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The Best Bulk Food Stores in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / July 30, 2014

bulk food torontoThe best bulk food stores in Toronto aren't just for the thrifty. With their vast selection, these stores can be the most reliable source for hard-to-find spices, a saviour for singles sick of pantries stocked with family-sizes, and eco-conscious shoppers looking to lay off the extra packaging.

When a trip to Bulk Barn just won't do, here are the best alternative bulk food stores in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Health Food Stores in Toronto
The Best Gourmet Food Stores in Toronto
The Best Candy Stores in Toronto
The Best Chocolate in Toronto

JohnVince Foods

JohnVince Foods

Housed in a warehouse, this North York wholesaler lets the general public in on 10,000 square feet of bulk goodness. Expect to find rows upon rows of open bins filled with brightly-coloured candies, chocolates, nuts, spices, teas and grains. More »

Domino's Foods

Domino's Foods

Located on the lower floor in St. Lawrence Market, this purveyor of dry goods is a convenient spot to fill up on pantry essentials. Here you’ll find the supporting players for all your fresh market purchases, like dried herbs and spices, grains, and olive oils, in as large or as small a quantity as you'd like. More »

House of Spices

House of Spices

This Kensington Market stalwart is one of Toronto's best deals for bulk spices, nuts, dried fruit, coffee beans and rice. Here, you’ll find a world of dry spices pre-packed, sealed and priced in various sizes, so there's no need to go through the trouble (or sticker shock) of weighing your bounty. More »

Tavazo Dried Nuts and Fruit

Tavazo Dried Nuts and Fruit

Located in Thornhill, this purveyor of Persian delicacies stocks a second-to-none selection of pistachios, Iranian snack mixes, and sweets like nougats and pastries. Not only is this shop clean, but it’s also way more stylish than your average bulk barn, and they offer pre-packaged and made-to-order gift baskets too. More »

Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

The organic food mart in Kensington carries a standard selection of nuts, grains, spices and dried fruits. Everything is contained in closed bins, with scoops and plastic baggies provided for helping yourself. Go here for hard to find spices and cheap prices on spelt, rice flour and organic cereals. More »

Nuthouse

Nuthouse

It’s hard not to love this Bloor and Lansdowne bulk retailer - after all, there's a giant walnut advertising its storefront. Crack the exterior and you’ll find that the inside is just as delightful, with a clean, open layout and a selective assortment of nuts and nut butters, coffees, chocolates, grains, dried fruits and beans. More »

Casa Acoreana

Casa Acoreana

Occupying a prime corner lot at Baldwin and Augusta, Casa Acoreana is part coffee bar and part grocer. The coffee shop serves up Reunion Island espressos, while next door customers let themselves be tempted by the massive assortment of chocolates and candies on display. More »

Strictly Bulk

Strictly Bulk

Buy all your pantry essentials by weight at the three Toronto locations of this serviceable neighbourhood bulk emporium. Dealing mainly in dry food items like nuts, spices, coffee, chocolate and cookies, the varied selection also includes eco-friendly cleaning products, chips, teas and organic milk. More »

Karma Co-Op

Karma Co-Op

Servicing mainly the Annex community in which it resides, this member-owned, not-for-profit corner store carries over 200 bulk food items and eco-conscious sundries, health supplements, fresh groceries and packaged goods. More »

Discussion

21 Comments

alan / July 30, 2014 at 09:54 am
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it was awhile back, but did john vince foods once house a mr. peanut museum?
Deric / July 30, 2014 at 10:06 am
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No Bulk Barn? lol
DavidS replying to a comment from Deric / July 30, 2014 at 10:33 am
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Read the intro, Deric
stonerjoe / July 30, 2014 at 10:48 am
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why aren't there any mobile bulk stores in toronto? most cities have a van that drives around!!
Mr.Jones replying to a comment from stonerjoe / July 30, 2014 at 11:12 am
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Cause were not lazy here. If we need bulk we go to a bulk store.

