Tantalize food-loving friends and family with yummy gifts from Toronto’s top gourmet, coffee, wine and craft beer hotspots.
Slam dunk your last-minute gifting with mouth-watering finds from Toronto’s most exciting food and beverage boutiques. From handcrafted chocolates to artisan sauces, locally roasted coffee, fine wine and more, here are the best places in Toronto to shop for yummy foodie gifts this holiday season.
Downtown Winery Bottle Shoppe
Toast the holiday season with a glass of red, white or rosé at Downtown Winery, then pop by their bottle shop to pick up a bottle (or two) for holiday host gifts.
This family-owned bottle shop in trendy Ossington Village has a wide range of natural wines and other varietals from Portugal, Argentina, Italy, California and the nearby Niagara wine region.
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Chocolat de Kat
Choose between the Premium Chocolate Hanukkah Box, brand new this year, made with nine exclusive flavours inspired by Jewish pastries and sweets, and the Premium Chocolate Advent Calendar that lets you countdown to Christmas with some of their most popular flavours.
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If you have someone on your list who craves extra heat on everything they eat, Stock T.C.’s TRUFF Black Truffle Infused Hot Sauce elevates the classic red chilli sauce with luxurious black winter truffle. While shopping at Stock T.C.’s elevated grocery store in midtown Toronto, don’t forget to load up on a few extra goodies for the food lovers on your list and ready-to-heat meals to enjoy at home.
Pilot Coffee Roasters
Winter mornings just got a little cozier with Pilot Coffee Roasters Holiday Winter Blend. Its notes of cranberry and cinnamon pair well with your favourite holiday treat. With eight cafés throughout Toronto, the roastery makes holiday powering through your gift list that. much. easier.
Bonus: $1 from every bag is donated to the Red Door Family Shelter. Buy it on its own or as a gift set with a one-of-a-kind ceramic cup made by Poterie Vez.
Make their holiday breakfasts extra sweet with 100% single-origin syrup from Vora Foods. Starting with sap from Ontario maple trees, it is boiled over a wood fire to give it its signature smoky, rich flavour and then bottled at peak deliciousness. It’s so yummy they’ll want to use it on waffles, pancakes, yogurt and anything else they can drizzle it on.
In Midtown’s Rosedale neighbourhood, Coco Market is an upscale convenience store and one-stop shop for a range of locally made and unique items to add to any stellar gift basket. Add spice to any meal with Zing’s Hakka-ish Chili Crisp, or grab a pre-made The Local Edit gift box filled with some of the shop’s favourite Toronto brands.
Give the gift of an at-home beer flight with Bandit Brewery’s Holiday Box, filled with four 355 ml beer cans and a unisex Bandit hoodie.
Turn your beer run into a cultural experience by visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art beforehand (it’s located a stone’s throw away) and then sitting down at Bandit’s brewpub for seasonal brews and a menu of elevated shareables.
Olive Oil Emporium
Swing uptown and hit the Olive Oil Emporium to taste their wide range of oils and vinegars and pick up their 12-Bottle Sampler-Gourmet Olive Oil and Vinegar Gift Set that anyone on your list will enjoy. This set features the most popular flavours, with seven vinegars and five oils to enhance holiday cooking, arranged on a reusable wooden tray.
Panettone from Eataly
Thanks to panettone’s extremely long shelf life compared to other holiday bread and cakes—second to only the immutable fruit cake—this is one dessert you can bring home to share later.
Pick up a seasonal panettone from Eataly, located in Yorkville and the west end’s Sherway Gardens shopping mall. Choose between flavours from classic pandoro to decadent pistachio cream. Then, sit down and take a breather with a freshly pulled macchiato and just-filled cannoli.