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The Best Macarons in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / June 11, 2014

macarons torontoThe best macarons in Toronto are part of a sweet trend that has yet to die down - and why should it? It's hard to imagine a more delightful little bite, colourful as jewels, crumbly yet soft. The smooth top and bottom and the ruffled circumference makes them so pretty to look, at and the way you can both bite them and have them melt in your mouth makes macarons fun to eat.

Macarons all contain the same basic ingredients - eggs, ground almond and both icing and granulated sugar and a touch of food colouring - but it's the distinctive flavours and the filling that really sets them apart. While the macaron has a long history in France, there is some dispute as to its origins. Some say they started in 791 in a convent, while others trace the roots to Italian pastry chefs brought over with Catherine de 'Medici's marriage to Henri II of France. Either way, they are highly prized in the country, and the charming confection has been adopted the world over.

Oh, but watch out for that extra "o" in the spelling, or you'll be eating shredded coconut balls instead of almond and meringue puffs - a nice, but very different experience altogether.

Here are the best macarons in Toronto.

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Nadege

Nadege

The queen bee of macarons is undoubtedly Nadege, as the name is synonymous with the confection. Is it the way the macarons ($2.30) stand out like gems against the all-white countertops that distinguish them? Or is it the flavours like rose, olive oil, cotton candy, cappuccino, and their famous salted caramel. With two locations, one at Trinity Bellwoods and the other in Rosedale. More »

Bobbette and Belle

Bobbette and Belle

Head to the heart of Leslieville for Bobbette and Belle’s very pretty and very classic take on the French macaron ($2.35). With eleven flavours like cassis, milk chocolate caramel, raspberry, pistachio, vanilla and gianduja, you’ll be happy you did. More »

Butter Avenue

Butter Avenue

At Butter Avenue, at Yonge and Lawrence, macarons are made in flavours like white chocolate, strawberry earl grey, matcha, lychee, and Spring My Love (saffron raspberry). At $2.25 each, the macarons are so good, you might break into song. (We're gonna rock down to Butter Avenue, and then we’ll take it higher!) More »

La Bamboche

La Bamboche

There is something about the combination of Japanese technique and French patisseries than works well, especially with macarons. La Bamboche, which began producing macarons ($2.50) in 2005, might have been the first. You can recognize the meld of cultures in their ume/sake macaron but they also have classic chocolate, raspberry or unique chamomile tea and amaretto. More »

Patisserie 27

Patisserie 27

Another French patisserie incorporating Japanese flavours is Patisserie 27 at Jane and Annette. They don’t have an extensive list of macarons but the flavours they do offer, like yuku, coffee, and pear liqueur, are sure to please, and so is their price - the cheapest are $1.50. More »

Mon K Patisserie

Mon K Patisserie

Celebrating one year of business is Mon K Patisserie, another Japanese French patisserie on Coxwell. The success of the business may just come down to the great macarons, with flavours like passion fruit, salted caramel, and pineapple coconut. Take home a box of 6 for $13. More »

Ruelo Patisserie

Ruelo Patisserie

With two locations to satisfy your macaron cravings, Ruelo Patisserie also has a myriad of flavours - notably, combination flavours like rose lychee raspberry, blueberry lemon, pistachio raspberry, cream cheese orange, and wasabi grapefruit. They individually price the macarons, which run between $2.75 and five dollars. More »

Bonne Journee

Bonne Journee

Bonne Journee in Leslieville is the brainchild of Tunisian ex-pat Hitchem Charfi, who infuses North African flavours in classic French baking. With the macaron, though, he remains traditional with flavours like chocolate and raspberry, and at $2 each, they're priced to devour. More »

Discussion

38 Comments

ICS / June 11, 2014 at 07:16 am
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Bakerbots serves macarons again? Since when?
Diana / June 11, 2014 at 08:00 am
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European Patisserie in Etobicoke (along Dundas) is a hidden gem with intensely flavoured macarons! So many different flavours - some a tad sweeter than others - but overall, a great place for homemade pastries. Cupcakes are also out of this world!
mgr / June 11, 2014 at 09:11 am
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Petite Thuet is the best
grasshopper / June 11, 2014 at 09:27 am
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I keep seeing Bakerbots on lists of places that have macarons but I've been in there half a dozen times and never seen one in the store or on the menu there.

