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The Best Gourmet Food Stores in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / March 7, 2012

Best Gourmet Food Stores TorontoThe best gourmet food stores in Toronto are where foodies go for chef-standard ingredients. (Or else, where non-foodies go for chef-created meals that are ready to heat and serve.) While these shops certainly don't go easy on the wallet, they usually offer products that are hard to find and/or a step above the typical yellow Heinz mustard. The experience at these shops is less about avoiding the grape juice spill in aisle two than exploring new tastes, flavours, and concepts in eating, and also offer the added bonus of reusable shopping bags that can double as marked status symbols.

Here is the list of the best gourmet food stores in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Butcher Shops in Toronto
The Best Fish Stores in Toronto
The Best Fruit & Vegetable Stores in Toronto
The Best Health Food Stores in Toronto

Top left photo by Sifu Renka on Flickr

The Big Carrot

The Big Carrot

The Big Carrot reigns over both the gourmet food and eco-friendly store worlds. It’s arguably the market of choice for an abundance of organic, minimally packaged, and naturally produced foods, and also offers regular lectures and cooking classes on everything to do with healthy eating. Fresh juice and hot meals, too, ready to go. More »

Pusateri’s

Pusateri’s

Despite the odd, less-than-flattering public health inspection, Pusateri’s is still one of Toronto’s top spots for imported packaged foods and pristine-looking produce. Those who don’t mind forking over a few extra bills can indulge in Pusateri’s olive oil bar and extensive prepared-food section. Almost enough to make you forget about DineSafe. With two locations, one uptown at Avenue and Lawrence and the other in Yorkville. More »

The Cheese Boutique

The Cheese Boutique

A veteran among gourmet Toronto cheese shops with more to offer than just cheese. Technically in Etobicoke, the shop boasts ceilings of prosciutto, shelves of jams and olive oils, and, of course, almost every type of cheese imaginable. The Cheese Boutique also has its own espresso bar and pastry counter, which only enhances the cheese-shopping experience. More »

McEwan

McEwan

Consider it a peek into local celebrity chef Mark McEwan’s fridge and pantry. An expensive, impressively displayed peek. At the Shops at Don Mills, the generously spaced store has many hard-to-find items including imported gourmet brands and a huge variety of fresh produce, along with plenty of options for those who are looking for prepared foods to grab and go. More »

Summerhill Market

Summerhill Market

It seduces you with lush exterior floral displays in the summertime and keeps you in with the aroma of fresh lasagna. Around for more than a half-century, Summerhill Market is family-run and offers may options, produce or otherwise, from local suppliers. A decent selection of naturally raised and aged meats as well. Now with a second location on Mt. Pleasant Road at Sherwood. More »

All the Best Fine Foods

All the Best Fine Foods

Exaggeration, or aptly named gourmet food store? All the Best is another Rosedale shop currently living in a recently restored heritage home on Yonge. Conscientious foodies flock here for all that is good in organic, local, naturally raised, and preservative free, with an entire room devoted to artisan cheeses. More »

Max’s Market

Max’s Market

Revered for its guacamole, but there is indeed much more to Max’s Market over in Bloor West Village. For the kitchen-averse Max’s offers plenty of complete meals that are ready to heat and serve, as well specialty sauces, cheeses, and ingredients to create your own gourmet masterpiece at home. Max’s also creates tastes from around the world including Hungarian goulash and Indian saag paneer. More »

Scheffler’s Deli

Scheffler’s Deli

Scheffler’s Deli is unique in a wild boar pâté, octopus salad sort of way. The St. Lawrence Market shop is perhaps foremost known for its selection of cheeses and deli meats, but it also imports all sorts of pantry items from various suppliers around the world. Prosciutto is arguably among the best you’ll find in Toronto, along with the consistently friendly service. More »

Discussion

37 Comments

colea / March 7, 2012 at 02:03 pm
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Pusateri's also has a location in Bayview Village.
Eric / March 7, 2012 at 02:12 pm
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I think you'll find Etobicoke starts on the west side of the Humber, and Cheese Boutique is solidly within old Toronto.
Stephen / March 7, 2012 at 02:15 pm
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"The Cheese Boutique

A veteran among gourmet Toronto cheese shops with more to offer than just cheese. Technically in Etobicoke,"

Unless the Humber River has moved since i was last at the Cheese Boutique, it is not and has never been in Etobicoke, it is east of the River, which was Swansea/Toronto.

Max's from Bloor West Village also has a 2nd location now at Queensway and Kipling (i think), i haven't been and can't see me going as i live near the Bloor West Village location.
deeee lish / March 7, 2012 at 02:17 pm
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Pusiteri's makes good cockroach butter
Mike / March 7, 2012 at 02:32 pm
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I still miss the Cheese Boutique's old location on Bloor. I used to love that place.

