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The Best Macarons in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / June 27, 2011

20110623-macarons-toronto.jpgThe best macarons in Toronto are a testament to the art of the fine French confectionary. With a crunchy meringue shell and a buttercream, ganache, or jam filling, these little pastel treats seem to be advancing to some sort of trendy sweet status in this city (so watch out, red velvet cupcake). The macaron, for all its merits, is usually but an inch or two in diameter, and I find it wasted if eaten on an empty stomach. Yes, the macaron should be savoured--perhaps eaten as an after dessert, dessert--and gobbling it up too quickly only leaves you with salted caramel crumbs and regret. So take some extra time, especially with the following group of macarons.

Here are the best macarons in Toronto.

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Photos by Jesse Milns and Dennis Marciniak. Additional photos by Jen Chan from the blogTO Flickr pool and the Cake Opera Co Facebook page.

Nadege Patisserie

Nadege Patisserie

Nadege Patisserie displays its macarons in its new Rosedale shop as a jeweller might his pick of prized diamonds. And I've talked to chef Nadege Nourian about her prized French treats, and it's pretty clear she views them in somewhat of a similar manner. Twelve flavours at $2.10 a piece. They can also be had at the original locations next to Trinity Bellwoods. More »

Petite Thuet

Petite Thuet

Petit Thuet typically has 12 flavours of macarons available at any of its three Toronto shops. While the more typical varieties such as raspberry, rose water, and hazelnut are always in high demand, city lore tells of the occasional oddball popup, including a past foie gras limited edition macaron. $1.95 Each. More »

Bobbette & Belle

Bobbette & Belle

I'm always struck by how light and airy Bobbette & Belle feels when I walk inside, it's no wonder that its macarons seem perfectly suited to the space. The eight flavours aren't particularly outrageous, with staples including dark chocolate, pistachio, vanilla, and raspberry, but they do include a "secret ingredient," which Sarah and Allyson keep close to their chests. $2.00 Each. More »

Patachou

Patachou

Patachou prices its macarons on the low end of the spectrum, which is good if you're looking to sample a little bit of everything. It offers six 'nothing wild' flavours including chocolate, vanilla, lemon, and raspberry. Patachou's macarons are $1.25 each. More »

Moroco Chocolat

Moroco Chocolat

While chocolate, obviously, is the signature offering at Moroco Chocolat in Yorkville, it displays its macarons quite proudly under glass in its boutique. It offers 12 flavours of macarons including passion fruit, salted caramel, coconut, coffee, vanilla and, of course, chocolate. $2.50 Each. More »

Frangipane

Frangipane

With so much variety at Frangipane, its petite macarons can easily be overlooked. But alas, they're there at Dupont and Madison, just waiting to be selected, admired, then enjoyed. Frangipane offers six flavours of macarons including cinnamon, honey, raspberry, and salted caramel. $2.50 Each. More »

Sweet Escape Patisserie

Sweet Escape Patisserie

Sweet Escape in the Distillery also offers a rotating roster of flavours, which include typical offerings such as salted caramel, vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate. For something a little different, try a merlot, banana, or Earl Grey, macaron--perhaps customized with your monogram for an extra $0.25. I wonder if narcissism actually tastes sweet. $1.95 Each. More »

Rahier

Rahier

Rahier does it a little differently by charging by weight. Usually it has about five or six varieties of macarons on hand in its shop on South Bayview, in flavours such as blueberry, mocha, and pistachio. Macarons are $8 per 100 grams. More »

Cake Opera Co.

Cake Opera Co.

Cake Opera Co. on Eglinton West offers eight varieties of macarons in flavours such as coffee, roasted hazelnut, pistachio, and vanilla orange blossom. You can opt for a sole macaron at $2 a piece, or else go for something a little more impressive like a macaron tower. Of course, that starts at $375 per tower. More »

Brick Street Breads

Brick Street Breads

Brick Street Breads often has a good selection of macarons, in varietites such as blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, pistachio, chocolate, and more. Must arrive early, as some locations (usually the Distillery) often sell out early. Macarons are $1.84 including tax. More »

Discussion

36 Comments

DC / June 27, 2011 at 10:05 am
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PUSATERI's?!!!!?!?!??!!
yum / June 27, 2011 at 10:32 am
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Lemon Tree is the best. We try to grab 1 or 2 of the salted caramel delights when we visit St. Lawrence on Saturdays.

