The top 30 bakeries in Toronto by neighbourhood
Good bakeries are essential to any neighbourhood, and in Toronto most areas are blessed with options. Really it comes down to style; fancy French pastries, crusty Italian loaves, ritualistic Jewish foods, and homestyle all-Canadiana sweets are all on offer at the standout bakeries found across the city.
Here are my picks of the top bakeries in Toronto by neighbourhood.
Harbord Bakery is an institution in the Annex having been in business since 1945. The Jewish bakery is the place to get a challah or festive specialties like sufganiyot at Hanukkah or apple cakes for Rosh Hashana.
Tucked on a side street, where the west entrance of Ossington Station lets out, Bakerbots is lovely little bakeshop that specializes in sweets like cakes, cookies, cupcakes and french macarons in fun flavours like black sesame or PB&J.
Triple tiered cakes, big cookies (all the better for making ice cream sandwiches) and cupcakes are just some of the many delectable goodies available at Home Baking Co., a collaboration from a Bakerbot's co-owners and ex-baker from Sud Forno.
Tre Mari is an old school Italian bakery that has serviced the community on St. Clair West for over 50 years. Vienna sticks, ciabatta, and focaccia are among the house specialties, while the pastry case is packed with cannoli, zeppole, and assorted cakes.
Dough Bakeshop offers a direct view into their open kitchen, allowing customers peer in while bakers work hard to stock the shop with artisanal breads, tarts, pastries, squares, cakes and cookies.
Since Brick Street Bakery isn't exclusive to just this neighbourhood (not to mention this location is so cramped), Sweet Escape Patisserie wins this round. The sweet shop sells cookies, cakes, shortbreads and macarons that are piped full of love as much as they are buttercream.
Mon K Patisserie on Coxwell is a Japanese-inflected French bakery where stopping in for a fresh loaf of bread may also result in spontaneous purchases of beautiful mille-feuille, macarons or layer petit fours.
In Etobicoke I'm torn between Ma Maison and San Remo which are both suberb at what they do. I'll give this to SanRemo for its repertoire of at least 50 house-baked breads (the stuffed Vienna specifically is wonder), as well as, the sheer assortment of Italian desserts on display.
Found in the concourse level of First Canadian Place, Brick Street Bakery is where Bay Street types bee-line for workday essentials like chocolate brioche buns, croissants and muffins. At lunch hour, find sandwiches built on irresistible breads and savoury turnovers and Cornish pasties on the menu.
Bunner's gluten-free and vegan bake shop offers everything from breads, muffins, and savoury pastry pockets, as well as, sweet tooth satisfying cupcakes, butter tarts, doughnuts and more. The thing to get here are the cinnamon buns, best had early in the day fresh from the oven.
Blackbird Baking Co. in Kensington Market has usurped My Market Bakery as the local favourite. One taste of za'atar sprinkled focaccia or the delicious ploughman loaf is pretty much all that's needed for the unconvinced to convert.
Forno Cultura is a subterranean Italian bake shop that beckons me in every time I pass. Brioche loaves, semolina sourdoughs, and a vast assortment of biscotti are among the daily offerings, while I also highly recommend the canoli a sfoglia.
Bobbette & Belle has got special occasions covered with beautiful cakes and sweets for custom order. Walk-ins will find delectable indulgences too including cupcakes, cookies, macarons and other seasonal confections.
For the Love of Cake is a dessert shop located in the heart of Liberty Village offering delicious creations like over-the-top cupcakes, butter tarts, cheesecakes and custom decorated cakes.
Thobors is a Parisian style boulangerie, patisserie, and cafe where the selection includes crusty baguettes with soft chewy interiors, beautiful boules, buttery viennoiseries, and stunning, sculptural works of pastry and chocolate.
Bang Bang has a dual focus as an ice cream shop and bakery, and you can enjoy the best of both worlds in the form of signature ice cream sammies. Other delicious, all-butter baked goods include treats like Earl Grey chiffon cakes, profiteroles and macarons.
Don't be fooled by the crude name, Glory Hole Doughnuts is one sweet little shop specializing in what else but, doughnuts. Find yeast and cake doughnuts here in unique seasonal flavours like chai brûlée, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or toast and butter.
Serano's is a European bakery and market where Greek pastries, breads and custom cakes are among the specialties. Satisfy your sweet tooth with trigona, phyllo triangles slacked in syrup and piped with cream and nuts.
St. John's Bakery found on Broadview bakes beautiful breads including crusty, crackling baguettes and dense potato onion loaves. Stop in on Saturdays for the freshest English Muffins in the city.
Mabel's homestyle offerings are plentiful, including everything from rustic breads, cookies, pies, cakes and all sorts of prepared goods made with an emphasis on natural and organic ingredients whenever possible.
Lamanna beats out Agincourt Bakery for its sheer selection including traditional Italian baked goods like Sicilian cassate rolle and cannoli, plus wacky inventions like Eggo maple cream cheese cupcakes.
ST. CLAIR WEST
This is another stretch of the city rich with noteworthy bakeries including specialists like Baker & Scone, and home baking generalist Leah's. French boulangerie Pain Perdu and its classic line-up of Parisian baked goods.
WEST QUEEN WEST
Sud Forno or Nadege? In such close proximity, it's a tough call. Nadege excels at macarons and viennoiseries, while Sud Forno makes traditional Pugliese pane and crema-filled bombolone. If forced to choose (like my editor insists I do right now), might I suggest the old E3M approach? Eeny, meeny, miny, moe - I pick Nadege. K?
YONGE & EGLINTON
Phipps Bakery Cafe has been a stalwart in this neighbourhood for almost 30 years. It's renowned for fresh baked breads and an astounding selection of cakes, tarts, cookies and squares.
YONGE & LAWRENCE
The Rolling Pin is pastry shop where pies, cakes and doughnuts in a wide range of unique creative flavours. Cream pies for example can be had with tiramisu filling, or choose from a daily selection of doughnuts including a maple-glazed bacon version with a DIY maple syrup injection.
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