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The Eight Best Cinnamon Buns In Toronto

Alright so I may be all “homemade ghee! homemade sourdough! bone broth! grass fed! avocado!”.… but I am still the same girl who has a special love. A love that I would never, ever replace or cheat on. A love that will forever rise above any of these other hooligan health “things…” That, my friends, is my love for cinnamon buns. 

Give me all the granola-coconut-oil-sprulina-acai-smoothie choices you can throw at me… chances are if I see a sticky, icing covered, twisted up roll of doughy cinnamon and sugar, my decision will be made.

Every time. 

So I thought it was about time I put on my big girl pants and seek out the most highly talked about cinnamon buns in the city where I live, Toronto. And then to use my well practiced and, if I do say so myself, professional opinion to offer my own set of reviews. For all you living in Toronto, I hope this can be a guide to help you choose your next sweet treat outing. For those not living in Toronto, I hope this convinces you to come visit me so I can take you out for my favorite indulgence.

Here we go! Counting down…

 

#8) Fika Cake (Kensington Market)

 

This one is in fact more of a “spiced bun,” and definitely more of an “adult” version of the traditional sugary staple. But enjoyed by the bright window seats of this cozy Kensington cafe, it is definitely still a special treat. This bun is:

Fruity

Dense.

Definitely not flakey.

Only slightly sticky.

Very flavorful.

Packed with a lovely hit of cardamom and warming apple spices.

Price: 6/10 ($3/4 but pretty filling for the price you pay)

Texture: 2/10 (a little too dense for me, personally)

Flavour/Sweetness: 5/10 (very flavorful but not overly sweet)

The perfect choice for: Anyone with less of a sweet tooth or wanting something a little more, eh hem, “mature.”  

 

#7) Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns

 

Well the name should say it all. This little walk in whole sale bakery centres their entire business around this special treat. This bun is:

Traditional

Very small 

More bready than sticky, but the bread is very light and airy. 

Not overly sweet and only lightly flavored with cinnamon. 

Topped with more of a powdered sugar icing rather than a cream cheese icing

Price: 2/10 ($4/5 for a much too small square)

Texture: 8/10 (even though it was bready it was pleasantly soft)

Flavour/Sweetness: 6/10

The perfect choice for: Anyone who swears by Cinnabon and only wants a small taste

 

#6) Bloomer’s

 

Couldn’t find my pictures! So this is taken from bloomer’s instagram account. 

You can only catch these rolls – from one of the best all vegan cafes and restaurants in the city – on the weekend. But go early as they are sure to sell out. This bun is:

Inconsistent. Some days they’ve been very doughy, almost undercooked. Other days they’ve been perfect. 

Moist. 

Sticky. 

Doughy. 

Icing is very thick with hints of cream cheese without being too strong

Price: 5/10 (not cheap but what is to be expected)

Texture: 3/10 (bit too doughy on most occasions)

Flavour/Sweetness: 8/10

The perfect choice for: Vegans who have a big sweet tooth

 

#5) Planet Bean (Guelph)

 

Okay I’m cheating a bit. Although Planet Bean is a local cafe in Guelph, Ontario, it is close enough to the big city to make it on my list. Plus, when you offer a SOURDOUGH cinnamon bun – something you never see elsewhere – you just have to get a special mention. This bun is:

Made with sourdough!!

A bit tougher than others

More bready than sticky

Lightly sweetened

Not enough icing, for me personally. 

Price: 9/10 (very very reasonable)

Texture: 5/10 (a little too tough and bready)

Flavour/Sweetness: 8/10 (great flavor! Can definitely taste the sourdough)

The perfect choice for: Someone who doesn’t have a super sweet tooth and likes the sourdough flavor

 

#4) Te Aro

 


With its outdoor patio, this is the best cafe to spend a summer morning on the weekend. I say weekend because that’s the only time you’ll see one of these babies. But they’re totally worth the week long wait. This bun is:

Big

Sticky

Very sweet

Bready but with the perfect balance between bread and filling

Heavy on the icing.

The most cream cheesy of all cream cheese icings in the city. If you like your icing heavy on the cream cheese, less on the buttercream, this baby is for you

HAS WALNUTS!! Which, sadly, came as a surprise. There was no label, so those who dislike walnuts – like me – may have an unpleasant surprise. But for those who DO like walnuts, you may be in for a unique treat. I even think they were candied. 

