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The Best New Bakeries in Toronto, 2013

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / January 10, 2014

bakeries torontoThe best new bakeries that opened in Toronto during the past 12 months haven't, for the most part, heard of the wheat belly phenomenon. Ditto on the idea that you should either be cutting out sugar, or chocolate or dairy or that cupcakes and doughnuts are no longer "cool." They all threw caution to the wind somehow and opened up anyway, and secretly, or not-so secretly, we are happier for it.

These best bakeries run the gamut, from vegan to gluten-free, chocolate-focused or pie-crazy, Italian, Japanese French, relatively guilt-free or totally gluttonous. Whatever the style, each place will certainly have a bevy of treats with which to shut your cake hole.

Here are the best new bakeries in Toronto from 2013.

See also:

The best new bakeries in Toronto, 2012
The best new bakeries in Toronto, 2011
The best new bakeries in Toronto, 2010

Forno Cultura

Forno Cultura

Situated in a basement off King West, you walk down and find yourself right inside the production. The oven is front and centre, with the bread and pastry counter continually getting fresh and hot top-ups of the scrumptious offerings. Try the corn and anise loaf, or the sourdough - called filone integrale. I hate anything too sweet, but here the balance is achieved between tantalizing and cloying. More »

Sud Forno

Sud Forno

The latest addition to the Terroni empire, Sud Forno is right next door to the original Queen Street location. The pastries are Italian classics - bomboloni-custard and nutella filled doughnuts, bigne, slices of pizza and beautiful breakfast croissants and sandwiches. Crusty Italian bread, rustic seed and whole grain breads sit in sophisticated repose on wooden dowelling. Take home potted jams, imported amaretti, pastas and other Italian products displayed to great effect on the towering dark wood shelving. More »

Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co.

Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co.

Take away the cream, the butter, the honey, the eggs and you take away the taste, right? Not if you are as savvy a bakery as Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co. The name alone is a mouthful! Owner and head baker Amanda Somerville sold to Sadie's Diner before beginning TBC, but the line has expanded greatly since she opened up her old-timey shoppe. In addition to the baked goods there are take-away casseroles and lasagnes, but seriously, those pizza rolls, those doughnuts - they'd make a vegan convert out of anyone. More »

The Pie Commission

The Pie Commission

Well, you don't have to be a genius to figure out what this Queensway shop specializes in. Not sweet, however, but savoury pies - five in total - braised beef rib pie, beef n' beer, butter chicken, Canadian cheddar and bacon mash, and vegetarian, all harkening back to our colonial past. Flaky crust hides the meaty insides. You can have the pies there or take them cold to cook later in your own oven. More »

de Floured

de Floured

de Floured owner Krista Tobias and her partner Chris Brown began by experimenting with gluten-free baking when Tobias herself was found to be gluten intolerant. Fast-forward four years, and after many seasons serving their perfected creations at farmers' markets across the city, they've found permanent digs on the far west tip of College Street. Famous for their savoury gallettes and chocolate chip cookies, de Floured continues to add new items to their gluten-free roster. More »

Chocolate Brunette Pastry Company

Chocolate Brunette Pastry Company

Located at Avenue and Davenport, this is a chocolate lovers dream, with cookies and cupcakes and truffles dedicated to the cocoa bean. But don't worry there's also vanilla and lemon for those less inclined to cacao. Polished silver, white and blue interior, like a Tiffany box and the jewels inside, this dessert boutique offered the treats to go or stay and have an Italian coffee as well. Owner and baker Micol Corno will have whipped up and served those bite size morsels herself. More »

Nu Bugel

Nu Bugel

Any new bagel joint is divisive - will it serve Montreal-style or New York-style or those dreaded dough balls on offer at grocery stores? Thankfully Nu Bugel in Kensington market serves the Montreal-style, boiled and wood fired in their huge oven. Thin, chewy rings with that sheen of crust, you can take mix and match and take them to go, or sit in the cafe and have them make you up the classic lox and cream cheese, or the college favourite hummus. More »

Jelly Modern Doughnuts

Jelly Modern Doughnuts

Begun in Calgary as Canada's premier gourmet doughnut shop, Jelly Modern Doughnuts took up shop on College Street this past year and at Holt Renfrew, too. Sleek modern interior belies the gooey truth, display cases chock-a-block with yeast and cake doughnuts, hand-dipped, hand-filled and criminally good. Try flavours like maple bacon, whoopee pie, creme brulee or Madagascar bourbon vanilla. They make sandwiches too, but why? Why I ask you, when you could stuff yourself with so many different types of doughnuts? More »

mon K Patisserie

mon K Patisserie

A Japanese Patisserie did you say? How odd, and, as it turns out, oddly good. Combining the best of both worlds- the restrained toothsomeness of Japanese desserts, with the delectable pomp traditional to a French patisserie, mon K Patisserie aims to bridge any palate gap. Husband and wife baker owners Ryosuke and Naomi Kita opened in their neighbourhood of East York but they've had no problem with customers making the trek for their macaroons, eclairs and croissants. More »

Discussion

12 Comments

Arleen / January 10, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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You forgot Patisserie 27 on Jane.
ozgal / January 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm
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I heard about The Pie Commission here in Australia from our Aussie son craving an Australian-style pie. A meat pie is as Australian as Vegemite. I understand he is a repeat visitor.
Piero / January 10, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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Bagels on Fire in the Beaches are the best in the city. Better selection than Nu Bagel and St Urbain. And their cream cheese toppings are to die for. Real strawberry chunks!
VS replying to a comment from Piero / January 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm
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Is it MTL or NY style bagels? Any dairy-free cc?
Love Forno Cultura!! / January 11, 2014 at 07:33 am
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Best selection of nutella biscotti's, porchetta, focaccia, olive breads and retail items to remind you of Italy! The family bakery -Aida's Pine Valley Bakery- is up in Woodbridge and I've been getting the WORLD'S BEST TIRAMISU for my birthday for years. Glad to see Forno Cultura top the list.
fanny / January 11, 2014 at 10:35 am
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The Caldense bakery on Dundas West is really great. Yet just across the street everyone flocks to Timmy's. Makes no sense people don't know good food.
Jenny / January 11, 2014 at 10:42 am
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I'm sorry how is Delysées not on this list???

He imports the butter people! The best macaroons in the city, amazing mini cakes, and well just everything is fantastic.

Sud forno is a total disappointment...
B / January 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm
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Brioche Doree is a great spot. But was pre 2013. http://tolifestyle.com/post/44633631548/brioche-doree-has-opened-up-on-king-street-just
BillyO / March 23, 2014 at 11:13 am
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Pie commission, Sud Forno and Fourno Cultural are all excellent
Racheal / March 31, 2014 at 04:32 pm
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Sue Ellen's Pies is my favourite. Hands down the best Chicken Pies. Everytime travel to Toronto for work. I come home with tons of pies and cookies.
crystal / April 7, 2014 at 01:09 am
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Where can I find yeast free bread in toronto ?
Antoine / April 19, 2014 at 05:16 pm
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I am also looking for yeast-free bread from a bakery. I can buy Little Stream (very good) and Star bakery's (also excellent) yeast-free breads at Fiesta Farms, but those are sliced and bagged breads. I would like sourdough bread from a bakery. In fact, I was shocked to discover that even the Polish and Russian bakeries that I have visited use yeast in their sourdough breads !! Sourdough bread is not supposed to have any yeast, the bacterial starter does the job of the yeast (although not as well, I will grant you, but still...)

Where can I find REAL sourdough (no yeast) bread freshly baked in Toronto? Does anyone know?

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