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Better Bulk – Toronto, ON

Bulk Up As Seen On
April 12, 2012

A big thank you to Alison R. at for the mention. Come visit again soon!

Better Bulk on the Danforth isn’t just a name, it’s an apt description. Unlike some dry-goods grocers who offer a layer of dust with their selections, Better Bulk’s clean, organized store carries organic, wheat- and gluten-free products, among other categories that go beyond typical bulk fare. With a commitment to eco-consciousness and whole foods, you may lose some of your own (extra) bulk, by regularly shopping and cooking with theirs.


Lisa E.
Toronto, ON

My friend Michelle V. recommended this place to me and I thought, being a member of my neighbourhood and all, that I should go and check it out.
I walked into bulky goodness with my 2 1/2 year old son yesterday and realize now that I should have been there a lot sooner!
Everything is neatly and carefully grouped and displayed.
They offer all organics (a small selection of pre-packaged items too!), which is lovely.
I like the Big Carrot and all, but Better Bulk is all the more better as I do not have to trek over to the Common any more for some delicious dried goods.  I really recommend the dried strawberries and blueberries!
The staff were friendly (they talked to Big D and laughed when he showed off a bit).  I like it when shop owners are cool with kids.
Overall, a wonderful experience and 2 enthusiastic thumbs up.
Have to get eating all our rice and pasta so I can go back to Better Bulk and stock up!

Michelle V.
Toronto, ON

So I heard my neighbourhood was getting some sort of specialty bulk store (ahh, the power of Twitter) but I was not aware it was opening up on the other side of my apartment building. This is a good thing as it means I don’t have walk far to find it (the power of Google failed me – could not find its address online).

They specialize in all things organic… chocolate covered almonds are organic, right??? In any case, their junk food section is small and that’s a good thing. They focus on different pastas, dried fruits, flours, tea, coffee and a pantload of other stuff.

Now, there’s no way it can rival The Bulk Barn in size or quantity but the quality of their product is top notch (so say I as I snack on some honey-roasted pecans). Plus, it’s a great addition to this neighbourhood and give it time, it may become a solid staple… oh and the owner is super nice (and cute – teehee)!

(Via YELP.)


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Tessa Riley on October 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM

I’m a huge fan of Better Bulk – it’s a great addition to the neighbourhood. The owners encourage bringing your own containers (though there are plastic bags if you don’t), and now have a section of bulk cleaning products. It’s now one of our regular shopping destinations.

Frank on October 20, 2009 at 8:32 PM

I’ve checked out Better Bulk a few times now. I’m impressed with the quality of products, and the price. I expected to pay a premium for their products, but it beats Bulk Barn by my calculations. It’s definitely worth a trip in.

p on November 11, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Very cute shop, and I wish I’d heard of it sooner! They didn’t have vanilla beans, but the owner assured me they’d be getting some in – as a fairly new shop, they’re looking to constantly update their stock. Other than the beans, they had a pretty good selection. Very clean and tidy. As much as I like Bulk Barn, Better Bulk is a classy local shop and I’ll be sure to drop in frequently.

Beth on November 19, 2009 at 3:33 PM

I love the Better Bulk store. Very family friendly environment – no issues with navigating the store with your stroller. The owners are very kind and patient with my 3 year old daughters. The girls love our weekly shopping trips to Better Bulk – they get Alphabit pasta and I get awesome coffee. I appreciate that Bryan & Eric support other local businesses too.

Christine on December 5, 2009 at 1:43 PM

I love this shop. Great selection, great prices, and the guys who work there are really friendly and helpful.

(Via BlogTO.)


Better Bulk at Woodbine & Danforth – anyone been? – Ontario (including Toronto) – Chowhound:

Haven’t been by yet but according to the local community news, the place is ‘funky and ultra clean, items are affordable with no excess packaging and lots of organic and fair trade choices. Suggestions and orders are welcome. …. care is taken to handle the nuts and other allergens so as not to contaminate other items.’ They carry Harmony Organic Milk.

lol, btw I still call that place Loomis & Toles too as do all my neighbours even though ownershop/signage has changed.

JamieK Sep 22, 2009 05:35PM

(Via Chow Hound.)


Better Bulk at Woodbine & Danforth – anyone been? – Ontario (including Toronto) – Chowhound: ”

It’s definitely a great, much-needed addition to the neighbourhood. Along with the aforementioned Harmony Organic (in bottles!) they have an excellent selection of bulk foods, including fleur de sel, organic apricots (much tastier than the regular), I Deal coffee beans, gluten-free products and some organic groceries (Cocoa Camino chocolate bars, cooking oils). Very friendly owners and decent hours, too.

geecubed Sep 23, 2009 11:40AM

(Via Chow Hound.)


Tempting Treats and the Big Hole On The Danforth

Better Bulk

I’ve heard only rave reviews about this new shop on the Danforth west of Woodbine on the south side of the street.  First off, DECA and especially our Farmers’ Market team (the farmelicious femmes as they like to call themselves) would like to thank Eric and Brian from Better Bulk for sponsoring our movie night last week with popcorn!

Funky and ultra clean, items are affordable with no excess packaging and lots of organic and fair trade choices.  Suggestions and orders are welcome.  I’m told that care is taken to handle the nuts and other allergens so as not to contaminate other items.

Here’s what people are saying:

‘Did you know they carry Harmony Organic Milk?   Now I don’t have to traipse over the to the Big Carrot!’

– Rebecca

‘I gave my neighbour some Turkish Delight and he went crazy wanting to know where I got it.’

– Pat

‘Those guys in the bulk store are soooo nice and their stuff is sooo cheap – look I got all this candy for $1.50!’

– Liam

(Via DECA Diaries.)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott permalink
    May 7, 2010 4:47 am

    Love the store and it’s great to have it in the neighbourhood!

    A suggestion for the spices might be to have sheets of tiny labels (and pencils) so you can write what’s in the bag.

    Also, I read on here somewhere that you encourage bringing your own containers, which I love! How does it work re: the weight of the container? (A place in Kitchener weighs the container on the way in and writes the weight on a sticker placed on the bottom. At the register, the container weight is subtracted from the total weight to derive what you pay for.)

    I’m really glad you’ll be carrying oxygen bleach powder soon!


    • March 23, 2011 5:56 pm

      At IQ Living, further west on the Danforth near Pape and Chester, you can buy re-usable labels for your re-usable food packages (they have a special marker that can be removed from the labels later). Now you’ve got a system!

    • January 6, 2012 2:56 pm

      Hi Scott,
      Thanks for the question. You are most welcome to bring your own container. We follow pretty much the same procedure as the place in Kitchener. We’ll weigh your container and either write it on the container, or on a piece of paper, if it’s a pretty container. Our scale does the math for us, and we all save a plastic bag or two! You can do this for any of our food products, and we also carry bulk dish, laundry, and hand soaps.
      Happy shopping!

  2. Cian permalink
    May 17, 2010 3:10 pm

    I love the store, products and owners! But for all those who love herbal teas try the PUKKA blends – they are the most splendid you will ever taste!!

  3. Marsha Lecour permalink
    December 18, 2011 9:47 am

    This bulk store has never disappoints at all. It ALWAYS has want I want in terms of raw organic nuts, etc. The store is very well organized, so that the consumer can find bulk items easily and quickly.

    I love its location – five minutes from my home by car.

    Love you guys1

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