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Looking for the perfect baked sweet treat in the San Fernando Valley? Whether it’s a fluffy croissant, a beautifully hand-baked and decorated cookie, or a chocolate-rich Napolean, these bakeries are some of the top spots to get your cake on – or your bagel, muffin, pie, or sugar cookie.

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(credit: John Z./yelp)


The Family Bakery & Cafe
13630 Van Nuys Blvd
Pacoima, CA 91331
(818) 899-8820
www.familybakerycafepacoima.com

Priding themselves on the creation of custom cakes, The Family Bakery & Cafe offers a wide variety of beautifully baked pastries and cookies, too. Uniquely shaped iced cookies, rich cookie-pops, and perfectly topped cupcakes are also a part of the selection available in this family-owned bakery. Fresh baked brownies, mousses, and breads are also created here.

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(credit: Jeremy R./yelp)


Belwood Bakery Cafe
8735 Tampa Ave
Northridge, CA 91324
(747) 202-0145
www.belwoodbakerycafe.com

Beautiful breads are among the delightful baked goods at the Belwood Bakery Cafe. Renowned for their flaky, light macaroons and fresh fruit tarts, this attractive bakery also offers sandwiches – created on their fresh-baked bread, of course. The bakery will also sculpt bread into a variety of shapes, and offers catering for all occasions.

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(credit: Joseph A./yelp)


Crème Caramel LA
14849 Burbank Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91411
(818) 949-8352
www.cremecaramella.com

At Crème Caramel LA, you’ll find a variety of unique bakery goodies, such as fragrant bread pudding, and a light lavender and Earl Grey flavored flan. Exquisitely crafted cakes, crumbles, Nutella panna cotta, and delicate custard pies are all part of this stellar shop’s offerings. The bakery specializes in custards and confections that combine traditional and Filipino-inspired recipes.

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(credit: Dana K./yelp)


Rose Bakery
15232 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(818) 780-6744
www.rose-bakery.com

The Rose Bakery in Van Nuys is known for it’s inventive cakes in a variety of shapes, and equally inventive cake fillings. Choose from flavors such as Vanilla Bavarian, Mocha Whip Cream, fresh fruits, apricot jam, or lemon jam. Delicate puff pastries, custom wedding cakes, and an array of coffee drinks and Mexican hot chocolate round out a delicious menu.

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(credit: Dana K./yelp)


Bea’s Bakery
18450 Clark St
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 344-0100
www.beasbakery.com

At Bea’s Bakery, their black and white cookies are among the treats that draw every “cookie monster” in the Valley. From chocolate sprinkles to pralines, the cookie variety is outstanding at this friendly bakery, which also offers a full spread of breads and bagels, pastries, wedding and party cakes. Their rum balls and eclairs are something of a legend in the Tarzana area, too.

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(credit: Catherine M./yelp)


Tart Bites
17233 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91316
(818) 646-9071
www.tartbites.com

Sugar animals, flowers, and other spun sugar figures are true art at Tart Bites. Friendly customer service and a huge sampling of delicious tarts are also hallmarks of this bakery, which includes gluten free bakery treats in its offerings. From whimsical birthday cakes to specialties such as chocolate cheesecake and custom wine jelly, Tart Bites was conceived of by two moms, who wanted to offer bite sized gourmet flavors for kids and adults.

Genie Davis is a multi-published journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. She lives near the beach in Los Angeles. See more on: CBSLA | eco-exist.com | geniedavis.com | DiversionsLA | Twitter.

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