HOME > Chowhound > Ontario (inc. Toronto) >

Discussion

Your favourite and least favourite cinnamon buns

Just thought it would be nice to compile a list of best places to go for cinnamon buns.

I love the cinnamon buns @ Hey! On Roncy, although I hear they don't make baked goods anymore. They have more of a bread consistency, than a super cinnamon-y sticky bun.

I also love the cinnamon buns (although they're not cinnamon buns in the true sense....more of a cinnamon pastry) from Sud Forno.

Wasn't impressed with the Cinnamon buns from Mabel's bakery or Epi. Mabel's had way too much cinnamon and was sickeningly sweet.

Just wondering what other people's favourites are.

P.S. Fika in Kensington makes cinnamon buns that I'm dying to try!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. Cobb's is one of my faves - I like that it doesn't have raisins :)

    3 Replies
    1. re: FresserGuy

      I haven't tried Cobbs. Is it more of a sticky bun or does it have a bread-like consistency?

    2. Sticky bun style at wagamama is insane.

      I forget if you've tried the CB at The Saint but they used to be fantastic.

      About 8 months ago I tried the cinnamon bun at Second Cup and was surprised how good it was. I remember it being less sticky bun and more bready.

      1 Reply
      1. re: justsayn

        I tried to try the wagamama cinnamon bun, but they didn't have any the day I was there.

        And the Saint is still on my list. I'm actually going to make a point of getting there within the next few weeks.

      2. Surprisingly the cinnamon bun at Tori's Bakeshop is excellent. I say surprisingly because Tori's is vegan. But, in my opinion, they have some pretty yummy baked goods there. I liked the combo of fresh, soft bun, crisp, chewy caramelized bits, and the frosting.

        1 Reply
        1. re: Full tummy

          Mmmmm....i might have to try Tori's CB :)

          Through Being Cool is also supposed to make a good cinnamon bun. I mention it, because it's a vegan bake shop as well.

        2. The Saint serves a good version at brunch, which is more of a sticky bun.

          1. My favourite of all time in Toronto was from Cake Master on Cumberland. Unfortunately they closed several years ago after decades in business. If I ever find cinnamon buns like theirs again (more like danishes there, really) I will be a happy magic.

            I know I will get killed for this but my fave is Cinnabon classic roll. Passing through Eglinton subway station is killer. Anyone who has will know what I'm talking about. The smell of cinnamon buns there is narcotic.

            Harbord Bakery does a lovely one, as does Bagel World (but that's more of a Buffalo/Babka).

            8 Replies
            1. re: magic

              I picked up a couple from Harbord last week. They come in pairs. They were very good.

              1. re: acd123

                I've had the sticky buns from Harbord Bakery. They are really delicious!!

              2. re: magic

                Magic, I have to agree...cinnabon cinnamon buns are the best!!

                  1. re: kwass

                    Me too! Hard to just walk by a Cinnabon.

                  2. re: magic

                    For all those who love Cinnabon, they have some pretty good deals on their facebook right now. In order to see the coupons, just 'like' their page and you'll get the following 3

                    - 50% Off a 15 ct Minibon Roll Cinnapack (Savings of $8.25)
                    - 50% Off a 6 ct Classic Roll Cinnapack (Savings of $7.75)
                    - Buy 1 Get 1 Classic Centre of the Roll (Savings of $3.39)

                      1. re: kwass

                        I'm not the enabler of the donuts or awesome downtown baked goods but GTA outskirts items, I got those!

                    1. Anyone try the new Cinnamon Brioche from Starbucks? I am curious about that. Will have to try.

                      6 Replies
                      1. re: magic

                        I've seen it, but haven't tried it yet. It looks awesome!!

                        1. re: kwass

                          Yeah I'm looking forward to trying those.

                        2. re: magic

                          I have and its nothing special. A bit dry. Don't waste your money or use up calories on these.

                            1. re: barneyvernon

                              Thanks for the scoop barneyvernon...

                          1. Has anyone been to Sweet Trolley in the Junction. They have a bunch of handwritten bristol board signs stating they are the best.

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: kingsway

                              I haven't even heard of Sweet Trolley. I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

                            2. Sweet Bliss in Leslieville used to make cinnamon buns on weekends. It's been a few years since I tried one so can't speak to dough/stickiness/sweetness but remember enjoying it. Maybe time for a revisit.

