The Best Baguette in Toronto
The best baguette in Toronto is a salute, in one way or another, to the traditional French baton. Those long thin sticks of bread you see popping out of baskets and bags are usually made with just four simple ingredients - wheat flour, water, yeast and salt. Steam ovens help create that airy interior and crisp, slightly-shiny surface, though brick and gas-fired ovens will also do the trick.
Sometimes the classic style can be improved upon with fermented yeast and sourdoughs as starters instead of straight baker's yeast, switching up the flour to whole wheat or multigrain, or embedding the crust with sesame or poppy seed. On the whole, though, Torontonians seem to favour a good, basic wand of chewy dough with a nice, crisp crust.
Here are the best baguettes in Toronto.
French-trained baker Marc Thobor has the authentic baguette on lock. At his Mount Pleasant bakery, the beautiful baguettes ($2.95), crisp and toothsome, are available in plain, poppy seed, sesame seed and multigrain. More »
The wood-burning stone oven that churns out much of Woodlot’s cuisine is also the source of the wonderful crusty loaves made daily. Baguettes can be purchased after 2pm for $3.50. More »
Alsatian chef Marc Thuet transformed the Toronto food landscape one bite at a time - perhaps no more so than with his baking. He’s not the one getting dusted up anymore, but his staff follows his standard to the letter; try the signature sourdough baguette ($3) or sesame and poppy seed ($3.50). More »
French brunch spot and bakery Bonjour Brioche bakes up two types of baguette- plain white ($3) or multigrain ($3.50) - which they use for many of the items on the menu, or have ready for you to take home. More »
Formal French training and granted the National Grand Prix du Desserts at the age of 20, Chef Patrick Allénguède brings his skills to Toronto at his boulangerie, patisserie and traiteur. The traditional baguettes ($2.50) are oh-so-good. More »
Epi Breads, serving the Bayview and Millwood area, bakes several types of baguette - the traditional French, a whole wheat, and a sourdough (all for $2.75 each) and the more unusual buckwheat ($2.25). More »
St. Clair’s Pain Perdu has that Parisian charm, and the covetable baked goods to match. Baguettes ($2.20) are golden and chewy, and worth the potential line-up at this neighbourhood favorite. More »
Leaside loves Rahier. The Belgian-trained owners bake up fresh daily white and multigrain baguettes ($3.05), and on weekends they add country style and demi-country style baguettes too. More »