Niagara) and West of Queen at Voulez-Vous Café.
Easel / January 17, 2011 at 03:25 pm
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The service leaves something to be desired but the prices are good. Not a place that you would hang out. Kind of weird for being mostly Portuguese that they didn't have sweet bread or at least I could never find it and didn't feel like I could ask. Wish we had real French boulangeries with decent baguettes. I miss them!
Feefee replying to a comment from Mingo Jones / January 17, 2011 at 03:34 pm
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Pain Perdu on St. Clair
Patisserie Sebastian on Yonge
Clafouti on Queen West
Thobors on Mt. Pleasant
Patisserie La Cigogne on Bayview
jlt / January 17, 2011 at 04:46 pm
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Must agree that this is far from a French bakery... It used to be called Bom Appetite, and is a place for cheap baked goods, cheap beer, gambling machines, and lots of Portuguese men.

The only thing that's changed is the decor. I go here for bread for sandwiches since I'm across the street, but quality matches the price.
Ashley / January 17, 2011 at 05:12 pm
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I purchased a bun from here and received some free mouse excrement. :(
Edison / January 17, 2011 at 06:24 pm
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Very nice makeover, good food and friendly staff. The only thing that turns me off are the older portugese men that hang at this place. They have that " old fashioned" attitude where they like to talk shit about everyone who walks in there who isn't portugese. They turn a very modern place into a 1950,s environment.
Nuno replying to a comment from Edison / January 17, 2011 at 06:56 pm
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Yup,they are your typical older neighbourhood porsions. If you think them in a bakery is bad try working with them. Im portugese and they even get on my nerves.
Greg replying to a comment from Arnaud / January 17, 2011 at 08:59 pm
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Sacre Bleu. Tabarnack!
ElGranto / January 18, 2011 at 10:01 am
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This bakery is far from authentic Parisian. But the prices are great and the custard in the eclairs is unfathomably good. The service and clientele are less than desirable but it's definitely a great place to run in and grab some pastries or bread and then head home if you live in the neighborhood. The coffee is not bad either if you can't make it to Starving Artist as theirs is much superior.
Mingo Jones replying to a comment from arnaud / January 20, 2011 at 07:20 pm
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Thanks! You suggested a couple that I never bothered looking into. I have tried Rahier and I think they probably have the better baguette in the area (compared to La Cigogne and Epi). Epi was the the default location because it used to be cheaper but I find that their prices have jumped. Epi has the best tasting raisin bun.
Mingo Jones replying to a comment from Feefee / January 20, 2011 at 07:22 pm
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Thanks! Again I tried many of these. In my opinion La Cigogne makes some of the better desserts, their galette des rois is impressively delicious.
Jacqueline / March 3, 2011 at 01:24 pm
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I am the owner of Paris Bakery & Pastry and as you can see my name is 100% french "Jacqueline". I was born in France and lived most of my life in Canada (northern Ontario). I studied in french and still continued my university studies in french. My parents are portuguese and lived in France. My spouse also lived in France. For those who believe that I am using the name "Paris" as to attract french clients should look beyond that point. Every name has a reason to be. I am sure that "La Cigogne" doesn't have a cigogne in its bakery. My spouse and I both enjoy eating la baguette, la ficelle, le croissant, pain au chocolat and therefore decided to baptism our bakery "Paris Bakery & Pastry ". Wallace and Lansdowne is a portuguese neighbourhood and 90% of my clients are portuguese. I can count on my fingers the french entering the bakery. Yes we do serve liquor/wine but if you are a true european, any corner store/gas station serves liquor especially wine. We have to please and serve the clientele in which the bakery resides. We made in the past various french pastries but unfortunately they do not sell in this neighbourhood, they don't even know what is "la galette des rois, les madeleines". Quite interesting as the staff from BlogTo states that he/she "tried to clarify with the owners" because I certainly didn't speak to anyone from BlogTo with respect to this matter. I will have to contact them personally. We are a fresh new bakery offering a variety of breads and pastries at a reasonable accessible price. With respect to "ce n'est pas une boulangerie comme en France: eh bien ce n'est plus la meme chose maintenant la France, maintenant les baguettes, madeleines, croissants, quiches, galette des rois sont achetes au supermarche toujours accompagnes de la bouteille de vin, du pate et du fromage". Bon appetit!!! Jacqueline
Don and Linda / June 23, 2011 at 03:15 pm
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We're not French nor Portuguese, but most weekdays you'll find us enjoying soup and a bun for lunch at Paris Bakery, followed by delicious coffee and a pastry. We love hearing the locals speaking Portuguese - almost like being in Portugal, which we've written about in the travelogues on our non-commercial web site, TheTravelzine.
