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The top 5 bakeries in Scarborough

Posted by Guest Contributor / December 28, 2010

Francesca BakeryIf I were to describe Scarborough to someone who had never visited, I would describe it as diversity by bakery. It is in these bakeries where dedicated people take flour and sugar and interpret them in global ways. For those looking to discover where to go when the next craving for bread and pastry sets in, here are 5 bakeries in Scarborough worth a visit.

ABC BakeryABC Bakery Coffee Shop
3618 Victoria Park Avenue

ABC stands out from a sea of Chinese bakeries because of their focused selection of sweet and savory buns (80 cents - 95 cents) that are just the right size for a mid-afternoon snack. My favourite is the pineapple bun which surprisingly has no pineapple but a sugar cookie crust. Also noteworthy is the tuna bun which makes me forget about all those soggy cafeteria sandwiches I've eaten in years past. For an amazing 95 cents, a snack size chicken pot pie can be had with discernable pieces of meat.

Francesca CannoliFrancesca Italian Bakery
2 Invergordon Avenue

On any given day, Francesca offers between 20-30 Italian-style cookies ($25/kg) and pastries ($2-$3.75), along with a small selection of breads and cakes. Stay for the substantial cannoli ($2.25), dusted with icing sugar and filled with either sweet ricotta or vanilla custard. The former are the ones put on display, so for those who are a sucker for custard like me, be sure to ask for the latter. They're even better the next day when the filling has melded with the still-crisp shell.

Gerhard BakeryGerhard's Cafe & Bakery
1085 Bellamy Road North, Unit 1

A celebration calls for a cake from Gerhard's. Made in the German tradition, there are around 30 different kinds ranging from Apple Crumble Torte to White Chocolate Mousse Bombe. Prices start at $19.95 for a 6-inch cake. But what if you just want a nice Black Forest cake that isn't full of preservatives and enough sugar for a room full of screaming kids? Gerhard's not-too-sweet version is made with chocolate sponge layers sprinkled with kirsch, and garnished with fresh whipped cream.

Patisserie RoyalePatisserie Royale
1801 Lawrence Avenue East, Unit 9

Patisserie Royale is the mecca for Middle Eastern pastry, where phyllo, honey, and nuts are layered in various combinations to create bite-sized pleasures. Will it be Balaurieh with its shredded wheat-like top and rosewater soaked pistachios? Or finger-shaped Assabeh filled with ground almonds and smothered with syrup? At $23.00/kg, the assorted box does the trick so I'm not burdened by choice.

Montmarte PretzelsMontmartre Bakery
105 Midwest Road

Since 1970, the Lang family has been selling preservative-free, homestyle European bread and other delectable baked goods directly out of their mid-size bakery. Tucked away in an industrial area, it's worth the trek for this reason alone: nothing is over $5. From soft pretzels (70 cents), to white or whole wheat sandwich loaf ($1.70), to strudel with their own blueberry filling ($4.95), it's no wonder that customers buy two, three, or ten at a time. Can't eat gluten? Rice bread, buns, and pizza shells ($2.75 - $3.50) are available by special order.

Writing and photos by Helen Lee

Discussion

40 Comments

Laura Bee / December 28, 2010 at 09:27 am
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Montmartre has been our family secret for years. The hot cross buns are the best!
Tim T / December 28, 2010 at 10:40 am
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I'm surprised you didn't mention any Greek bakeries. Elite on Kennedy Rd, just south of the 401, has been delivering both traditional Greek and non Greek favorites for decades. Made fresh on the premises!
Greg / December 28, 2010 at 11:45 am
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I just drizzed in my pants from sheer surprise.
william / December 28, 2010 at 04:28 pm
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more scarborough reviews please!
Snob / December 28, 2010 at 05:30 pm
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Uh, since when did this become blogscarboring.com
the2scoops / December 28, 2010 at 05:56 pm
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Francesca Italian Bakery also does some catering too. They had a fixed menu for the holidays, and I used them for a 150 person luncheon: chicken cordon-bleu, cheese tortellini, salad, veg & potatoes, and their delicious desserts. They were on time, generous portions, and the quality was terrific. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat.
shannon / December 28, 2010 at 06:05 pm
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*faints*

something that doesn't involve the downtown core. nice change, more please.
Rosa / December 28, 2010 at 09:17 pm
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There are better Chinese bakeries than the ABC Bakery and just as affordable.

