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The Best Challah in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / October 26, 2015

challah torontoThe best challah in Toronto is, with few exceptions, found up and down the Bathurst Street corridor. Whether setting the table for Shabbat dinner or just looking for the best bread for brunch-time French toast, these bakeries are the best source for deliciously fluffy, eggy breads.

This is the best challah in Toronto.

Harbord Bakery

Harbord Bakery

This Annex bakery is a Toronto institution that sells some of the city's finest seeded loaves. Sesame and poppy seed topped challah ($4.50) are a staple, but around the Jewish holidays look forward to beautiful challah crowns. More »

Grodzinski

Grodzinski

Old world recipes brought to Toronto by way of Lithuania via England are the specialty from this family-owned bakery that has been perfecting its trade since 1888. Regular or pull-apart challah are priced around the $5 mark and come in varieties like sweet, raisin, water (egg-free), wholewheat or multigrain. More »

My Zaidy's Bakery

My Zaidy's Bakery

The iconic Thornhill bakery is home to standard varieties of egg and water challah, plus marble, wholewheat, multi-grain and spelt varieties (from $3.50 to $7.25). Even more unique is a frozen, bake-at-home option ($2.95), which means your house can smell like fresh baked bread too. More »

Isaac's

Isaac's

Regular egg loaves start at $2.85 at this kosher bakery in North York and vary depending on variety and size. Options include water, whole wheat, multigrain, and raisin, plus crown loaves dusted with streusel. More »

Kiva's

Kiva's

Two locations might be best known for their bagels, but the bakeshop is also an excellent source for braided egg bread loaves, and even pull-apart blossoms that are easy to share at the dinner table. More »

Kosher City Plus

Kosher City Plus

The bakery department at this grocery store on Bathurst stocks everything from decorative twisted challahs ($4) and fancy streusel-topped ($3.79) varieties, to everyday square loaves ($3.49) and even sandwich-ready egg-bread buns ($.075). More »

Hermes

Hermes

This certified kosher bakery is home to beautifully glossy, egg-washed egg breads, sweet water challah and raisin studded loaves that are essentials on any Shabbat table. Small loaves sell for $3.15, while the large braided or square goes for $4.50. More »

What a Bagel

What a Bagel

More than just bagels, this multi-location chain of Jewish bakeries is a sure thing when trying to find sandwich-friendly square loaves ($4.50), sesame challah buns (95 cents each), and beautiful dinner table-destined braided challot, plain ($5) or with raisins ($5.20). More »

Hot Oven Bakery

Hot Oven Bakery

Four locations in the GTA bake three varieties of challah fresh each day. Find square-shaped loaves and plain braided challot for $4.50, while the braided egg bread studded with raisins goes for $4.75. More »

Bagel Plus

Bagel Plus

You'll find Bagel Plus on Sheppard filled to the brim with delicious fresh baked goods including everyday square challah with ($5.25) or without ($5) raisins. Decorative braided centrepieces are available too ($5.50). More »

Blackbird Baking Co.

Blackbird Baking Co.

This bakery in Kensington Market sells a rotating selection of breads each day, but fluffy, eggy, sesame seed challah ($6) are a staple on Fridays. In time for the Jewish holidays, you'll find sweet, ceremonial round-shaped raisin challot topped with turbinado sugar. More »

Celena's Bakery

Celena's Bakery

This Danforth bakery stocks braided egg breads on Fridays and Saturdays for those ready to celebrate the Sabbath, or just make some pretty awesome French toast for brunch. More »

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