The Best New Bakeries in Toronto, 2009
Toronto is blessed with bakeries, and even though we lost a good one (Queen of Tarts) last month, overall 2009 was a banner year. We now have more options to buy the stuff we were always looking for (pies, cupcakes, bread) as well as the goodies we never realized we were missing (custom cookies, vanilla conchas, gluten-free scones).
It's no wonder so many of us pack on the pounds during the winter months. Sure, there's the cold weather, baggy clothes and cravings for sweets and comfort food; but with so many buttercream and hot-out-of-the-oven wonders available in neighbourhoods across the city, Toronto's bakers make it much easier to stick to the 100 mile diet rather than the latest low calorie one.
So why not indulge! And to find inspiration, there's nothing like starting with the following list of the 9 best new bakeries to open in Toronto in 2009.
Don't let the name fool you. Yes, the bakers at the Wedding Cake Shoppe can whip you up something nice and custom for that special day, but there's more to this College St. destination besides cakes that feed 100. Start with buttercream cupcakes but snag a cookie and a latte (made with I Deal beans) and make it an afternoon in Little Italy. More »
With She Takes the Cake and Brazil Bakery and Pastry across the street, the corner of Dundas West and Sheridan is all of a sudden something of a baked goods destination. OMG rounds out the winning trio with its oh-so-good scones, cookies, turnovers and vegan chocolate cupcakes. More »
Nadege wins points for perhaps the sleekest designed bakery in the city. Pretend like you're somewhere in Scandinavia (but actually Bellwoods Park) and duck inside this white, minimalist space for some colourful macarons, croissants and unbelievably intricate cakes. More »
When craving a cookie in this city it's tough to do better than Bloor West Village's Sweet Flour Bakeshop. Get your cookies just as you like them as everything here is custom made while you wait. The concept is so successful it's already spawning imitations (see number 9 on this list). More »
Beaches residents have it pretty good these days with easy access to some of the best pie in town. Ok, so it's not made on premises. But the quality is still top notch and with sweet and savoury varieties plus cheese and ice cream as toppings who's really noticing details like that anyway. More »
While there's no shortage of baked treats on The Danforth, Dough has filled the void near Broadview with all sorts of bready goodness like, uh, oatmeal bread, bagels, challah, scones, a daily muffin and croissants. The main challenge is to get there early before the day's bounty runs out. More »
Toronto is lacking in good, authentic Mexican food so when a good, authentic Mexican bakery opens on Davenport it calls for a fiesta. The important thing is to just go here and try the daily offerings because chances are you won't see them anywhere else in the city. Don't miss their homemade tamales. More »