Are they only there at certain times or when reviewers come to call? If there is limited availability (only on certain days or in limited quantities) it would be useful to know.
Sam I Am / June 11, 2014 at 09:55 am
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Surprised not to see Delysees (King-Tecumseth) on here. Their madagascar vanilla's are incredible.
Joan / June 11, 2014 at 10:55 am
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Butter Avenue takes the crown!! My favourite place and go-to for Macarons and desserts. Flavors and creativity is on a whole next level here! Keep it up Butter Avenue!
ICS / June 11, 2014 at 11:38 am
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Grasshopper, I asked the lady at bakerbots a couple months ago about the macarons and she told me they no longer make them. Now I see them on this list and I'm wondering if there available now?
Pure Jokes replying to a comment from grasshopper / June 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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A grasshopper walks into a bar and the bartender says, 'Hey, we have a drink named after you!'
The grasshopper looks surprised and says, 'You have a drink named Steve?
ssteeephen / June 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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Chabichou at Harbord & Borden. Fromagerie & Patisserie.

http://www.blogto.com/grocery/chabichou
CVG / June 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm
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La Bamboche is my favorite. But I'm really surprised Delysees isn't on the list. Their salted caramel, creme Brulee and vanilla are amazing. Plus it's a beautiful shop!
JCruise / June 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm
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Well Delysees is getting their macarons from Point G in Montreal, it should be under the best of Montreal category? not Toronto?
Bojangles aka Jobangles / June 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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If you're in St. Lawrence Market, check out the French dessert shop Aren’t We Sweet (which participated in Macaron Day). I'm not an expert, but I tried a bunch of their macarons and thought they were shockingly good.
Richard / June 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm
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Ruelo closed their Uptown Yonge location a while ago.
Suri / June 11, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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OMG! One of our Weston Village Farmers' Market vendors, Peter Piper’s Pastry, had the most amazing Macarons last weekend! Highly recommend coming to visit on Saturdays...
Alison / June 11, 2014 at 01:07 pm
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MoRoCo's chocolate macaron is my favourite. The filling is really rich and delicious
Betty / June 11, 2014 at 01:25 pm
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You've missed the best one - Delysees. Also best barista coffee in the King West area (and maybe all of Toronto) http://delysees.com/

WAY cheaper than Nedege and better too!
Lisa Andre / June 11, 2014 at 01:43 pm
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my heart belongs to Butter Avenue!hands down best macaron in town.
Kelly / June 11, 2014 at 02:12 pm
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The only reason Delysees isn't on this list is that they haven't been around for long enough. But they are absolutely fantastic. Best I've had in TO.
Anderson / June 11, 2014 at 02:24 pm
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I've tried Delysees... honestly... no... stale macarons... B&B is so much better
sadie replying to a comment from Sam I Am / June 11, 2014 at 03:59 pm
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Totally agree- Delysees.. so good.

Also, thank you for setting everyone straight. It's macarOns, please, not macaroons! Come to a Passover seder and taste a macaroon - you'll realize just how very different they are.

/rant
CH / June 11, 2014 at 06:38 pm
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All these Delyees comments...Lol....I didn't vote for you because the macaron is way too sweet and soggy...you are not on the best list for a reason... Go to Ruelo if you wanna have good macaron
toronto dude / June 11, 2014 at 07:57 pm
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about a month ago, i spent a lazy tuesday afternoon doing a comparison shop and taste test of macarons and croissants from petite thuet, patachou and nadege..easy since they are all blocks apart.

patachou was terrible on all fronts although it looked like a real housewives of toronto convention in there and they were still lined up at the door to get in at 2pm so they must do something right but baking is not one of those things it seems.

petite thuet's macarons were huge..easily the size of sliders, very oddly rustic looking with irregularities and the nontraditional flavours were overpowering making for a disappointing product.

