The Best Cinnamon Buns in Toronto
The best cinnamon buns in Toronto seem to announce the weekend with that first bite. Maybe that's because many bakeries in the city only serve them up on the weekends. Or else, it's the fact that you usually need a bit of time and somewhere to sit and relax (nevermind plenty of napkins) to truly enjoy the bakery treat.
The best cinnamon buns have found that balance between sweetness and cinnamon spice. They're sticky, but not too sticky, hearty but not heavy, and easily ripped apart (and maybe dunked in coffee.. anyone?). Toronto has plenty of options of cinnamon buns done right.
Here is a list of where to find some of the best cinnamon buns in Toronto.
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A Swedish Bakery in the Upper Beaches, Beaches Bake Shop makes its cinnamon buns--no surprise here--Swedish style with cardamom. The buns are baked daily, and sold alongside an assortment of other items including sandwiches, salads, quiches, tosca cake, and the bakery's favourite Semla buns. Beaches Bake Shop's cinnamon buns are $2.50 each. More »
You'll have to wait until the weekend to get your hands on a cinnamon bun from Sweet Bliss. Actually, you'll have to wait most of the week to get your hands on anything from Sweet Bliss, since it's only open Thursday to Sunday. Its cinnamon buns are made fresh using unbleached flour and natural ingredients, and sell for $1.90 each. Other popular treats at the Leslieville bakery are cupcakes, lemon bars, and brownies. More »
You better really be in the mood for cinnamon buns if you visit Hot Oven Bakery, because Hot Oven just sells them in slabs of six. With three locations in Toronto, you might want to call ahead to see if they actually have them in the bakery. When I recently called, the location Bloor and Royal York Road definitely had them, same with The East Mall Hot Oven, but Bloor and Runnymede, or at least the girl answering the phone, reported never having them. $5.50 a slab. More »
Mabel's Bakery makes many of its baked goods with "organics and love," and its cinnamon buns are no exception. Wonderfully sticky and sweet, Mabel's cinnamon buns are made fresh in house at its Roncesvalles bakery, though they are usually just available on Saturdays and Sundays. Sold for $2.25 each. More »
Knead offers the real deal when it comes to cinnamon buns - thick, a little sticky, and lots of cinnamon flavour. Baked in house and usually available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Knead also makes a slightly larger Chelsea bun with a maple drizzle and fresh pecans. Cinnamon buns are $3.50 each, and Chelsea buns are $4.25. More »
Another Roncesvalles contender, Cherry Bomb is famed for its cookies and coffee, but its cinnamon buns ($2.25) can still certainly hold their own. Usually available every day, they're baked fresh and ready to go, which is a good thing considering the lack of seating. If you have enough hands, a scone, a cinnamon bun, and a fresh Americano make the best afternoon combination. More »
While croissants are obviously a must-try at this French Bakery, the cinnamon rolls are definitely not to be ignored. Baked fresh and fluffy, they're available most days at this little patisserie on St. Clair West between Vaughan Road and Oakwood. Cinnamon buns are $2.50 each. More »
Made fresh each day, Cafe Novo's sweet cinnamon buns are prepared bright and early by pastry chef Sadie Wilson, with local and organic in mind. Sold for $3.50 each, they're a great compliment (or vice versa) to a fair trade organic Planet Bean press coffee. Located atop High Park station. More »