Part 3 of my Best of Toronto Macarons is another two-way tie, but for two separate reasons. This week, I share with you two of the hidden gems that I’ve discovered in the last few months. For some, they may not be “hidden” at all but to me, they are outside of the regular patisseries we constantly hear about and shine in their own right.
The first hidden gem is La Bamboche on Avenue Road. I had not visited this neighbourhood patisserie until a month ago on Macaron Day when Tiff and I made it our first stop after work. As the brainchild of Macaron Day T.O., La Bamboche also offered some of the most ganache-filled macarons I have ever tasted, with a mix of traditional and more unique flavours as well. The two I had purchased that day were Raspberry Cream Cheese and Strawberry Champagne, both of which were absolutely delicious. The staff were incredibly friendly as we popped in near the end of the day.
Macaron connoisseurs may or may not like the full centres, but that’s partially why I chose La Bamboche as a hidden gem. It was such a yummy surprise upon biting into one.
As for my day-old test? They were pretty good! Tiff & I both commented on it the next day that the macarons from La Bamboche stood the test of a night in the fridge. Still soft & tasty.
1712 Avenue Road
My second hidden gem is in the West end of Toronto. Located on The Queensway in Etobicoke is Anet Gesualdi Macarons (aka AG Macarons). I first came across this shop via Instagram when I stumbled across their photo of a limited edition Fifty Shades of Grey-themed set of macarons. I was intrigued and looked further into where their shop was. I consider it a “hidden gem” because this relatively small storefront outside of the main downtown core area would be somewhat unassuming but for those that live in the area, or want to take a trek out to the Royal York/Queensway area, it’s worth the stop into AG Macarons.
I stopped in for Valentine’s Day and they had a large assortment of flavours to choose from. For that weekend only, with the purchase of a box of 24, customers were gifted with a rose. Keep your eye on their social media channels because they reveal their limited edition flavour-of-the-month on there, the latest being a cappuccino one! In addition to selling these French treats, AG Macarons also offer macaron-making classes for those ambitious bakers.
How did they fare on the day-old test? Pretty well! Given that I bought 24, they lasted pretty well for a few days though by the 3-4 day mark they were getting a bit hard.. 😳
709 The Queensway