The Best Bakery in Every State
Fresh bread, crisp pastry, frosted cakes. Who doesn't love visiting a bakery? Our Community Cooks helped us find the best bakery in every state for hand-crafted baked goods.
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FPH Bakery, Union Springs
Gaze across the wood counter to see beautifully displayed layer cakes, madeleines, pies and more. FPH Bakery’s loyal customers return time and again for these delicious treats made by owner and head baker Amber Anderson. You’ll have to stop by this charming bakery and try them for yourself!
Marlo’s Bakery, Fairbanks
The baked goods at Marlo’s Bakery first appeared at farmers markets, and now you can find them at this cozy bakeshop. Named for the owner’s daughter, Marlo’s has a delectable selection of French and Filipino treats. Try the ensaymadas: sweet rolls filled with cheese and topped with sugar and butter.
Sugarlips Cakery, Mesa
This adorable bakery invites you to “kiss boring cakes goodbye!” The special occasion cakes at Sugarlips Cakery are amazing and original works of art, and the owners pride themselves on being a homegrown independent business. If you don’t need a whole cake, stop by the colorful shop for cupcake happy hour and a unique taste of Arizona. These are our best recipes from Arizona home cooks.
Dempsey Bakery, Little Rock
For folks with food allergies, Dempsey Bakery is heaven-sent! All of their baked goods—pies, cakes, cookies and breads—are gluten-, soy- and nut-free. They also make treats free of eggs and dairy. Customers rave about how delicious their products are, and that you can’t tell that anything is missing. Find allergy-free treat recipes for your child’s classroom.
Gizdich Ranch Pie Shop & Deli, Watsonville
If you love apricot pie, Helen Nelander of Boulder Creek, California, says that Gizdich Ranch Pie Shop is the place to get it! Their famous for their fruit pies, and no wonder since Gizdich Ranch is also a U-pick berry and apple farm. Find pies packed with olallieberries and other fruits, plus dumplings and pastries. Check out the best U-pick farm in your state. Learn how to make apple pie moonshine.
Wimberger’s Old World Bakery & Delicatessen, Colorado Springs
Wimberger’s Bakery has been a fixture in Colorado Springs since 1970. It was founded by Robert and Gisela Wimberger who longed for the traditional breads of their native Germany, and it’s still family-run today. Baked daily are rye breads, seeded breads, pretzels, Kaiser rolls and pastries. Try this old-world rye bread recipe at home.
Neil’s Donuts, Wallingford
Residents of Wallingford love Neil’s Donuts and their wide range of options. In addition to the dozens of filled doughnuts, crullers and coffee rolls, Neil’s also offers breakfast sandwiches, muffins, Danishes, rolls and other pastries. If you don’t have time to make it out to Connecticut, make this heavenly cheese Danish recipe.
Sweet Somethings Desserts, Wilmington
Pastry chef Victoria Jeker of Sweet Somethings has become a local celebrity after winning on the Netflix show Sugar Rush. Come into the shop to sample her creations like ginger peach hand pies, nasturtium shortbread cookies and a dizzying variety of cupcakes, tortes and other sweet treats. Here are our other favorite food shows to watch on Netflix.
La Segunda, Ybor City
One of the oldest bakeries on our list is La Segunda, currently in its 104th year. The bakery was founded by a Spanish soldier who discovered delicious local breads while stationed in Cuba. He brought the recipes with him to Ybor City and it is still family-run today. Must-tries include the Media Noche bread, tres leches cake and Cuban sandwiches.
Sweet Hut Bakery & Cafe, Multiple Locations
There are some truly stunning treats at Sweet Hut! The Asian boutique bakery and cafe offers baked goods and snacks including Swiss rolls, hokkaido cupcakes and matcha cookies. If you’re looking for something on the savory side, try their bulgogi cheesesteak or curry chicken bun.
Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop, Lahaina
This casual bakery and restaurant has everything: sandwiches, burgers and all kinds of pies. Some of the tasty offerings at Leoda’s Kitchen & Pie Shop include savory mushroom hand pies, turkey pot pie and sweet pies, of course! We’re dying to try the pineapple macadamia nut, Olowalu lime and rich cream pies.
Flight of Fancy Bakery, Donnelly
The owners call themselves the “dessert junkies.” They opened Flight of Fancy Bakery in 1994 to share their dessert addiction with everyone, with from-scratch bakes made daily. Come to this cafe for espresso and a huckleberry croissant. Or grab a sandwich on their homemade bread for lunch.
Weber’s Bakery, Chicago
Whether it was for a birthday, christening, graduation or anniversary, just about everyone who’s grown up in Chicagoland had a cake from Weber’s at some point. The bakery has been a staple since it opened in 1930 and serves up irresistible kolacky, cake doughnuts, coffee cake, a banana split torte and much more. Check out our best recipes from Illinois, including beef sandwiches, giardiniera and pizza.
