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The Best Bread in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / September 3, 2014

bread torontoThe best bread in Toronto may be made of some simple ingredients - flour, water, a leavening agent. But your taste buds won't even notice - they're too busy being dazzled by the results to care.

The history of bread making goes back at least 30,000 years and crosses the globe, and has been a staple of the human diet for centuries. Closer to home, the Canadian prairies were once considered the breadbasket of the world. Toronto maintains this rich history with some truly great bakeries; take a slice out of life and sample their wares for yourself.

Here is the best bread in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Baguette in Toronto
The Best Challah in Toronto
The Best Croissant in Toronto
The Best Bagels in Toronto

Blackbird Baking Co.

Blackbird Baking Co.

It wasn't until the last few months that Blackbird Baking Co. even had their own storefront, but people were already attuned to the fabulous bread they sold out of other locations. Now, you can head to Kensington Market for their traditional loaves, rustic pastries and sandwiches. Sourdough is a specialty, in the form of rounds and baguettes, as well as seed loaves, batards and focaccia. More »

Brick St. Bakery

Brick St. Bakery

Brick Street Bakery uses local ingredients whenever possible, keeping their hand-baked loaves healthy and homestyle. Sourdoughs (including a lovely walnut version), multigrain, specialty loaves like sundried tomato bread or the classic French baguette has Torontonians running to the closest of their four locations. More »

Woodlot

Woodlot

If you are going to have a wood-burning oven in your restaurant you might as well make delicious, hearth-baked bread will you're at it. Woodlot sells its bread any time after noon, including seven types of sourdough made using whole wheat or light red fife, multigrain or white flour. They also make spelt, cinnamon raisin, and rye breads on certain days, so call ahead if you're looking for something particular. More »

Forno Cultura

Forno Cultura

King Street was blessed when Forno Cultura opened in 2013. The third-generation bakers use organic flours, ancient grains and specialty ingredients from Italy in their signature sourdoughs, focaccia, brioche and olive breads. For best results, set the clock early and be there when they open at half past seven. More »

Mabel's Bakery

Mabel's Bakery

Mabel's Bakery is known for many things - pies, cakes and croissants, among others - but nothing beats their breads. Artisanal loaves are made fresh daily using local organic flours; try their rye, baguettes, pain au levain and boules, or grab something special like the caramelized onion and thyme focaccia. More »

Petite Thuet

Petite Thuet

Marc Thuet's Alsatian boulangeries (in Rosedale and on King East) have a certain old world charm; that's especially easy to see once you bite into one of their rustic breads. Among the favorites are an Alsatian sourdough, a dark farmer's rye, multigrain with pumpkin seeds, and a pain au champagne. More »

Epi Breads

Epi Breads

Head to Bayview for some of the best bread in the city. Epi Breads has a wide selection of fresh baked loaves. They carry several types of baguette, spelt bread, white and whole wheat loaves, cheese boule, and breads studded with nuts and fruit, like their walnut cranberry or the rosemary olive. More »

Sud Forno

Sud Forno

Leave it to the family behind Terroni to create a bakery as beautiful and sophisticated as Sud Forno. Luckily, the breads are as stellar as the façade. Italian breads are their (obvious) specialty, including the pane de Pugliese (a rustic sourdough), integrale (a whole wheat blend), ciabattona, tigrato and grano arso. More »

Cliffside Hearth

Cliffside Hearth

This east-end small craft bakery is making big waves in bread baking. Cliffside Hearth's menu of European breads runs the gamut from traditional-method baguettes to krackerkorn and vollkornbrot rye to a delicious chocolate cherry levain. More »

