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The top 10 places to celebrate Macaron Day in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / March 18, 2014

Macaron Day Toronto 2014Macaron Day in Toronto is an annual celebration of those colourful melt in your mouth meringue confections that French bakeries do so well. Taking place this Thursday, March 20th, the one-day event coincides with international celebrations in Paris and New York.

In Toronto and across the GTA there are 22 participating patisseries and Parisian cafes serving up complimentary samples with just the mention of Macaron Day. A portion of all macaron sales from the day will be donated to charities like the Red Door Family Shelter and Sick Kids.

Here's my top picks for where to get in on the fun in Toronto.

Nadege, 780 Queen Street West and 1099 Yonge Street
The regular roster of flavours will be doubled, feature flavours du jour will be blueberry vanilla, cayenne pepper and passionfruit chocolate. Beating to their own drum, Nadege is donating 50% of all macaron sales from the day to SickKids.

La Bamboche, 1712 Avenue Road
Free flavour: Nori wasabi
Pick up extras for a good cause in unique flavours like yuzu sake, orange cardamom and green tea with mango.

Bobbette & Belle, 1121 Queen Street East
Free flavour: Your pick
Choose from 11 signature French macarons in flavours like chocolate mint, passion fruit, cassis and milk chocolate caramel.

Butter Avenue, 3467 Yonge Street
Free flavour: Sea salt caramel
Macarons will be the only thing on the menu come Thursday, purchase extras from 25 flavours in support of a worthy cause.

Sweet Escape, 55 Mill Street, Building 47, Suite 102
Free flavour: Buttered popcorn
Mention Macaron Day for the free feature at this Distillery District bake shop.

Frangipane Patisserie, 215 Madison Avenue
Free flavour: Strawberries and cream
The corner patisserie at Dupont and Spadina stocks popular flavours like pistachio, salted caramel, raspberry and passionfruit.

MoRoCo Chocolat, 99 Yorkville Avenue
Free flavour: Marshmallow or cotton candy
Among the most popular macarons at this Yorkville confection shop are the sugar doughnut and salted caramel.

Yorkville Espresso Bar, 3 Yorkville Ave
Free flavours: Pick from hazelnut Nutella, vanilla bean or passion fruit
For purchase they'll also have mint chocolate, sea salt caramel and chocolate coconut.

J'adore Cakes Co., 3308 Danforth Avenue
Free flavours: Your pick
Choose from flavours like blood orange, black sesame, strawberry balsamic, peanut chocolate, yuzu, red velvet, hazelnut, green tea and chef's special.

Daniel et Daniel, 248 Carlton Street
Free flavour: Salted Earl Grey
About eight additional flavours will be available for purchase in seasonal flavours like raspberry, pistachio, lemon, chocolate, blood orange.

Patachou, 1120 Yonge Street and 835 St. Clair Avenue West
Free flavour: Your pick
Both locations are set to close in May but will be offering flavours like pistachio, salted caramel and mocha for their farewell Macaron Day.

Other bakeries and cafes of note

Lead photo of Nadege

Discussion

29 Comments

cumoin / March 18, 2014 at 11:34 am
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running out of days to celebrate shit, aren't we world.
law / March 18, 2014 at 11:46 am
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Usually I'm not one to trash-talk in the comment section, but I agree with cumoin.

Macaron day?
stupid / March 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm
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stupid
katty / March 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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I think I'll celebrate Macaron Day with a cuppa tea and some cinnamon toast. Don't need to buy over priced sugar lumps!
Gordon / March 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm
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Wow are you guys negative. It's something nice. ENJOY IT.

God people are pathetic.
Sam I Am / March 18, 2014 at 01:01 pm
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I'm surprised Delysees did not make the list. There must be a glut of great macarons in Toronto, haha
dumb / March 18, 2014 at 01:21 pm
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dumb
Noah M / March 18, 2014 at 01:21 pm
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Delysees on King West has some amazing and creative macarons... oh and if you have to actually use your brain energy to complain about something as innocuous as "Macaron Day" then I would hate to hear what else you complain about. Stop being no fun.
Kat / March 18, 2014 at 01:43 pm
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We now have to find a reason to complain about places handing out free stuff?? Wow.
J / March 18, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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This is for charity people! charity! sick children!

