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The Best Baguette in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 21, 2011

Baguette TorontoThe 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.

See also:

The best bread in Toronto
The best croissant in Toronto
The best macarons in Toronto

Thobors

Thobors

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 »

Jules Patisserie

Jules Patisserie

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

Petite Thuet

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 »

Bonjour Brioche

Bonjour Brioche

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

Ma Maison

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

Woodlot

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

Pain Perdu

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

Cliffside Hearth

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 »

Discussion

19 Comments

Evan / December 22, 2011 at 02:47 am
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I hate to be the guy to come in and yell about a store that isn't on the list, but Rahier on bayview has the best baguette I've ever had.
o___o / December 22, 2011 at 08:25 am
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carbs, lol
mike in parkdale / December 22, 2011 at 09:31 am
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I miss France. Allez L'OM
Sarah / December 22, 2011 at 11:13 am
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There is a new one to add to the list and it is Le Matin/ By JP Chalet in Leslieville. Just opened last weekend on Coady Ave. Baguettes, croissants...all amazing!!
Lisa / December 30, 2011 at 01:50 pm
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Just so you know, Patisserie Saint Honore doesn't longer exist since at least 6 months. It's now owned by asian trying to make pastries. Trying. Literally.
Havlee Heevra Hovra / December 31, 2011 at 07:21 pm
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As a homesick Israeli I long for a good crispy baguette! But some of the prices listed here are gonna keep me in Matzo for a long time!
Alex / January 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm
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Can't believe St John's Bakery's sour dough baguette didn't make the cut.
Katrina / January 10, 2012 at 08:43 pm
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METRO AT OSSINGTON YOU IDIOTS
Havlee Heevra Hovra / February 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm
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Oy Vey!
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Just sayin'
JJ / April 28, 2012 at 10:36 am
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pain perdu use to be the best in town til the chef patissier left awhile ago and he's at rahier on bayview.... big loss for the st clair joint....
Evan / August 20, 2012 at 11:47 pm
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Tried Rahier baguette again, and was really disappointed. Very light, dry crumbly crust, decent but pretty dry plain crumb, and 3 dollars. I've been going down the street to Epi for my fix and have had amazing baguette. The crust is thin chewy and just the right crispy. and the crumb is so buttery, moist and flavourful. And at 2 dollars it feels like twice the weight of Rahier's. I fully retract my initial comment above.
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 05:48 am
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There is a new one to add to the list and it is Le Matin/ By JP Chalet in Leslieville. Just opened last weekend on Coady Ave. Baguettes, croissants...all amazing!!
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tammy terrific / February 15, 2014 at 01:39 am
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I know no one will believe me but if you did a taste test on baguettes I think the ones that Costco bakes in house are the very best. They have the right amount of crust and chewiness and flavour. The ones at the Metro? Are you serious? Those are as mealy as some of the baguettes sold in the portuguese bakeries in the west side of town.
Isn't there anything near me in either parkdale, high park or Little Italy?
j14 / February 15, 2014 at 08:42 am
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thorbors baguettes are the most addictive bread product i have ever tried.
Tenen / February 15, 2014 at 07:17 pm
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Would someone please edit the SPAM out of these comments?

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