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Nestled in the heart of Kensington on Baldwin Street, Blackbird Baking Co. is a no-nonsense, rustic-chic bakery with a loyal following of bread lovers. Owner Simon Blackwell opened Blackbird’s flagship shop in Kensington in 2014 and he has been welcomed warmly into the Market as a community staple.

“At first we were shocked at the response,” recalls Simon. Blackbird opened up shop with three bakers and a few front of house staff. In two short years, the small team grew to a staff of over 30 people, with wholesale connections across the city.

“Bread is an important part of everyday life,” explains Simon. “We have regulars who come in three, four, sometimes five times a week.”

The Blackbird space is warm and friendly. Front of house staff mingle with regulars and share their expert tips with newcomers. Rich with exposed brick and reclaimed barn wood accents, Blackbird is a true fit for the always-eclectic Kensington Market neighbourhood in which it finds itself.

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Best Bakeries in Toronto

Best Bakeries in Toronto

The place might be a wee little thing, but the sheer talent going on in here is massive. It’s no wonder shops around town are using their breads to make their sandwiches and serve alongside soups and stews. Their sourdoughs are epic. I once ate half a baguette on the way home from their shop. I’d never done that before in my life, but couldn’t help myself. This place is busy and sells out often, so be sure to go early and/or as much as you can. It’s one of the few things you’ll get out of bed early for.

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Love it or loaf it: The best bakeries in Toronto

Love it or loaf it: The best bakeries in Toronto

That Toronto feast for the senses known as Kensington Market is blessed with several artisan bakery. In the midst of international food shops, cheese boutiques, produce markets and a tornado of aromas is Blackbird, churning out crusty sourdough loaves made on-site, with stone ground and unbleached flours. You could try to walk by without stopping in, but the rustic decor and fragrant smells wafting out the front door will make doing that pretty hard.

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Pick up fresh-baked bread at these Toronto bakeries

Pick up fresh-baked bread at these Toronto bakeries

This Kensington Market bakery specializes in European style hearth-baked breads and offers an unrivaled selection of baguettes, buns, rolls, loaves and focaccia breads. The impressive variety of sourdough options includes spelt and sesame, flax or a jam-packed loaf with black olive, rosemary and nigella seed. Local beer lovers will appreciate the Bellwoods Brown red fife sourdough made with ingredients from the brewing process at nearby Bellwoods Brewery.

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