Discussion

28 Comments

Sc / September 3, 2014 at 09:55 am
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The best bread I had was a walnut and blueberry bread from that Bakery in the Bay by the entrance to Queen station. I haven't seen it back there again, though (I'm guessing they rotate through different flavours) and it was like $7 which is pretty steep.
r2d2 / September 3, 2014 at 10:27 am
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Really? St. Johns not on the list?
sarfaraz / September 3, 2014 at 10:41 am
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Y'all are sleeping on Dough Bakery on the Danforth. It's superb
Olivia B. / September 3, 2014 at 10:47 am
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If you're in the Junction area, Paris Bakery on Wallace and Lansdowne are terrific and constantly have fresh hot buns coming out of the oven all day long.
links replying to a comment from sarfaraz / September 3, 2014 at 12:31 pm
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I second the comment on Dough. I voted for them and was sad to see they didn't make the cut. Maybe there just aren't enough east end folks voting on the Blogto lists.
Angie / September 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm
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I agree that Dough on the Danforth should be on the list.
Croissant_Lover / September 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm
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Mabel's has the BEST almond croissants in the city. Nothing else comes close, except being at a boulangerie in France.
J / September 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm
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I agree with r2d2...St. John's not on the list? Not only do they have awesome bread, their whole business enterprise is about building and supporting community and those in need. I guess a loaf for $30 bread from Petite Thuet fits the "image" of this increasingly pretentious city better though...
David / September 3, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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St John's should certainly be on the list and the Stonemill Bakery at St Lawrence Market has a great selection (more on Saturdays)- some is excellent, some just 'good'. (Future bakery on main floor of Market has bread from several bakeries, also some good ones on weekends.
Bread / September 3, 2014 at 01:11 pm
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I'm glad to see Canadians are finally coming out of their cloistered shells and realising that there is good bread out there that is not just based on what is baked in France. Other regions of the world have good bread, too. I understand that mindset will always be dominant in Quebec, but it is good to stretch our minds and our imaginations to include other breads than what we have slavishly copied from France.
mat / September 3, 2014 at 01:22 pm
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tre marie bakery should be on here - maybe #1 - this critic obviously hasnt done his research
lowrez / September 3, 2014 at 03:21 pm
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St. John's should be included.
Candice / September 3, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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Mabel's is amazing, true! Another great Roncy bakery is Prairie Boy, located inside Ideal on Sorauren. Awesome sourdough.

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ExtremelyDisappointed / September 3, 2014 at 03:35 pm
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I love BlogTO, but i can't agree with this list. To be honest, it even makes me question any credibility the site has anymore. How do you draft up a list of "Best Bakeries" in Toronto and leave out the Portuguese?
the cheef replying to a comment from ExtremelyDisappointed / September 3, 2014 at 04:14 pm
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bcuz portogeez are not tasty only good at coming in 2nd in trans-iberian games
Anna replying to a comment from mat / September 3, 2014 at 04:16 pm
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Agree totally with you! It should be the top 5! At least!
b t / September 3, 2014 at 04:16 pm
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-you always leave out the west end in "the best of".
Anna replying to a comment from mat / September 3, 2014 at 04:17 pm
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Addition to above comment.......Tre Mari on st. Clair ave. w.!
Rachel / September 3, 2014 at 04:34 pm
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Bad typo in your article... Marc Thuet's PAIN DE CAMPAGNE. Not "pain au champagne". It's country bread, not champagne bread. smh.
Sharon / September 3, 2014 at 04:52 pm
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St. John's absolutely needs to be on this list! By far the best bread in Toronto
Larry G. / September 3, 2014 at 05:26 pm
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I now have a list of places to check out before i leave toronto! I've been to st johns bakery, its dirty, the store front is in need of a cleaning and the items are "okay" at best. Those comments posted above sound very bitter. i wonder if the person who posted them are employees.
Mladen / September 3, 2014 at 06:01 pm
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I guess the reviewers don't come to Bloor West Village...
Frances replying to a comment from David / September 3, 2014 at 08:17 pm
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Future Bakery has always been one of my favourites!!
Nadia / September 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm
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Try delysees on king street ... And while you are there try the gelato macaroon. The closest to a Parisian baguette that I managed to find
Max / September 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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You all need to realize that these polls are by vote and are cleverly hidden on BlogTO so that in the seven years I have been casually navigating this website I have only come across voting ONCE.

While I agree that St. John's in an excellent enterprise, it is a good bakery at best. I have loved their olive boule and I recommend it highly.

That aside, the Blackbird team does make the best loaves in the city as of this moment. Dudes know their craft: Plus, Simon and his team make bread with love. And love, my friends, is the flavour that really comes through.
Craig Borelli / September 4, 2014 at 03:41 pm
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St John's bread has always been mediocre at best. Mostly it's just inconsistent. Sometimes it's overbaked, sometimes it's so underbaked it's nearly white. Add to that how dirty the shop space seems to be and I can't imagine anyone thinking their bread belongs anywhere near a list of best breads.

As far as their "business enterprise" goes, I'm not sure why that has any bearing on the quality of their product. I do remember seeing things online about them not paying people who have worked for them (attached, I think, as a warning to potential job seekers on one of their job postings on Craigslist). If true, that kind of shady business practices kinda discounts any good work they might accomplish.
Paul / September 27, 2014 at 02:29 pm
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If you haven't tried several items at the top 10 bakeries listed, your opinion doesn't really count. Try Blackbird and you'll quickly understand why they are #1. Congrats Simon and team!
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