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The Best Cinnamon Buns in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / June 6, 2014

cinnamon buns torontoThe 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.

See also:

The best danishes in Toronto
The best cupcakes in Toronto
The best cookies in Toronto
The best muffins in Toronto

Beaches Bake Shop

Beaches Bake Shop

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 »

Bunner's Bakeshop

Bunner's Bakeshop

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 »

Tori's Bakeshop

Tori's Bakeshop

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 »

Wagamama

Wagamama

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 »

Glory Hole Doughnuts

Glory Hole Doughnuts

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 »

Through Being Cool

Through Being Cool

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 »

Empire Espresso

Empire Espresso

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

Bread Stuff Bakery

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 »

Fika Cafe

Fika Cafe

This Swedish cafe in Kensington Market gets its cinnamon buns brought over fresh daily from the Splendido kitchens. The dense and sweet offering ($3.50) is heavily spiced with cardamom and rounded out with vanilla icing and a brown butter topping. More »

Discussion

32 Comments

Terry / June 6, 2014 at 04:31 pm
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How could you miss Sweet Bliss in Leslieville! Famous for its fanastic not-too-sweet buns!
guest / June 6, 2014 at 04:39 pm
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Sorry, but could not eat anything from the "Fika". Translated to ''bogger'' in Hungarian.
I don't care if it's a damn franchise! / June 6, 2014 at 05:11 pm
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Cinnabon - At a local shoping center near you.
Cinnamon and fish replying to a comment from I don't care if it's a damn franchise! / June 6, 2014 at 05:44 pm
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Not just any Cinnabon, but in particular the one in the GO Concourse of Union Station.

People who have to pass through Union everyday will know what I'm talking about: at any hour of day, the GO Concourse is filled with the overpowering scent (or stench, depending on how you take to it) of Cinnabon cinnamon buns combined with the aroma of fish sandwich from the McDonald's.

:-)
TBC vegan / June 6, 2014 at 07:53 pm
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Yummy! That TBC picture is the pizza roll though...equally delicous!
kevinn / June 6, 2014 at 07:54 pm
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@Cinnamon and fish OMG, you are so right about the cinnamon/Filet O' Fish scent!
mgr / June 6, 2014 at 08:12 pm
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Agree with Cinnabon being the most awesome
Adam Sobolak / June 6, 2014 at 08:30 pm
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The Eglinton Station Cinnabon is older and even more mythically aromatic...though nowhere near as overpowering as in its early 90s glory days...
John / June 6, 2014 at 09:19 pm
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How date you miss sweet trolley. We're have your nuts on a platter!
Joey / June 6, 2014 at 09:40 pm
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Cinnabon = best. Everyone else can take a hike.
Gail / June 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm
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Wagamama! #4! Great place, great cinnamon buns. Lots of great items
Natalia replying to a comment from TBC vegan / June 7, 2014 at 09:03 am
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Thanks! This has been updated.
Erika / June 7, 2014 at 10:20 am
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I live above Sweet Bliss Bakery in Leslieville... hands down the best cinnamon buns in the city.
F / June 7, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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you are missing the best two!!! Sweet Bliss in Leslieville and Courage Foods on in Upper Beaches (right next to your number one here)
Duncan replying to a comment from John / June 7, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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I agree with John that the cinnamon buns at Sweet Trolley Bakery are amazing and deserved to be voted onto this list. I would also add that the staff I've met have been incredibly friendly and helpful as well.
Coco replying to a comment from Adam Sobolak / June 7, 2014 at 02:30 pm
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Is it still there??!!! Haven't been in years but I remember the amazing cinnamon smell enticing me to grab a treat before I almost missed my bus!
glenn storey / June 7, 2014 at 06:00 pm
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the best cinnamon bun in toronto is in caledon. spirit tree cidery, to be specific.
Mary / June 7, 2014 at 09:03 pm
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I agree with John. Sweet Trolley is by far the best cinnamon buns in the city. I am sorry Bunners but your cinnamon buns hold no light to theirs, keep wishing.
James / June 7, 2014 at 09:06 pm
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If I knew I would have rallied up my friends and voted in Sweet Trolley Bakery for the best cinnamon buns category. I have tasted alot of cinnamon buns and they are amazing. I have also tried their competitors Bunners and they are nothing in comparison. I am very shocked they are second best, wow how many people did you pay off to get that recogntion?
P / June 7, 2014 at 09:09 pm
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I want to make a comment in light of what I read above. Give Sweet Trolley a chance and just try their cinnamon buns. You will thank yourself, so GOOD. Dont be swayed by what you hear and go try it before making judgements of what you hear. And yes, they should of won the category, its a shame. Next time.
guest / June 8, 2014 at 01:23 pm
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GUYS - I think you forgot Wanda's Pie in the Sky. Ooey Gooey cinnamon buns with apple slices = to.die.for
rex replying to a comment from I don't care if it's a damn franchise! / June 9, 2014 at 08:58 am
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toris bakeshops cinnamon buns are have 70% less calories, and with no refined sugar, you dont get that sickly sugar coma after eating one. Cinnabon may smell good, but everybody feels sick after consuming all of that oil and sugar.
WHAT replying to a comment from James / June 9, 2014 at 09:03 am
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Who here is surprised that Sweet Trolly Bakery is commenting (probably their own staff pretending to be customers)and bashing Bunners???
NOT ME.
Many of us have seen their classless, trashy attempts to slander Bunners via their outdoor signage.
Ive been in to Sweet Trolly and the staff was completely unprofessional, and the cinnamon bun was pretty hard.
You guys have nothing on Bunners, give it up!
Confused Tax Payer / June 9, 2014 at 03:00 pm
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Through Being Cool ones just taste like vegetable oil. Not good.
Cindy / June 9, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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BUNNERS?! Seriously? Do you have tastebuds? In my eyes, Cinnabon should get a spot over Bunners.

