The Best Baguette in Toronto
The best baguette in Toronto, unsurprisingly, is found at the most authentic of French bakeries. These are the shops that welcome you in with a "bonjour," would never use the term "chocolate croissant," and many of them, for some reason, seem to boast head bakers with the first name "Marc."
While the recipe, so to speak, for the perfect baguette remains a simple one, the bakeries that have made it on this list seem to add a bit of "je ne sais quoi" to make theirs extra crispy, extra fluffy, and overall, just more delicious. There must be some magic behind the name Marc, or else, I have no idea what makes these baguettes so good.
Here is where to find the best baguette in Toronto.
Thobors flaunts its baguettes high and proud for all to see, and rightfully so. Can't get much more authentic than these breads by Marc Thobor, which are also used for the sandwiches available at the Mount Pleasant bakery. The baguettes come in plain, poppyseed, sesame seed, and multigrain, starting at $2.95 each. More »
Chef Marc Tournayre is the man behind the French treats at Jules on Mount Pleasant, creating croissants, quiches, brioches, and yes, the bakery's signature baguettes. While the croissants garner all the quick-breakfast attention, the baguettes hold strong (that is, crispy and fluffy) available in both regular and multigrain. $2.50. More »
Petite Thuet, on paper, offers all sorts of baguette (and demi-baguette) varieties in its Financial District, Rosedale, or King East locations. Still, you can't always count on a poppyseed or sesame (legends also tell of a cranberry pecan) whenever you drop by. Generally, you'll always find its signature sourdough baguette ($3.00) on hand, and sesame and/or poppyseed available on weekends ($3.50). More »
The baguettes at Bonjour Brioche provide a nice take-home form of abasement when you can't bear to stand in the weekend brunch line. The baguettes come in two varieties, plain or multigrain, and are also served as ends for many of Brioche's menu sandwiches. For when the line looks less daunting. Plain baguettes are $3.00, and multigrain are $3.50. More »
Ma Maison does its baguettes the artisanal French way. A few simple ingredients, a little time to rise, and a perfect bake in the oven. The baguettes, of which there is only one variety at this Etobicoke shop, are paired ideally with Chef Patrick's signature preserves or pate. More »
Woodlot's stone oven does magic with sourdough, crafting warm baguettes ready for the taking at 2pm. Samples can be had during Woodlot's dinner service, which starts at 5pm., though I hear the practice of filling up on bread and ditching is highly frowned upon. Baguettes from Woodlot's bakery are $3.50 each. More »
Pain Perdu is French through and through. French music, French chatter, buttery croissants, fresh pastries, and, of course, its authentic French baguettes. Word has obviously gotten out since the place is swarmed on weekends, but if you can stand to wait in line you'll have something delicious to pick at one the way home. Better buy two. Baguettes are $2.20. More »
Cliffside Hearth obviously got the message about authentic French baguettes, because it too just offers a classic variety. Its white baguettes are offered alongside other traditional loaves, including caraway ryes, raisin breads, and whole-wheat loaves. Baguettes at Cliffside Hearth ring in the highest on this list at $4.50 each. More »