I'm putting you in charge of the mobile bulk concept, as you brought it forward and are most passionate about it. Please have a business plan on my desk by EOD.
Ray / July 30, 2014 at 11:13 am
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Other cities also have mobile food trucks for Dogs. Get on it!
megr / July 30, 2014 at 11:28 am
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Bulk Barn is really greaat
TryMe / July 30, 2014 at 11:32 am
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Wow, did you ever miss some:

Moberly Natural Foods (formerly Better Bulk) at Woodbine and Danforth, near Woodbine Station. High quality product at reasonable prices.

Bulk Barn at College and Yonge. They even have a gluten-free section.

Bulk section at The Big Carrot at Chester and Danforth. This is a good place to get raw nuts and quinoa, etc.

Iqbal. I haven't been there. I think it's on Pape at Thorncliffe. I've heard others rave about it.

TryMe / July 30, 2014 at 11:34 am
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Tavazo is amazing but they really need a second location closer to the core city. I think they should move to Donlands and Danforth, near the mosque. It would be a perfect area for them and on the Bloor line.
I did my part - get out and vote replying to a comment from TryMe / July 30, 2014 at 11:50 am
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You missed the part where we voted on these to select the best.

Next time vote on the blogto "best of" surveys champ.
NoName replying to a comment from TryMe / July 30, 2014 at 11:59 am
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You also (like TOO MANY OTHERS) missed the part when they said this list was excluding Bulk Barns. Feel free to not pan past the article folks. It contains information too...
Lola / July 30, 2014 at 12:53 pm
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I love the comment section of BlogTo, Best Of Toronto. There is always a "oh my god, they missed_______________ and how could the ________not make the list!" People get so upset that a store in their hood did not make the list. This is not the Yellow Pages folks. It is not an entire list of bulk stores in Toronto (never mind the fact that it clearly states above "When a trip to Bulk Barn just won't do, here are the best alternative bulk food stores in Toronto.") It is a list that is voted on or a list generated out of someone's opinion. Go write for BlogTo and make your own damn list so that we can exclaim "oh my god _____didn't make the list" and the stupid circle will be complete.
stonerjoe replying to a comment from Mr.Jones / July 30, 2014 at 01:10 pm
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I already sell nuts and gum and some cheesies from my van! I should expand because toronto is too slow with businesses!!
LolololoLola / July 30, 2014 at 01:18 pm
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OMG they missed the bulk store at Agincourt Mall!
Theo / July 30, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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I am going to start to hang globes from my ceiling too!
jeffy / July 30, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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The lack of Bulk food stores anywhere west of Bathurst, South of Bloor is really frustrating. I'm actually shocked Bulk Barn hasn't moved in on this part of town. They literally would have no competition.
Perry Como / July 30, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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Honest ed has a great bulk section of spam
Sarah replying to a comment from jeffy / July 30, 2014 at 03:50 pm
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I guess your only referring to one block in your hood. Let's not speak for the whole westend.

Natural Jr’s Health & Bulk 1382 Queen St W Parkdale

Strictly Bulk 924 Bloor St W at Dovercourt

Loblaws at 585 Queen Street West at Bathurst has Bulk Foods

West End Food Co-op 1229 Queen St W has bulk

And the list goes on and on and on....
jeffy replying to a comment from Sarah / July 30, 2014 at 05:05 pm
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Those are some pretty shit choices. Besides Stricly Bulk, none of them has even a decent selection. I live on King West, and for the amount of people that live on this street, there is nothing. It's much more than one block in my hood. Even look at the list you gave, not exactly spread out or in high density areas. I never said there are no bulk places, but there is a huge lack of them.
Parl / July 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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People let's not fight over chocolate covered peanuts, ringolos and sour cream and onion rings.
Sarah replying to a comment from jeffy / July 31, 2014 at 10:22 am
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It's a small city get off your ass and walk or ride a bike to one then. Ohh but that's right you need everything right at your fingertips. A stand alone bulk store wouldn't last on King West the rents are too high and their not going to get buy selling cajun mix for 0.99/lb.

Why don't you try Noah's Natural Foods at King and Spadina? Your not gonna get your Canjun Mix, Yogurt Covered Raisins, Spelt flower or Hickory Sticks all in one spot. You might need to go to a few locations to get it all like our forefathers had to do in yesteryear. Get off the couch!

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