Stop being so negative - and maybe lend a helping hand once in a while.
Mike / March 18, 2014 at 03:21 pm
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Re the complaints about macaron prices: when you consider how time-consuming these things are to make, a toonie and change doesn't seem out of line for an occasional treat.
Intrigued replying to a comment from Mike / March 18, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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Now I'm curious; in a commercial setting with moulds, etc.. (as opposed to making them in our home kitchen) what is time consuming about them to warrant a vast price differential? I'm not complaining, just asking.
well...... replying to a comment from J / March 18, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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It is partly for charity, true, but also clearly in the same way as beer or liquor samplings it is also for drumming up business for bakeries. This isn't exactly the same situation as a Terry Fox run, for example, so let's not get up on our high horse too quickly.
J replying to a comment from well...... / March 18, 2014 at 04:21 pm
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There's no high horse here, just facts:

'Nadege is donating 50% of all macaron sales from the day to SickKids'

That sounds pretty damn generous to me - especially considering it's an independent business. And while this may not be the Terry Fox run - charity is charity - giving organizations money they need is never a bad thing.
When's Macaroni Day? / March 18, 2014 at 05:08 pm
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Every day is Macaroni Day!
Rob replying to a comment from Intrigued / March 18, 2014 at 08:08 pm
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I know for a fact that the places listed above (including the extras on the bottom) do not use moulds each are hand made, you can see if you look close none of them are "perfect" size or shape. I have seen them being made at Thuet (you can see the bakery from the front at 244 King and they have a girl with a pastry bag piping all the shells onto trays all by hand, then once they set you have to go back and match tops and bottoms and pipe in the filling. Only thing more time consuming is watching them as they hand cut and roll croissants.
D / March 18, 2014 at 08:22 pm
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If some of these negative commentators knew how difficult if is to make these "biscuits", how hard it is to get them to look right and uniform, how high the fail rate is, I hardly think they would be complaining about prices. When a shop does macarons right, it deserves the price they sell them at. And trust me when I tell you every single one of these establishments does not use moulds.
Stan replying to a comment from Kitty / March 18, 2014 at 08:57 pm
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Then don't get one b*tch! christ almighty, nobody is forcing you to walk miles for a fucking macaron.
Chelsie / March 18, 2014 at 09:48 pm
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Butter Avenue is my favorite!can't wait!
Liv replying to a comment from Sam I Am / March 19, 2014 at 10:01 am
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Also surprised that Delysees is not on the list. It's become my go-to place for macarons.
I'm all for charity but............ replying to a comment from J / March 19, 2014 at 10:22 am
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Yes I already gave money directly to sick kids.

Your $5-$10-$20 will go further if you just donate to sick kids which has their own aggressive donation campaigns. I love it states a portion of the sales will be donated, do they not know how much they want to give yet? Or is it one of those where they've already decided they're donating say $10,000 (nice tax receipt) to the charities anyway and this promotion will be used to cover the cost of the donation?
DH / March 19, 2014 at 03:19 pm
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Whether you're a philanthropist or not, this is a great idea for macaron lovers like me and still charitable nonetheless. And to those with this superiority complex and telling others "how to be charitable" and how better to spend their hard earn money, shame on you. You are clearly missing the point of this fun and light day.
disgruntled / March 19, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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Don't even bother with Ruelo Patisserie, or at least dint give them your money. Horrible owners, unhappy staff, freezer burnt macarons and they don't wash their produce like berries/use stuff that has dropped on the ground without a second thought.
tinlyeris replying to a comment from Kitty / March 19, 2014 at 07:43 pm
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If you're wondering why they cost so much, try baking them yourself - especially the flavours that these shops bake.

I've attempted to bake them many times and so far my success rate is 2 out of 5 attempts for baking even the most basic ones! It's also rather a long process, and not just if you were a beginner.
tinlyeris replying to a comment from I'm all for charity but............ / March 19, 2014 at 07:47 pm
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In the website it says each store will donate 25% of their earnings to Red Door :)
Toronto Fundraiser replying to a comment from I'm all for charity but............ / March 20, 2014 at 10:53 am
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In response to 'I'm all for charity but', I actually work for one of the hospital's downtown as a fundraiser/event planner and I can tell you that whether you donate $5 directly to sick kids or have a $5 portion of your macaroon bill go back to the hospital, all the money will go to the foundation which will then be allocated towards the area of greatest need. Also, even if the macaroon shop were to collect a large sum of money to donate to sick kids from macaroon sales, CRA guidelines are incredibly strict esp when it comes to hospitals in Toronto and no tax receipt would be issued to the store. Coming from someone who works in fundraising, I would LOVE if people just went directly to the cause and donated but unfortunately, not everyone is that philanthropic! When you tell people that they can buy a macaroon and a portion of sales will then go to the charity, it makes it a lot easier to raise funds!
Annoyed / March 20, 2014 at 05:20 pm
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Petit Thuet makes you buy 5 macarons in order to qualify for the free macaron whereas most other places give you the free macaron no strings attached. Then PT brags about how they contributed the most to charity last year.
moochi2000 / March 20, 2014 at 09:00 pm
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Petite Thuet demanded a donation for the macarons. I don't see why they should be included for next year's event when all the other stores were so generous.
tartie / March 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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Only on blogto would a cookie celebration be a controversial topic

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