The top 10 Polish bakeries in Toronto
The top Polish bakeries in Toronto deal in a hearty array of home-style goodies that include more than just baked goods. Sometimes synonymous with a deli, a Polish bakery is an emporium of prepared goods, meats, and cheeses, while the specialties are crusty breads like rye, sourdough and cereal-laced multi-grains along with traditional pastries like paczki, bubka and poppy-seed roll cakes.
Here are the top Polish bakeries in Toronto.
The neighbourhood grocer on Roncesvalles is stocked with staples of Polish cuisine, including prepared foods and deli meats. The selection of fresh baked goods made on-site is especially impressive, covering everything from hearty whole grain breads to plum-filled paczki (doughnuts).
The massive Mississauga supermarket draws customers from across the GTA for its wide selection of Polish baked goods that includes everything from paczki to pierniki (soft gingerbread cookies filled with apple or plum jam). Breads, kneaded by hand, are baked fresh onsite.
Anna's Bakery & Deli
Custard filled paczki, danishes and babka are displayed in the window at this old school bakery in Bloor West Villlage. Let the pastries beckon you inside, where you'll find loaves of multi-grain and rye just begging to be sandwiched with European cold cuts and cheeses.
Two outlets in Mississauga are packed with an exceptional variety of European delicacies including traditional breads, buns and cakes like makowiec, a sweet poppy seed-swirled viennoiserie.
Like a bar mleczny (milk bar), this bakery cafe stocks superbly fresh rye breads, baked goods and deli items. Have a sandwich made up at the counter, pick up some perogi or enjoy a slice of sernik, a Polish cheesecake, on the front patio.
Nova European Deli
In Woodbridge, this 2,500-square-foot food store stocks the full lineup of authentic Polish baked goods, including light and dark ryes, sourdoughs, multigrain breads, wasa crisps, apple danishes, cookies, cakes and festive pastries.
Fine Bakery & Deli
Choose from traditional Polish breads for onsite sandwich assembly at this bakery on Lake Shore in Etobicoke, or enjoy home-style prepared foods from the hot table. Good luck leaving without something sweet - sugar-dusted pastries filled with custard are hard to ignore.
Polka European Deli
The inventory at this delicatessen in Scarborough includes an abundance of Polish favourites. Find an ample selection of hearty crusted breads, decorated cakes and cream and rich pastries that are deliciously heavy on eggs and cream.
Located in Long Branch village, this European food mart is the place to go for cheap and cheerful lunches. Order freshly made deli sandwiches on crusty dark or light rye, or pick from an assortment of traditional baked goods for grab and go.
While technically a Russian grocer, there are no shortage of Polish products in the bakery aisle. Sure, the two countries have a storied past, but breaking bread - say, a hearty loaf of rye - is an easy way to find common ground.
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