The Best Macarons in Toronto
The 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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »