Finding a good bakery is not such a simple task as it seems. There are a lot of good bakeries, but great ones? that’s a different story.
A good loaf of bread or a great baguette is not that easy to come by but in my humble opinion, a perfect bite is worth to travel around the country for.
Here are 50 of the best bakeries in the United States (In alphabetical order). A bakery for each state. road trip anyone?
Alabama – Birmingham Breadworks
The hottest culinary destination in the states right now is not New York or Los Angeles. Surprisingly, it is Birmingham, the most populated city in Alabama. Same can be said of the bakeries that rose up a level and provide some of the best bread in the country and this bakery outdid them all: If there is a bakery who understands bread, this is it.
The bakery offers a wide range of amazing pastries, bread rolls, baguettes, and amazing Croissants, Savory Biscuits, Sticky Buns, Multigrain, Daily Bread sandwiches to die for and much more. This place knows how to work an oven, It takes them about a day and a half to make their sourdough bread. Personally, I like that kind of attention on my baked goods so whatever brings you to town. make sure to check this place out.
Address: 2408 7th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL, 35233
Monday – Saturday 6:30am-5:30pm
Alaska – Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop
This family bakery led by Janis Fleischman and Jerry Lewanski and their daughter Rachel is truly an extraordinary story. Jerry, a passionate home baker, a hobby that he indulged alongside a successful career decided its time to make it the “real deal”.
After retiring from his job as Alaska’s Director of State Parks, he studied for a year at the San Francisco Baking Institute and returned to establish this wonderful bakery. The bakery uses only organic flour from Central Milling in Utah. All of their bread is handmade by their talented staff, including Carlyle Watt, the head baker of both the bread program and savory offerings that was recognized as an “Outstanding Baker” by the James Beard Foundation in 2017.
Recommended: ciabatta, rustic wheat, onion poppy seed.
They have a few locations so you should check out their website as of which branch is closest to you.
Address: 1343 G St, Anchorage, AK 99501
Opening Hours: :
Wendsday – Sunday 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Arizona – Barrio Bread
When you receive the title of one of America’s 10 top Bakers by Dessert Professionals magazine, you are definitely doing something right!
Don Guerra, baker and owner of Barrio Bread started out his baking career in the home kitchen alongside his mother and grandmother. Today he is the proud owner of a bakery that delivers the best sourdough bread in the area with breads like European Rye, Desert Durum, Whole wheat walnut, Old World Rye and many more beautiful creations. He even has a printed bread menu.
Really, this is one of the most inspiring bakeries I have come across in a while. Every bread Don creates is a work of art.
Barrio is Spanish for “neighborhood”, a name he chose since his neighbors were the lucky recipients of his first loaves.
If you are in Arizona – this is the place for you, and if you just want a to soak up some inspiration, check out his website and enjoy Don Guerra’s wonderful works.
Address: Broadway Village 18 S. Eastbourne Ave, Tucson, AZ 85716
Tuesday – Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm; Satarday: 9:00 am-2:00 pm or until gone
Arkansas – Dempsey Bakery
This is one of the most special bakeries you will find on our list, and you have to take your hat off to the owner because this bakery is all gluten-free bread and pastries.
It all started in 2008 when one member of the Dempsey family was diagnosed with health issues that required a gluten-free diet. The disclosure turned out to be a genetic disorder as other family members suffering from various symptoms found out that gluten was the family enemy.
Some families will find such results as some sort of a crisis, but not Paula Dempsey, who saw it as an opportunity to set up a quality bakery that is all gluten-free.
Indeed bread can be found here 100% Gluten-free, also Soy and and Nut-free. With other nutritional markings like Egg-free, Dairy-free and, Sugar-free this bakery is heaven to clients with medical restrictions.
Proper Disclosure: As someone who has run a small gluten-free factory, I have a lot of respect for gluten-free bakers. I myself have spent years trying to perfect gluten-free bread and I know how hard it is to come up with a good product (I have thrown many pans and failed breads against the wall ). That being said, the Dempsey Bread is definitely high-quality and worthy of all the praise.
Address: 323 Cross Street, Suite B, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
California- Tartine Bakery
This is not the first time we have written about Tartine. This bakery made our top 12 bakeries in the world list. Based out of San Fransisco, the home of sourdough bread in the US, Tartine offers a great selection of bread alongside a great atmosphere and a wonderful culinary experience overall.
You might find the lines long but they are definitely worth the wait and it gives you time to soak in the atmosphere along with the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread.
Tartine has also produced a couple of great baking books. They are wonderful inspirational baking books that are highly recommended and will also look great on your coffee table.
Address: 595 Alabama St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Monday – Sunday 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Colorado – Babettes Bread Bakery
This bakery, Catherine and Steve Scott, a husband and wife team operation, is considered a local institution and specializes in handmade artisan bread. The dough is handled slowly, to ensure exceptional taste and texture. When you come in, take one look at the bread and, it will give you a clue of how good they are (This and the fact all the bread sells out daily so don’t come too late or you will miss out).
