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Where to find the best baguette in Toronto?

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Chili Feb 17, 2004 05:33 AM

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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    Helen RE: Chili Feb 17, 2004 09:17 AM

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

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      Tina12 RE: Chili Feb 17, 2004 11:13 AM

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

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        sloweater RE: Tina12 Apr 9, 2008 08:02 PM

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

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          littlegreenpea RE: sloweater Apr 25, 2008 08:40 PM

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

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          Yongeman RE: Tina12 Apr 10, 2008 08:51 AM

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

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            Splendid Wine Snob RE: Yongeman Apr 10, 2008 09:25 AM

            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.

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              sloweater RE: Splendid Wine Snob Jun 10, 2008 06:24 PM

              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 RE: Chili Feb 17, 2004 02:41 PM

          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.

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            Mangia RE: Chili Feb 17, 2004 03:24 PM

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

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              Michael RE: Chili Mar 4, 2004 03:29 PM

              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.

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                UptownGal RE: Chili Apr 9, 2008 03:41 PM

                I have the same baguette sickness too once I returned from Paris. I bought my daily baguettes and pains aux chocolat from Boulangerie Heurtier in the Marais every morning. And ever since I returned to Toronto, I've been on an never-ending quest to find the baguette that would mirror the taste of my Parisian bakery.

                I've tried Ace Bakery's baguette, didn't really impress me, maybe I had too high of an expectation.

                I've also tried President's Choice Baguette, made with French Flour, it's a little better than Ace Bakery's baguette (much to my surprise), but still not close to the taste of Paris.

                I've also tried some baguettes from various bakeries but none worth mentioning.

                I really hope I don't have to fly to Paris to be able to eat that baguette again....

                I will try Celestin when I pass by that area.

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                  lamaranthe RE: UptownGal Jul 21, 2010 08:42 AM

                  Hoping it is not too late to tell you where to go for good croissants and chocolate croissants, I think you should go to Amadeus, in Thornhill (corner of Bathurst and Steeles). Buttery and flaky as you can dream of. It will remind you of the best pastry shops in France. Trust me : it is worth the trip !

                2. Maimonides RE: Chili Apr 10, 2008 06:39 AM

                  I favour Patisserie Le Cigogne on Bayview south of Eglinton, north of Millwood. I prefer their baguettes and croissants.

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                    lamaranthe RE: Maimonides Jul 21, 2010 08:49 AM

                    The name is La cigogne,1626 Bayview Avenue - (416) 487-1234
                    Their web site:
                    http://www.patisserielacigogne.com/

                  2. mrbozo RE: Chili Apr 25, 2008 01:35 PM

                    Dominion stores now carry Première Moisson breads (they must receive the dough, frozen, from Montreal). Their baguettes have the proper mie (crumb) and the crust is, well, crusty. Next best is Ace Bakery's version.

                    If one prefers the ubiquitous "Vienna stick", countless variations are available; some are even marketed as baguettes.

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                      josamania RE: Chili Apr 25, 2008 01:39 PM

                      Celestin definitely. What about Thuet on King? I heard you have to get there early if you go on a weekend.

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                        littlegreenpea RE: josamania Apr 25, 2008 08:40 PM

                        I haven't had Thuet's baguette, but his country style loaf is good (best I've had in the city, but not the best I've had). If you go you should definitely pick up some of his pretzels though.

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                          vorpal RE: littlegreenpea May 8, 2008 01:10 AM

                          Very nice baguette, at least the one time that I went. I devoured the whole thing in a matter of minutes all by myself.

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                            lamaranthe RE: littlegreenpea Jul 21, 2010 08:52 AM

                            Thuet's croisssants do not beat Amadeus' by far

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                            Thuet
                            609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

                        2. sugarcube RE: Chili May 7, 2008 07:18 PM

                          Atelier Thuet, Celestin, and Bonjour Brioche are wonderful for baguettes.
                          Or go to Pusateri's or All the Best: they usually carry great Baguettes there too

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                            toveggiegirl RE: Chili May 9, 2008 08:48 AM

                            Dessert Trends sells great baguettes.
                            Although I love the desserts and atmosphere at Pain Perdu and want to love the baguettes, I find them sadly lacking (crust too hard, the mie too dense...).

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                            Dessert Trends
                            154 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

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                              mrbozo RE: toveggiegirl May 9, 2008 11:23 AM

                              Thanks for the tip. I had the same reaction to Pain Perdu's baguette: love their croissants though.

