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Tori's Bakeshop

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on March 16, 2012

Tori's Bakeshop TorontoTori's Bakeshop has finally opened in the beaches, modestly offering its selection of vegan, natural baked goods.

I say 'modestly' because unless you look closely, you wouldn't know that this shop is totally dairy- and refined-sugar free. A refreshing change from the subliminally dogmatic shops that like to boast the vegan-ness (!!!) of their products, Tori made the choice to keep rhetoric at a minimum. "I don't want to scare people off," she says as we chat in the shop during its opening week. "I just want to show that vegan food can still taste delicious; you can still have a treat without needing another."

Tori's Bakeshop TorontoYes, that refined-sugar high and inevitable subsequent craving is eliminated by the shop's use of only natural products. There is no egg, milk, cream anywhere, and there's a good selection of treats that are also gluten-free.

Tori's Bakeshop Toronto"We're not a gluten-free facility," Tori notes. "But we do try to take as many precautions as possible. So we use different pans, different sinks, different sponges, and all of the gluten free-stuff is stored above the not-gluten free."

Tori's Bakeshop TorontoTori tells me she decided to become vegan about seven years ago after eating as a vegetarian for several years. "It seemed like the natural next step," she says. Once she had made the transition, Tori began exploring new recipes and adapting some family hand-me-downs to cut out the butter and eggs. She went on to bake professionally for weddings and other events, eventually looking to open her own bakeshop.

Tori's Bakeshop TorontoFast forward to present day, and Tori has her own charming little shop, decked out with giant whisks-come-light fixtures and windows peeking into the bakery. The treats are dainty yet homestyle, taking the form of scones ($3.50), biscotti ($1.50) cupcakes ($3.00), gluten-free banana bread ($3.25), cinnamon buns ($4.50) and more (with coffee from Merchants of Green to go alongside).

Tori's Bakeshop TorontoI try to chocolate biscotti — which is tasty, if a tad crumbly — but the winner for me is the cinnamon bun, which happens to have also emerged as an early neighbourhood favourite. It's layered and gooey and pull-apart soft; enough to make you forget that there's no butter or eggs in the dough.

Tori's Bakeshop TorontoFor those lattes ($3.25) and Americanos ($3.00) there's soy, almond, and coconut milk, as well as a modest amount of seating that comes with free WiFi. There are also a couple of grey easy chairs if you peek around the bar, along with a copy of Veg News — but it's up to you whether you pick it up.

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Discussion

38 Comments

Ames / March 16, 2012 at 09:04 am
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$3.50 for a muffin? Gosh golly gee. Good luck Tori.
Gordon / March 16, 2012 at 09:17 am
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Looks interesting, I'll be checking it out.
BM / March 16, 2012 at 09:20 am
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IT'S THE BEACH!
Brent / March 16, 2012 at 09:22 am
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Can't wait to check this place out in The Beaches.
BM / March 16, 2012 at 09:23 am
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Good luck finding the Beaches in Toronto Brent.
D / March 16, 2012 at 09:34 am
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I would pay 3.50 for a muffin if it was dairy free, organic, and delicious! Nooooo problem. Vegans and people with dairy or gluten allergies are in heaven if they can walk into a store and choose anything they desire without having to worry.
HHG / March 16, 2012 at 10:07 am
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Just a fad.
Beaches Brent / March 16, 2012 at 10:12 am
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Good luck finding the correct punctuation in that sentence, BM.
Welshgrrl / March 16, 2012 at 11:09 am
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Looks tasty to me, and I'm neither vegan nor lactose/gluten/whatever intolerant. Will certainly check it out next time I'm in that particular neighbourhood.
Valentino Assenza / March 16, 2012 at 11:31 am
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No, it's THE BEACHES, there are four, Balmy Beach, Scarborough Beach, Kew Beach, and Woodbine Beach...anyone that has respect for the origin of the area and it's foundations calls it the Beaches. That referendum made our neighbourhood the laughing stock of the city, and it was completely ridiculous. I'd like to welcome this new bakery to The Beaches, and will likely be frequenting an independent business like this rather than, hang outside Starbucks, with the wanna be "Nouveau Riche" trying to get people to notice me as i check my stocks on my ipad or type my supposed new blockbuster screenplay on my laptop.
carly / March 16, 2012 at 11:57 am
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looks like a great place! looking forward to tasting the yummy treats.
rhonda replying to a comment from Valentino Assenza / March 16, 2012 at 01:25 pm
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Well said!

The place looks awesome.
BM / March 16, 2012 at 01:47 pm
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Hey Valentino. You live in the Beach. Why so angry?
Jen / March 16, 2012 at 02:21 pm
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I'm vegan and allergic to wheat, so I will definitely have to make a trip out there! It is difficult to find a store selling vegan baked goods, let alone gluten-free vegan baked goods. So excited!
Lori L / March 16, 2012 at 05:54 pm
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Checked Tori's out a couple of times already and it is fabulous, even though I am not vegan nor require gluten- free products. I simply love yummy goods,good coffee, with great service, fab atmosphere, independent small business , and great background music.
Thanks Tori;)
DiscoStu replying to a comment from BM / March 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm
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Bowel Movement, good job with your trying to bait Valentino.