Price: 8/10 (cheaper than most AND bigger than most)

Texture: 8/10

Flavour/Sweetness: 7/10 (very, very sweet)

The perfect choice for: The ultimate sweet tooth and those who love real cream cheese icing. Unfortunately a few points had to be deducted for the walnut surprise. Otherwise this bun is the real deal. 

 

#3) Bunner’s Bakeshop 

 

Bunner’s, an all vegan all gluten free takeaway bakeshop, offers some really unique treats for those with dietary sensitivities, including one of the most unique tasting cinnamon buns in the city  This bun is:

100% gluten free and vegan.

Made with chickpea flour, giving it a much different texture than other stereotypical gluten free goods (which usually made with rice flour). 

The dough is very dense. Crispy on the outsides while still soft on the inside.

Hearty

More bread-y than gooey

The vegan cream cheese icing is excellent. Very thick and less sweet than a more traditional version.

Quite small (even the “large” version – it comes in large and small) BUT due to its density, is quite filling. 

Price: 3/10 (I feel it is much too expensive for the size you get, even if it is filling) 

Texture: 9/10 (I love the crispy bits and denser texture of the chickpea flour)

Flavor and sweetness: 9/10 (has a very unique, earthy flavor to it – which I personally love). 

The perfect choice for: Those who can’t have gluten, enjoy something dense, and are willing to spend more money

 

#2) Alli’s Fresh Baked (St. Lawrence Farmers Market)

 

cinnamon buns

…and the winner for the best Toronto summer vibes goes to….

When I was young, my dad used to buy these thin layered, super sticky sticky buns from the grocery store. The layers of dough were sooooo thin – I used to love unravelling them like an onion. They were one of the only things I’d actually eat that early in the morning. For years I could never find anything even remotely similar to this nostalgic childhood treat, until I found this glorious table at the St. Lawrence Farmers Market. My perfect sticky bun search was over. This bun is:

The ultimate sticky bun

Has no icing, but rather is LOADED with crispy bits of hardened cinnamon and sugar

Has thin layers that are fun to pull apart

So so gooey

Always imperfect looking and made with love (like me!)

Price per size: 9/10 ($3 and you are supporting local bakers and the farmers markets)

Texture: 8/10

Flavour/Sweetness: 9/10

The perfect choice for: Those who prefer “sticky buns” rather than “cinnamon buns,” or those who aren’t a fan of cinnamon buns with frosting

 

#1) Tori’s Bakeshop

 

You’ve seen it countless times. You’ve heard me rave about it more than anything else on this blog.  Tori’s cinnamon bun has got to be one of the most infamous in the city, especially amongst the vegan community. Made with all organic ingredients, this baby is a winner in all departments. This bun is:

Vegan.

Big. 

Super soft. 

Very Gooey.

Heavy on the filling. 

Super sweet. 

Doughy, but not uncooked 

Has an amazing vegan buttercream cream cheese frosting, but not too much that it is overpowering.  Not too thick, not too thin, and not too heavy on the “cream cheese.” 

Price per size: 8/10 ($5, but are very large so it feels justified)

Texture: 9/10 

Flavour/Sweetness: 10/10

The perfect choice for: Anyone, like me, who likes their buns big, sweet, moist, and uber sticky. This one is for you!!

 

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Tell me,

Cinnamon buns or sticky bun?

More bread or more filling?

Cream cheese frosting, sugar frosting, or no frosting?

What’s the best cinnamon bun where you are from??

 

23 COMMENTS

  1. Cindy | 21st Jul 17

    Oh my goodness. I used to visit Kensington Market all the time when I lived in Toronto from January to April, and one of my biggest regrets was walking into Bunners – and not buying anything! I’m still shocked that Tori’s bun is vegan – it looks so rich, decadent, sweet, sticky, and all the other key things I look for in a cinnamon bun. I’ve had the one at Fika, and definitely agree about how it is spiced differently, the dough is more packed, and it has a mature feel to it. For me, the perfect cinnamon bun would have layers and layers of easily peel-able dough, loaded with sweet, sticky cinnamon filling and walnuts/raisins, plus a generous heap of not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting. Oh my goodness.