Their artisan bread is outstanding and well caramelized ( don’t think its burnet- it definitely isn’t), crispy outside, soft on the inside and absolutely worth the trip even if you do not live in the area.
the place is bright and very family-friendly. You can get a delicious authentic pizza and a simple menu too.
Recommended: whole grain sourdough, the baguettes, and basically everything you see.
Address: 2030 Ionosphere Street, Longmont, CO
Bakery Opening Hours:
Tuesday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wendsday – Sunday 7:00 am – 9 :00 PM
Connecticut- Bantam Bread
This family-owned bakery began with a dream of one man Niles Golovin, a chef who worked in New York restaurants and wanted to do something on his own. His love was bread baking and the beginning was modest: he sold bread in a local market and after seeing the success he trained with a local master baker and finally opened his own place.
Today the bakery flourishes with the team including team, apart from Neil, his wife, and daughter, who the pastries chef.
The small bakery is situated in the basement of a small house near the Bantam.
It offers a wide range of bread: Semolina Batard, Sunflower and Flax Seed, Cinnamon Raisin and much more. especially recommended is the holiday bread. don’t wait for the holidays, just eat it with everything!
Address: 853 Bantam Road, Bantam, CT 06750
Wednesday – Saturday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Delaware – Market Street Bakery
Located on the block of Market many see as the heart of the city, the bakery sends an excellent smell of freshly baked bread up to the street.
Their bread is for the lack of another word phenomenal, you can find bagels, baguettes, multigrain bread, sourdough and much more.
They serve breakfast and lunch to.
Recommended: Rosemary olive oil bread, pretzel rolls, sourdough bread.
Address: 823 North Market Street Wilmington , DE, 19801
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Website: Market Street Bakery
Florida – Zak the Baker Bakery
This Jewish bakery is Glatt kosher, providing a variety of dishes, fresh artisan bread made by hand from scratch and all bread are naturally leavened. You can find there on a daily basis Sourdough Country Wheat, Sourdough Multigrain, Sourdough Walnut & Cranberry, Sourdough Olive & Za’atar, Sourdough Jewish Rye, Baguette, Seeded Baguette, and Crunchy Granola.
On Fridays, the highlight is the Jewish Challa Bread, but keep in mind that regular customers will put up a fight for the last challa bread on the shelf 🙂
Special bonus: the deli. Truly Jewish delicatessen with great food that will bring you back time and time again.
Address: 295 NW 26th St, Miami, Florida 33127
Sunday- Thursday : 7:00 am – 7:00pm
Friday: 7am – 5pm
Georgia – Alon’s Bakery & Market
This bakery, a cozy European style bakery/deli was established in 1992 by Alon Balshan, a baker with a real passion for bread. He makes by a high-quality, made-from-scratch selection of baked bread, as well as, European-style cakes, handmade pastries, gourmet sandwiches, and much more, but I’ll focus on the bread.
The flavor is unbelievable. Sandwiches are a combination of first-rate ingredients, texture, and taste. it’s really a gourmet bakery.
Besides bread, they also offer special products such as cheese, wine, and baskets for special events.
Take into account, not the cheapest bakery around but the products are all top-notch.
Recommended: whole wheat, rustic whole wheat, country french, multigrain, baguette. sourdough and Challa- The best in Atlanta!
Address: Morningside (for their second location check out their website)
1394 North Highland Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30306 404.872.6000
Monday – Friday: 7 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 7 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm
Hawaii – The Breadshop
This is a young bakery in the Kaimuki area of Honolulu.
The man behind these outstanding bread is master baker Chris Sy, the islander who made the journey to the mainland and worked in elite restaurants in Chicago and California only to return to his native island and open this amazing bakery.
He prepares what some will call old-world bread with real substance and wonderful taste and texture. The bread is prepared daily by hand and served fresh. What is left, if any, by the end of the day is donated to the community in need.
The menu varies day to day which keeps things interesting. It is a bit on the pricy side but well worth it.
The bakery is small and the lines are long on the weekends, but during the week it’s not so bad, so if you can get there midweek, there’s ample parking behind the building.
Recommended: City Bread, City Bread, focaccia, sourdough bread
Address: 3408 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Idaho – Round River Baking
Idaho is not exactly the state you associate with good artisan bread but there are surprises in life and it seems that the understanding that good bread can upgrade any meal reached Pocatello too:)
Baker Matt Sanger is doing an outstanding job creating a beautiful crispy loaf of artisan bread which he sells once a week only!
His using fresh, organic flour which grown and milled in the region as part of his philosophy of being connected to the land and the community.
He makes a great Scout Mountain Sourdough which is a local take on a French classic and if you go evert the blues and need some comfort the loaf Oat Porridge is the one for you, (loaded with whole-grain organic oats, you will survive anything after tasting this one.)
Most of the bread selection go through a 3-day process (and the use of a wild levain culture) until its finally ready.
Recommended: Multigrain with Seeds, Baguette, Quinoa-Durum
Address: Station Square in Old Town Pocatello, ID
Every Thursdays starting at 5pm
Website: Round River Baking
Illinois – Floriole Bakery
It was quite clear that the best bakery would be located in the heart of Chicago, a city with an impressive culinary scene.