The best!!
Kent Patrick Bateman / June 27, 2011 at 10:49 am
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The West End is too cool for macarons.
the lemur / June 27, 2011 at 10:59 am
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No mention for Madeleines, Cherry Pie & Ice Cream on Bathurst near Dupont?
mememe / June 27, 2011 at 11:08 am
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Sweet Escape was such a disappointment when I tried it last time.
Rachel / June 27, 2011 at 11:14 am
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Nadege's olive oil macarons are heavenly.
BillyO / June 27, 2011 at 11:25 am
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La Bamboche is the best. Can't really go wrong with several of these places either though.
Kristy / June 27, 2011 at 11:36 am
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I love La Bamboche and it's conveniently located near where I work :) Their "mystery" macaron is one of my favorites. I think it's a blend of tiramisu and some kind of sweet liquor. Another fav is caramel sea salt. SO GOOD! I've gotta try Nadege!:)
Simonyyz / June 27, 2011 at 11:41 am
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No bakerbots (Bloordale)!? For shame.
Hazel / June 27, 2011 at 02:54 pm
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Yeahh, Nadege all the way!
KL / June 27, 2011 at 05:14 pm
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BakerBots newly opened gem at Bloor/Delaware and have hands down the best macroons in town. Salted caramel could possibly be the best thing to happen to Toronto. Just saying.
BakerbotsRocks / June 28, 2011 at 07:08 am
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Bakerbots should definitely be up there! Mojito, jasmine, and salted caramel are all bad-ass. And passion fruit too!
TC / June 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm
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Bakerbots! All the flavours are phenomenal.
Lori Tersigni / July 6, 2011 at 08:19 pm
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La Bambouche by far! Have been to Laduree in Paris (most famous macarons in the world) and I can tell you the ones at La Bambouche are almost idential! awesome...
autocad kursu / July 11, 2011 at 08:56 am
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very cute but fats...who cares the fats?:)
SNEAKERS SHOP / August 18, 2011 at 12:57 am
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PUSATERI's?!!!!?!?!??!!
Anna Frantelizzi / August 20, 2011 at 08:51 am
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Patricia's Cake Creations makes the best macarons, she made them for my wedding and all of them were gone! Love her work!
Capucine replying to a comment from Lori Tersigni / August 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm
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I'm an expat and am desperately craving the hit that only Laduree can provide. I'm off to La Bambouche tomorrow to try to satisfy my yearning. Thank you!!!!
macaronlover / February 3, 2012 at 09:54 am
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There is a new macaron shop in Markham called Sugartiers which has the largest range of flavours I have ever seen - 36 flavours of macarons, its chef is trained from the Ritz Escoffier in Paris. Went in last week to try and I loved their fusion flavours. Macaron lovers should check them out. Their website is www.sugartiers.ca. Cheapest in town too I think at $15 a dozen. Well worth a visit.
Olivia / March 4, 2012 at 11:03 am
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Ah I love that moroco is on the list, you get a macaron with your tea or latte. Such a heavenly treat
How To Make Macarons / April 4, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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I'm defiantly a fan of Moroco Chocolat's although they have recently decreased the amount of filling used in their macarons. La Bambouche never fails to disappoint. Whole foods have started carrying tiny macarons too!
Jaime aka The Tomato Snob / May 24, 2012 at 05:12 pm
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I have to say Nadege was disappointing. I happen to think Cake Opera Co. have the best with Bobette & Belle in close second. Love me some macaron!
Leah / June 3, 2012 at 05:40 pm
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Nadege was my favorite till I discovered this new shop Butter Avenue near Yonge and Lawrence few weeks ago, their sea salt caramel and cream cheese passion fruit are to die for, prob the best in town in my opinion.
Natasha / June 8, 2012 at 05:44 pm
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I love Cake Opera Co's macarons! BakerBots near Bloor and Ossington should have made the list too!
V / August 19, 2012 at 02:06 am
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I love Lemon Tree :)

V @ http://MacaronRecipe.org
Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 05:13 am
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Bakerbots should definitely be up there! Mojito, jasmine, and salted caramel are all bad-ass. And passion fruit too!
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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La Bamboche is the best. Can't really go wrong with several of these places either though.
Patrick / December 23, 2012 at 04:52 pm
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I have tried almost every place that sells macarons in Toronto and I think Dessert Lady in Yorkville are by far the best. They are the only ones that reminded me of the ones in Paris. Lemon Tree were very good, too, but she is on an extended maternity leave.
Tanya / January 20, 2013 at 09:47 am
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Having tried the top 3 on this list, I can say that Nadege and Bobette and Belle both make great macarons. Nadege was crowded and chaotic when I visited, so the experience at Bobette and Belle was certainly a more pleasant one, but the macarons were superb at both places.

I was very disappointed with the macarons I got from Petit Thuet. The ganache used was just too heavy and the cookies were dry and not moist or chewy. I also found the staff to be aloof. I wouldn't suggest visiting.
Gen replying to a comment from mememe / March 26, 2013 at 03:44 pm
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I agree. I tried Sweet Escapes macarons on two different occasions and both times I was disappointed.
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YUM! these look amazing! And such cute packaging.
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Mary / May 23, 2013 at 02:43 pm
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Dessert Lady on 12 Cumberland has the BEST French Macarons in Toronto.
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Nicole replying to a comment from Mary / April 6, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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Mary... Dessert Lady didn't even make the list. That place is horrible you obviously know nothing about macaroons. I bought one there and it was very stale so dry like chalk.

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