                              1 Reply
                              1. re: sman

                                I have a friend who used to rave about them!

                              2. Your curiosity piqued mine - stopped by Fika this a.m. and had a cinnamon bun! It was pleasant but not amazing, to my taste. I liked that it was very cinnamony, and not too sweet - just a drizzle of white icing with some ground nuts on top. But the dough was kind of more like a cinnamon (and cinnamon-coloured) coffee cake, vs the light, stretchy white yeast dough I tend to expect. Nice, I thought, but not wow. Interested to know what others think!
                                PS Fika is a lovely, bright, welcoming space. Nice mix of small and communal tables, stools, armchairs... Seemed like a beautiful hang-out spot.

                                3 Replies
                                1. re: Klafouti

                                  Thanks for the report Klafouti!! I'm going to make an effort to get there soon, and when I do, I'll report back :)

                                2. Courage Foods on Kingston Road (in the Upper Beach) has fantastic cinnamon buns on the weekend. Sticky, sweet and yummy, they are addictive (it must be all the butter!)

                                  1. I am not gluten-/dairy free, but I have had cinnamon buns from Bunner's on Dundas W and they were crazy good.

                                    Definitely Wagamama's as well, like others had suggested.

                                    I have never been to the store, but a couple of gooey buns from Hansen's Danish Bakery landed on my desk a few weeks ago. Legit stuff.

                                    1 Reply
                                    1. re: happycamper

                                      A girlfriend of mine told me the same thing about Bunner's. I'm definitely going to have to check it out! Thanks HC!!

                                    2. The cinnamon buns at Courage Foods on Kingston Road have always been my fave. I think they only make them on weekends though.

                                      1 Reply
                                      1. I remember when we were a kid my Mom used to buy those rolls of cinnamon bun dough in the cardboard tube that you baked yourself. I know it sounds pretty kitschy but they are still my favourite. I only have a Cinnabon about once a year but agree they are very good.

                                        3 Replies
                                        1. re: Flexitarian

                                          I always wanted to the those as a kid, bit sadly, I never did :(

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            Well you are more than making up for it now!! Worked out!

                                        2. Hey Kwass. How's it goin!

                                          Grabbed a pretzel bagel from Tim Hortons today and saw they have some kind of ultra special amped to the max frosted cinnamon bun that their pushing. Looked like it could be your style! I didn't try it.

                                          Cheers!

                                          3 Replies
                                          1. re: justsayn

                                            So good to hear from you justsayn!! Thanks for letting me know about this! I will definitely check it out :)

                                            BTW, Have you tried the cinnamon brioche from Starbucks? They serve it heated, and it's actually pretty good!

                                            1. re: kwass

                                              NP - hope it's good! Maybe hedge your bet and grab a Waggama just in case! Two different styles.

                                          2. Brick St. Bread at Logan and Queen have the most scrumptious sticky ones but they sell out fast so go early.

                                            5 Replies
                                            1. re: g.m.

                                              Do they only sell them at the Queen and Logan location or are they sold at all of the locations? Because I might be able to get to First Canadian Place next week to try one.

                                              1. re: kwass

                                                They don't carry them at FCP anymore. Too bad, they were good.. although I don't recall as sticky, more of the bready-and-not-as-sweet style, which is my preference (vs gooey Cinnabon).

                                                1. re: julesrules

                                                  That's my preference too!!

                                                  That's a shame that they don't carry them @ FCP anymore. That's much more convenient for me than Queen and Logan.

                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                    Do you like raisins? I had a bit of an epiphany when I realized that the craving I had for bready, less-sweet cinnamon rolls was actually perfectly fulfilled by cinnamon raisin bread, like basic Sun Maid brand.
                                                    This time of year hot cross buns are nice too!

                                                    1. re: julesrules

                                                      I don't mind raisins in cinnamon bread, but I don't like them in cinnamon buns...weird, I know.

                                                      I think I've tried the Sun Maid Cinnamon Bread, and iirc, it's quite delicious toasted with butter :)

                                            2. BlogTo just did a piece on "Best Cinnamon Buns". Here's the link:

                                              http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

                                              The ones from Beaches Bakeshop, GHD, and Bread Stuff Bakery look pretty darn good!! It's odd though that GHD would be mentioned, since the cinnamon buns are not a regular menu item, but a special.