nadege's were presented beautifully in a white sampler box and they had just the right balance of texture, taste and looks..hands down my favourite!

i ate so many that day..i haven't wanted one since and may not again for a long time but if i do i'll be off to nadege.
Again? / June 12, 2014 at 11:55 am
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Didn't we just have this sort of 'best macarons' recently? During 'International Macaron Week', or some such nonsense?
Alan T / June 12, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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The best macaron I have eaten is from Kerry's macarons. It is not a sit-in place but very chic look. The macarons I got there is the closest to the ones I had in Paris.
Come again? / June 13, 2014 at 12:59 am
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Closest to the ones you had in Paris? Do you seriously think you could tell the difference between a macaron here and one from Paris in a blind tasting? I sincerely doubt it.
Mika / June 13, 2014 at 03:42 pm
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My brother ordered a whole bunch of macaroons from B&B for his wedding. There was an eyelash in one. Gross.
CW / June 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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The macaraons from Ruelo are terrible.
Alan replying to a comment from Come again? / June 16, 2014 at 11:59 pm
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Yes you certainly can. You can tell from both texture and taste if you have a refine palete.
Stores mentioned have various problem, such as soggy texture, buttercream filling or dry shells. For example the B&B ones are filled wi buttercream which is disgusting IMO. Dry shells from LaB that tasted like coconut powder are just not the Macarons I have ever tasted in Paris.

There are some better ones that are more comparable.
save. spend. splurge. replying to a comment from Come again? / June 18, 2014 at 02:57 pm
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I concur. You can definitely tell the difference between macarons.

No buttercream filling, light thin crispy shell, softer inside, not dry, not super sweet, not soggy, and absolutely heavenly.

What people call "macarons" these days in NYC, covered in metallic dust, or filled with buttercream and so on, makes me wonder if anyone has had a real macaron. When they say they've had "real" macarons from Nadege or Moroco, then I know they haven't especially if they ate the buttercream ones.

As for macarons in Paris, my favourite is not from Laduree, but from Pierre Herme (the pamplemousse or grapefruit one).. I have yet to find good macarons in Toronto but I'll try Kerry's and give some of these other ones a shot.
what? / June 18, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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I just got back from Paris a few weeks ago, did try Pierre and loved it! But they told me some of the flavours are made with butter cream, now I'm all confused, what are you talking about?
Peter / June 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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If you read Pierre herme's macaron recipes, there are butter cream in his macarons. People that has no knowledge in baking always assume they know everything. Also,the butter cream they use in France is not the disgusting lard+icing sugar+artificial flavour butter cream. Study before you judge people.
Louis / June 21, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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Nadege is the best!

Delysees get their macarons from Point G in Montreal... They don't make half their products. Bread comes from Nova Vera Pirtugese bakery.
The fan / July 4, 2014 at 09:27 am
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I love Butter Avenue's macarons! just saw on Instagram they are opening another location downtown! I'm so excited!
Fernanda Bernal / July 6, 2014 at 09:24 pm
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Cake Opera has really good macarons too!! But Nadege macarons are definitely #1!!!
Julia NYC / July 23, 2014 at 01:46 am
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Thought I saw Butter Avenue in Soho? Got me all hyped up!
Hair Salons Toronto / July 23, 2014 at 07:41 am
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Oh yes, Nadege is definitely very good and not only for the Macarons but for the mini cakes and other delicatessens. Even for the croissant and coffee. One thing I must admit though, the best Macarons are from La Durée in Paris on the Champs Elisée.
W.M / July 31, 2014 at 06:27 pm
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I just tried a great set of Macarons from a bakery called, "Bake them pretty' on Harbord and Spadina. Great cupcakes and macarons. Its worth a visit.
Alan replying to a comment from Peter / August 1, 2014 at 12:45 am
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Hi peter,

Are you referring to the salted caramel recipe? Pierre herme specifically said in a video that he thinks "buttercream" is disgusting and real macaron should be filled with ganache. However, that being said, buttercream macaron that most people are referring to is the ones that were made with shortening, icing sugar and artificial flavours like you mentioned.

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