This past weekend, I started my “Best of Toronto Macarons” series with my fave place for unique flavours. Today, in part two of this new month-long series, is my favourite patisserie with the best ambiance. And it’s a tie! I’ve got two places that are up there on this list for me with the best ambiance and decor.
The first of the two would be MoRoCo Chocolat located in Yorkville. While the name says chocolate, and they do specialize in a lot of chocolatey decadence, their macarons are just as delicious (if not moreso!). They also offer a variety of menu options including lunch/dinner, brunch and afternoon tea. I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to try each of those, having hosted my sister’s bridal shower afternoon tea as well as my 30th birthday dinner at this beautiful venue.
The dining area has intimate lighting with a black & purple theme while, in contrast, the outdoor patio is white & bright to enjoy the sunshine in this ritzy neighbourhood. I love the colour purple (as if you couldn’t tell from my blog design), so the first time I entered this restaurant for brunch with a friend I was in love. And knew I had to have my then-30th there.
My favourite macaron flavour is the cassis (purple) one and MoRoCo probably does this flavour the best that I’ve had anywhere. I love a more jam type ganache centre (versus a creamier one) and they make theirs to perfection. (MoRoCo’s is the bottom one in the picture below). As for my previously mentioned “day old” test, MoRoCo’s macarons vary in sustainability after one day. Some maintain its freshness relatively well, sometimes it doesn’t. I guess it depends when they were made during the day.
99 Yorkville Ave
Tied for first in the ambiance & decor category is Bobbette & Belle. Known for their french pastries, beautiful cakes and – of course – delectable macarons, this Queen Street East staple has recently opened a new location in the Yonge & Lawrence area. While the other winner is very much oozing the Yorkville vibe, both Bobbette & Belle locations really embrace the feel of the chic & trendy neighbourhood French bakery.
While their macarons are delicious, with a more standard assortment of flavours, they offer much more than that including beautiful cupcakes, pastries and unique cakes. I’ve had the pleasure of attending a PR event in one of the locations as well as just stopping in with some girlfriends before I went wedding dress shopping. It’s always a lively, busy and friendly atmosphere no matter which location or when I visit. I also remember seeing a “giant” macaron at the Queen Street location before. For those macaron lovers, when regular sized ones aren’t enough, you can treat yourself to a mega-sized one! As for my “day old” test, maybe it was the one I picked that day but unfortunately it really didn’t last the next day. Generally in the past it hasn’t been bad so I’m not sure if it’s because the one I had was purchased already near the end of a full day. So the best solution? Devour all your Bobbette & Belle macarons in the same day! 😉
1121 Queen Street East
Yonge & Lawrence area
3347 Yonge Street