I am the first person to admit that baked goods are the best things ever. (Seriously, give me a cookie and I will be happy the rest of the day.) But there is an overwhelming amount of bakeries in this city, and when it comes to a special (for some) day like Valentine’s Day, the pressure is on: Where do you get your heart-shaped and red-dyed sweet treats? The options are endless, so we compiled a list of a few really tasty spots to get you started.
ps by prettysweet (848 King Street West)
Freshly opened on Feb. 7, this new boutique bakery is offering cookies, brownies, cheesecake, and other deliciously sweet goods. Hosting a larger party? They’ve got you covered—ps by prettysweet offers personalized catering.
Nadège (780 Queen Street West; 1099 Yonge Street)
If macarons are your Love Day jam, then this is the place for you. Buy an assortment of 12 pink and red shades and stack them in a super cute Je T’aime heart box. Nadège also has limited edition Je T’aime dark chocoalate tablets and bars with every letter of the alphabet. What’s better than a message in a bottle? A message in chocolate. Spell it out for them!
Tori’s Bakeshop (2188 Queen Street East)
Best part about this bakery? Everything is vegan, refined sugar-free, and organic (and they also make some gluten-free products). Head to this place for everything from pies and tarts, to cookies and donuts, to biscotti and scones.
Dufflet (787 Queen Street West; 2638 Yonge Street; 1917 Queen Street East)
Aside from the classic aptly-decorated cupcakes and heart-shaped cookies, the self-proclaimed (and who are we to argue?) Queen of Cakes is also making Chocolate Fudge Hearts, Pink Velvet Hearts, and Strawberry Mousse Hearts.
Robyn’s Cookies (3215 Yonge Street)
If a classic gingerbread or sugar cookie is just the thing to give your companion, then Robyn’s Cookies is perfect. They’ve got a wide range of cookies that will be cutely decorated for V-Day (think gingerbread couples, hearts, “I love you” inscriptions, etc.). They also come in cute packaging so you can take them straight from the bakery to your date.
Glory Hole Doughnuts (1596 Queen Street West)
Okay so we don’t have any details on their V-Day specials yet, but if their Timbit-sized Superbowl donuts (cornmeal, jalapeno, bacon, parmesan cheese, and a sweet red pepper glaze) are any indication, they’ll be pulling out something inventive and delicious for the Day of Love. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates (and drools).
OMG Baked Goodness Ltd. (1561 Dundas Street West)
Trying to avoid the traditional? Then OMG is your spot! This V-Day they’re offering Handmade Pop Tarts, Red Velvet Whoopie Pies, Hostess LOVE Cakes, Champagne Jelly Filled Truffle Cake, and more. You can also opt for their Love-filled Goodness Box featuring an array of caramels, truffles, cookies, and marshmallows.
Le Dolci (1006 Dundas Street West)
Instead of buying baked goods for your sweet babe, why not make them with him or her? You can both attend Le Dolci’s Cupid’s Cookie Decorating Class or Cupid’s Afternoon Tea on Feb. 10, or take their Cupcake & Champagne Class on Feb. 14.
Bunner’s, (3054 Dundas St. W.)
100% vegan and gluten free, Bunner’s is beloved even by those who can eat everything. They have Vday specials including cupcakes and giant message cookies, and they’ll also deliver a Valentine to your sweetheart.
No matter which bakery choose, we’re sure you’ll end up here. 😉