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The Best Bread in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / June 21, 2011

bread torontoThe best bread in Toronto need not additional adornment. A really well-made olive loaf, French baguette, or even multigrain bread can stand alone, leaving the butter to melt solemnly to the wayside. Yes, I've always enjoyed that moment of glee, arriving at a bakery at just the right time to grab a still-warm loaf and pull it apart and snack on my way home.

Of course, a ragged, torn loaf makes subsequent sandwich preparation a little more difficult, but it's worth it for the fresh-out-of-the-oven crisp crust, and warm chewy centre. These bakeries have perfected their loaves, many using only natural ingredients and kneading the dough by hand.

These are the bakeries offering the best bread in Toronto.

Additional photos by Sifu Renka on Flickr and Jesse Milns.

Brick Street Breads

Brick Street Breads

Give me some sundried tomato bread from Brick Street Breads in Leslieville and a good olive oil and I could surely tear and dip away an afternoon. Brick Street Breads is known as Brick Street Bakery at its other three Toronto locations, where fresh breads are made with all natural ingredients, and offered alongside pastries, other sweet treats, and sandwiches. More »

Woodlot

Woodlot

It's somewhat surprising that a bakery/restaurant hybrid could have such a great reputation for its bread. But, alas, the sourdough speaks for itself. With no added yeast, the bread comes out chewy and hot from Woodlot's stone oven, located on Palmerston Avenue in Little Italy. More »

Petite Thuet

Petite Thuet

You make some good bread, Marc Thuet. With three locations in Toronto, Petite Thuet is rallying appreciation for its Olive Oil Brioche, Dark Farmer's Rye, and Sourdough Baguette. If you can snag some time for a roast beef on rye (perhaps finished off with one of its famous macarons) you surely won't be disappointed. More »

St. John's Bakery

St. John's Bakery

St. John's is my kind of bakery. No frills, active in the community, and a stellar olive/cilantro loaf that's worth a little trek to Riverside. St. John's Bakery uses certified organic flour and natural ingredients, and kneads and shapes all of its loaves by hand. Many breads are available as rolls, demis, or loaves. More »

Epi Breads

Epi Breads

Epi Breads offers a whole slate of stone-baked artisan breads in varieties including Fig and Anise, Potato and Chives, and Pumpkin Seeds. Five breads made with organic flour, and if you just can't wait until you get home, Epi has plenty of seating to enjoy a sandwich on the spot. More »

Hot Oven Bakery

Hot Oven Bakery

Yes, its cinnamon buns are quite fantastic, but Hot Oven Bakery's breads have surely not been overlooked. Proof is in the slim pickings available at some of its locations in the late afternoon. Handcrafted and baked fresh daily, I'm a personal fan of the challah, but there are also steadfast supporters of Hot Oven's all grain, olive boule, and sourdough breads. More »

Rahier

Rahier

A quaint little patisserie on Bayview, Rahier tests the saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder. While its walnut bread, brioche loaf, and white or multigrain breads and baguettes are available every day, many of its other options are only available on weekends. That means you'll have to hold out until Saturday for your olive bread, citrus brioche, or cramique loaf. There, there - A salted caramel macaron should make it better. More »

Thobors

Thobors

Baguettes, artisanal breads, and brioches. Is this Paris? No. It's Mount Pleasant with Parisian baker/proprietor Marc Thobor running the show. Thobors offers traditional French-style baguettes in varieties including sesame, poppy seed, and multigrain, as well as sourdough breads, olive loaves, apricot, fig, and more. More »

Alcoa Bakery

Alcoa Bakery

At Davenport and Ossington, Alcoa Bakery offers a sprawling space to explore its extremely reasonably priced baguettes, loaves and buns. While its Portuguese custard tarts are certainly a big sell, Alcoa's crispy, chewy baguettes have become a loyal favourite. More »

Discussion

32 Comments

Octavio / June 21, 2011 at 10:35 am
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Bread....MMMmmmm, Try Nova Era on Dundas, near Ossington, GREAT! you will not be dissapointed, at all....MMMmmm,
Megan / June 21, 2011 at 10:36 am
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Where can I buy Fred's Bread in Toronto? I had it once at the Sandwich Box and can't figure out where I can get some of my own.
Jen C replying to a comment from Megan / June 21, 2011 at 10:40 am
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I've seen Fred's at the Carrot Common
Kent Patrick Bateman / June 21, 2011 at 10:40 am
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OMG Baked Goodness Focaccia is the best in the city obviously.
JoeParez / June 21, 2011 at 11:32 am
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As an man with Italian heritage, this thread makes me very happy. Though the WOP in me is going to say "EH? WHERE'S IS NINO D'AVERSA??"

