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Good cookies or pastries near Yonge & Dundas (i.e. Eatons Centre)?

Ediblethoughts Aug 12, 2009 02:35 PM

I know this area pretty well and I'm pretty sure the answer is "no" but I thought I'd ask. Mrs Fields isn't that appealing to me and the Rosie's down on the food court near Dundas is kind of annoying and only so-so.

Anything I might have missed? I'd love to find something tasty to bring home (i.e. not ice cream-related!).

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    lunchboy Aug 12, 2009 03:36 PM

    Well, if a 5 min walk isn't a big deal for you, head over to Yonge/King to Petite Thuet! By far the best in the area.

    lunchboy

    http://nofreelunchonbayst.blogspot.com/

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      Ediblethoughts Aug 13, 2009 05:28 PM

      You must walk really fast to get from Dundas to King in 5 minutes!! King always seems a bit far for me to traverse within a lunch hour but I'll keep it in mind... What do you like besides the croissants?

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        lunchboy Aug 18, 2009 06:57 AM

        Yep, you're right! It's 0.8km and Google Maps puts the walking time at 9 mins. Guess I was just rounding down :).

        I've tried the plain and chocolate croissants, both are great. I've also tried the a couple sandwiches and salads. Sandwiches are outstanding. I hear the macaroons are good, but haven't tried them.

        lunchboy

        http://nofreelunchonbayst.blogspot.com/

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        JennaBean Aug 18, 2009 06:59 AM

        I got four amazing treats there for a girls night a few weeks back and they were wonderful! Not the most cost effective option but lovely nonetheless!

        Worth the walk if you have time.

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          Ediblethoughts Aug 18, 2009 05:54 PM

          Can you describe them?

      3. TOchowgal Aug 12, 2009 04:04 PM

        There is Sen5es at Yonge & Queen. I've been there three times and I really like their pastries and cakes.

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          AverageJo Aug 12, 2009 04:49 PM

          Alas, the Yonge & Queen Sen5es closed a couple of months ago. The Soho Hotel location is still going, fortunately.

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            TOchowgal Aug 12, 2009 05:37 PM

            Oh no. I didn't know that.

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            pinkprimp Aug 12, 2009 04:49 PM

            They've closed that Sen5es location for a few months now.

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            derz Aug 12, 2009 04:15 PM

            FFfresh at the Atrium on Bay has excellent biscotti. I think its bubbies biscotti. Yummy

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              Ediblethoughts Aug 13, 2009 05:29 PM

              I do go to FFfresh for coffee now but I usually ignore biscotti since I'm not a biscotti person for the most part (I like an... eh-hem... richer cookie). But I'll take a look at it.

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                derz Aug 13, 2009 06:59 PM

                Ask for their belgian biscotti, totally rich and decadent.

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                  Ediblethoughts Aug 18, 2009 05:56 PM

                  I was looking at the biscotti today and couldn't see one that looked like what you're referring to. Did it have lines of some icing-like substance drizzled on it in two colours? A friend told me she'd tried one once and she said it was very soft--i.e. I think it was there quite awhile!

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                    derz Aug 20, 2009 07:47 PM

                    Yes they have white and milk belgian chocolate drizzled on the top but they have a nice crunchy texture. I agree, they must have been there for quite sometime.

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              tree25 Aug 12, 2009 04:58 PM

              Sen5es is gone.

              I second the FFfresh rec. Their cookie is pretty good. The candy store near the food court in Eaton Centre (Queen St side) sells Monsieur Félix & Mr. Norton Cookie but I haven't tried them so I am not sure how good they are.

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                Ediblethoughts Aug 13, 2009 05:30 PM

                I've always found MF to be a bit too greasy for me. They always look good but...

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                  magic Jun 10, 2011 07:28 PM

                  After passing by FFFresh many times I finally tired it for lunch. It is very good. I'm not sure if it's a destination spot but if you are in the area and want a tasty, healthy, cheap lunch you'll like it. I had their tandoori chicken wrap. It came with a small container of Red Thai Curry soup. Both were delish. The cookies and cake loaves are all housemade. I did not try those today though but will shortly! They look darn good.

                  $5.25 for a nice fresh interesting wrap and lovely curry soup is a great deal! Glad I finally tried them.

                  Sorry this did not have much to do with cookies.

