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Feb 17, 2004 05:33 AM

Where to find the best baguette in Toronto?

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On a recent short stay in Paris, I was reminded how much I missed my favourite Parisian baguette (from Julien in the 1er arr.). We have been searching for something similar here in Toronto and have been unsuccessful. The closest and most reliable we've found has been ACE, but it is still not the same. Any recommendations out there?? Thanks very much.

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  1. Bonjour Brioche on Queen St.E. has an excellent one.

    1. IMO, the baguette from the bakery at Celestin on Bayview is pretty close to one from Paris.

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      1. re: Tina12

        Agreed on Celestin... nicest baguettes in the city. Pain Perdu's are nice too, but the crust can be a little overdone at times.

        1. re: sloweater

          Second Pain Perdu, though it's been a while since I've been there.

        2. re: Tina12

          Celestin is very good, as is Jules a couple of doors south. Note that they are located on Mt. Pleasant, not Bayview.

          1. re: Yongeman

            I'll say it once, and I'll say it till my head falls off...

            Celestin-Martial is a goddamn genius. Especially that irresistable sesame seed baguette.

            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob

              Martial is no longer there. It has moved into the old Freshman's space and it is now Celestin de Marc Thorbor. The bread is still top notch.

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          Frances in Toronto

          On St. Clair West, near Christie, there is a French patisserie. I can't recall the name but in this patisserie the clientele all speak French. i would think they would have the best baguette... i think the name starts with a "P" or an "A" and they are a little bit west of Christie on the north side of St. Clair West.

          1. Patisserie Saint Honore 2945 Bloor St W - The Kingsway
            Great Baguettes and croissants

            1. The bakery on St Clair west of Christie is called Pain Perdu. Haven't tried their baguettes but have nothing but great things to say about their gateau basque, bouche noel and other sweet treats. Also very reasonably priced.