The bakery began its way modestly as a small stand in the Green farmers market and in 2010 opened the bright and homey location in the Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Since then it won recognition and awards for its wonderful products.
The bakery owned by Sandra and Mathieu Holl. Sandra worked as a baker in the well-known San Francisco-based Tartin bakery (also on the list) and Mathieu grew up in Paris, and you don’t need more than that I guess because he’s just so good at what he does.
The bread they make is simply phenomenal. The level of skill and quality of ingredients are Incredible (they try to use organic ingredients from local farmers whenever possible). There is an option to sit outside if the weather allows.
Recommended: delicious fresh authentic baguette, brioche, pumpkin bread and everything else really.
Address: 1220 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL
Tuesday-Friday 7am-5:30 pm
Saturday-Monday 8 am-5:30 pm
Indiana – Amila’s Bread
Located in the Fletcher Place neighborhood in downtown Indianapolis this bakery is a hidden gem, a local tressure really.
When you enter the warm and homey bakery it’s so cute and warm inside You immediately get captivated by the charm of the place. Along the wall, you encounter a wide range of loaves of artisan bread, and a gorgeous smell stands in the air.
They really bake Fabulous bread which can also be found in elite restaurants and some groceries around the city.
Recommended: the semolina bread covered with fennel seed, focaccia, cranberry walnut bread.
FYI: they also sell some raw meats & cheeses, olive oil, and some other artisan products. There is no seating area, this is to take and go only.
Address: 653 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis.
Monday-Friday 7 am -7 pm
Saturday-Sunday 10 am. to 5 pm
Iowa – La Mia Bakery
Joe and Christina LogsdonJJ founded this bakery in 2003, located in Des Moines neighborhood, which over the years became a local hot spot, very popular and crowded at times.
They make their bread strictly from scratch every day, laminated by hand, then filled with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Once the bread leaves the oven, they head almost immediately up for sale; meaning that nothing is baked a day or even hours ahead.
Indeed their homemade bread and pastries look amazing and became a local legend, fresh, visually beautiful and delicious.
There is a nice seating area behind the Bakery.
Recommended: French bread’ ciabatta, baguettes, dinner rolls, whole grain.
Address: 841 42nd St, Des Moines, IA 50312,
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm,
Saturday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kansas – Ibis Bakery
This amazing bakery is quite inspiring. Chris and Kate the owners, developed a taste for sourdough bread while taking a trip to where else but San Fransico ( home of the sourdough bread in the US). After developing their baking skills they came back home and have found a way to combine the love of Bread and the love of Coffee. This passion for Coffee and Bread manifested itself in the form of Ibis Bakery.
Bread made with natural not genetically modified ingredients Ibis bakery simply produces a great natural healthy bread the right way.
You have to try their sourdough bread and their citrus brioche which is great for french toast.
Coffee lovers, you have definitely found the right place!
They have 2 locations so make sure to check out their website to see which one is more convenient for you
Address: 1624 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108
Everyday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Website: Ibis Bakery
Kentucky – Blue Dog Bakery
Blue dog is one of those bakeries you enter and simply don’t want to leave. The place is charming inside and out, full of sunshine and gives a friendly vibe.
It’s a bakery – coffee shop kind of place that offers delicious bread and pastry baked daily.
They keep a baking schedule so if you want something specific you may want to check their website before you won’t be disappointed, even though I’m sure you’ll find a worthy replacement in no time.
Their bread, a selection of French and Italian country loaves are also served in the city’s top restaurants the coffee shop itself is jam-packed most of the times so go in and hope for the best 🙂
Recommended: French bread, Miche, Cranberry Walnut
Address: 2868 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 40206
Tuesday – Saturday as following:
Bakery 7:00 am-4:00 pp
Brunch 9:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Louisiana – Breads On Oak
Okay, as you can see, we’re already in the 13th bakery and the title of this post has promised 12 unforgettable bakeries but it just makes no sense to exclude this bakery from the list so forgive me if I bend the rules a little bit…
Bread is the real star in this bakery as you can assume from the name.
The French inspiration that exists in every corner in New Orleans does not skip this bakery and the French-style bread it offers.
Bread On Oak, which opened in 2012, uses natural ingredients, sourdough starter, organic eggs, and makes sure the fermentation process gets the time it deserves, even if it means a whole day to give the taste time to develop.
Chef Sean O’Mahony’s serves not only bread but a wide range of sandwiches, many of them vegan, and even a meat lover like me must admit that these sandwiches taste amazing.
Served on rotation: sourdough Dark Rye, Vollkornbrot, Irish Soda Bread, Italian Sesame. Try getting there on Saturday & Sunday, you will have the chance to get a bite on one of these treats: Cheese & Herb Bread Twists, Cajun Shrimp Stuffed Brioche, and Croque Monsieur Stuffed Brioche. Do I need to say more?
Address: 8640 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
Monday – Sunday 7:00am – 3:00 pm
Maine – Standard Baking
This family-owned bakery is a rare find. Anyone who has been to Paris, France, and had a taste of the amazing bakeries the city has to offers will agree that Standard Baking stands nicely in the competition.