                   
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                    julesrules Jun 11, 2011 01:00 PM

                    Where is this place in the Atrium? I was looking for it today but no luck. Maybe it's closed weekends.

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                      magic Jun 11, 2011 05:22 PM

                      It's very small, blink and you miss it. It's right at the TTC subway entrance. Across from the LCBO, and next door to GUESS.

                      Not sure if it is closed weekends, sorry.

                      Also, cash only I believe. Definitely no debit.

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                      Ediblethoughts Jun 11, 2011 07:34 PM

                      I go by this place all the time but I've never tried first course stuff. I don't like the cookies. They do look good but they are super greasy. Now and then I give in to the way they look and I regret it. The loafs aren't bad but they're not "dessert" to me. I'll keep the curry soup in mind--never would have thought of going there for that.

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                        magic Jun 11, 2011 09:17 PM

                        I would not have thought of soup either. I actually went for the chicken tandoori wrap, which always intrigued me and fit the bill for a light lunch I was in the mood for. The soup just came with the wrap, which was a nice surprise (they gave me a choice of a drink or soup). I liked both very much.

                        Thanks for the report on the cookies. I'll still try the loaves as I'm in to that kind of dessert and am curious :)

                  2. hippotatomus Aug 12, 2009 06:31 PM

                    Belgian waffles at Wanda's Yonge and Dundas - it's semi in that category if you're looking for treats. Don't do the choco dipped one though it completely overpowers the flavour of the waffle which you don't want to miss.

                    Definitely try Petite Thuet - try the raisin bun :)

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                      Ediblethoughts Aug 13, 2009 05:31 PM

                      It's strange that I have no idea where Wanda's is! I spend a ton of time at Y & D too... do you mean a soft waffle like at Cafe Demetre's? Or a cookie waffle?

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                        jlunar Aug 13, 2009 06:50 PM

                        I believe it's on the North-East corner of Yonge - a tiiiny storefront. Somewhere North of the Futureshop... I didn't love their waffles though. I think they're supposed to be that way, so it's just not my thing. I like light, fluffy waffles, not the dense kind.

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                          ekim256 Aug 18, 2010 10:26 PM

                          Thumbs down - they were not cooked enough, mushy-ish. If I went back I'd ask them to leave it in the iron a bit longer

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                      Gary Aug 12, 2009 06:39 PM

                      No cookies, but Bakery 18 on the lower level of Atrium on Bay is pretty good for Chinese buns. They have a fairly wide variety and I find they are not as greasy as some I've had in Chinatown. http://www.bakery18.com

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                        canadianbeaver Aug 13, 2009 05:52 AM

                        mmmmm...they have the best custard bun ever and their taro bun is also outstanding...and actually all their buns...and now I want some

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                          Teep Aug 13, 2009 08:04 AM

                          I believe they do have some butter cookies, almond cookies etc.

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                            Gary Aug 14, 2009 06:57 PM

                            Oh, even better! I guess I always bypass them as I zero right in on the buns.

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                            canadianbeaver Aug 27, 2010 12:26 PM

                            Seems to be closed for good....?

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                              Ediblethoughts Aug 28, 2010 06:50 PM

                              Sure looks that way to me. Pity, I used to like their almond buns.

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                              canadianbeaver Oct 30, 2011 05:01 PM

                              They have re-opened!! Except with a new name, otherwise the exact same!! 6 buns for $6!! I am so excited to have this back!

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                                magic Oct 30, 2011 05:39 PM

                                Where on the lower level is located exactly??

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                                  canadianbeaver Oct 30, 2011 06:35 PM

                                  It's past the food court, but before Pickle Barrel - north side, pretty much next to Booster Juice. They don't charge tax with the $6 and they give you a free plastic bag.

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                                    magic Oct 30, 2011 07:33 PM

                                    Awesome, thanks!! Will be checking it out very very soon!

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                                  magic Oct 31, 2011 12:26 PM

                                  It’s called Kin-Kin Bakery & Bubble Tea. Right next door to the Kitchen Table.

                                  They also have another deal as well: 9 buns for $8 no tax. Also, they have almond cookies for anyone interested in cookies in the area.

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                                    canadianbeaver Oct 31, 2011 12:40 PM

                                    What did you end up getting?

                                    Loved the pineapple red bean bun and the custard bun the most so far, and the flaky egg tart was good too. For the savoury buns, BBQ Pork was really nice.