    Have you ever tried making your own cinnamon buns?
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Sounds like you and I have very similar tastes … minus the walnuts and raisins (you can leave those out for me). I can’t believe you never got anything at Bunners!!! You’ll have to go back when you are back in the city.

      I’ve only made cinnamon buns once. Isn’t that sad? I have about a million and three recipes pinned, but I’m always too lazy. Plus, living alone, you can’t exactly keep a whole batch fresh.

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 21st Jul 17

    I like your buns ;D
    These remind me of weekends with my family. Of course, ours came from the Pillsbury pop cylinder… but they were delicious!
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Eh man. Nothing really beets Pillsbury, let’s be honest here.

  3. danielle | 21st Jul 17

    you had me at cinnamon roll… mmmmm i love your number one pick because my allllll time fav cinnamon roll is also vegan, heavy on the icing, and heaven. local owned place Sinful Bakery in houston makes THE best vegan baked goods. if i buy something can i ship it to canada??? i’ll have to inquire about this. you need to try their stuff 🙂
    i love all the icing and moist buns. yeahh… gimme summa dat.

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      I need this. There must be cinnamon bun friendly packaging. If not, consider it next on my to do list.

  4. Ellie Pell | 21st Jul 17

    YUM! The vegan cafe in Ithaca has cinnamon buns tomorrow and I happen to be working at the gym nearby…hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 🙂
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Yassssssssssssss. You better have gotten yourself one.

  5. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 21st Jul 17

    So I had this whole conversation with my English Language Studies professor about regional variation in ‘buns’ and ‘rolls.’ He was always talking about ‘buns,’ but in the Midwest, we almost always say ‘rolls’ unless we’re talking about the thing you put a hamburger on. I think language is fascinating.
    Okay, after that nerdy moment.
    1. This is the perfect post for your blog. 10/10
    2. These cinnamon rolls look soooooooo goooooooood.
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Haha. I actually thought about that plenty of times while writing this post. Do I say ‘roll’ or ‘bun?’ I think they may be both used equally here.

  6. Kat | 23rd Jul 17

    Cora, I seriously love you and adore everything about you, but this post is just rude. HOW DARE YOU. I feel so very personally attacked right now.
    I need a gluten-free cinnamon roll/bun stat. Or at least some cream cheese frosting. 😉 <3
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    • Cora | 23rd Jul 17

      I loveee youuuuuuuuuu. Don’t hate me. 🙂

  7. chasetheredgrape | 23rd Jul 17

    Drooling…. So much drooling!
    Cinnamon buns are very rare in Australia and the ones in the UK are very different to the ones you listed – they are more flakey and flat with just a drizzle of icing. Saying that I would happily try any of the ones you have written about… The walnuts have my heart I think!

    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      I think I know the ones you are talking about. You find them some places here. I’m not so much a fan…

  8. Alyssa | 23rd Jul 17

    SUGAR FROSTING. All the way. Okay but really this post had me drooling. I want a cinnamon bun now !!
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Mission accomplished 🙂

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    […] I put out two blog posts. One with some HA recovery updates combined with suggestions from a Traditional Chinese Medicine Dr., and a super *sweet* review of the eight best (in my opinion) cinnamon buns in Toronto! […]

  10. Kaylee | 24th Jul 17

    If only there were a bullet train from Texas to Toronto… ? You are convincing me to conduct research of my own. Maybe for scones? ?

    Hmm, that’s a tough one but I think I have to pick cinnamon roll with minimal frosting. Another requirement is that it must be warmed up! No matter what the weather. Maybe not the all-time best one but the place I work at makes a vegan, GF pumpkin cinnamon roll and it’s de-lish.
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      I greatly support you getting your own research project going! For whatever your heart – er, taste buds – desire. Ooooo warmed up. Yes that is never a bad idea.

  11. Kristy from Southern In Law | 25th Jul 17

    Ummmmmmmmm, can I have them all?!?!?

    Actually, no I can’t because I’ll die of gluten… but a girl can dream oh so delicious dreams 😉
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    • Cora | 29th Jul 17

      Haha. We’ll just find you some more gluten free ones, ya?

  12. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 4th Aug 17

    You know Breadsmith has the best cinnamon bun in the world. Good thing you know someone in Cleveland.

  13. Rahul Yadav | 19th Oct 17

    Great article….and the cinnambon rolls. Will visit these places….
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