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The Best Gourmet Food Stores in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / October 29, 2014

gourmet food torontoThe best gourmet food stores in Toronto are designed to bring out the inner epicure by dazzling customers with beautiful displays of exotic fruit, hanging aged meats, choice selections of cheeses, rare birds and fishes, gourmet food stuffs from far-off places, or providing the finest of local ingredients in the best possible combinations.

Here's our 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

Pusateri's

Pusateri's

Oh, Pusateri's. You've got to hand it to this gourmet food emporium. They set the gold standard early on, with the first in-store sushi bar and olive oil bar in Canada, and continue with their wide range of prepared foods, produce, fish and seafood, bread, meat and deli items, cheese, cakes, pastries, desserts and more. Gone are the days when you had to go to France to get canard in a can, now you can head up to Pusateri's any day of the week. The only beef? Boy, are you going to pay for it. More »

The Cheese Boutique

The Cheese Boutique

Started in 1970 on Bloor as a simple mom and pop corner store, the Cheese Boutique has moved and blown up into a huge enterprise that sees truffles flown in each Wednesday and led France to bestow the title of Knight of the Order of Agricultural Merit on the owner. The cheese section is truly magnificent, and the highlight of the shop, but they also have an impressive selection of oils, vinegars, preserves, hanging meats, a bakery and full grocery store, and even kitchen utensils. More »

McEwan

McEwan

Celebrity chef Mark McEwan chose Don Mills as the location for his gourmet grocery store. It's a wise spot, considering you'll need plenty of space to park to load up on all the goodies he carries - everything from Russian caviar to a curry bar. They stock meat, cheese and seafood, oils, baked goods and so much more. But it's the prepared food section, sold by weight, that stands out - understandably, considering McEwan's background. More »

Summerhill Market

Summerhill Market

With two locations, Summerhill Market caters to the busy elite of North Toronto, supplying a dizzying array of take-away dishes that can be presented (Mrs. Doubtfire-style) as if it was your own gourmet creation. Pastas, pot pies, quiches and coq au vin are all on the menu, and while you're thinking on dinner, you can also peruse the selection of pastries, flowers, and gourmet baskets. It's a one stop-shop for a divine dinner party. More »

All the Best Fine Foods

All the Best Fine Foods

With 30 years of producing fine specialty foods under their belts, it's warranted that they'd call themselves "All The Best". Both locations (on Yonge and Church) sell in-house prepared foods made with local ingredients, but it's their baked goods that truly stand out - especially the "best-eos", their homemade version of an Oreo that's softer, creamier and bigger than the original. More »

Max's Market

Max's Market

Max's Market was an evolution process for the owners, who once owned five restaurants in the city. They bring the same attention to gourmet eating in their prepared foods as they did in restaurant kitchens, and serve them alongside a solid selection of grocery items - cold drinks, crackers, snacks and chips, pasta and sauce, baked goods and deli items. (Their guacamole is famous.) More »

The Epicure Shop

The Epicure Shop

The Epicure Shop is a tiny but well-stocked shop in Cabbagetown - kind of like an old neighbourhood curios shop, but for food. Fresh bread, bagels, coffee, sandwiches, pasta, meats and cheeses, and a curated selection of packaged products have kept the locals coming back since 1980. More »

Stasis Preserves

Stasis Preserves

Stasis Preserves is a quaint Roncesvalles joint specializing in prolonging the shelf-life of Ontario's best farm-fresh meat and produce by all manner of preservation. I'm talking soups, syrups, sauces, confits, jams, jellies, pickling, curing, and smoking. Beyond their own production, they also carry deli and pantry items - which just happen to pair perfectly with the Stasis line of products. More »

Courage Foods

Courage Foods

The Upper Beaches was blessed when Courage Foods opened, full of local produce, prepared take-away food and amazing baked goods. The friendly staff is sure to assist you in finding something right for dinner, be it their pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, or soups - or perhaps a ginger cookie or warm brownie for a child after a long school day, Courage Foods knows how make a gourmet food shop into a community. More »

Thomas Lavers Cannery

Thomas Lavers Cannery

This Kensington gem is where to find the best fresh-made pasta, pickles and preserves in the market, all with an old-world feel that harkens back to the early days of the neighbourhood. They make their own soda (I love the peppery nose of the Ginger Beer), host oyster nights at Ronnie's, and entertain passersby with the pasta production in the front window - all great contributions to the Kensington community. More »

Cote de Boeuf

Cote de Boeuf

Teo Paul began offering Christmas terrines for take-away in nearby restaurant Union; before long, he opened an entire Paris-style butcher shop on Ossington to accommodate demand. There's duck and chicken confit, pig heads hanging in the window, heritage flours, duck eggs, truffled salts, and many types of preserves - and yee-haw, are those take-away sandwiches good. More »

Harvest Wagon

Harvest Wagon

The prices are equal to the level of preciousness at Harvest Wagon in Summerhill, as each piece of fruit is polished and protected with tissue, and the vegetables are displayed in vintage wooden boxes. The little grocery store is stocked with oils, vinegars and other pantry items, a smaller variety of prepared foods, and choice ingredients like truffles and sea asparagus. More »

Discussion

15 Comments

Beefy / October 29, 2014 at 11:30 am
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I'm glad you included Cote de Boeuf. It is a real little gem. Love going into that shop.
The 4 theives / October 29, 2014 at 11:36 am
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Ahhhh... my favorite is Harvest Wagon. Used to live on that part of Yonge we used to call HW and the other three gourmet shops there the four thieves. Being in the food industry I've never seen more over priced basic produce and meat in my life.
cathie / October 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm
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Sorry Pusateri's, but after what happened a few years ago with Public Health shutting you down, I'll never shop there again.
brent / October 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm
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Have to completely disagree with Pusateri's. Don't confuse expensive and small space with specialty.
hair salons toronto / October 29, 2014 at 01:00 pm
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Wow these are great links!
Look Harder / October 29, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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How was St Lawrence Market overlooked? If it's good enough for National Geographic, it's certainly good enough for BlogTO
MrsPotato / October 29, 2014 at 02:13 pm
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Pusateri's was amazing when there were no other options.
Those days are over (thank god!) ...

So many great other places to check out!
NL / October 29, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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Summerhill Market is amazing, especially with their 50% off specials if you know the right time to go. Makes it cheaper than most other grocery stores.
Tom / October 29, 2014 at 04:53 pm
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What about The Cheese Boutique?
anna replying to a comment from Tom / October 29, 2014 at 06:37 pm
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It's second on this list you turd!
me / October 29, 2014 at 07:51 pm
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Is The Cheese Boutique listed?
Jack Bandio / October 29, 2014 at 09:31 pm
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So only one shop east of the DVP? There is a thriving food culture in the east end. How about Sandy Aleksander? Amazing charcuterie and cheese and great prepared meals.Lots going on in Leslieville and on the Danforth too.
Lefty McGee / October 29, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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they left out the Cheese Boutique? What about the No Frills on St.Clair?
jm / November 6, 2014 at 06:24 pm
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The best thing about Summerhill Market is in the Summer when you can get burgers out front. You pay at the cash for whatever you want and the guy at the bbq cooks up your order. I had lamb burgers with bacon and cheese and they were just phenomenal. You just buy the burger, the bacon or cheese is an optional topping with no extra cost.

Their toppings were great, I thought I was putting dill pickle slices on my burger but they mustve been pickled with jalapenos and they tasted awesome with a ton of heat.

I sometimes work in the area and make a point to stop there for lunch!
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