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                                      magic Oct 31, 2011 12:45 PM

                                      I didn’t buy anything today. Was trying to be good. For today at least. Tomorrow is another story. Everything looked very very nice. This could be dangerous….. ;)

                                      I like that they accept debit. Bonus.

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                                        magic Nov 2, 2011 10:53 AM

                                        I just had the chicken teriyaki sandwich for lunch. For $2 (taxes included) it’s a fairly decent light lunch. Cheap as anything and tasty enough. The sweet roll was very nice and the chicken was about in line with or slightly better than other bakeries’ similar offerings. Will certainly go back. Their pork cutlet sandwiches also looked pretty interesting….

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                                        Ediblethoughts Oct 31, 2011 01:32 PM

                                        Are they decent almond cookies? I've only ever tried the almond buns. I liked them because they it was kind of like buying a low cal almond croissant. If I wasn't ready to commit to the full fatted version, this was a nice compromise. I've never tried anything else there (partly because limited first course veg/seafood buns) that I really enjoyed.

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                                          magic Oct 31, 2011 01:48 PM

                                          I've yet to try anything there so I don't know how they taste : ( They looked good! But can't say for certain. Most of these bakeries do a nice job on almond cookies. Or so I think at any rate...

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                                          Ediblethoughts Nov 3, 2011 06:04 PM

                                          I tried the mango bun today. Not too pleasant. There is a new "chocolate bun" that sort of interests me though Chinese and chocolate do not typically go together. The egg tarts look interesting.

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                                      currycue Aug 13, 2009 08:55 AM

                                      B espresso bar has some goodies: www.bespressobar.com. Queen, just east of Church.

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                                        Ediblethoughts Aug 13, 2009 05:37 PM

                                        What do you recommend there in terms of said goodies? The menu only shows croissants and chocolate loafs (in terms of clearly-dessert stuff).

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                                        julesrules Aug 13, 2009 02:00 PM

                                        Have you tried the stuff at the Trinity Square Church cafe? I don't recommend it exactly for baked goods (yes for soups though). It's like home baking and frankly I like my own better - theirs is a little bland. But it has the advantage of not being the generic commercial stuff you generally get in that area, and they change the selection. I once had Mexican bread pudding there that was really good, but only ever saw it on the menu that one time.

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                                          Ediblethoughts Aug 13, 2009 05:34 PM

                                          I always forget that place unless I'm eating lunch there---you're right. They have a wide (though unpredictable on any one day) selection of home-baked stuff, some of which is very tasty. I've never seen the Mexican bread pudding but, yeah, you can have something really tasty and never seen it there again! I need to write that one down or call or something to see what they have baked before trotting over..

                                        2. Wahooty Aug 13, 2009 07:51 PM

                                          Probably farther than you want to go, but a quick jaunt if you're subway-ready is Le Gourmand underneath the Hudsons Bay Centre at Yonge & Bloor. If you're after a substantial, rich cookie, I can't think of a better place. The walnut chocolate chunk is gooey, buttery, very filling deliciousness that I only allow myself when I've been very, very good, or very, very bad. :)

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                                            Ediblethoughts Aug 14, 2009 05:06 PM

                                            Yeah, love those cookies (they taught me that two of my cookie rules had exceptions---specifically, chocolate chip is inferior to chococate chunk and walnuts should not be added to cookies) but too far for easy pick-up.

                                          2. mispiggy Dec 7, 2009 08:24 AM

                                            Senator (on Victoria) has great cookies! I like the peanut butter and milk chocolate one. It's huge and only $2/2.50(?). They have a couple different kinds. Would definitely recommend.

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                                              Ediblethoughts Dec 7, 2009 05:02 PM

                                              I've been to the Senator several times though not recently; I didn't find the cookies called to me---i.e. they didn't seem fresh. Did you get the sense they're baked every day? I could call ahead I guess and see if they've made cookies that day-----it certainly wouldn't be the first time I've done something like that!

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                                                currycue Dec 8, 2009 06:22 AM

                                                If you're looking to either stock up or grab gifts of cookies, a short streetcar ride east to Broadview will bring you to two outstanding places.

                                                St. John's Bakery (just south of Dundas on the east side of Broadview) has amazing Scones, cookies and Madeleines (www.stjohnsbakery.com

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                                                and

                                                Mary MacLeod's Shortbread on Queen (just west of Broadview on the south side) is to die for (www.marymacleod.ca) not to mention Dark Horse Coffee across the street makes a pretty mean cafe latte.

