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Great Bakery in downtown Toronto?

Visiting Toronto shortly from two times zones behind and am looking for a reason-to-get-up bakery. Particulary looking for great cinnamon buns (quality, not giant) and stellar pastry (not tough or with a greasy aftertaste). My tongue has a thing for a good house made vanilla pastry cream too. Some place to get good coffee nearby would be a bonus. Staying near Church and King.

Recs and any other not to be missed budget suggestions for the area are much appreciated, thanks!

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  1. At Yonge and Queen, there's a Senses Bakery. Northeast corner. Their stuff is quite good.

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    1. re: Full tummy

      Personally I find most of senses pastries and muffins to be much too greasy and their espresso beverages suck - at least down on Wellington.

      Illy makes very good coffee and the pastries looked great when I was there. It is located on Queen just east of Church.

    2. If you are at Church and King, walk to St. Lawrence Market which is at Front and Jarvis. There are places selling baked goods and you can also pick up some fresh fruit or sandwiches too. Closed Sunday and Monday but open for business the rest of the week.

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      1. re: Zengarden

        Good call... on a Saturday morning, and you're staying at Church and King, SLM is where it's at.

        More specifically though, no particular bakeries there stand out to me for their cinnamon buns or pastry cream, but there are tonnes there, and odds are you will find what you are looking for.

        1. re: Olivia

          Yea if SLM is exciting for dessert baked goods - it just shows how weak that area of the city is.

      2. Not a true bakery but great for breakfast and lunch.....B espresso bar on Queen just east of Church..

        1. Head over to the nearby Distillery District - they have a great bakery and Balzac's coffee

          1. Prague, on King west of Bathurst, has very good cinnamon buns