The Best Cinnamon Buns in Toronto
The best cinnamon buns in Toronto all have at least one thing in common - each pay tribute to the spice created from the bark of the Cinnamomum genus of trees. In bygone years, cinnamon was so prized it was used as holy anointing oil and a gift to the gods. Even Sappho wrote a poem referring to cassia, one of the types of cinnamon. How Northern Europe, particularly Sweden, became the birthplace of the cinnamon bun is beyond me, but we have them to thank for the heavenly combination of yeast-leavened dough rolled with cinnamon, butter and sugar.
Nowadays, the great bakers of Toronto either keep it classic, or have figured out ways to take elements away (as do the vegan cinnamon buns on the list) or add new ones (brioche dough, buttercream frosting), and still retain that distinct flavour so treasured by gods and mortals alike.
Here are the best cinnamon buns in Toronto.
The cinnamon bun originated in Sweden - you can spot an original recipe by the nip sugar sprinkled on top. The Beaches Bake Shop, home of the Swedish cinnamon bun, takes our top prize here, and for good reason. Doughy, cinnamon-y and sprinkled with those signature sweet kernels, their cinnamon buns are $2.95 each, 6 for $16, or 12 for $30. More »
With butter being a usual ingredient, vegan cinnamon buns sound like no fun. Enter the huge buns (wink wink) from Bunner's in the Junction - a sticky swirl of cinnamon topped with vegan buttercream frosting. They’ll making your teeth, and heart, ache. Who wouldn’t pay $5 for that? More »
At this Beaches bakery, they sprinkle brown sugar on the bottom of the pan when making their signature cinnamon buns ($4.50). Oh, and did I mention they are vegan (even the creamy frosting)? Now that’s extra special. More »
The King Street cafe does wonders with baking, so no surprise they make a mean cinnamon bun, too. A crusted cinnamon and sugar twist with a biscuit-y dough just like Mom made, their buns ring in at $2.75. More »
The donuts aren’t the only thing of beauty at Glory Hole in Parkdale. Sometimes, they'll produce a sticky sweet cinnamon bun that just is as decadent and glorious - but you have to keep watch, as they are a special feature and sell out quick, even at $4 each. More »
Describing Through Being Cool’s cinnamon buns ($4.25) as “crazy good” is not the least bit hyperbolic - even though the vegan bakery's omission of butter might make some waver. Stop by the Bloor and Lansdowne bakery and try a bite - I bet you won’t even notice. More »
There is something about having fantastic cinnamon buns that fits in perfectly with Empire Espresso’s Moorish designs. The Little Italy cafe's buns feature both cinnamon-filled dough and a generous extra swirl of spice; at $2.50, it's a great match for their coffee. More »
Bread Stuff Bakery's cinnamon buns feature an inch-thick curl of brioche dough, a Ceylon cinnamon centre and a light glaze. The result is soft and fluffy, with a hint of the old spice trail. Head to Bayview Village and grab one for $2.25. More »