Toronto’s best bakeries east of the DVP

Some of Toronto's best baguettes, breads and butter tarts are baked in the east end, their heavenly aromas pouring out of the oven and onto the bustling Queen Street East strip. Other bakeries in Riverside and Leslieville feel like true hidden gems, tucked up side streets that only the locals frequent. Here are the spots to visit on the east side. [Feature image: Bobbette & Belle]

Brick Street Bakery

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255 Logan Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 3J2

If you’re in the mood for healthy comfort food, head up Logan Street in Leslieville where you’ll find a selection freshly baked breads along side soups, salads, sausage rolls and mouthwatering butter croissants. Everything on the menu is handmade using timeless recipes and mostly locally sourced ingredients, including 100% Ontario butter.

Broadview Bakery & Deli

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728 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H2

If you’re not in rush, pop in for a delicious danish or a sausage roll at Broadview Bakery. This Riverside mom-and-pop bake shop and deli also dishes out the best butter chicken in the hood, and there’s usually a small lineup at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Looking for good coffee on the cheap? This is where to find it.

St John's Bakery

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153 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2E9

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.

Andrea's Gerrard St. Bakery

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635 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y2

Whether you have a hankering for sweet butter tarts, coconut cream pie or lemon currant scones, Andrea’s Bakery on Gerrard Street is known as one of the east’s top spots for fresh-out-the-oven baked goods that will satisfy any craving. Peckish and looking for a comfort food lunch? This Leslieville bakery is perfect for grab-and-go lunch items including quiche and empanadas.

Sweet Bliss Baking Company

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1304 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1C4

For cupcakes that are almost too pretty to eat (almost), head to the east end of Leslieville for this bake shop’s colourful and delicious selection of sweets. Pretty enough to share with friends and tasty enough to enjoy for no reason at all, Sweet Bliss is a go-to for expert party hosts or anyone looking for a little afternoon pick-me-up.

Delica Kitchen

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913 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5

At Delica Kitchen you’ll find simple cooking methods, time-honoured traditions, bold flavours and fresh, wholesome ingredients. These guys run the full gamut of deli favourites, from feature soups and sandwiches to heartwarming chili and baked goods. And don’t worry – if you’re craving a salad that’ll leave you feeling full, try this spot’s legendary Fattoush, made with grape tomatoes, lemon-marinated chickpeas, feta, and cumin pita chips.

Mary Macleod's Shortbread

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80 Galaxy Blvd, Etobicoke, ON M9W 4Y8

For buttery, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth short bread cookies, look no further than this adorable little dessert shop on Queen Street East. With a British aesthetic and an aroma that smells like heaven, it’s hard to beat this spot’s wide assortment of gourmet artisan shortbread and other goodies, perfected over no less than 30 years of practice.

Bonjour Brioche

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812 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1H7

Some of the best baguettes in the city are baking at the corner of Degrassi and Queen. This authentic French patisserie in Riverside features tarts, cakes, croissants and is also a popular weekend brunch spot, where comfort foods like the baked French toast are both delicious and filling. Last but not least, summertime patio-seekers take note: Bonjour Brioche has an excellent outdoor set-up for daytime hangs.

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