• Casual,

Products and Services

  • Bread,
  • Baked Goods,
  • Baguet,
  • Coffee,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
153 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2E9
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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At first glance, St. John’s Bakery looks like any other artisanal bread shop, but making dough isn’t its primary mission. Since opening its doors in 1986, it has been set up as a business with a social mandate as its raison d’être.

Father Roberto Ubertino, executive director at St. John’s the Compassionate Mission, says, “The reason why we started the bakery is not to have a bakery per se, but it’s to give people a chance to learn a trade, to be successful in finding work and in learning how to work with their hands. But our goal is still to make the best bread in Toronto."

Social enterprises are often owned by non-profit organizations such as churches and charities to fill the void left by government cuts to social programs in their fight against budget deficits. “We pay people from the sales, so it’s a fine dance because we’re not subsidized, so we have to find the work, we have to sell the bread and make money and the money we collect goes into paying salaries that are well above the minimum wage,” explains Father Roberto.

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Toronto’s best bakeries east of the DVP

Toronto’s best bakeries east of the DVP

Known by locals for its philanthropic association with St. John’s Mission next door, this little bakery is popular for its all-organic range of artisan breads, scones and sweets – and of course, for the heartwarming aroma that rolls onto Broadview Street in the morning. Our pick? The broccoli cheddar bread is to die 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

Posting James Beard’s quote about good bread being “the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods” is a smart way to drum up business. Those words appear on the website and this bakery makes good on the promise. It’s also a social enterprise affiliated with the St. John’s Mission and United Way of Greater Toronto. Their handmade sourdough loaves are made with locally-sourced organic ingredients and sold at various locations, including their retail store in Riverdale.

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