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The top 10 coffee shop baked goods in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / August 3, 2014

coffee shop baked goods torontoThe top coffee shop baked goods in Toronto make our city's collection of independent cafes that much better. In case we weren't lucky enough to have a ton of great coffee at our fingertips, these java joints take it that extra step, baking batches of fantastic treats in-house. Some of those muffins, scones, cookies, tarts and croissants are so good, they threaten to outshine the coffee offerings. No worries, though - just think of it as having your cake, and eating it too.

Here are the top 10 baked goods made by coffee shops in Toronto.

Owner Sameer Mohamed was smart to compliment his enthusiasm and coffee knowledge with extremely-talented pastry chef Nesreen Mroueh when Fahrenheit had to move locations some years ago, He ditched the Circles and Squares and brought in her fabulous offerings (think chewy and fruit-filled muffins, flaky croissants and perfect cookies) and took the whole business to the next level.

De Mello Palheta
In-house pastry chef Danielle De Roo preps everything with care and a touch of fancy. There are classics like scones, muffins and croissants (I suggest the almond croissant, chocolate pretzel cookies and apple rhubarb muffins) but she also ventures into upscale dessert territory with some cheesecake, tortes and homemade ice creams.

Capital Espresso
Cordon Bleu training can't hurt when it comes to café baking. They may be relying on the one oven and simple kitchen place of Capital Espresso, but Maggie does very great things with what's there. The muffins are studded with fruit and nuts and mascarpone cheese, croissants and cookies and buttery and soft.

Manic Coffee
Manic's muffins are notoriously good, as are the giant cookies (try the pink peppercorn ginger cookie), and you've got your scones and croissant options too. While not technically qualified as baked goods, I'd be remiss not to mention their homemade gelato as well - it's truly fantastic.

Cafe Olya
The opening of Cafe Olya was not just for great coffee, but a way to showcase the amazing baking skills of one of its owners - the eponymous Olyana. She sourced local ingredients and whips up rich tarts, like their blackberry white chocolate ricotta, plus muffins, scones, croissants, squares and more.

Cherry Bomb
This Roncesvalles institution (I can call it that now, right?) bakes up fresh scones, muffins, cookies and croissants throughout the morning so there is always something straight off the tray, still warm and heart melting. The date almond scone has legions of fans, but I'm a sucker for the blueberry muffin.

Extra Butter
Former Cherry Bomb employees opened a competing shop - in a friendly way - just north of their former employer on Roncy. They've got an advantage in terms of seating - and they really do deliver that pat of extra butter with every bite. Their breakfast tart, with bits of bacon in a pastry and eggcup, is a major mouthful.

Remarkable Bean
Beaches favourite The Remarkable Bean provides a bevy of great baked goods for the whole neighbourhood. Classics abound, but the highlights include the savoury muffins, like sweet chilli, red pepper and cream cheese, broccoli and cheddar, or blue cheese and pear. Make it a meal!

Sense Appeal
With two locations now to satisfy your cravings, Sense Appeal's unique offerings are never too far away. Brownies, date squares, muffins, loaves and more are baked in-house using the same scientific/sensual principles that lead the coffee program - knowledge plus experimentation equals taste pleasure.

Portland Variety
The man behind Le Gourmand, with its famous cookies and croissants, recently opened a great café and restaurant at the corner of King and Portland that trumps the first for the variety and deliciousness of it's sweets. The financiers and molten chocolate cakes, in particular, are fantastic.

Did we miss any? Leave your favourite house-made cafe baked goods in the comments.



