The top 17 places to celebrate Macaron Day in Toronto
Macaron Day is fast approaching and this year in Toronto there are over a dozen cafes, patisseries and bake shops participating. Some will be giving away a free macaron in stores as well as donating 20% of the day's macaron proceeds to the Red Door Family Shelter while others are forgoing giveaways in lieu of donations to other charitable causes.
Here's where to celebrate Macaron Day this Sunday, March 20 in Toronto.
The patisserie on Avenue Road has revealed their free flavour for Macaron Day will be passionfruit and milk chocolate ganache. In addition you'll find an abundance of French macarons in traditional and Japanese-inspired flavours.
This pastry shop on Jane Street will offer one free macaron per customer from 13 or so flavours in store. They've recently expand their offerings to include newly introduced flavours like earl grey tea, hazelnut, coconut and yuzu lemon.
This macaron specialist has locations on The Queensway and on Dupont that'll be offering a complimentary macaron from an assortment of flavours. Expect to find over 20 options including Mini Egg, chocolate marshmallow, matcha and sugar cookie.
Patricia's Cake Creations
This bakeshop and cafe on Dundas West in Etobicoke will have 14 different flavours for sale including a special pink lemonade macaron offered for free.
The free macaron at this French patisserie on Bayview will be a chocolate-orange flavour. Expect to find another dozen varieties on sale in support of a good cause.
Bobbette & Belle
Locations in midtown and in Leslieville are offering Cream Egg Macarons for the day. The sweet treats will feature a mini chocolate egg surrounded by a decadent cream filing and will be available alongside an assortment of vibrant spring coloured macarons for sale.
The boutique chocolatier in Yorkville is giving away a choice of chocolate, vanilla or salted caramel macarons offering an assortment of additional flavours for purchase including raspberry marshmallow, coffee and cassis.
This bakery-cafe in Rosedale is offering a freebie from their usual assortment of flavours including raspberry, blueberry, lavender, lemon, cookies and cream, and pistachio macarons.
This Yorkville bakery is letting macaron lovers choose a complimentary macaron from an assortment of best sellers plus speciality flavours inspired by doughnuts offered just for the day.
Aren't We Sweet
The confection shop in St. Lawrence Market will offer a choice from any of their 13 macaron flavours in stock. Expect to find selections like dark chocolate, raspberry, rose, and pistachio.
Windsor Arms Hotel
The historic Yorkville hotel is celebrating Macaron Day in the lobby gift shop. Flavours from the pastry chef are TBD.
This sweet shop in Etobicoke will be stocked with flavours like lemon, passionfruit, pistachio, chocolate, cappuccino, fig and vanilla on Macaron Day.
Locations in Scarborough and in Richmond Hill are both participating in Macaron Day and and will be stocked with almost 20 varieties in flavours like earl grey, balsamic vinegar, yuzu, and green tea sesame.
Patisserie La Cigogne
Get a free macaron with any purchase at either of Patisserie La Cigogne's two locations. The choice is yours from eight or so macarons on offer from the usual selection including lavender, vanilla, lemon and strawberry.
UNOFFICAL MACARON DAY PARTICIPANTS
The chain of patisseries will be donating 50% of macaron proceeds to the SickKids Foundation for the third year in a row and will be hosting one of their patients at the Queen Street location for an interactive workshop with Chef Nadège. Get a free blueberry vanilla macaron with purchase while supplies last or shop from a variety of two dozen different macarons.
The Rolling Pin
The bakeshop on Yonge at Lawrence will support The Stop Community Food Centre with its proceeds from Macaron Day. Expect to find over 20 different macaron flavours ranging from classics like salted caramel and pistachio, to crazy like Fruit Loops, cookie dough and a torched-to-order s'mores macaron. There will even be a macaron doughnut for sale.
Photo of AG Macarons by Jesse Milns.