Marilyn’s Bakery, Hobart
This family-run bakery has been open since 1986 and makes about 70,000 pies a year! Fans of Marilyn’s Bakery love the friendly staff and inviting bakery. And they really rave about the pies, like the sweet-tart Key lime pie. They still use the pie recipes created by their grandmother Marilyn, who started it all. Here are grandma’s favorite pie recipes.
Deluxe Cakes & Pastries, Iowa City
The owner of Deluxe Cakes & Pastries takes her bakery business very seriously. Already a popular spot for wedding cakes and sweets, owner Jamie Powers expanded to offer lunch and Sunday brunch. She also trained for a week in Washington, D.C., with master bread makers and now bakes artisan baguettes fresh daily for scrumptious French sandwiches.
Augustine’s Bakery, Hays
We heard about Augustine’s Bakery from Hays resident Allison Ochoa, who loves the cinnamon rolls and scones. Bakery staffers offer breakfast and lunch, and create customer cakes as well. Most intriguing are the delicious German specialties on the menu like kuchen, spitzbuben and savory bierocks. Cook up these traditional German recipes at home.
Root-A-Bakers Bakery & Cafe, Morehead
Look for the big white house with a wide front porch and you’ll find yourself at Root-A-Baker’s Bakery & Cafe, where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dessert. Fans of Root-A-Bakers are especially fond of the cakes, tender cheddar sausage scones and the “famous” sugar cookies. Check out these recipes from Kentucky home cooks.
Julie Anne’s Bakery & Cafe, Shreveport
The baking begins before dawn, drawing customers in with the scent of fresh breads, pies, custom cakes and sweets. Julie Anne’s Bakery & Cafe also has a full lunch menu with hot and cold sandwiches, and a Balkan dish called cevapcici. One of the owner’s favorite dishes while she lived in Sarajevo, it’s homemade sausage served on flatbread with onions and a sour cream sauce. They have 27 varieties of king cake for Mardi Gras, too. Take a look at our list of king cake recipes.
Bread and Roses Bakery, Ogunquit
This year marks the 30th anniversary of Bread and Roses Bakery. This charming shop is nestled in the downtown of bustling Ogunquit, and is treasured by tourists and locals alike. Favorite treats there are the giant chocolate chip cookies, hearty anadama bread, mousse bombs and blueberry whoopie pies. What’s a whoopie pie? We have the answer!
Midnite Confections Cupcakery, Baltimore
This mother and son-owned bakery has a storefront and a food truck. Founded in 2010, you can drop by the Midnite Confections Cupcakery to grab a uniquely flavored cupcake—like their vanilla cupcake with a chocolate chip cookie dough center, or the pina colada. Find the best food truck in your state.
Chmura’s Bakery, Indian Orchard
A bakery with a rich history, Chmura’s Bakery has been serving its community since 1902. It started as a Polish bakery, and with a change of ownership in the ’80s began offering Portuguese baked goods as well. Find a wide variety of goods there, like the best seeded rye bread, ciabatta, fruit squares, babka studded with raisins and pastel de nata, a Portuguese pastry you definitely have to try
Zingerman’s Bakehouse, Ann Arbor
“SOOOOO good!” That’s how our Engagement Editor Sue Stetzel describes Zingerman’s Bakehouse. Opening in 1992 to provide fresh-baked breads to Zingerman’s Deli, it has since grown into a thriving bakeshop and baking education center. Find every type of baked good you can imagine: Jewish loaves, coffee cakes, scones, yeasted doughnuts… I could go on!
Isles Bun & Coffee Shop, Minneapolis
You may find a line out the door, but trust us—it’s worth the wait! Isles Bun & Coffee has been part of this Uptown neighborhood for over 25 years, and it’s a favorite gathering spot for coffee and outrageously good pastry. The best-seller might be Puppy Dog Tails: sweet dough twisted with cinnamon and sugar, topped with a lemony frosting.
Le Bakery, Biloxi
After Hurricane Katrina devastated the town of Biloxi, Le Bakery was one of the first businesses to reopen—and helped hold together the fragile community. It is a French-Vietnamese bakery and family-run since 2002. There are plenty of sweet pastries and cakes here, but also savory favorites like banh mi sandwiches, known locally as Vietnamese po’boys.
Missouri Baking Company, St. Louis
Located in the Italian neighborhood known as The Hill, Missouri Baking Company was established in 1924 by the Gambaro brothers. It is still family-run today, making traditional Italian cookies, several varieties of butter cakes and desserts like tiramisu. Capture the taste of St. Louis butter cake in these gooey butter cookies.
