Bonjour Brioche celebrates 20 years of its French patisserie in Toronto's east end

Bonjour Brioche celebrates 20 years of its French patisserie in Toronto's east end

The lineups tell it all at Bonjour Brioche, the French bakery and brunch institution in Toronto's east end. Show up after 10 on the weekends and there's a crowd around the block willing to wait — even on a sub-zero winter morning — for a buttery pastry fix of flaky croissants, warm baguettes and quiche du jours. This is testament to the expertise, passion, detail and je ne sais quoi happening in the charming patisserie in which owners Henri and Lori Feasson have been wooing locals and visitors for 20 years. 

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The best cafe patios in Toronto's east end

The best cafe patios in Toronto's east end

Fortunately for locals, it's pretty easy to find good coffee on Toronto's east side. But perhaps because of the city's long winter, outdoor sipping can sometimes be at a premium for those that prefer the open air for a shot of Vitamin D with their caffeine fix. Here are local cafes that offer a mix of sunshine and open air with people watching and top-notch coffee. Laptop loiterers welcome.

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