Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with macarons (not to be confused with macaroons – very different and a huge pet peeve of mine at the incorrect use!!).
So for this year’s Paris Month, I will be counting down the “best of” of macaron patisseries around Toronto that I love. Of course, there are so many that are popping up everywhere around the city, and I’ve had the delight to try ones from Ottawa, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles and – of course – Paris, even attending a class to learn how to make them. But this feature will share with you my list of Toronto favourites – at least of the ones that I have had the pleasure of trying so far. So follow along all month to see where, and why, these places I consider to be the best – and stay tuned for a giveaway near the end of the month as this series wraps up!
This feature’s first category is unique flavours. There are certainly other patisseries that I will feature later on in the month that also boast some interesting combinations but my mind was blown at the selection that Butter Avenue offered. Having only visited them for the one and only time during this year’s Macaron Day last month, I had to pick my jaw up off the ground at their selection. I had heard great things about them but was not prepared for making the toughest decision of a macaron lover – how to pick just 6 out of a large assortment?
To give you an idea of some of the 30 unique flavour combinations that were offered on March 20th: “Spring My Love” (safflower & raspberry), osmanthus, peppermint chocolate chip, toffee hazelnut, molten chocolate marshmallow, hot tamale, caramel latte, mountain tea, Sahara sunset (orange blossom dates), earl grey, matcha, cream cheese passion fruit, ginger cardamom citrus, coconut pineapple, pistachio cherry, sea salt caramel, guava plum, spinach orange, and the six that I ended up selecting: carrot cake, rum raisin, almond brûlée, berry yogurt, lavender & apricot, and black sesame & lemon. What I love is that even the “regular” common flavours like salted caramel or pistachio have a different twist to it.
Unique flavours aside, the macarons themselves are exceptional. Consistent, creamy filling (ganache) and, given that I don’t always devour all the macarons I buy in one sitting, the “day-old” factor is big for me and the Butter Avenue ones hold up. They’re still pretty soft after a night in the fridge.
I also adore their branding and packaging. The boxes & bags are substantial, to ensure that your delicious French treats are protected as you take them home to enjoy.
Yonge & Lawrence area
3467 Yonge Street
Queen & Spadina
477 Queen Street West