Best Bakeries In Los Angeles

January 31, 2017 5:00 AM

(Credit: Emily Hart Roth)

(Credit: Emily Hart Roth)


Los Angeles has no shortage of bakeries, which is a very fortunate thing for residents to have plentiful supply of. To help you navigate the baked goods world, we’ve narrowed down the selections to these seven artisan, authentic, and innovative bakeries that have taken the bakery concept to the next level. Here’s some of LA’s best bakeries.

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(credit: Republique)

(credit: Republique)


Republique
624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
www.republiquela.com

Mid-city’s Republique is a favorite for L.A. denizens and for good reason. Walk in, and you’ll notice a counter of baked goods and pastries that will make your mouth water. From cookies, croissants, tasty baguette and other baked breads, and more, you won’t be at a loss on what to order here. If you’re in the mood for a sit down meal, fear not, as you’ll likely be experiencing some of their baked goods in whatever you order. Start at the bakery counter and make your way into the main dining room, and when you’re finished you’ll be begging to come back time and time again.

(credit: K E./Yelp)

(credit: K E./Yelp)


Bouchon Bakery
235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 271-9910
www.thomaskeller.com

Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, this little outpost which sits in the front of Bouchon Bistro is without a doubt one of the finest places to grab some sweet treats in the city. You know if it has the famed chef Thomas Keller’s name on it, it has to be good. With cookies ranging from oatmeal raisin, the “TKO” or Thomas Keller Oreo cookie, and pastries such as croissants, coffee cake, muffins and more, the pastries and baked items are some of the best you’ll find anywhere. And, while this outpost might be small, it definitely packs a punch with much more than just cookies and croissants. Other tasty offerings include some of their famed macarons (vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, caramel, and other seasonal flavors), as well as brownies, toffee, caramel popcorn, tarts, eclair’s and much more. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee, iced or hot, as it’s just as good as the pastries.

(credit: Caleb Coppola/Lodge Bread)

(credit: Caleb Coppola/Lodge Bread)


Lodge Bread
11918 Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(424) 384-5097
www.lodgebread.com

Located on a quiet part of Washington Boulevard in Culver City, Lodge Bread is the brain child of three young chefs who sought out to create a bakery that churns out loaves of bread ranging from whole wheat, seeded country and grain to seasonal specialties. This sleek artisanal bakery and cafe offers guests plenty of pastries, too. From cinnamon rolls, cookies, fruit crumbles, coffee cake, pumpkin cake and more to all types of coffee options, it’s the perfect spot to stop by for a snack on your way to work, or for a quick afternoon bite before they close at 4pm.

(Credit: Emily Hart Roth)

(Credit: Emily Hart Roth)


Huckleberry Café & Bakery
1014 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-2311
www.huckleberrycafe.com

Head baker Zoe Nathan has accumulated quite a following for her pastries, desserts, and breads. Open since 2009, the line sweet treats at Huckleberry Cafe and Bakery can sometimes be long, but the wait is worth it; don’t miss the flaky croissants (in a variety of flavors including Valrhona Chocolate and Proiscuitto Gruyère), the maple-bacon biscuit, old-fashioned coffee cake, bread pudding, scones, donuts, ciabattas and tarts. “Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets and Recipes from Our Kitchen,” the exciting cookbook from the location, just launched featuring 115 recipes from the store. In addition to baked goods, don’t miss the egg sandwich on freshly baked country bread or the fan favorite brisket hash.

(Credit: Vanilla Bake Shop)

(Credit: Vanilla Bake Shop)


Vanilla Bake Shop
512 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-6644
Additional Locations in Century City and LAX Airport
www.vanillabakeshop.com

Vanilla Bake Shop, the local bakery operated by husband and wife duo Amy and Jeremy Berman, recently opened their third location, inside the Bradley International Terminal at LAX. With a focus on high quality ingredients (including baking fresh from scratch using real Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans) and timeless tastes, Vanilla Bake Shop is one of LA’s Best bakeries, and the opening of this location truly brings Vanilla Bake Shop’s cakes and treats to the international world. Fans love their cupcakes, baked-from-scratch bars, cookies, and French macarons.

(credit: Emily Hart Roth)

(credit: Emily Hart Roth)


Milo And Olive
2723 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 453-6776
www.miloandolive.com

An extensive bakery menu including offerings great for breakfast and lunch await you at this Santa Monica outpost. Serving breakfast daily from 7am to 11am, the menu full of wood-fired pizzas, as well as bakery items that you can get throughout the day is what makes Milo and Olive a standout. What’s good? Well, pretty much everything. But, if you had to narrow it down, their flakey breakfast biscuit with soft scrambled eggs is a must. As are their brioche’s, their walnut maple sticky buns and old fashioned glazed donuts.

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(credit: Short Cake)


Short Cake
6333 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7976
www.shortcakela.com

The Fairfax neighborhood of LA got a whole lot sweeter with the addition of Short Cake at the Farmers Market. Renowned pastry chef Amy Pressman is behind the venture along with friend Nancy Silverton who bring a large offering of everything from cakes, gluten-free items, breakfast pastries, pies cookies and much more. Denizens of this great city rave about this sweet spot, and for good reason. Creative pastries await you here, such as pistachio and citrus cakes, a vegan & gluten-free chocolate, avocado and coconut cookie and much more. For a full menu, visit www.shortcakela.com/menu.