They make chewy crusty artisan bread while offering great selection too.
All their bread is handcrafted and baked throughout the day in their 12-ton, stone deck oven, prepared in plain view in their open production bakery and often served still warm from the oven. A must-go-to place!
Recommended: Rosemary sourdough, Asiago cheese bread, Olive bread, Baguette.
Address: 75 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 04101
Monday – Friday 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday 7:00 am-5:00 pm
Website: Standard Baking
Maryland – The Breadery
The bakery is located in Catonsville, Maryland and serves every selection of bread imaginable. Their artisan bread is baked without preservatives with the perfect crust.
The location is not very appealing and the prices are a bit expensive but the bread is definitely worth it. There are many options to taste samples before choosing the desired bread. You can also find wines, olive oil and special jellies and sauces that can be paired to the bread you have chosen.
Recommended: Baguette, Sourdough, 3-Seed Sourdough, and San Francisco Sourdough.
Address: 418 Oella Avenue Catonsville, MD 21228
Tuesday-Saturday: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Massachusetts – Bricco Panetteria
This bakery is located in the Italian neighborhood of Boston and offers a real authentic. manu. I’m talking about a lot more bread: it is actually a small market for anything that is artisan: bread, meat, wine, olive oil, cheeses, and whatnot.
The bakery is part of Frank DePasquale’s North End, the culinary empire but stands on its own with an excellent variety of bread – the crust, the flavors, and the taste speak for itself. The bakery is located on a basement floor and can be easily be missed.
Olive bread, prosciutto bread parmesan bread, ciabatta. you can also get a wonderful veal sandwich… whatever you choose- you can not go wrong.
Address: 3 Board Aly, Boston, MA 02113-2304
Sunday – Thursday: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday – Saturday : 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Michigan- Field and Fire
Shelby Kibler the owner of the bakery is full of knowledge and passion in everything that is bread.
He bakes bread in European style and uses all-organic grains basically applying the organic food “farm-to-table” method.
The bakery boasts itself for lengthy fermentation that draws out the flavor from their grains and flours and also enhances the nutritional value of their baked goods.
They mix all of the dough by hand, one small batch at a time.
Its bread is healthy, easy to digest and baked in a wood-fired bread oven and the flavors are simply delicious. They prepare their own starter and the aroma fills the place up.
They also have a cafe which It is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner, clean and with a pleasant atmosphere and added to that that the quality and prices are great. it’s a culinary delight all around.
Recommended: sunflower flax, Scandinavian Rye, Tordu Baguette.
Address: 435 ionia st. sw, grand rapids, mi ( For the cafe address check out their website)
Mon-Thur 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Fri + Sat 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Minnesota – Patisserie 46
The French-style bakery is located in the Kingfield neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Opened in 2010 by Chef Chef John Kraus and has since regained recognition for its uncompromising quality: for its fresh ingredients, the fantastic hand-made bread, the quality of service and the pleasant atmosphere of the place. More than anything they are famous for their baguettes and crusty sourdough bread loaves.
Here you can find a variety of bread (and sweet pastries) fresh daily that will blow your mind.
The place gets very crowded at times and it has limited seating but if you go there by wintertime when everybody is too cold to get out, you may score a place by their fireplace at the back end which is super cozy and nice.
Recommended: Miche bread, multi-grain bread, walnut currant sourdough bread.
Address: 4552 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Tues – Sat: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mississippi – Serious Bread
This bakery is located at Old Town Bay St. Louis. It’s a small town Bakery, light years away from the big chains bakery atmosphere. This bakery might be small but delivers in a big way.
The name of the bakery says it all: The man behind the bread is none other than Al Jensen, who after a career as an oceanographer decided to dive into his second love and became a full-time baker. Everything he bakes is baked on-site. You can take home or eat as a sandwich (they have a yummy menu) and their pita bread is well spoken of throughout the area. They have a tasting section if you find it difficult to choose the loaf you want.
Recommended: sunflower bread, rye bread, olive oil or garlic flatbread.
Address: 131 Main St, Bay Saint Louis, MS 39520-4545
Tuesday – Sunday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Missouri – Fervere Bakery
This bakery is a treasure and is intended for true bread lovers. They make it difficult for their customers and open only s (short) days a week and closes as soon as the bread is finished (maybe it’s for the best otherwise the weekly calorie level will skyrocket). The bread it produces is exquisite, in a league of its own. They produce about 11 different types of bread, earthy and filling.
If bread was high fashion I would say that their bread is haute couture. easy.
The result: Every visit to the bakery consists of two visits – the first one is where you finish off everything you bought within five minutes of living the bakery and the second one is you going back and buying supplies that will actually make it home 🙂
Note: This is not a restaurant- bread only! Also, It is recommended to arrive before 12 noon or all the best stuff runs out.
Recommended: cheese slipper, olive rosemary bread, quinoa bread.
Address: 1702 Summit, Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Thursday and Friday 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Montana – Wild Crumb
This is a first-class French-style bakery is a well-kept secret of the locals. no other bakery in the area comes close to their products.
The family-owned bakery specializes in traditional organic artisan bread that is simply gorgeous looks and taste vise.
