The top 10 neighbourhoods for bakeries in Toronto
Toronto is flush with bakeries - there's everything from Italian to Portuguese to Japanese or those specializing in single items like macarons, cheesecake or doughnuts. But some parts of the city are lucky enough to have more baked goods bounty than others.
Here are my picks for the top neighbourhoods for bakeries in Toronto.
For an indulgent rum cupcake, Don't Call Me Cupcake has you covered. Wanda's is where to go for award winning pies in small and large sizes - try the coconut cream. Pancho's does churros and other Mexican treats. At Blackbird Baking Co the sourdough is a cult favourite. Bunner's is the best for vegan and gluten free, Nu Bugel for bagels and then there's My Market Bakery for everything else.
Leslieville and Riverside
Fresh Bread can be procured at Brick St. and St. John's Bakery while the best croissants in town can be found at Bonjour Brioche. Bobbette and Belle is perfect for a macaron or slice of cake while Coach House and Mary McLeod's will make all of your shortbread dreams come true. For cupcakes you can't go wrong with Desmond and Beatrice, It's the Icing on the Cake or Sweet Bliss.
West Queen West
Sud Forno is a modern interpretation of a classic Italian bakery that does great bread and mini cannoli.Dufflet still draws a crowd for their cakes. For decadent cupcakes it's tough to beat Dlish. Nadege is famous for their expertly made macarons while Clafouti has the neighbourhood swooning over its croissants. Mabel's is a reliable option for baguette or loaves of bread.
Go to Almond Butterfly or Kensington Natural Bakery for wheat free options. Harbord Bakery is a local institution that makes some of the city's best challah. At AG Macarons they offer a rainbow of different options while at Frangipane you can indulge in French inspired treats. For cupcakes there's Bake Them Pretty while Dessert Trends is a go-to for custom made cakes.
Bloorcourt and Bloordale Village
Bloomer's and Through Being Cool have been winning over the vegan crowd with their baked treats. At Dark Horse Bakery you can pair a baked treat with an expertly made cappuccino. Pancho's does churros, Bakerbots has addictive ice cream sandwiches and at Courense you can stuff yourself with custard tarts. Home Bakery's homemade treats change daily so go in for a sweet surprise.
Danforth and Danforth East
Athena Bakery, Akropolis and Athens Pastries have you covered for Greek pasties. Von Doughnuts and Cafe Fiorentina do great doughnuts. Viking Bakery is devoted to Icelandic treats while North Pole does old school Italian. Go to Celena's and La Cigogne to decide which makes the best croissants. For fresh bread and pies there's Dough. Don't forget about Sweet Serendipity for cookies, squares and tarts.
St. Clair West and Corso Italia
Leah's is renowned for the biscotti, Emma's for their biscuits while Baker and Scone does a dozen variations of the tea treat. Go to Cakes Cove for custom made, sci-fi inspired cakes. World Class and Tre Mari are large, Italian institutions where you can stop for more than just pastries. At Pain Perdu get a baguette or some croissants. Mabel's is reliable for fresh bread and don't miss the muffins at Alli's.
Bayview and Leaside
For freshly baked bread Epi Breads is the real deal. The croissants at Rahier are legendary. At Patisserie La Cigogne you'll find Alsatian style treats while Wiseye's, a New Zealand bakery and cafe, does Kiwi style savory and sweet pies.
At Simply Frosted you'll find the best cupcakes in Scarborough. To satisfy a baklava craving, try old school Greek Kosta's or destination worthy Patisserie Royale. If you're instead looking for some Italian treats, Lamanna's, Agincourt Bakery or Francesca Italian have you covered.. The fresh all-natural breads at Cliffside Hearth or the European inspired ones at Montmartre are not to be missed
San Remo, Messina and La Rose are local institutions where you'll find everything from fresh bread to cannoli and gelato. If you want just bread Tatsu's does it impeccably. Cakestar is famous for its quirky custom designed cakes. For a French experience head to Ma Maison, a patisserie and cafe where you can get your macaron fix. Bake Sale and More than Pies both do delicious cupcakes and squares.
What's your favourite neighbourhood for bakeries? Let us know in the comments. Photo of Blackbird Baking Co. by Jesse Milns.
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