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                                                  julesrules Dec 8, 2009 09:19 AM

                                                  Just want to mention that it looks like the scones and madelines are available at St Johns on Saturdays only. Good to see though that they have expanded their hours quite a bit from last time I looked.

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                                                    Ediblethoughts Dec 8, 2009 04:49 PM

                                                    I've been to St John's (I had a really good double chocolate cookie there once; most other times I went, I was told no cookies available) and to Dark Horse (yes, good latte)---but I'm not sure how short that streetcar ride is!

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                                                      currycue Dec 9, 2009 06:36 AM

                                                      I guess it's one of those "the boss is out of the office" trips.

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                                                      jlunar Dec 8, 2009 07:44 PM

                                                      I have a ziploc of Mary MacLeod's cookies right beside me. I recommend the chocolate crunch one. The chips are very hard and crunchy - making it a really interesting texture that I quite enjoy. I thought I'd like the hazelnut version of this more, but nope.

                                                      Yummy cookies. Will have photos up... eventually. I shot them enough times on my table before tasting 'em!

                                                      http://www.marymacleod.ca/website/

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                                                      mispiggy Jan 14, 2010 05:03 AM

                                                      You're right; sometimes they don't look that fresh - some have some kind of icing sugar residue. But the times I've gotten one it has been amazing! Moist and crumbly. I have only had the peanut butter chocolate one though.

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                                                    camino Dec 8, 2009 09:41 AM

                                                    If you want to head west, the AGO's cafe (in the basement of the gallery) has amazing pastries - the gingerbread mummies (in honour of the King Tut show) are addictive and I also love the madelines.
                                                    A photo of their halloween treats: http://artmatters.ca/wp/2009/10/bats-...

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                                                      Ediblethoughts Dec 8, 2009 04:50 PM

                                                      I'll keep that in mind. I didn't think of the AGO...

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                                                        jlunar Dec 8, 2009 07:45 PM

                                                        Oh?!! I didn't know... thanks for the tip!

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                                                          phoenikia Dec 9, 2009 09:04 AM

                                                          Agree, amazing pastries in the AGO's cafe;-)

                                                          Their strawberry rhubarb tart I had this summer was one of the best I've had. Also have enjoyed some of their savoury pastries. And AGO members get 10 percent off their purchases ;-)

                                                          Another option not too far from downtown is the Brick Street Bakery in the Distillery. Love their Eccles Cakes and cookies!

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                                                          MmFooD Apr 14, 2010 07:20 PM

                                                          George Brown College has a food store - which is opened to the public - that sells cookies and pastries. It depends what is on the menu that day. You can call 416-415-5000 ext. 2515 or show up in person during school days from noon to 3pm (earlier if they sell out). It's on 300 Adelaide St E.

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                                                            Ediblethoughts Apr 15, 2010 06:56 PM

                                                            That's a bit of a hike. But I'll keep it in mind if I'm around the neighbourhood...

                                                          2. shelleypascual Apr 16, 2010 07:50 PM

                                                            Not a cookie and not a pastry... but a baked good indeed! I love the oatmeal muffin from Richtree in the Eaton Centre. Haven't really tried many of their pastries, but all of their muffins are decent. Not too sweet, hearty and filling. I enjoy the oatmeal muffin so much because of its plain-ness, and its texture — chewy with a bit of bite. Mmm.

                                                            1. ekim256 Aug 18, 2010 11:21 PM

                                                              I'm also looking for a dessert place in between this area and Scotiabank Theatre that's open later than 7PM. The only two options, other than MarbleSlab & Summers (I want a waffle or crepe or cake) that I can think of are Just Desserts (but it has awful reviews online) and Crepes it Up @ Church & Wellesley (but I'm not sure about their hours). There has to be something better than Cafe Crepe :) I want a good, chocolately, dessert crepe.

                                                              Erin
                                                              http://cookiesandtomatoes.blogspot.com/

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                                                              Cafe Crepe
                                                              246 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z7, CA

                                                              Just Desserts Cafe
                                                              555 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y3A6, CA

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                                                                Ediblethoughts Aug 28, 2010 06:52 PM

                                                                I will say the desserts at Milestone's can be pretty tasty. I love ice cream--but that's not what I'm looking for in this area most of the time (my desserts interest tends to be very situational..)

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