The Mid-Autumn Festival is coming up, and that means delicious mooncakes are popping up at stores everywhere. One of the largest special occasions in Chinese culture, the annual festival celebrates the bright moon during harvest season. The special mooncakes are sold only during this time as an exclusive celebration treat. The cakes are available in different shapes, colours, and prices. If you're looking to save, check out Toronto's best mooncakes for under $7 this season!
What is a mooncake, you might ask? The elegant desserts and considered a delicacy, and are shared between family and friends during the festival. Traditionally, a mooncake consists of a pastry shell stuffed with red bean or lotus seed paste, with a salted duck egg yolk in the center, although there are many different modern takes on the dessert! Visit these 6 Toronto bakeries to get some for yourself!
Hong Kong Island Bakery
Cuisine: Pasteries, tea
Address: 336 Spadina Ave Toronto, ON M5T 2G2
Why You Need To Go: Grab a bubble tea to enjoy alongside one of their mooncakes! Cakes cost $6.50 - $7.
Cuisine: French-inspired Chinese bakery
Address: 6464 Yonge St #122 North York, ON M2M 3X4 and 3229 Hwy 7 Markham, ON L3R 3P3
Why You Need To Go: Visit one of these two locations and try a delicious cake with a French twist. Cakes sell for $6.50 each.
Kin Kin Bakery
Cuisine: Chinese-inspired baked goods and bubble tea
Address: 595 Bay St Toronto, ON M5G 2R3
Why You Need To Go: You can get mini mooncakes for only $2.75, or regular sized for $6!
Patchmon's Thai Desserts
Cuisine: Thai bakery
Address: 258 Dupont St Toronto, ON M5R 1V7
Why You Need To Go: This Thai take on the traditional mooncake delivers you a softer, fluffy texture. The bakery sells the cakes at an incredible price, six for $6! Be sure to call in advance to ensure they are in stock.
Cuisine: Japenses cream buns
Address: 13 Baldwin St Toronto, ON M5T 1L1
Why You Need To Go: Best known for their cream buns, Hattendo is selling limited mooncakes for $4.70 each!
Tung Hing Bakery
Cuisine: Asian style bakery
Address: 353 Broadview Ave Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1
Why You Need To Go: Tung Hing makes preservative-free mooncakes by hand! The bakery offers vegan and gluten-free mooncakes for $6 each, as well as traditional mooncakes.