They offer over ten different types of bread and a great breakfast and lunch menu.
Their space is beautiful, there is both indoor and outdoor seating but keep it in mind that during rush hour this place does get crowded.
Recommended: Baguette, Light Country Rye, Sprouted Kamut Levain.
Address: 600 North Wallace, Suite 6, Bozeman, MT 59715
Tuesday-Sunday: 7:00 am-3:00 pm
Nebraska – Culprit Cafe and Bakery
This is one of the special bakeries on my list, if only because of the fact that in addition to good bread and pastry you can also grab a nice cocktail on the bar.
This cafe and bakery have a full bar with great craft cocktails (they serve dinner too) but the real gem is the bread: they have a full-time bakery, everything is baked on-site farm to table that becomes more and more popular these days.
Truth be told it really does not matter what you order you will end up a happy camper. The place has a nice modern interior, with a cozy fireplace and great Ambience.
Recommended: tomato basil bread, sourdough, maple oat, whole wheat, and the pretzels.
Address: 3201 Farnam St #6112, Omaha, NE 68131 ( for a second location check their website)
Monday -Thur day 7:00 am -9:00 pm
Friday -Saturday 8:00 am-11:00 pm
Sunday 8:00 am-6:00 pm
Nevada- JJ’S Boulangerie
This bakery is located in The Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, and as the hotel’s name implies the bakery boasts a perfect French-style look and feel. More important it serves high-quality bread and pastries that draw inspiration from the homeland of France.
I first came across this bakery when I stayed in at the Paris Hotel a few years back and it was love at first sight.
The baguette crunch is just as crisp as I like it, and the selection is really crazy, plus the atmosphere in the place is pleasant and you really feel like you are in a small boulangerie in France.
Added bonus: Chefs create the bread and French pastries in the open display oven for all to see.
Address: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109,
Sunday – Satarday 7:00 am- 12:00 am (midnight)
Website: JJ’S Boulangerie
New Hampshire – Blue Loon Bakery
After a lifetime of traveling around the world and especially in areas known for their high-quality bread, the bakery owners Laurie Schive and Mike Morgan decided to take root in New London.
The fairly new bakery, which opened in 2018 and was named by the couple’s granddaughter, produces wonderful bread and laminated pastries and is located in a welcoming and cozy 1830’s farmhouse and barn that gives a great feeling in winter and allows for sitting outside in the lovely patio during summertime.
Many of their breads are made with the 4 key ingredients every baker swears by flour, water, salt and yeast and all are made by hand from scratch at the bakery.
Popular breads include Sunpea Sourdough, Morgan Hill Multigrain, and Bavarian pretzels sold every Thursday. The bakery also uses their breads to create breakfast and lunch sandwiches.
As they say Bread this good comes along once in a Blue Loon!
Adress: 2 Lovering Lane, New London, NH 03257
Wedensday-Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sunda 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Website: Blue Loon Bakery
New Jersy – Balthazar Bakery
It may be considered a bit of a hoax because Balthazar Bakery has taken shape in New York and to this day the bakery provides bread to the leading restaurants in the city.
They also have a small bakery in Manhattan but with the big wave of success, there was a real need for real estate that will hold all of these wonderful baked goods and the bakery moved its wholesale division To New Jersey.
The citizens of New Jersey can be happy as one can be because now they can consume Balthazar’s phenomenal bread in their home court.
It’s a little corner of Paris in New Jersey. quality of literally everything from bread to pastries is excellent, Their bread is fresh and crispy and the smell is overwhelming. To summarize in one word: WOW!
Keep in mind there are no seats and on holidays and weekends, it can get very crowded so plan ahead.
Recommended: baguettes, wheels of pain de seigle, multi-grain bread.
Address: 214 South Dean Street, Englewood, NJ
Monday – Friday 07:00 am – 06:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday 08:00 am – 02:00 pm
New Mexico – Sage Bakehouse
This bakery was opened in 1996 by Andrée Falls and is located in historical Santa fa.
She makes sure to buy wheat from organic growers who stone grind the wheat.
Its bread is naturally leavened, hand-formed, slowly fermented and baked a French wood oven and the result: outstanding bread!
The bakery produces great sourdough bread and they provide bread for many hotels and restaurants in the area.
They have nice patio seating as well as an indoor sitting area and overall the place has a great atmosphere and friendly vibe.
FYI: The breakfast is excellent.
Recommended: baguette, cheese bread, Pecan Raisin bread.
Address: 535 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Monday–Saturday: 7: 30 am – 23:00 pm
New York – Sullivan street bakery
Another bakery that has made our Best Bakeries in the World list. A favorite of New Yorkers. This bakery became especially famous after an article in the New York Times. This article was about the No-Knead Bread method that has since then become quite popular with home bakers.
Jim Lahey, the owner, opened up his doors in 1994 and on a daily basis has created a wonderful assortment of high-quality bread.
The Sullivan street bakery offers amazing sandwiches and a great breakfast as well. Make sure to check it out any time you are in NY.
