In French, “La Cigogne” means “the stork”, a bird which has historically been something of a mascot in Alsace, France, thanks to the large population that build their nests there. They’re said to spread happiness and fidelity throughout Alsace, and thus became a fitting emblem for Patisserie La Cigogne on Danforth Avenue. The shop specializes is Alsatian delicacies, offering traditional French desserts, croquembouches, wedding cakes, pastries, breads, chocolate and other sumptuous French fare daily! And from personal experience, we can assure you that every sweet morsel is outstanding!
The stork is a symbol of good luck, and it has certainly brought good fortune to Chef Thierry Schmitt, owner of Patisserie La Cigogne. However, since becoming regular customers, we suspect Chef Schmitt’s success is attributed more to his incredible culinary prowess and international experience. Having excelled in pastry school in France – where he opened his own boulangerie-patisserie and salon-de-thé – in 1995 he moved to Toronto and became a pastry teacher French baking, pastry art, and advanced patisserie at George Brown College.
While he perfected his cake, pastry, chocolate, and sugar talents, Chef Schmitt opened Patisserie La Cigogne in 2003 on Bayview Avenue. As the business grew and earned a loyal clientele, Thierry has introduced more Alsatian classics and traditional French delicacies, to which he adds his own modern twists. Lucky for us, he soon opened a second storefront on the Danforth. We frequent the shop regularly, whether enjoying a quiche and salad for lunch, or grabbing dessert for a dinner party! Every morsel on display is a spectacular work of art and tastes even better than it looks!
Some popular treats amongst the community (and ourselves)? Almond croissants (duh!), the chocolate coffee cake, and the opera cake – yum!!
The patisserie is always buzzing with warmth and friendly vibes, and while there’s a loyal following of visitors, even strangers are treated like neighbours. Stop by the store for an experience that will delight the senses. You will return to your world with a guaranteed smile!
1419 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario. M4J 1N3
Mon 7:30 AM – 7 PM
Tue 7:30 AM – 7 PM
Wed 7:30 AM – 7 PM
Thur 7:30 AM – 7 PM
Fri 7:30 AM – 8 PM
Sat 8 AM – 8 PM
Sun 8 AM – 7 PM
Can you imagine the delicious temptation of having such a reliable bake shop just a short walk from your home or work?
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