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The Best Baguette in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / May 14, 2014

baguette torontoThe 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.

See also:
The best bread in Toronto
The best challah in Toronto
The best croissant in Toronto
The best bagels in Toronto

Thobors

Thobors

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 »

Woodlot

Woodlot

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 »

Petite Thuet

Petite Thuet

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 »

Bonjour Brioche

Bonjour Brioche

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 »

Ma Maison

Ma Maison

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

Epi Breads

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 »

Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu

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 »

Rahier

Rahier

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 »

Blackbird Baking Co

Blackbird Baking Co

First selling wholesale, owner and baker Simon Blackwell’s all-natural ingredients and rustic style at Blackbird Baking Co. now have a home in Kensington Market. The baguettes come in their signature sourdough or traditional for $4-$4.50. More »

Discussion

9 Comments

joeshmoe / May 14, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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it all looks the same to me - Like Bread....



Kelly replying to a comment from joeshmoe / May 15, 2014 at 08:22 am
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Philistine!
chris / May 15, 2014 at 09:04 am
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Chabichou on Harbord - they're always warm.
Sadie / May 15, 2014 at 10:27 am
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The multigrain olive baguette from the Cheese Boutique off the Kingsway is what dreams are made of. Grab a creamy brie, one of their baguettes, a bottle of red and call it a day. Mmmm.. Now I'm hungry.
TokyoTuds / May 15, 2014 at 02:12 pm
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In 5 years I have not found a single baguette that has a large crumb and a light, crispy crust. Usually the crumb is packed hard like styrofoam and the crust is either chewy or hard. Does anyone know if any of the above have a nice baguette like I describe?
TonyVan / May 15, 2014 at 08:21 pm
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in Vancouver now and miss Rahier sooo much! The best chocolate croissants!
Chris replying to a comment from TokyoTuds / May 15, 2014 at 09:41 pm
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You've obviously never been to Thobors.

or are you talking about the baquettes that viet bun use?
bob / May 17, 2014 at 06:01 pm
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Who makes the ones in the picture? I haven't seen a good baguette in Toronto. I agree with TokyoTuds and Sadie doesn't know what good bread is. I can't believe Epi is on here. One if the worst baguettes ever. So generic.
Jo / May 19, 2014 at 03:47 pm
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What about Ace Bakery's baguettes? Closest I've come to a real one in Toronto.

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