Address: 236 9th Ave. New York City, 10011
Sunday-Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday + Saturday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
North Carolina – La Farm Bakery
The best bread is made in France, says anyone who ever set foot in the country so the people of Cary NC are really lucky that French master baker Lionel Vatinet and his wife and business partner Missy chose to settle there and open this dream bakery that takes all the characteristics of French baking and implements them here.
La Farm offers 15 different styles of bread, and an additional 20 seasonal bread through the year using a European-style hearth oven.
All bread use unbleached flours that are handcrafted daily.
The bakery located in a strip mall, it has a very European feel, nice design with an exposed brick wall and a wonderful aroma coming from their homemade bakery products.
They have an outside area where one can sit and enjoy the day while eating just be aware that it can be hectic and busy at times.
Last: be sure to sample their bread while you wait to order!
Recommended: French country bread, brioche, challah.
Address: 4248 NW Cary Parkway Cary, NC 27513
Monday-Sunday: 7:00 am-8:00 pm
Sunday brunch : 7:00 am-3:00 pm Dinner : 3:00 PM-8:00 PM
Ok, Ok, we cheated a bit here. Here is another great bakery in NC.
A fabulous, minimalist, neighborhood bakery that simply said, produces unreal bread…
Owner Ron Graff who is responsible for all this wonder does it with a 30,000-pound custom wood-fired oven and his European style bread comes out authentic to their German tradition.
The bakery is part of the renewed culinary scene in Durham and the bread can be found in a few farmers market on top of the storefront.
Note: this is a bakery, not a restaurant so there is no seating area in or out this is a “to go” to kind of place.
Recommended: flatbread, herbed cheese roll, focaccia, multigrain bread, French sourdough.
Address: 111 W Parrish St, Durham, NC 27701
Tuesday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 08:00 am – 2:00 pm
North Dakota – Upper Crust Bread
This small bakery is a one man show. Baker Mike Knell is baking part-time while still holding his “real” job and he still made the list so that is a real testimony to his craftsmanship. You can find his baked goods in the farmer’s markets in the area.
While baking Knell is focusing on crafting natural levain bread with the most basic of ingredients. Flour, Water, Salt, and Natural Yeast.
The bread is airy, light but crispy in all the right places.
Recommended: wild rice and onion bread, jalapeno bread, cheddar sourdough bread. For information about where to get his amazing loaves, check out his site.
Website: Upper Crust Bread
Ohio – Laughlin’s Bakery
There is not a lot of selection when it comes to bread in this bakery and they still made the list because what they do have is simply excellent.
The Rustic White Bread is one of the best you can find and the same can be said for their baguettes. One bite of that crispy crust and you won’t want to hear about any other places in the area.
Also recommended: Brioche!!
Address: 15 East 2nd Avenue Columbus Ohio 43201
Tuesday – Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Webstie: Laughlin’s Bakery
Yes, we know, we put 2 bakeries in Ohio, actually, one is a bakery and this one is a home baker that features her bread in pop-up sales or catering to individuals and events (check out how you can order on her website). I was so impressed with her work that I just had to include it on my list.
Yael Levi is not exactly a bakery, she’s a person, a one-woman factory, but I had to bend the rules for her because she creates, simply put, a bread which is a work of art. Not only do these bread look amazing but have wonderful textures and flavors as well.
Yael uses her own starter that she grows and feeds herself, “just like feeding a toddler” she says and hence the name of the bakery “baby’s bread”
She uses natural leaven which goes with her philosophy of baking
natural, nutritious, and flavorful bread.
Oklahoma – Antoinette Baking Co
Let me tell you. It wasn’t easy finding a good bread bakery in Oklahoma (Its time to step up your game Oklahoma!) so I was very glad I happen to stumble upon this boutique bakery.
Now it’s true, it is more of a patisserie but they do carry a small selection of bread which is good enough for me. I always say I don’t mind having only a few options as long as they are good and boy they are good!.
Located in a fun, funky area in Tulsa Arts District, this boutique bakery founded by friends Molly Martin and Andrea Mohn opened its doors in 2012.
They have three bread options: Challah, sourdough, and brioche, each one of them will make your heart sing.
The atmosphere in the place is friendly and pleasant and of course, you can enjoy the variety of pastries and macarons they offer – I’m pretty sure a quick visit there will brighten up your day.
Address: 207 N. Main, Tulsa, OK 74103
Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday – Saturday 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Website: Antoinette Baking Co
Oregon – Grand Central Bakery
When this bakery opened way back in 1989 it was among the first bakeries to offer rustic artisan loaves to Northwest tables.
Since then a lot of water has passed through the river, but the quality of Grand Central Bakery remains the same and today they are considered a kind of institution in the local community and receive national recognition for their work from magazines all over the country.
The bakery offers a lot of healthy options, they prepare some of the best, crusty, chewy loaves in the country, and their breakfast menu does not stay far behind.
Note: They have several locations, to find the nearest branch to you, check their website
Recommended: Irish Soda Bread, Como, Sour Rye, Ciabatta.
Address: 1154, 4440 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
Weekly 7:00 am – 06:00 pm
Pennsylvania – Metropolitan Bakery
This bakery, which has a number of beautiful branches around Philadelphia, is a kind of institution in the local community.