Hehe, definitely going to try some of these bakeries.
Eric26 / June 21, 2011 at 11:43 am
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St. Lawrence Market is also a thing, with at least three bakeries inside.
Marlowe3000 / June 21, 2011 at 11:52 am
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Shout out to Brazil Bakery And Pastry (Dundas West & Sheridan) - freshly baked buns are wicked awesome!
Anon / June 21, 2011 at 11:53 am
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For those in (or near) the Junction, St. John's bread is available at The Sweet Potato and Petite Thuet (I believe) at Junction Fromagerie. I really like Solero's multigrain bread but I haven't tried any of their other offerings.
Matt / June 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm
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Where the heck is Silverstein's on McCaul? Place has amazing rye bread and is great to venture into.
Matt / June 21, 2011 at 12:36 pm
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Where the heck is Silverstein's on McCaul? Place has amazing rye bread and is great to venture into.
Aydin / June 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm
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My only problem with Brick Street is that they run out of bread far too quickly. If you go there past 1pm, you'll be lucky to find a baguette - no loaves!
Chris Gostling / June 21, 2011 at 02:11 pm
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I agree with KPB, where is the OMG Baked Goodness legendary focaccia??
Pauline / June 21, 2011 at 02:12 pm
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How is Harbord Bakery missing from this list??? Challah!!!
Andy / June 21, 2011 at 03:48 pm
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What about Bonjour Brioche in Leslieville? Best baguette in town.
Jen / June 21, 2011 at 03:56 pm
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OMG Baked Goodness Focaccia should definitely be on the list. Everyone is talking about it. How could it be missed?
Gloria replying to a comment from Megan / June 21, 2011 at 04:06 pm
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Let me Google that for you:

http://www.fredsbread.ca/finding_freds.html
Ms Money Sterling / June 21, 2011 at 05:34 pm
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This is a nice list and all, but it's kind of Crusty-White-Bread Centric.

Do these places have nice whole wheat loaves too? A good one is tough to find these days.
TokyoTuds / June 21, 2011 at 06:27 pm
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Two years of searching for a true baguette in Toronto to no avail. What I mean is a nice, very crispy crust and a varied crumb with many large holes as well as small, with the right chew. I have tried almost everywhere in the east end from Broadview to Victoria Park.... any suggestions?
Greg replying to a comment from TokyoTuds / June 22, 2011 at 06:37 pm
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^^I studied for a semester in Paris during university. No biggie. Did I mention the subway in Paris is better than the TTC?

Also, good thing you didn't cross Vic Park; you would have gotten shot.
TokyoTuds replying to a comment from Greg / June 22, 2011 at 08:07 pm
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Greg, not sure of your point ..... I have no aversion to heading east of Vic Park. But I am not so sure even for a great baguette if I'd spend 20 minutes driving and $3 in gas for a $2 baguette. Any suggestions, though?
Liz / June 23, 2011 at 01:20 pm
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Portuguese corn bread should be on this list! I always bring this to friends and family and it is always a huge hit. It is great with soup or chile and mind blowing toasted with butter for breakfast. Hello, brunch places? Someone should put this on the menu. You can get it anywhere in Little Portugal, especially good from Caldense on Dundas West at Palmerston.
deka / June 23, 2011 at 05:58 pm
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MESSINA BAKERY
st clair and scarlett
Duker / June 25, 2011 at 03:26 pm
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Akiva bakery on Steeles heaven on earth. Best Rye in the city bar none
Norbert Vollkornbröt / June 25, 2011 at 06:54 pm
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I have recently discovered a worthy addition to this bakery list at called "Cliffside Hearth Bread Company". Located on Kingston Rd. at McCowan in the Cliffcrest Plaza they make fantastic breads, mostly whole grain crusty breads, but their baguettes rival the morally bankrupt and totally over-rated Ace Baguettes, far tastier and just as expensive. They also make very good REAL sourdough rye, caraway rye and pumpernickel. Other than bread they only offer a small variety (okay three) of cookies, so don't go there to order your daughters wedding cake.
Sarah P. / June 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm
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Mabel's on Roncesvalles, the sour doughs are amazing.
Dormzorge / December 30, 2011 at 04:34 am
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get hermes kelly and check coupon code available
JJTom / August 20, 2012 at 08:03 pm
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PALERMO BAKERY, 1084 St Clair Avenue West. Excellent Italian bread made on site. The fresh bread is amazingly good, like their crusty baguettes seeded or unseeded at $1.50 each. Can’t beat that price and that quality. They're not French baguettes, rather closer to Italian bread, with perfect taste and texture. Haven't tried yet their sandwiches or pastries.
LC / September 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm
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Another worthy addition to this list: Bread-Stuff Bakery, 2885 Bayview Ave. (@ Sheppard Ave.), Unit #2, has wonderful artisan breads and baked goods, made with organic Ontario flours, natural yeast starters (no commercial yeast in anything) and locally-sourced ingredients. They also serve organic, fair trade, locally-roasted coffee, and sell sandwiches and other savoury treats at lunch hour.
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 10:02 am
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What about Bonjour Brioche in Leslieville? Best baguette in town.
Gira / March 19, 2013 at 04:36 am
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Visit : http://www.torontocakery.com/ .. Order Online .. & Have your sweets delivered to you !!
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