                                              24 Replies
                                              1. re: kwass

                                                I can't believe Cinnabon didn't make the list!

                                                1. re: petek

                                                  I forgot about Cinnabon. Their cinnamon buns are unbelievable!!

                                                2. re: kwass

                                                  All I saw was wagamama on that list. !

                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                      It's exactly the style I like most! : P

                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                        I really have to try them. I'm always there on Mondays though and they don't make them in Mondays. Maybe they do special orders. I should check :)

                                                        Are they open on Sundays, justsayn?

                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                          Yes they're open on Sundays. They have them on the weekend but I'm not sure if both days. I think because of the prep time and rise, they don't make them Mondays.

                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                            I'm going to call them tomorrow to see if they have them on Sundays. I'll let you know what they say :)

                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                              Get them fresh out of the oven if they do!

                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                I will. I go everywhere super early.

                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                  Hey js. Just wanted to let you know I'm going to Wagamama for a cinnamon bun tomorrow. I called them and they're putting one aside for me. I'll let you know tomorrow night how it was :)

                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                    It's the rich buttery kind. I hope you like it! You can easily pick the few nuts of the top.

                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                      I actually prefer the more bread-like type cinnamon buns, but I'm really looking forward to trying it. And, yes, I'll definitely be picking off the nuts ;)

                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                        I know you do....that's why I'm kind of warning you!

                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                          I very much appreciate that! Thank you :)

                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                            Ok. So here is my report on the cinnamon buns from Wagamama: They are outstanding!!

                                                                            I expected the cinnamon bun to be incredibly rich and buttery, but that wasn't the case at all. I found it to be more bread-like, than buttery and rich, which is what I prefer. It has a caramel glaze on top, which adds the perfect amount of sweetness and gooiness - but not so gooey, that you're done after 2 bites.

                                                                            My only criticism, were the nuts. Not only were there nuts on top, which were easy enough to pick off, but there were nuts all the way through, making it a little harder to pull them out. If you love nuts, you're going to love this cinnamon bun, because it's chock-full of them. That said, this is a top-notch cinnamon bun!

                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                              LOL glad you loved them! I have to laugh because your experience is so different than what I think about them! I am tempted to go tomorrow to see if they have changed. I find them to be so decadent and not cake/bun like. Weird too about all the nuts. : > ) Maybe they will make you a batch with no nuts that you can freeze?

                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                Maybe they have changed them, becaause there were definitely nuts throughout the cinnamon bun, and they really weren't overly decadent, which is a good thing IMO. That said, they do seem eager to please, so maybe they would make a "nut-free" batch if asked.

                                                                                But I'd love for you to go back and try them, so I can hear your thoughts :)

                                                                2. re: kwass

                                                                  So, I called today, and they do make cinnamon buns on Sundays, but not on Saturdays. The problem (for me) however, is that they're not ready until 10:30, which is late, since I'm walking my dog by 7:00 and ready to go to all of these places by 9:00. I really have to start sleeping in so I can make it to these places that start serving later ;) That said, I have every intention of getting there soon.

                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                    Do they make cinnamon buns during the week?

                                                                    1. re: smfan

                                                                      Yes. I think every day except for Monday.

                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                        Hi Kwass,

                                                                        This is John from Wagamama Pastries.

                                                                        I have told the girls in the kitchen to roll out Cinnamon buns on Saturday's and Monday's.

                                                                        Have a great weekend.

                                                                        Cheers,
                                                                        John

                                                                        1. re: WagamamaPastries

                                                                          No way! That's so exciting!!! Ok. I'm coming by on Monday! What time will they be ready?

                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                            LOL! Sorry, just read this now. Times vary day to day... Depends on demand on the more popular breakfast products.. Muffins, croissants etc. and our bread and cakes. Always feel to give us a call any day you might come in and one of the girls in the kitchen would be able to give a close time frame as to when they are ready. And as always we set one aside for you.
                                                                            Cheers,
                                                                            John

                                                    2. Not a bun, but more of a loaf is the Chelsea Bun (loaf) from The Chicken Coop Bakery in Greenbank, Ontario. It's addictive with it's syrupy glaze, pillowy soft interior and sweet cinnamon/sugary flavour.