I honestly don't get why I would pay a premium for anything at Bunners when I am neither a vegan, have food allergies or celiac disease. I've bought so many things there and been grossed out doubly because I paid too much, and because the baked goods were chalky and did not taste like I would have expected them to.

I've noticed Bunners sneak on several "Best of" baked goods lists. Something smells fishy (and not just at Union Station).

I live in the Junction, I love baked goods and make an effort to avoid Bunners.
Joey / June 9, 2014 at 08:16 pm
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Yeah empire espresso!
Finally some recognition for those cinnamon buns!
Seriously the best buns in the city and I love that they on,y have them in weekends and I have to stalk heir Instagram to find out when they're ready!
Jakob / June 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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I might have faulty taste buds but I really like standard Tim Horton's glazed cinnamon buns. Apparently it also helps on the spending side of things.

Of course, no cinnamon bun will ever beat the one from my grandma's hometown's bakery in Austria when I was a kid. This can be easily attributed to being a kid, and Austria.
Matt / June 15, 2014 at 03:14 pm
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+1 for Tori's Bakeshop. Transcendental and giant.
James / June 17, 2014 at 01:14 pm
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mmmm these all look so good!

Sweet bliss in Leslieville is yummy too, I also tried the 'cinnamon bun scone' from sweet serendipity bake shop thats further east on the danforth and that was really good too
im going to have to try that 'wagamama' though!!
Alex / June 21, 2014 at 03:33 pm
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You're missing a hidden treasure - Ali's stand in St. Lawrence Market's North building. Also at various farmer's markets around the city. She piles them with thick cinnamon and sugar. Super gooey and delicious.
Sam / July 2, 2014 at 03:58 pm
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Lamanna's Bakery in Kingston and Port Union. Best cinnamon bun everrr! They sell out pretty fast too every day.
mgr / July 3, 2014 at 11:28 am
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yup, Bunner's sucks. tried their new kensington location - cupcakes were DENSE, heavy and dry with a weird taste. And cinnamon buns were the same - heavy and dry. just gross. Weird that blogto keeps praising places like bunners and wanda's pie in the sky. both terrible places. are the editors friends with the owners or something?

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