Danielle / August 3, 2014 at 09:18 am
The SCULLERY is an excellent Cabbagetown option for delicious backed goods! And a bonus, they give 50% off day old items.
p / August 3, 2014 at 09:57 am
Came here to make sure Extra Butter made the cut - yay!
A / August 3, 2014 at 10:38 am
Don't forget Brioche Doree. At king /Bathurst. Tons of pastries. And sandwiches and salads too !!
Glennis / August 3, 2014 at 11:16 am
You must check out Wisey's at Eglinton & Laird! Amazing New Zealand coffee (flat white, perhaps) & all sorts of delicious treats (many uniquely Kiwi) that are all baked in house!
Garneau / August 3, 2014 at 04:11 pm
Some love for Ezra's, please.
Jason / August 3, 2014 at 04:28 pm
Thank you for mentioning at least one location that isn't in the downtown core! I don't go down there very often and it's nice to see some places mentioned that are near Yonge/Eglinton rather than all being down by the lakeshore.
Loren Lieberman / August 3, 2014 at 06:01 pm
A lot of great pastry is cited here, but no mention of Aroma Espresso Bar, where all breads and baked goods are rolling fresh out of our ovens, all day long. At everyone of our 22 locations in the GTA.
Uri replying to a comment from Loren Lieberman / August 3, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Aroma shouldn't be mentioned, it should be banned for it is an Israeli firm and Israelis are busy slaughtering civilian Gazan Palestinians right now.
את ארומה צריך להחרים כמו כל עסק ישראלי אחר.
Becky / August 3, 2014 at 09:22 pm
Blog TO needs to start including the East end in its lists.
GG / August 4, 2014 at 12:12 am
Uri smmer down!! This article is purely in taste of pastries and cafe food.
Stephanie / August 4, 2014 at 01:52 pm
I'd also recommend Pain Perdu, near St. Clair and Christie - they make some of the best croissants in the city.
Jason Small / August 4, 2014 at 09:41 pm

Where is the best dessert in Toronto list? I needs that.
AromaNot / August 6, 2014 at 09:21 am
With Aroma spreading out all over the GTA I thought I'd give it a shot as a option to work from (Dundas/Bay). The food was a fail and the wifi was a hassle. Not going back to Aroma again! / August 15, 2014 at 08:20 am
coupons for free stuff
Sandy / October 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Also Aroma is not an "independent" café
Sam / October 23, 2014 at 01:13 pm
Didn't the folk at Extra Butter use to work at Cherry Bomb...?
Matlewy / October 23, 2014 at 02:03 pm
Hey! Over here! Other side of the Humber! It's me - Etobicoke? Ya so you should try the apple fritter at San Remo bakery.
Brody Hatch / October 23, 2014 at 02:22 pm
I was surprised not to see SUD Forno. I would highly recommend these guys a try! Their decor, coffee, and baked good are to die for.
Barry / October 23, 2014 at 05:05 pm
You missed the best of all...Zane Patisserie Queen St East
Frankie / October 24, 2014 at 09:06 am
Uri switch to decaf - it may help with the delusions
Lex / November 7, 2014 at 08:18 am
Rahier on Bayview and Patisserie La Cigogne on Mt. Pleasant are another two amazing bakery/cafes that are outside of the downtown core...
josie erent / March 29, 2015 at 09:33 am
Incomplete list that does not reflect all of Toronto....Sorry ...Nothing in Yonge and Eglington area...Or Etobicoke...What about HOT over bakery that makes the best pies in the city....? Not impressed...

PC / March 29, 2015 at 11:05 am
Might not be a coffee shop per se, but Nadege has some of the best croissant this side of the Atlantic!
iwantAllTO / March 29, 2015 at 11:09 am
I agree with Josie, this list fell short to reflect all Toronto. It should be called best bakeries in downtown. The rest of us living past north of Bloor have sweet cravings too you know? Amadeus and Chocolada in Newtonbrook (Bathurst/Yonge area) on Steeles are two awesome options. What the heck BlogTO? Its still Toronto.
Jason replying to a comment from iwantAllTO / March 29, 2015 at 01:46 pm
My nose bleeds north of Bloor
Chris / March 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm
Bake shoppe on College supplies to boxcar social and their baked goods are delicious and unique.
roberto / March 30, 2015 at 08:10 am
not to forget .. the rooster...the visual display alone has u on ur kneeling
SerialDiner / April 3, 2015 at 10:24 am
Oh look. No decent coffee/pastry shops north of Bloor! So sad... Nothing around Eglinton, Lawrence, Sheppard... the Persian delicacies between Finch and Steeles...
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