The co-owner, Wendy Smith Born and James Barrett, has been leading the bakery for 25 years since they met when they worked together at the White Dog Café farm-to-table restaurant before opening their own place.
You might know chef James Barrett from TV, as he is a regular guest chef on Comcast’s syndicated series The Chef’s Kitchen and has appeared on the Food Network and on Christina Cooks (on PBS WHYY-TV).
Together they have a 10,000-square-foot baking facility in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. There, on an average day, their team turn out by hand as many as 2,000 individual pieces of bread, rolls, and many other kinds of pastries.
The bakery offers over 20 types of daily fresh bread, made from high-quality ingredients from local suppliers around the community.
Recommended: multigrain bread, sourdough bread, olive bread.
Address: 262 South 19th Street (for more location’s check their website)
MON-FRI 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
SAT 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
SUN 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Rhode Island – Seven Stars Bakery
The family-owned bakery produces bread in the old fashioned way:
long fermentation: and then after the dough is mixed, it’s given a pre-determined time at a controlled temperature to develop flavor and strength.
The fermentation coaxes flavor from the wheat. They use low protein, unbleached, conventional all-purpose flour for most of their bread and all source all of their whole grains and flows from smaller farms and mills in the Northeast.
They have 3 locations (check out their address on their website) where they offer a selection of artisan bread, and after you taste them, you will not want to go anywhere else.
Recommended: olive bread, raisin bread cheese bread.
South Carolina – Cola Bread Club
South Carolina. We have a problem!
It’s hard, very hard to find good bread in South Carolina. That’s why I was so happy to find Cola Bread Club.
This is a community-supported bakery which offers whole grain sourdough loaves and baked goods to the Columbia, South Carolina community.
Chef Joe, one of the most talented chefs around acquired his training at the International Culinary Center in NYC before settling in in SC.
His whole grain sourdough loaves and baked goods are made with locally sourced and milled flours from the region. Its the best, you got to try it!
Website: Cola Bread Club
South Dakota – Breadico
To tell the truth, it was not easy to find a good bread bakery in South Dakota. The search was a bit frustrating until I ran into Breadico.
The bakery started its way very humble: in a garage converted to kitchen back in 2012.
A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then and now Bredico that bakes hand made bread in their custom brick oven service over 10 accounts in Sioux Falls, they don’t have a retail store but there are plenty of places to find them in.
What can I say? in an age of large networks that dominate the urban space, such an authentic bread is certainly a delightful sight.
They ferment their dough for up to 56 hours to harvest the full integrity of the grain which means that their doughs are mostly predigested before they enter the oven and readies the nutrients in the flour and grains for easy digestion. The result brings you nutritious superb bread.
Special bonus: their pizza place!
Recommended: Sourdough with cranberries Sweet raisin bread, Focaccia bread.
Check out where to find Bredico bread on their site.
Tennessee – Dozen Bakery
This bakery surprisingly started its way as a pop-up bakery that was supposed to work for about three months during the holiday season of 2009 but their bread and pastries won peoples hearts, the rumor went by word to mouth and since then and for the past ten years the bakery has been going strong.
With Vibrant atmosphere, excellent service and wonderful products made out of quality ingredients, it is no wonder that the bakery’s name has regained recognition all over the area.
All and all a wonderful place to start off on a Saturday or Sunday
Recommended: Baguette, French Country Sourdough, Heart Rye
Address: 516 Hagan St Suite 103, Nashville 37203
Monday – Satarday 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Satarday 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
Texas- Village Baking Co.
Clint and Kim Cooper have made a name for themselves in Texas with their Bakery Village Baking Co. that prepares all its bread and from scratch using the finest quality texas wheat.
With training in San Francisco and small bakeries in France under his belt, Clint, who learned everything possible about making artisan bread using Old-World methods, returned home and brought the magic with him to Dallas.
There is no way, to put: this bakery is a Dallas gem. Their sourdough bread is the best in town And with and combined with some butter you will feel like you are walking on cloud nine.
This bakery also supplies bread to many of the finer eating establishments in Dallas so you might have already eaten their products without realizing it.
Bottom line: to experience French bakery without the need to sign a passport.
Recommended: baguettes, kouign Amann, sourdough with Presidente butter.
They have 2 locations so check out their site to find out which one is closer to you.
Address: 1921 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
Monday – Sunday 7:00 am-7:00 pm
Utah – Eva’s Bakery
Chef-Owner, Charlie Perry opened the bakery and named it after his mother Eva who was renowned for cooking with an abundance of both love and butter:)
Perry makes he makes absolutely divine, and authentic French bakery products (When you sit there you feel almost European:).
The bread is baked every day and like in any bakery the earlier you get there, the better selection you’ll find. They also serve amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Recommended: Kouign Amann, Dutch crunch bread.
Address: 155 S Main StSalt Lake City, Utah
Monday – Saturday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Website: Eva’s Bakery
Vermont – Obread Bakery
The bakery belongs to married couple Chuck and Carla Conway.
They make their bread in a lengthy process, allowing the alchemy of fermentation to work its wonders of tastes, aromas, and textures.