                            2. pinkskittles RE: Chili Jun 9, 2008 10:40 PM

                              not too sure what kind of baguette you're looking for but i love fred's bread. it's a natural bakery that makes a great homemade sourdough baguette. you can pick them up at cumbrae's on church street, though i'm sure other cumbrae's locations would have them. go earlier in the day though as they may run out by the end. fred's bread is baked fresh and delivered each day (at other stores anyways, so i'm assuming it's the same with cumbrae's).

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                                miranda RE: Chili Jun 10, 2008 06:55 PM

                                If you like white baguette...Pan Perdu...Thuet and Celestin are my faves...all for different reasons...but organic whole wheat the best is Ace...only sold at certain locations...but wonderful...Miranda

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                                  pistachio peas RE: Chili Jun 11, 2008 07:04 PM

                                  honestly, i have tried all the baguettes listed in this thread and i think the best baguettes in toronto are at whole foods. try one.

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                                    MRHenry RE: Chili Jun 17, 2010 08:09 AM

                                    Here is my list of top baguettes (not ranked)
                                    - Pain Perdu on St. Clair
                                    - Cavaillon (Celestine) on Mt. Pleasant
                                    - Jules cafe on Mt. Plesant
                                    - Le Thobors on Mt. Plesant
                                    - Ma Maison on Dundas W

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                                    Pain Perdu
                                    736 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C, CA

                                    Ma Maison
                                    4243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M8X, CA

                                    Thobors
                                    627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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                                      madhatt RE: Chili Jun 21, 2010 09:16 AM

                                      +1 Le Thobors!

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                                      Thobors
                                      627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                                      1. duckdown RE: Chili Jun 21, 2010 09:26 AM

                                        Anything in Etobicoke or Mississauga? :)

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                                          Hondapendragon RE: duckdown Jul 11, 2010 06:35 PM

                                          In Etobicoke, try Artisano Bakery on Islington (South of Bloor) or Ma Maison on Dundas West (as mentioned above). They're my faves in the area.

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                                          Ma Maison
                                          4243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M8X, CA

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                                          lamaranthe RE: Chili Jul 12, 2010 10:20 AM

                                          I would say that, first, you have to think that the atmosphere is not the same. Furthermore, the water is not the same. The same problem with pizze in Italy. So, don't dream about finding the same taste here :))

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                                            balthazar RE: Chili Jul 21, 2010 07:44 PM

                                            Agreed with the recommendations for Thobor's (Celestin), Jules (both on Mt. Pleasant south of Eglinton) and Cigogne, and there is also Rahier (both of those are on Bayview south of Mt. Pleasant). They all have nice baguettes but each place varies in style/texture of baguette. My personal preference in order is: 1. Thobor's; 2. Jules (a bit on the "heartier" side, crust-wise); 3. Rahier & Cigogne tied. But they are all good, and between them you can probably find the one that suits your taste.

                                            I lived in Paris for a time and noticed that there too, baguettes varied from bakery to bakery. Which is lovely. You could try different places and settle on the one you liked.

                                            Also a note on Thobor's: they bake some other terrific breads too. Try the fig bread (which has fig in it and is shaped - like a fig!). It's beautiful to look at, fluffy, delicious and always gets people's attention if served at dinner parties (slice but keep the entire loaf in shape on a plate or cutting board - makes for simple but striking presentation). Most of these four also make other loaves: ficelle, olive fougasse, etc. I won't even start on the pastries... mmm.

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                                            Rahier
                                            1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                                            Cigogne
                                            1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                                            Thobors
                                            627 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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                                              Yongeman RE: balthazar Jul 22, 2010 08:37 AM

                                              I love the baguettes at all of these places (they're just around the corner from me and from each other). One of my favourites, though, is at Epi Bread at Bayview and Millwood. They have white, ww, and sourdough, but the winner for me is their 'rustic baguette', a less formed version--long, but flatter than a regular baguette. It's part sourdough, which I love, and quite chewy/crusty, which I also love.

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                                              Epi Breads
                                              1526 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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                                                balthazar RE: Yongeman Jul 22, 2010 05:45 PM

                                                I'll have to try Epi - I've heard good things about it but never manage to get there!

                                            2. dangoodbaum RE: Chili Jul 24, 2010 10:33 AM

                                              Thuet's is the best by far. Chabichou is pretty good.

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                                              Thuet
                                              609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

                                              Chabichou
                                              Toronto, Toronto, ON , CA

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