There is this one little Chinese bakery inside the plaza at 2311 which is next to the Yee Hong Health Centre at Midland/McNicoll. Their sponge cupcakes are the best!! They're very light and moist. Their mini buns which come in different flavours (e.g. cream horn, taro, curry beef) are perfect for snacks!

Aromaz Cake & Pastry (2301 Brimley Rd, Chartwell Shopping Centre) has numerous varieties. Their specialty are cakes and other desserts which are beautifully presented in their display case. My favourite is the mango custard puff. The pastry is crispy covered with chocolate drizzle, and the mango and cream are the pastry filling.
Rodion / December 28, 2010 at 09:55 pm
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there are a few more ethnic bakeries around Scarborough
jamesmallon replying to a comment from Snob / December 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm
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"Best Bakeries in someplace only drivers who live there will go."
jamesmallon replying to a comment from Snob / December 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm
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"Best Bakeries in someplace only drivers who live there will go."
Mr. S. / December 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm
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Eat baked goods if you live downtown and walk it off; don't eat more than 2500 calories a day if you drive everywhere.
Brad / December 28, 2010 at 10:53 pm
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Thank you for leaving downtown for a few minutes
sanjay / December 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm
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maybe we should do a review in hamilton next since it looks like you're concentrating on places no one cares about
silentmind / December 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm
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Finally, a post on something in Scarborough :) btw, @ snob, Scarborough is still part of Toronto last time I checked.
gina / December 28, 2010 at 11:34 pm
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ABC MOS DEF!
I think they have the best egg custard tarts hands down. They're always fresh, and the turnover rate is FAST.
They also have set lunches and I see a lot of people enjoying the lunch, and then often more than not getting a hot out of the oven egg custard tart.

AND Gerhard's...OMG. Their cakes are so good! The strawberry meringue is one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. It's flavourful and not too sweet and oh-so light.
I would say best in Toronto.

And people, stop complaining about not downtown centric spots on blogto. Scarborough is part of Toronto. It doesn't happen all the time. It would take just as much effort for those who live in the suburbs to go downtown to visit the places featured on Blogto regularly as well. Just deal with it.

Greg replying to a comment from sanjay / December 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm
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Preach! King of geography!
Ryan L. / December 29, 2010 at 09:44 am
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Unleash the trolls....at least I sincerely hope so.
Helen / December 29, 2010 at 09:59 am
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Trolls aside, I appreciate your comments.

Tim: Word count limitations kept it down to these 5 bakeries. I'm definitely considering a part two, so thanks for the Elite mention.

Rosa: I could devote an entire post comparing the Chinese bakeries in Scarborough. I'll keep Aromaz and the other place in mind for future posts.
ROFL / December 29, 2010 at 10:28 am
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Judging by the attitude of the down towners toward Scarborough and the other burb's makes much sense why Ford was elected in the first place. Scarborough, North York & Etobicoke is a part of Toronto, about time the idiots down town start realizing that.
ROFLMAO / December 29, 2010 at 01:05 pm
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unfortunately, Montmartre Bakery is closed after christmas and re-opening jan.4
sue / December 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm
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I have been going to Momontre Bakery for a long time. Their breads are all awesome. Their strudel is very reasonable and delicious. They use the fruits of the season to make their pies and plum cake...definitely worth the effort to get there.
sue / December 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm
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OOPS...Sorry for the incorrect spelling of Montmantre Bakery...Their sign is very small !!
Mike B / March 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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I live in Scarborough and love downtown Toronto. But I think this is great that BlogTO is highlighting other areas of the city, that are not part of the inner city.