As for Max's Market, I highly recommend their homemade soups. They normally have about five varieties a day and I've yet to try one that I didn't really like.
Pusiteri's Exterminator / March 7, 2012 at 02:43 pm
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I love pusiteri's !!! they give me so much work!!
Bartek / March 7, 2012 at 03:19 pm
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Not sure if it exactly fits the criteria, but The Depanneur has great pre-made meals, a decent selection of food stuffs, and other things. It's rad: http://thedepanneur.ca/
Marcel / March 7, 2012 at 03:37 pm
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the depanneur is all right; but clearly nothing to do in that list.
dave replying to a comment from Marcel / March 7, 2012 at 04:46 pm
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Well, with the exception that it is RAD.
loper / March 7, 2012 at 06:00 pm
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This city sucks for gourmet shops. Manhattan has a gourmet grocery every couple block. Of course Toronto is no Manhattan but even Vancouver has way more and better gourmet shops than Toronto.

Pusateri’s is over priced and not that good. The Cheese Boutique is great. So is Whole Foods (why is it not on this list?). Alimento at King and Brant is good for Italian gourmet.
lilly / March 7, 2012 at 09:06 pm
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I would also include Fiesta Farms
AC / March 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm
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Is this all? Get me outta here.
sarah / March 8, 2012 at 06:19 am
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I like Olive and Olive in Leslieville for olive oil. I second Fiesta Farms!!
jujamun / March 8, 2012 at 07:44 am
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I would also add Dinah's Cupboard in Yorkville. Love this little hidden gem!
get / March 8, 2012 at 08:39 am
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The Healthy Butcher, their eglinton store has a really good variety of whatever you need organics (good trusted quality)
al / March 8, 2012 at 09:24 am
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Alimento - on King, just west of Spadina - has great selection of gourmet foods - mostly shipped straight from Italy. And their home baked goods and foccacia are delicious too. They also make their own cheese - and if the day is right, have the most amazing burrata straight from Rome.
HS / March 8, 2012 at 10:23 am
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I would add Culinarium for locally sourced ingredients
Linas / March 8, 2012 at 01:15 pm
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The prepared ready-to-eat food at Max's Market is garbage. Otherwise they have almost everything you would ever need. Aside from the criticism of the prepared food, the prices are a little bit higher for deli/cheese than Cheese Boutique.
Chris / March 8, 2012 at 04:23 pm
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Cheese Boutique started over 35 years ago right beside Runnymede Station. But when big businesses like Roots, Telus and the Gap came to Bloor West Village they pushed out the mom and pop shops out of the area :(

BUT luckily cheese boutique moved just a few block south towards the lake, and technically it is on the east side of the Humber River, so its technically still in York.

Anything west of the Humber river is considered Etobicoke. :)
Chris replying to a comment from Stephen / March 8, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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yup cheese boutique is totally still in York. My best friend Graeme is one of the assistant managers there. Find him there every single weekend! He is a cheese Encyclopedia! :D
Chris / March 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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I'm not sure how local/healthy foods stores make the list of gourmet... but I don't know how any of the Bruno's Fine Foods shops don't make this list in terms of actual high quality produce and meat under the same roof.
kermit / March 16, 2012 at 03:41 pm
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Do any of these stores offer any deals?
Jamie / April 10, 2012 at 08:33 pm
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I like how none of these are in the dt core... except #9 ... :P
Trisha / April 18, 2012 at 02:01 pm
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I've been exploring gourmet food stores in Toronto recently and discovered artisan mini chocolate factory Soma Chocolates that showed me how high quality chocolate tastes. I can definitely recommend everyone getting some of these gourmet chocolate. I'm glad that there's such store in Toronto. Even though prices are quite high (even a bit higher than in other gourmet chocolate shops of the city), it's worth trying.
Lizee / June 4, 2012 at 12:49 am
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I love bruno's...not over priced ..great meat section and excellent variety!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm
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The Healthy Butcher, their eglinton store has a really good variety of whatever you need organics (good trusted quality)
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Does anyone know where I can find edible gold or silver leaf in Toronto? Thanks!
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Melissa / May 28, 2013 at 03:28 pm
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Stasis Local Foods is a great local gourmet shop on the north end of Roncesvalles. Total neighbourhood spot with great stuff!

stasispreserves.com

John Dragu / July 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm
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There is great store Yummy market in Vaughan.Lots import foods and ready home made .
P Burk / November 6, 2013 at 09:56 pm
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What is the name of the little grocery store at Eglington/Mt. Pleasant, Micheleo's or something??? I need their web site. Thanks
Eli replying to a comment from P Burk / November 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm
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It's called Marcheleos.
P Burk / November 17, 2013 at 02:47 am
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ELI, thank you! Thant's the one, wonderful, I need some good meals for my mum, she'll be 100 on Jan 1.
marcheleos / January 14, 2014 at 03:18 pm
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Hi Eli & P Burk, our website is http://www.marcheleos.com/ and we're on FB and twitter @marcheleosgmkt
Caroline / January 14, 2014 at 07:30 pm
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There is a new company doing Gourmet Prepared Food from Milwood Road and (I think) the beaches. They are called http://todaysmenu.ca . We've had a delivery a couple of times, really recommend them.

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