They bake in a traditional-type masonry oven and the results accordingly: the initial use of steam makes the bread colorful, with complex crust and moist crumb.
They have an impressive variety of bread and whatever you choose, you bet it’s going to run out quickly. It’s just that good.
Recommended: Chile Cheese Ciabatta, Olive Ciabatta, Olive bread, Raisin swirl bread.
Address: 352 Farm Barn Lane, Shelburne Farms
Every day 7:00am – 5:00 pm
Virginia – Dolce and Ciabatta
Talk less, eat more – this bakery has a variety of impressive bread, baked daily. They shape their baked goods by hand and bake them using old-world artisan techniques in a special stone-hearth German-engineered oven.
Overseeing it all is Master baker Godfrey McKenzie who specializes in artisan-style, ultra-premium crafted bread and elegant European desserts and pastries.
You can find there Asiago Roasted Garlic Boule, Baguette, Challah, Ciabatta, Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Whatever you choose, their bread never disappoints.
It’s a busy joint so make sure to come early to get your favorite pick.
Recommended: Sour Dough Rosemary Boule, Ciabatta, Hearty Multigrain Loaf.
Address: 9H Catoctin Circle SW, Leesburg, VA 20175
Monday – Friday: 7:00a m – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Website: Dolce and Ciabatta
Washington – Sea Wolf
This bakery, which is well known for its pastries and bread, is owned by brothers Jesse and Kit Schumann. Kit spent six years prior to opening Sea Wolf cooking and baking in NW Washington, primarily in Seatle and he is responsible for all this good stuff, mouth-watering bread that bought the bakery local fame thru Seattle as the best place to break bread in.
You can find a variety of great bread on a daily basis and there is plenty to choose from like Baguette, Rye Sourdough, Ciabatta Roll, Seeded Bread, Whole Wheat Raisin Bread and much more.
Address: 3621 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA
Open Every Day: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
West Virginia – Red Truck Rural Bakery
This little gem in downtown Marshall and its Chef Brian Noyes don’t have what you call a traditional back story like any bakery.
Brian Noyes, who used to be the former art director of several national magazines has indeed a solid professional food training; he studied at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (the other CIA) in Hyde Park, NY but he was deep in the press business when he took his first stapes in the baking business.
Noyes and a partner bought a small farm 50 miles west in the Virginia village of Orlean, planted fruit trees, and explored the Fauquier and Rappahannock countryside in a red 1954 Ford farm truck that Noyes bought from fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.
He began to brew jams and sell them on weekends to the local’s community and slowly moved to bake bread. The customers were happy and the business grew and grew until in 2009 he finally opened the bakery’s first location. Since then he has received national recognition for the fantastic bread and pastries he makes including a nod from former president Obama:)
The bakery is nice and charming but can get a little bit crowded sometimes, as it is a nationally renowned bakery. It’s simply the price to pay.
All and all: it’s a bit of a side trip because this bakery is really in “a small town USA” but definitely worth the trip.
Recommended: Rosemary bread, sunflower seed bread., the red truck cookie:)
Address: 8368 W. Main Street, Marshall VA 20115
Monday – Friday 6:00 am -6 pm
Saturdays & Sundays 7:00 am -5:00 pm
Wisconsin – Voyageurs Sourdough
Two home bakers meet for the first time in the library. Sounds like the beginning a joke right? wrong. It’s simply the backstory of the birth of Voyageurs Sourdough
What began with 2 passionate home bakers with backgrounds in eCommerce and tech was eventually the start of Voyageurs Sourdough.
Ben Cadman is the founder and owner of Voyageurs Sourdough, a wholesale and home delivery bread-baking business in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Indeed Voyageurs Sourdough has no storefront, yet, but they are providing the area which desires artisan bread, exactly the product they were looking for. They sell their wonderful bread loaves in farmers markets and of course, in the online service that serves the Green Bay area.
Voyageurs Sourdough bakes a wide variety of bread and one look at these beautiful loaves and you’re sold: Country Loaf, Jewish Deli Rye, and Cinnamon Raisin Maple to name a few.
The bread they make is absolutely amazing. A little advice: when you make your order, make sure you make a double one because their bread tends to be eaten and be gone very quickly.
Recommended: Seven-grain field blend, Chocolate cherry, Semolina olive
For orders and information about where to find Voyagers Bread check out their site.
Website: Voyageurs Sourdough
Wyoming – Persephone Bakery
This bakery in the heart of Jackson is making artisan bread like no one else in the area as evidenced by the national recognition they received from leading magazines through the years.
The Bakery uses high-quality ingredients including organic, unbleached, and unbromated flours and bakes it from-scratch producing beautiful rustic full of flavor loaves ( as of all there menu really).
Their food is excellent but their bread can stand alone; you don’t have to consume it in a sandwich form to be able to enjoy it.
It’s a lovely busy place, with nice ambiance and a cute outside patio area.
Recommended: plum bread, baguette, pumpkin bread, brioche.
Address: 145 E. Broadway, Jackson WY
Monday-Saturday: 7:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday: 7:00 am-5:00 pm