Black Cat Bake Shop, Missoula
Jack and Christy Wich started Black Cat Bake Shop in their basement, selling their breads at local farmers markets and enticing the neighbors with all the delicious aromas wafting from their home. Now Black Cat has a storefront—head over to get flaky croissants, bear claws, strudels, macarons and quiches. You can make macarons at home—we’ll show you how.
Rabbit Hole Bakery, Lincoln
Perhaps the most whimsical place on the list is the Rabbit Hole Bakery. True to the name, the bakery is decked out Alice in Wonderland-style. It opened in 2016 and favorite bites there include Lemon Meringue Tarts and Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake. It’s great for special occasion cakes or to stop for tea and sweets. It might even inspire you to host your own fanciful tea party!
German Bread Bakery, Las Vegas
The only place for German baking in Las Vegas is the German Bread Bakery, whose goods are in such high demand that they have two locations in the city. The owners bake bread daily and by hand, following authentic German recipes and with carefully selected flours and grains. Their customers love the variety of pastries, cakes and breads like the soft pretzel rolls.
Polish Princess, Lancaster
Fueled by her desire to recreate the breads she loved in Poland, owner Magdalena Randall studied and trained with professional bread bakers at King Arthur Flour. Her efforts paid off, and now she gets to share these amazing breads with customers at her Polish Princess Bakery. Favorites there include chocolate Lancaster Common Sourdough and savory bialys.
L & M Bakery, Delran
This bakery has been in operation for 55 years, meaning generations of New Jersey families have enjoyed L & M Bakery cakes at weddings, birthday parties and celebrations. They still make great custom cakes layered with a famous buttercream frosting. Their fans also rave about the doughnuts, cupcakes, pastries and stunning babkas. Here’s how to make a chocolate babka.
Golden Crown Panaderia, Albuquerque
We heard a lot about this bakery from R.D. Stendel-Freels of Albuquerque, especially about their green chile bread. There is so much to try at the Golden Crown Panaderia: They’re known for authentic breads and cookies of Mexico and the Southwest. Their empanadas come in surprising varieties like pumpkin and cherry. And they make a Thanksgiving turkey bread sculpture!
Noble Pies, Warwick
If I saw a sign that said “Turn Back for Pie,” I know I’d hit the brakes and swing that car around! Well, that’s how Noble Pies began when Leslie Noble sold them roadside with her kids. Now she has a sweet pie shop, and people still turn back for her delicious pies (like Butterscotch Cream!) made from her grandmother’s recipes. Check out these classic recipes from our readers’ great-grandmas.
Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies, Mount Airy
Find this pink shop for fresh pies filled with fruit from the owners’ own U-pick orchard. Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies is famous for their Moonshine pies, and Alex Barnett of Forest, Virginia says they also make a wonderful peach crumble pie. There are other treats too, like brownies, muffins, cakes and ice cream.
Nichole’s Fine Pastry & Cafe, Fargo
Billing itself as the only French cafe in Fargo, Nichole’s Fine Pastry & Cafe offers beautiful sweets and breads. Head chef Nichole Hensen grew up on a farm before attending the Culinary Institute of America. Her hand-crafted creations include chocolate caramel tarts, cheesecakes, eclairs and savory quiches. Definitely a taste of Paris! Or, try your hand at making these French-inspired recipes.
Presti’s Bakery, Cleveland
This is a true Italian bakery that’s been open in Cleveland since 1903. Cleveland natives remember their parents bringing them to Presti’s Bakery to choose a freshly made cannoli from the case. Find great Italian bread here, along with many other pastries and sweets—like pine nut-studded pignoli cookies and cassata cake made with a citrus-ricotta filling.
Ingrid’s Kitchen, Oklahoma City
There are pies, cream horns, napoleons and much more at Ingrid’s Kitchen, but we are really intrigued by the beinenstich. That’s German for “bee sting” and also a traditional cake layered with cream and topped with almonds and honey. Ingrid’s has been a favorite spot for baked goods, lunch and dinner since 1977.
Depoe Baykery, Depoe Bay
Enjoy the beautiful views of the Oregon coast as you devour the baked goodies from Depoe Baykery. Owner Ray Degele has 25+ years of baking experience and even spent some time selling doughnuts door-to-door! There is a huge array of treats here: cookies, breads, quiches and baked goods made with the Oregon favorite, marionberries.
Flying Monkey Bakery, Philadelphia
A favorite stop in the Reading Terminal Market, Flying Monkey Bakery is a great spot to grab a sweet treat on the run. One in particular that they’re known for all kinds of whoopie pies, which are handheld cake sandwiches with a creamy filling. Here, they come in wild flavors like lemon-lavender, Fluffernutter and Mango Passion. Here are our best whoopie pie recipes.
Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery, North Smithfield
Farm wife Claire Boudreault made her delicious baked goods using milk at Wright’s Dairy Farm, and they proved so popular that the family added a bakery to the business. Today you can still find “Claire’s Classics” and dozens of other hand-crafted bakery treats. I can personally attest to the scrumptiousness of the eclairs and the zingy limoncello cake! You can tour Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery and other family farms, too.
Benjamin’s Bakery & Cafe, Surfside Beach
When you’re heading to work or heading to the beach, this is the place to stop. Benjamin’s Bakery & Cafe has been baking fresh bagels, breads, muffins, sweets and pretzels for 25 years on the Grand Strand. Those fresh breads and bagels are used for tasty breakfast sandwiches and lunches. Start your day off with one of these quick breakfast sandwich recipes.
Tyndall Bakery, Tyndall
This local bakery has been open in Tyndall for over 100 years. Though the ownership at Tyndall Bakery has changed a few times, the original recipes have been carefully passed on and are still made today. Some of the favorite items there are Czech pastries like kolache and kuchen, and there are plenty of rolls, doughnuts and fritters to be enjoyed as well. You’ll love these homemade old-world Bohemian recipes.
Muddy’s Bake Shop, Memphis
“Life is short, enjoy the cupcake.” That’s one of the mottos of Muddy’s Bake Shop, opened in 2008. Memphians embraced the shop and the business has grown to two locations plus a studio. We love the playfulness of the staff, decor and the sweet treats, too. Check the daily specials for creations like the Frankly Scarlett (red velvet) Cupcake and the Coco Chanel (chocolate chess) Pie. Memphis inspires great music and great food.
Mi Tierra Café y Panadería, San Antonio
Step into Mi Tierra Café y Panadería and be dazzled by the radiant color and the pinatas, papel picados banners and lights hung everywhere. Then go to the bakery case and be dazzled by all the Mexican dulces you find there: cinnamon bread with fruit filling, sweet breads topped with sugar, empanadas and churros to name only a few.
Parson’s Bakery, Bountiful
The owner of Parson’s Bakery learned everything he knows from his father, who began the bakery in 1945. His father gathered many of the popular recipes from friends and neighbors, and they’re still used today. Pies and breads (like these Parker house rolls) were popular then and still are, along with cookies, pastries and beautiful party cakes.
Mirabelles Bakery, South Burlington
Stop by this cozy, chef-owned bakery just off US Route 2 for some truly amazing pastries. Mirabelles offers a wide range of baked goods, cakes, macarons, plus seasonal and daily specials. In addition to more savory breakfast and lunch options, Mirabelles also has take-and-bake croissants, pie crust, pot pies, and family dinners so you can always have a special treat on hand. Check out these other easy freezer meals.
Paul’s Bakery, Fredericksburg
This Fredericksburg bakery celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Paul’s Bakery was opened by Paul Glancy and is now run by his son, with other family members helping out, too. Doughnuts have become a favorite treat at Paul’s, but they have lots of homemade goodies like pumpkin bread, coffee cakes, napoleons and cream horns. Browse our favorite pumpkin bread recipes.
Sluys Poulsbo Bakery, Poulsbo
This nomination for best bakery came from Elizabeth Bramkamp of Gig Harbor, Washington, and we agree. Sluys Poulsbo Bakery has been family-run since the early 1960s, making all of their breads and pastries in small batches by hand. Their intriguing breads include Norwegian Black and Cardamom Orange. They also hold a doughnut-eating contest—the doughnut dubbed “King Olaf” weighs three pounds!
Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery, Shepherdstown
Back in 1982 when this shop first opened, it was focused on artisan breads. Over the years, Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery expanded the menu to include more bakery staples. Their menu today includes muffins, pastries, cookies, hand pies and a classic West Virginia recipe: pepperoni rolls.
Bittner’s Bakery, Lake Geneva
Bonnie Hawkins of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, says that Bittner’s Bakery has fresh butter delivered DAILY. That’s some serious baking, and they’ve been doing it since 1946! They make gorgeous cakes at Bittner’s and it’s also a great place to stop for Chocolate Drop Cookies, kolaches, cupcakes and paczki, fruit-filled doughnuts.
The Bunnery Bakery & Restaurant, Jackson Hole
What began as a small operation in 1975 has become a favorite local restaurant. The Bunnery Bakery keeps its quality baked goods at center of everything they do, especially with wholesome breakfast items to fuel customers on their way to work or to hit the slopes. Customers love the sticky buns, croissant breakfast sandwiches and Danish. Next: Find the best doughnut shop in all 50 states.