The best baked treats in Toronto have risen out of bakeries, cafes and patisseries that boast pedigrees in Italian, French and even humble home-style baking traditions. Whether it's cookies or more delicate macarons, buttery puff pastries or tarts, these baked treats are sure to start a party on your taste buds, even if there's no reason to celebrate.
Here are the best baked treats in Toronto.
The Best Cookies in Toronto
The Best Cupcakes in Toronto
The Best Macarons in Toronto
The Best Donuts in Toronto
The Best Muffins in Toronto
The selection of traditional Italian baked goods at this bakery on Royal York includes sfogli cannoli, amaretti and seasonal cakes. Not to be missed are the zeppole, Italian donuts offered in whimsical flavours.
This Bloorcourt bakeshop does decorative custom cakes and sweet table essentials to order, but it's also become locally famous for ice cream sandwiches. The neighbourhood bakery does a brisk business in scoops of burnt toffee ice cream nestled between ginger molasses cookies.
Located on King West, this bakery is devoted to rustic Italian recipes, like their crunchy, nutty biscotti, and assorted pasticcini including beautiful weekend specials like croqune bouche, eclair and pesca frolla.
The Terroni offshoot on West Queen West takes pride in upholding traditions of Italian pastry making. The selection of daily made sweets includes Sicilian cannoli rolled in crushed pistachio and finished with candied orange rind and puff pastries like conchiglie shells filled with Nutella or crema.
The scent of fresh baked goods wafting from this bakery cafe on Queen East is irresistible - and easily justifies the long lines on weekends. The niche here is classic French confections like delectable fruit flans and tarts, apple tart tatin and opera cakes.
Andrea's Gerrard Street Bakery
Specializing in home-baked goodness, this East Chinatown bakeshop will satisfy nostalgic cravings. Mainstays at this sweet shop include a freshly baked assortment of buttery cookies, chocolate brownies and deliciously sweet butter tarts.
In Scarborough, this Italian bakery cafe is a taste of la dolce vita. Order up an espresso and sample from an assortment of sfogliatelle, cannoli and mille foglie.
Now with two retail outlets, this bakery hits the sweet spot between being vegan, gluten-free, and supremely delicious. While selection varies at each location, the line-up features cupcakes, cookies, cinnamon buns, and creamies.
Francophiles flock to two locations of this sleek boutique pastry kitchen to indulge. The stark white shops house buttery flaky French viennoiserie, luxurious petit fours and delicate airy macarons in a rainbow of vibrant flavours.
This sweet little Leslieville cake shop is a top choice for custom orders. The showroom also serves as a cafe, with a well stocked display of perfectly piped cupcakes, delicate macarons and seasonal sweets, cookies and other confections.
Set in a '50s-themed diner at Yonge and Lawrence, this bakeshop was a recent winner on Donut Showdown. The proof is in the pudding (or, er, gourmet donuts) in flavours like the maple bacon, with extra pipette of maple syrup. Also noteworthy are the excellent pies, macarons and cupcakes.
The Best Baked Treats in Toronto