dinis freitas / August 12, 2011 at 06:26 pm
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John / December 10, 2011 at 03:40 pm
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This place is good. If you don't like seeing Portuguese men hanging our then stay at Yonge and St. Clair or wherever. And in case you don't know enough of anything other than English, that message in French above is from a professional baker from Paris (FRANCE) who visited and was giving it high praise. And believe me, I worked in the food business in Paris for a year and the French are NOT known for being complimentary about cuisine in other countries.
KElly / February 1, 2012 at 05:10 pm
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okay i needed stuff for a paris project and yet with this website i found nothing to use this stuff didnt help me what so ever. didnt give me anything and it was a waste of looking at this website is horrible
ava / February 1, 2012 at 05:11 pm
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this website sucks i was desperatly looking for a website about paris food and this gave me absolutely nothing and it was a complete waste of time
Ava Kelly / February 1, 2012 at 05:14 pm
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this is the worst weeeeebsite ever... thats right i said weeeeebsite
anna / February 12, 2012 at 08:57 am
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The place is nice,but with beer drinkers it destroys the ambiance of the bakery,the cashiers/severs take to long to serve the costumers.the bread rack is close to the bar and not covered,there's always people drinking around the bread and people pick the bread with their hands to check and put it back,I have seen it many times, and I would say that is not very hygienic and is a health issue
debbie10864 / February 12, 2012 at 06:30 pm
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I love this bakery - yes there are people sitting and enjoying the company of others. Sometimes rowdy, but at least they are out of the house experience 'community' and not at home watching TV in lonesome depression. I think it's wonderful! I DREAM of their baguettes. They are delicious...I've yet to get one that isn't warm. Thank you for being a wonderful addition to our neighbourhood!
8762 / May 24, 2012 at 08:35 pm
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My suggestion: give your store a new name or move to a classier location to get rid of all your rowdy customers.
Ava / July 6, 2012 at 09:03 pm
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Portuguese bakery crossed with sports bar. Defiantly not Parisian.
Paula / July 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm
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I recently visited Toronto and had the opportunity to stop by your bakery. I purchased a number of pastries and cookies but especially enjoyed the round orange cookies that were a bit like biscotti. They came in a package of 12 I believe. Do these cookies have a name? I have never seen or tasted anything similar but really enjoyed them. Any chance you can ship to the US?
Brent / August 15, 2012 at 01:25 pm
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I eat here almost every day as I work in the neighborhood and there are only three restaurants. Coffee is good and the drunks mind their own business. All in all, I toast this to be the culinary destination of the season!
Marcos / September 29, 2012 at 05:41 am
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I've been to this bakery a couple of times and I love their corn bread. I am Brazilian and feel a bit at home there with folks talking Portuguese. I am a morning person and never really even realized the place was frequented by drinkers or whatever, it has always been a pleasant place that I would certainly recommend.
Higzy / July 7, 2013 at 02:38 am
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The absolute best bread (especially paposecos) in all of Toronto. Again. BEST bread in all of Toronto! THE BEST!
Aziz / May 4, 2014 at 08:11 pm
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If you want some real French bakery try Maison Felice at 363 Kerr st Oakville you will not be disappointed. Try their website too you will see what they make. www.maisondelice.com
Good luck

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