Best Bakery in Toronto
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I'll be in Toronto for the first time this weekend and I'm looking for a list of the best bakeries in town. Any suggestions? I'll be staying downtown but will have access to a car.
ps- Any suggestions on cheap(er) places to park downtown? I'll be staying near Richmond Street West and University Ave.
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I agree with the above, but can give you further suggestions downtown.
Queen of Tarts on Roncensvalles has great tarts and pies
I still like Dufflet's Pastry on Queen, but some might disagree
Harbord Bakery has some really good European breads.
Their sweets are more Eastern European, and not at par with the French Pastry shops.
They are all downtown.
I have yet to find a bakery that can do it all, but here are my picks for specific items:
Cheese croissant, savoury shortbread cookies Alchemy Baking (287 Augusta Avenue, in Kensington Market)
The croissant is so perfectly buttery and crispy yet soft and mmmmm. Not too flaky...
Apricot danish Daniel et Daniel (248 Carlton Street)
They usually sell out early. Balzac's in the Distillery carries their fruit danishes on Mondays only -- which truly makes going back to work on Mondays something to look forward to!
Almond croissant Brick Street Bakery (55 Mill Street, Distillery Historic District)
Just the right amount of buttery almondiness. None of that cloyingly sweet pasty filling -- but if that IS your bag, try the almond croissant at Clafouti (915 Queen West).
Key Lime tart Osogood (874 College Street)
Creamy tartness is nicely balanced with the chocolate coconut crust. Also excellent here are the Banana Cream tarts -- though Suchada doesn't make these as often.
Fresh Berry cheesecake Harbord Bakery (115 Harbord Street)
If you like your cheesecake not too rich, but not too gelatinous.
Baguette Bonjour Brioche (812 Queen Street East)
Lovely even without preserves. Butter is all I need.
Rolls wherever Fred's Breads are sold ^_^
As the food runner at a now defunct bistro, I was responsible for preparing bread baskets. We served Fred's Breads. I don't think I'd ever eaten so much bread in my life. There is almost nothing as gratifying as cold hard unsalted butter on one of Fred's soft rolls -- OK, maybe that last sip of whipping cream from the carton.
The Brick Street Bakery has a British twist to it. Eccles cakes, Bakewell Tarts, meat pies, etc., and the Distillery dDitrict, where it's located, is worth a visit. Excellent sandwiches as well!