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The top 10 Polish bakeries in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 3, 2014

polish bakery torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Perogies in Toronto
A guide to Polish Toronto

Benna's Bakery
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).

Starsky
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.

Jaswoj Bakery
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.

Universal Bakery
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.

Karpaty
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.

Yummy Markets
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.

What did I miss? Add your favourite Polish bakery to the comments below.

Discussion

12 Comments

D / June 3, 2014 at 06:13 am
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You forgot Warmia! They have an amazing buffet-styled take-out.
Stu / June 3, 2014 at 06:32 am
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Ohh hipsters would love it. Its a traditional food and both Williamsburg Greenpoint Brooklyn NYC are known for their large Polish communities. Hipster Approved! Pulaski bridge anyone?
alex replying to a comment from Stu / June 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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what are you even talking about
Stu replying to a comment from alex / June 3, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn are influential hubs of current hipster culture. There also happens to be a large polish community in Brooklyn. Therefore Toronto Hipsters would appreciate Polish Bakeries and Deli's just like the NYC hipsters do.


The Pulaski Bridge in New York City connects Long Island City in Queens to Greenpoint in Brooklyn and was named after Polish military commander Kazimierz Pułaski because of the large Polish-American population in Greenpoint.
poh replying to a comment from Stu / June 3, 2014 at 03:53 pm
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Except that hipsters in Toronto seem to afraid of anything and everything that differs from their norm, especially the inner suburbs where many of the listed bakeries here are located. "You mean I have to take a bus? The horror!"
Drew replying to a comment from poh / June 3, 2014 at 04:37 pm
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Also considering they ride their fixie bikes mostly horizontally across the city majority of them wouldn't be able to actually ride their bike north up any hill.

There's just something about seeing a hipster walking their fixie that makes me chuckle. For the most part riding a bike CAN be easier then walking except for on a fixie.
AG / June 3, 2014 at 06:22 pm
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Toronto hipsters are sewer-dwelling, carnival-beard-donning imposters. All hipsters are in fact imposters. Toronto is quite easily the most norm core metropolitan in North America, where suburban gems like Starsky, and Kmicic (somehow overlooked @ warden+Ellesmere - get the Nowy Ogorki) are not consumed by a gendrified, unaffected youth population with the aforementioned qualities.
stu 2 / June 3, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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i just wanted to read about polish bread :(
Stu replying to a comment from stu 2 / June 3, 2014 at 07:47 pm
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Sure just read the article then and not the comments. I was commenting/replying to the first comment that was posted that had a question referring to hipsters. Look like its been deleted, so my comments now look as though I'm driving the hipster discussion. Now that comment/question #1 was deleted, my comments can be deleted as well.

Cheers y'all! Polish food is great! The breads, soups, sausages, etc.etc. mmmmmm LOVE IT! Big Fan of Polka Deli!
Bronco Bogdan replying to a comment from alex / June 3, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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Dude is baked and attempting to be hipster Polish. Some of us are of Pole
extraction before being East Blocker was hip or in style.
kemot / June 6, 2014 at 08:32 pm
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Sweet Temptation Bakery is the bigest polish bakery in ontario, supply most of european delicatessen in GTA .famous for polish donuts( paczki) rye bread, and many more. Located on 500Hensal circ. In Mississauga.
Ela / July 6, 2014 at 08:52 pm
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Bulik Bakery Bread is the best! We are very excited to announce that commencing July 4th our bread will be available at the following 5 Costco locations:

Costco North Mississauga
5900 Rodeo Dr
Mississauga, ON
(905) 568-4828

Costco South Mississauga
3180 Laird Rd
Mississauga, ON
(905) 828-3340

Costco Central Mississauga
1570 Dundas Street East
Mississauga, ON
(905) 566-2400

Costco Etobicoke
50 Queen Elizabeth Blvd,
Etobicoke, ON M8Z 1M1
(416) 251-2832

Costco Vaughn
71 Colossus Dr,
Vaughan, ON L4L 9J8
(905) 264-8337

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