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Feb 24, 2009 09:29 AM

Where to buy the best cinnamon buns in TO

I am on a quest to find great cinnamon buns. When I lived in Vancouver, there was a cafe that made fabulous oooey gooey, "hand me multiple wet wipes when I am done" type cinnamon buns.

I miss those alot

Any suggestions where to find such a delectable delight in this fine city?

As mentioned, it is the gooey type cinnamon bun I am seeking, not light or dry or crispy.


Another question, somewhat related- what is the difference between a cinnamon bun and a sticky bun?

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  1. For months and months, I was completely obsessed with the chelsea buns at All the Best Fine Foods. They aren't oozy like Cinnabon (no white icing) but they do have a good stickiness that I swear has a citrusy orange flavour with pecans and cranberries mixed in. (So they aren't light or dry or crispy but they weren't really oozy either.)

    1. Are you by chance talking about Grounds for Coffee? I used to live in Vancouver, too, and I am homesick for them. The great thing about them was that they don't add egg, which is perfect because I am allergic to eggs.

      When people post their recommendations, I would love it if they could mention as an added bonus (only if they know, of course) if the cinnamon buns contain eggs...thanks!

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      1. re: focioncroci

        I was wondering if Shocked was talking about the cinnamon buns at Solly's. I lived in Vancouver and miss those awesome cinnamon buns. We were just reminiscing about them recently. There must be somewhere in Toronto with good cinnamon buns! Toronto is such a foodie city.

      2. When it was open, Lox, Stock, and Bagel in Hazelton Lanes had the best sticky ooey gooey cinnamon buns. But alas, they are gone.A close second are the buns Pusitari's carries on Thurs. and Fri. I am not sure where they are from, though; Pusitari's does not bake anything in-house. Anyone know?

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        1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

          Summerhill Market makes a pretty darn good one. They call it cinnamon swirl bread and it comes in a round, with about 7 buns attached. Nice amount of icing too!

        2. The cinnamon buns at Epi Bread on Bayview at Millwood are very good. Not as gooey as the ones at Cinnabon, but better quality ingredients. They have varieties with raisins or pecans. I haven't had them for a while now, but they're baked together in a tray and are separated when you buy them.

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          1. re: Yongeman

            Do you buy them individually??


            1. re: Davwud

              Yes...I haven't had one lately, but they are quite good DT.

                1. re: Davwud

                  Has anyone tried the ones from Mabel's on Roncesvalles? Just saw a tray on their counter today and they looked YUMMY!

                  1. re: thora

                    I haven't been in the Roncey area in a few years. So no.


            2. re: Yongeman

              Good call Yongeman.

              Went to Epi today and had one. It was fantastic. The addition of the pecans was nice.
              They didn't have the raisin ones so I'm wondering, do they usually have both or do they rotate?? I hate raisins in ways you can't imagine.


              1. re: Davwud

                glad you liked it, DT. I think that they usually have both, maybe on the weekend? Not sure, though.

            3. Although I can't recommend these personally as I haven't tried them, I've heard that Sweet Bliss (primarily a cupcake bakery) has great cinnamon buns.


              Sweet Bliss
              1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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              1. re: toveggiegirl

                I should add that I think the cinnamon buns may only be available on weekends.

                1. re: toveggiegirl

                  they were only available on weekends and they were very good... and then in a short span of time they became floury rocks. no yeasty yum, no soft interior.... just sad hard rocks. if they've gotten better again i'd love to know.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    Yes, I agree. They were excellent in the beginning, when they first opened. Then, they got too popular and were pumping out many more, and that is perhaps what caused the decline in quality. Maybe now, though, things have improved...

                    Do let us know if you try them!!!

                  2. re: toveggiegirl

                    They are also, IRC, open only Thursday to Sunday. I do believe, though, that at least when I lived near Sweet Bliss a few months ago, they had the cinnamon buns every day they were open.

                    Nothing to write home about, in my opinion.