(Credit: La Brea Bakery)

(Credit: La Brea Bakery)


La Brea Avenue Bakery
468 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939‐6813
www.labreabakery.com/la-brea-avenue-bakery

The award winning SoCal bakery brand, La Brea Avenue Bakery, began in 1988 while Chef Nancy Silverton realized she would need to bake her own bread to best serve her new restaurant’s demand for quality, authentic bread recipes. To this day, and since its opening in 1989, La Brea Bakery bakes up their own pastries and breads every day, from scratch, using only quality ingredients. Bread offerings include whole grain loaves, sourdough, French baguette, black olive loaves, rosemary olive oil rounds, and fruit & nut breads, as well as pastries including their almond croissant, blondie, cinnamon roll, and dried fruit & nut scone, in addition to seasonal offerings.

(credit: Anne Fishbien/Pitchoun)

(credit: Anne Fishbien/Pitchoun)


Pitchoun Bakery
545 S Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 689-3240
www.pitchounbakery.com

Downtown L.A.’s Pitchoun Bakery prides itself on being a French bakery and pastry shop which offers fresh artisan bread, homemade pastries and cookies, as well as a great selection of sandwiches, soups and salads. Made daily on site and from scratch, everything is made using the highest quality ingredients and using traditional French recipes. The charming French eatery is a favorite due primarily to incredible baguettes, and tasty croissants. But, make sure not to miss out on their beignets filled with Nutella. They’re a must order.

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(credit: Ritz)


Sycamore Kitchen
143 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151
www.thesycamorekitchen.com

Walk past the trendy outdoor patio and into this eatery/bakery and you’ll be mesmerized by the counter full of pastries and baked items galore. It might be hard to choose considering the myriad of options, but luckily you don’t need to choose just one. Behind this restaurant is the culinary powerhouse Karen and Quinn Hatfield of the famed Hatfields (now shuttered), who have turned Sycamore Kitchen into a must visit eatery. The rice crispy cookie, chocolate pecan tartas and the salted caramel pecan babka roll are favorites, but ask anyone and they’ll rave about pretty much anything here. Don’t forget to make room for a delicious sandwich too. Aside from the pastries, and baked goods, Sycamore Kitchen’s sandwiches are served fresh on a tasty country bread. The roasted turkey with cherry mostarda is a must.

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(Credit: SusieCakes)


SusieCakes
11708 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 442-2253
www.susiecakes.com

The all-American bakery SusieCakes, which has been featured on dozens of top lists in both LA and across the country, features home-style desserts, all made entirely from scratch. Daily in-house bakers utilize the freshest and finest ingredients while whipping up old-fashioned desserts for any occasion, and the service at SusieCakes is top notch. From whole cakes to slices, cupcakes, and cookies, there is something for almost every baked goods fan. Don’t miss their made-from scratch buttercream; the red velvet cupcakes and apple crumble pie also receive rave reviews.

(Credit: Copenhagen Pastry)

(Credit: Copenhagen Pastry)


Copenhagen Pastry
11113 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 839-8900
www.copenhagenpastry.com

Copenhagen Pastry, the authentic Danish Pastry shop with locations in both Culver City and Pasadena, serves up flaky and light pastries and baked goods that you won’t want to miss. Samples are offered throughout the day, and the staff encourages guests to try their many selections by explaining the complexity of the treats with detail and care. The pastries, which are all made on site by Danish bakers using traditional Danish recipes and baking methods, are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free pastries are available as well.

(credit: Meagan T./Yelp)

(credit: Meagan T./Yelp)


Proof Bakery
8350 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-2285
www.proofbakeryla.com

Located in Atwater Village, Proof Bakery is considered one of the best bakeries in the country and packs a punch with their extensive offerings of pastries and sweets. Croissants here are the name of the game, and with different varieties ranging from ham and gruyere croissants to almond and the regular, you will have a selection of some of the finest in the city. Other standouts include their chocolate chip cookies, but make sure to try their daily offerings which are always a hit.

Related: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in LA.

(credit: Kristin H./yelp)

(credit: Kristin H./yelp)


Bread Lounge
700 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 327-0782
www.breadlounge.com

Set within the busy Arts District area of Downtown L.A., Bread Lounge has become a local favorite thanks to baker Ran Zimon. Zimon, who heads the bakery, turns out incredible baguettes, European pastries, breads, and other comfort foods. The perfectly baked breads can be found on delicious sandwiches, or you can choose to bite into it without anything on it. Either way, it’ll be unlike any other bread you’ve had. The contemporary artisanal bakery and cafe makes all of their bread and pastries on site daily, and also offer coffee, and a full menu of breakfast and lunch items to indulge in.

Other Notables

Los Angeles offers a huge variety of bakeries or restaurants serving baked goods. Below is a list of other notable spots that deserve a mention:

  • The Village Bakery & Cafe
  • Amandine Patisserie
  • Copenhagen Pastry
  • Lady M Cake Boutique
  • Cafe Rockenwagner
  • Maison Giraud
  • Gjusta
  • Clark Street Bread
What are your favorite bakeries in Los Angeles? Share in the comments below!
Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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