The truth is Scarborough has some amazing assets.

To the person who said you need a car to visit these places. That could not be farther from the truth. I live car free in Scarborough by choice, and I get to all those places and more by bus. Most buses run every 5-10 minutes, and these places are all on major bus routes.

Adam C / March 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm
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I have not been to ABC since the health inspectors busted them for using non graded/inspected eggs. They had good egg tarts but everything else was mediocre at best. Has anyone visited recently?

http://www.thestar.com/living/article/937582--egg-crackdown-raises-public-health-concerns
Gregory / March 21, 2011 at 11:02 pm
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Lamanna's bakery on Port Union is Italian, and it is absolutely fantastic! They serve hot and fresh chicken parm sandwiches that are to die for. I love the mini cheesecakes!
jen / April 20, 2011 at 12:25 am
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Lebanese bakery at Birchmount and Ellesmere (a little north on Birchmount) - best lebanese "pizzas".....try the spicy hot cheese....
Jelista replying to a comment from Gregory / May 23, 2011 at 11:56 am
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I second that!!!! Hands down an amazing bakery and catering place. Ti amo lamanna!!!!
Jelista replying to a comment from Gregory / May 23, 2011 at 11:59 am
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I second that. Lamanna's is hands down the most delicious and fresh bakery ever. They are a really good bakery with amazing food. They do catering which we use all the time. Lasagna is scrumptious!!!! TI AMO LAMANNA BAKERY!!!
Andrea / September 5, 2011 at 04:05 pm
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Francesca's cannolis come in a chocolate custard as well :) but you have to ask for it!
Farenath / September 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm
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Aside from the 5 mentioned.. Has anyone heard of an Ethiopian bakery in scarborough? I am searching but can't find any info anywhere..
Samantha / June 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm
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I haven't visited an but Francesca, but (not sure if mentioned) there are 2 lovely and amazing bakeries in Scarborough that I LOVE!

Lamanna's Bakery, Cafe, & Fine Foods - 6758 Kingston Rd / by sheppard, it's a local italian bakeshop that serves amazing small cakes and coffee. This is my number 1 go to bakery in scabrorough.

Sugarbuds - 360 Old Kingston Road / parallel to meadowvale, it's a local bakeshop that made a name for itself by creating extravagant cakes for celebrities like Hugh Hefner.



cow / June 20, 2012 at 07:34 pm
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I CANT BELIEVE THAT LA ROCCA ISNT ON HERE
Janis / August 24, 2012 at 03:36 pm
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Not an owner, only a faithful customer, this is one of my favourites in Scarborough - What A Bakery on Milner

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/10/1482683/restaurant/Scarborough/What-a-Bakery-Toronto
EM replying to a comment from Samantha / October 23, 2012 at 09:38 pm
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Sugarbuds is closed......Google info indicates they didn't get licensing agreements for some designs (ie NHL logos)& bills were not being paid. Maybe took on too much by both buying existing Village Italian Bakery & taking doubling space. Or, maybe long time customers weren't happy with 10 & 20% price increases. Now people,besides their family members,are out of work.
hasan akhtar / January 23, 2013 at 07:20 pm
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The Elite bakery on Kennedy and 401 is also very good. Their people are very nice and cake and pasteries are excellent...They also tell you honestly if any alchohal is used or not used in the cakes.. I have had good experice with them....Nice loving people.
All Best Ideas / November 6, 2013 at 06:45 am
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hi
Diane Morash / November 24, 2013 at 12:37 am
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Elite Bakery, I stopped going there as I did not
find them friendly.
I do like the Italian bakery & deli (
Diane M. / November 24, 2013 at 12:41 am
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Continued: (not sure of the name) it is at
Markham Road & Painted Post. They have
a nice selection of baked goods.
All Best Ideas / November 26, 2013 at 05:28 am
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hi

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