If you're craving something sweet, you're living in the right town. Our city is home to some of the country's best bakers—not that we'd actually boast about it. From crisp, buttery, overfilled tartlet crusts to chewy, crusty artisan loaves full of nutty flavor, it's here. Here's a basic list to get you started. (See listings for more bakeries.)
Black Sheep Bakery
This top-notch vegan bakery sells to coffee shops all over town, but you can get the goods here, along with coffee and sandwiches.
Descend a small staircase from street level, and you'll find this traditional bakery that sells high-end pastries to wholesale clients all over town. Here, fist-sized cookies and croissants reign.
The city's best cupcakes are here, in inventive flavors like Fat Elvis, a banana butter-cake topped with peanut butter ganache, or hot fudge on top of vanilla or chocolate cake. Two sizes satisfy even tiny cravings—or mouths.
High-quality pastries, house-roasted coffee and notoriously attractive baristas—need we say more?
Baker & Spice
Baker and owner Julie Richardson goes to extreme lengths to create pies, tarts and cakes that reflect the seasons—and the cravings of her neighbors.
Classic French and Italian Old World-style breads, danishes, muffins and an array of other sinful treats are to be found here, along with the usual coffee drinks.
This bakery turns out fluffy, crisp-crusted mini-baguettes for your sandwiches or theirs, at unbelievable prices. Don't skip their wallop-packin' sweet iced coffee.
Grand Central Bakery
The newest of this bakery's outposts is a behemoth of a building, churning out thousands of loaves of artisan bread a day—and you can watch it all come together while munching a tofu Cuban sandwich or triple-chocolate cookie from the dining area.