                                                      2 Replies
                                                      1. re: scarberian

                                                        OK that is Wild I was found myself there this weekend - never been but it looked interesting. They also have really good buttertarts!

                                                        1. re: Otonabee

                                                          That settles it, I have to pick up my kid from camp in Blackstock on Sunday. A side trip to Greenbank is necessary!

                                                      2. Here's a pic of the cinnamon bun from Blackbird Baking. Loved it first time I tried it but second time time around was not as good - a little dry. Has anyone else tried these?

                                                         
                                                        5 Replies
                                                        1. re: sman

                                                          I had one for the 1st time this week and I thought it was fantastic!! I went back today, but they didn't have any. I will definitely go back again!

                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                            Maybe I caught an off day. Loved it so much the first time had a hard time sharing with my husband! Will have to go back to try them again.

                                                            1. re: sman

                                                              Maybe they have consistency issues. Like I said though, I've only been once, but I was quite impressed. I'm going to go again next weekend, so I'll let you know how my 2nd experience is :)

                                                              1. re: sman

                                                                I went back to blackbird baking co today to give their cinnamon buns another try, and like you, my 2nd experience wasn't as good as my 1st. I still really like the type of cinnamon buns that they serve. They're not too rich, not particularly gooey, and have a bread-like consistency, but today's cinnamon bun was a bit stale...which is strange, since I got there as soon as they opened.

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  Thanks for the update. I like this type of cinnamon bun too. I'm sure I won't be able to help myself and will try them again next time I'm picking up bread!

                                                          2. If you like sweet, sticky and lots of cinnamon, the best sticky buns I've ever had were from the general store at Hilltop on Highway 60 east of Huntsville. The bad news is that it's a 2 1/2 hour drive from Toronto and they only offer them on summer Saturday mornings. Arrive too late and they're sold out. The good news: if you happen to be heading up to Algonquin Park or a cottage in the area on a summer Saturday morning - you're in for a treat!

                                                            1. To amuse myself, I tried a cinnamon bun while in China. It's not what I thought... ;)

                                                               
                                                               
                                                              4 Replies
                                                              1. re: Nevy

                                                                But the real question is, how did it taste?

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  Pretty much what it looked like from the bottom... Airy and tasteless with a sponges texture. Disappointing tbh...

                                                                  Now the Shanghainese cuisine with its seafood and tofu / veg specialities... Awesome but that deserves a different thread. But to stick to sweet things in this thread, I did find a store that only sells frozen mochi (awesome) and the Starbucks has a variation of bubble tea here (Earl Grey Jelly Tea Cooler).

                                                                  1. re: Nevy

                                                                    Yeah. That's what I thought from looking at the cinnamon bun. But I guess you never know unless you try it.

                                                                2. re: Nevy

                                                                  It looks more like pastry dough than the traditional bread dough.

                                                                3. Not sure if it's been mentioned yet, but Beaches Bake Shop, on Kingston Rd. in the Upper Beach, makes wonderful cinnamon buns. The owner is Swedish, and her kanelbulle are light and very cinnamony, with wonderful crispiness, elasticity and chew. Not at all dry. Call before; she tends to run out by mid afternoon.

                                                                  (I was in Sweden a few months ago and discovered this place afterwards. Anna's kanelbulle, a specialty found in every Swedish bakery, rivals the best I had in Sweden.)

                                                                  http://www.beachesbakeshop.com/

                                                                  1 Reply
                                                                  1. re: Tatai

                                                                    That place has been on my list for a while. Looks like I might have to make a special trip out there.

                                                                  2. I think I possibly had one of the best cinnamon buns today that I've ever had. It's called "The King" from County General Riverside. And get this. It's a cinnamon bun covered in a peanut butter banana sauce with...are you ready...little pieces of bacon. It was ridiculously good. After a few bites I thought "ok, that's enough". But then I couldn't stop thinking about it, and thought I'd take a few more bites. Next thing I knew, the whole cinnamon bun was gone ;). It took every ounce of generosity I could muster to tear off a small piece for my friend to try :)