The Great Canadian Baking Show

The bakers of The Great Canadian Baking Show tell us their favourite hometown bakeries

Canada's best bakeries, according to Canada's best amateur bakers.

Canada's best bakeries, according to Canada's best amateur bakers. Season 4 edition.

The Chocoloco Tsoureki grilled sandwich at Café Serano in Toronto. Café Serano is Maggie's pick for best bakery in Toronto. (Café Serano/Facebook)

Even Canada's best amateur bakers need a break sometimes. We asked our bakers where they go when they're looking for inspiration, or just want someone else to do the kneading.

If you've ever wanted to know the best place to get cake in Winnipeg, biscotti in Milton or croissants in Calgary, this is the list for you.


I'd take you to my favourite location, which is Jenna Rae Cakes. They've been featured in the New York Times and lots of publications and they've kind of made baking a little bit famous in Winnipeg. They're incredible. Amazing cupcakes.

Jenna Rae Cakes, 580 Academy Rd., Winnipeg, Man.


Best bakery in Vancouver? I really love Small Victory. They make amazing croissants and pastries, and they have great coffee to boot. So you get the best of both worlds. 

Small Victory Bread & Coffee, 1088 Homer St. and 3070 Granville St., Vancouver, B.C.


There's a little shop in the Milton Mall, but I can't remember the name. They have good biscotti, so whenever I go to the Milton Mall I have a coffee and biscotti there. 

Cup of Love is, as far as we can tell, the only independent coffee shop inside Milton Mall. 55 Ontario St. S. (Royal Bank entrance), Milton, Ont.


If I were to take you on the hunt for baked goods in Calgary, The Italian Centre in Southeast would definitely make the cut for me. I had the croissant and the cheesecake, and they were really good.

The Italian Centre Shop, 9919 Fairmount Drive SE, Calgary, Alta.


I don't go to a lot of bakeries locally, but the best bakery I ever went to was in Rome, Italy. I went to get macarons and they had the most amazing Watermelon macaron. Normally I'm kind of wary of the flavour, because it's kind of fake, but this one just tasted so fresh and so beautiful and it's one of my favourite macarons to this day.


I live in Greektown in Toronto, so Serano bakery on the Danforth is one of my favourite bakeries for all things sweet and Greek.

Café Serano, 1055 Pape Ave., East York, Ont.


I would take you to La Boule. It's a nice little French bakery and they just make amazing desserts.

La Boule Patisserie and Bakery, 8020 101 St. NW, Edmonton, Alta.


Near my house, it's a place called Le Truffé. It's a place where the chef is really passionate about baking. I mean passionate! They do great stuff. If you want to find French cakes, if you want to find any kind of baking, they have it. And it's good quality, it's made with passion, and that's why I like to go there. 

Pâtisserie Le Truffé, 2300 Boul. Père-Lelièvre, Quebec, Que.


There's this little bakery that I live near, and they have the most delicious pastries, and it's walkable, which is really dangerous. It's called the Absolute Bakery and it's on Parliament.

Absolute Bakery & Café, 589 Parliament St., Toronto, Ont.


Oh my gosh! My best bakery in the city? I think Toronto is full of lots of great bakeries, but I love the bakery called Bakerbots. They do lots of good treats and they make a wonderful ice cream sandwich. 

Bakerbots Baking, 205 Delaware Ave. Toronto, Ont.

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