And yes, as a life long Beaches resident, it actually is The Beaches.

However, I know you are just trolling. Please, feel free to bait me too! Though I won't bite, but I will bite into one of the treats at Tori's Bakeshop. Welcome Tori and crew!!!

Ah, the good old anonymous interweb!

Enjoy your weekend, folks!
Andrew / March 17, 2012 at 01:13 pm
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Beautiful little shop with amazing food. I am not veg or gluten free and I don't miss any of the ingredients in any of the foods. Wish there were more locations around the city as I can see myself frequenting this place.
Brittany replying to a comment from HHG / March 17, 2012 at 02:12 pm
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This place is amazing
And buddy who said its just a fad...I bet things you dont understand and cant control scare you, like your health...that must be why you ignorantly ignor it... go Read. the China study is a wonderful example
AngieBaby / March 17, 2012 at 02:36 pm
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This is a nice addition to the Beach!
I'm still loyal to the brick street, nothing beats that yummy bread and croissants!
Alex / March 17, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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I'm not vegan, but I'm a firm believer that when done right a vegan treat or dish can top any other.

I also live a cool hour streetcar ride away but will still be sure to visit this place soon.
SD / March 18, 2012 at 05:53 pm
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Have been twice since it opened, it's a great spot. The baked goods are incredible, I'm not vegan and I did not miss the eggs/cream etc. The cinnamon bun is awesome, so is the orange poppyseed loaf. Everything tastes really fresh and flavourful. Prices are on par with Starbucks, so if you're used to a 3.50 latte and 3-4 dollar breakfast snack, the prices here will not shock you!
Franco / March 18, 2012 at 07:03 pm
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the place looks adorable and the food yummy!
Michael / March 19, 2012 at 08:44 pm
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Jen,

If you're looking for a gluten free and vegan bakery, try out Bunners in The Junction if you haven't already.

I wish I still lived in Toronto, I'd love to try this new place out.
C. / March 20, 2012 at 03:52 pm
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i'm neither vegan or on a gluten-free diet, but holy frig i want those cinnamon buns. they look DELICIOUS. looks like i'm making a trip out there soon!
linda / March 31, 2012 at 04:53 pm
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i wish you all the best. can i get some feebees when you visit gramma lol just kidding
L / May 6, 2012 at 03:29 pm
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thank goodness for Tori's!! i finally have a great vegan bakery to take my non-vegan friends to, where we can all agree that the food is fantastic.

my favourites are the sundried tomato scones and the almond croissants. :)

(not a fan of bunner's in the junction. tori's is way better!)
Tay / May 9, 2012 at 06:56 pm
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Everything about Tori's is amazing! It's like walking into a peaceful dream. She has out done herself with creating an welcoming atmosphere while creating yummy treats! Keep up the great work and best of luck to you!
Lee / June 11, 2012 at 01:26 pm
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Cool. Looking forward to trying this. Now all we need in this city is a fully vegan ice cream parlour on par with Lula's Sweet Apothecary in NYC.
Angela Shintani-Sandrowicz / July 2, 2012 at 02:40 pm
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Yes! Toronto needs vegan ice cream ASAP, especially soft-serve!

I can't wait to try Tori's! The shop looks gorgeous in the photos and so does the food. I've heard so many great things about their cinnamon buns!
Ugh / July 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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Overpriced and not really all that good.
I'll go elsewhere.
Ugh replying to a comment from Valentino Assenza / July 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm
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Take a chill pill... wow
brye replying to a comment from Angela Shintani-Sandrowicz / July 8, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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Y&B yummy vegetarian ethiopian resto in parkdale used to have tutti frutti vegan soft serve, not sure if they still do but it was sooooo good when i lived there
katt / July 21, 2012 at 10:47 pm
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This stuff looks seriously yummy. I will be trying it out for sure.
Sarah / August 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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It looks like they copied their entire store from Billy's bake shoppe in NYC. Same colours, heck their logo is the same! Nice though.
Michelle / February 28, 2013 at 10:53 am
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We live in the hood and have stopped in twice..and now we want to make it a regular stop on our weekend stroll. I am vegetarian and a baker and really appreciate the good quality and the GREAT taste! I love the breakfast cookie and the cinnamon bun heated up is heavenly. Love the food, the atmosphere and the mandate. Thanks Tori!!
Raven / September 22, 2013 at 09:29 am
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The food is delicious, and easier and healthier for your body to break down, because its organic, gluten and dairy free. So worth it!
Bob / June 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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Tried the ice cream sandwich and Tori's in general for the first time on the weekend. It was really good and a welcome change from sorbet and the usual dairy-free fare. It was great and I will definitely be back.
Jane / September 16, 2014 at 06:03 pm
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I purchased a scone and a brownie there today, and both were very disappointing. The brownie was almost raw...Not the way to produce a "moist" brownie. To top it off, the staff weren't very friendly. I'd give this place a pass.

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