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Flour Bakery & Café
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The 16 best bakeries in America

Chow down on cookies, cakes, croissants and fresh bread while sipping on a tea or coffee at the best bakeries in America

By Lauren Rothman
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Whether your tastes lean sweet or savory, there’s one institution that can always be relied on to fulfill a craving: the bakery. You might be up early looking for carbs at the best breakfast restaurants in America or seeking a sweet finale to a meal at the best Japanese restaurants in America or the best French restaurants in America. Either way, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best bakeries in America, serving freshly baked bread, cookies, croissants and cakes in beautiful settings.

Best bakeries in America

Le Panier
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Le Panier French Bakery

11. Le Panier in Seattle, WA

4 out of 5 stars
Shopping Bakeries Pine Market

Located in Seattle’s historic and picturesque Pike Place Market, this classic French boulangerie and patisserie pays equal loving attention to both its collection of breads and pastries. Its seasonally changing menu incorporates temporal ingredients into both—think pumpkin macarons and a French loaf studded with caramelized onions—and a range of savory tartlets tempts with bacon, egg and cheese, creamy chicken and more options.

Baked and Wired
Photograph: Courtesy Baked and Wired

12. Baked & Wired in Washington, D.C.

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Georgetown

This lovely Georgetown bakery, featuring a tranquil patio, is the perfect place to while away an afternoon over a cup of coffee and an excellent dessert. Baked & Wired’s selection of bars is unparalleled: flavors of shortbread base are topped, variously, with chewy peanut nougat, lemon curd, and almonds and honey. Fudgy brownies, too, come in a myriad of options: tropical caramel coconut pecan, raspberry cream cheese and more.

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Zak the Baker
Photograph: Platonic Studios

13. Zak the Baker in Miami, FL

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Delis Wynwood

This Miami bakery just happens to be kosher, but that doesn’t limit baker Zak Stern’s vision for masterfully prepared breads, cakes, cookies and more. Gorgeous loafs of challah, sourdough and rye are Stern’s specialty, but eggy quiches, delicate croissants and elegant fruit tarts are equally good. Get in on the toast trend, too, with versions including avocado-tomato, beet-feta, and walnut-chocolate. 

Muddy’s Bake Shop
Photograph: Courtesy Muddy’s Bake Shop

14. Muddy’s Bake Shop in Memphis, TN

3 out of 5 stars
Shopping Colonial

This homey Memphis bakery serves up the best of the south in the form of lovingly baked pies, cookies and cupcakes. The flaky-crusted pies are a thing of beauty: gooey pecan, dense Coco Chanel chocolate, fruity strawberry and more. Also of note is a category of super-southern puddins’: slip a spoon into the unbelievable banana, the chocolatey Oreo and burnt-sugar toffee.

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Sugar Bakeshop
Photograph: Courtesy Sugar Bakeshop

15. Sugar Bakeshop in Charleston, SC

3 out of 5 stars

It’s there in the name, folks: this quaint Charleston bakery does right by its primary ingredient, turning out adorable—and tasty—cupcakes, pies and cookies. The former is definitely the place to start, with frosting-capped stunners such as year-round lime curd, double chocolate and caramel, and seasonal beauts including strawberry, pistachio and mint.

Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Mud Pie Vegan Bakery

16. Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse in Kansas City, MO

3 out of 5 stars

We know what you’re thinking: a vegan bakery?! But at this sweet little Kansas City shop, you won’t miss the butter and eggs absent from the outstanding lineup of cupcakes, turnovers, scones and more. For true indulgence, sink your teeth into the coconut bar, a graham cracker base topped with rich coconut and chocolate. 

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