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Twenty-two bakeries to add to your 2022 bucket list



Have a birthday to celebrate? Hungry on the way to work? Just want to treat yourself? There is always an occasion to pick up something fresh and delicious from the local bakery. That’s why we pulled data to find the top twenty-two bakeries in the United States and Canada. Be sure to bookmark them on Yelp for future indulging!

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Bakeries in the United States and Canada according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the bakeries category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews.

United States

#1 Izola – San Diego, CA

I love that Izola is a community-driven bakery that focuses on amplifying the voices of the marginalized! The owners, Jenny and Jeffrey, are kind and generous individuals who have a dream of bringing delicious fresh bread and croissants to the masses.

Helena Q. on Yelp
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#2 Sugar Dot Bake Shop – Walnut Creek, CA

Five stars all the way. Sugar Dot did our wedding cake and blew us away with not only designing the cake exactly to our request, but also making a wedding cake that was delicious.

Char M. on Yelp
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#3 Sweet Delights Key Lime Pies – Florida City, FL

Come for amazing pies, stay for great conversation with a lovely business owner who prides herself on brightening the lives of others through her baking.

Cyrus A. on Yelp
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#4 Paper Route Bakery – Austin, TX

I am a grown-ass lady and wanted my own birthday cake all to myself. So when we spent my birthday weekend in Austin, I went on a mission to find the best cake possible. Folks: I succeeded.

Sehaj S. on yelp
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#5 The Baking Fool – Garden Grove, CA

Writing this review within hours of finding The Baking Fool- now our favorite cupcakes in the OC and LA. Larry, the owner of the business, helped us out and explained each and every available flavor he had. You could tell that he knows what he’s doing and seriously loves doing it.

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#6 Hey, Cookie! – San Francisco, CA

One of the biggest smiles in San Fran belongs to Christa and she is sure to put a smile on your face! Always the most delightful part of an annual work trip, and always has at least one kind of vegan cookie for me. She and the cookies are second to none!

PAtrick t. on yelp
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#7 Cindy Lou’s Cookies – Miami, FL

My friend commented that Cindy Lou’s had the best chocolate chip cookie in Miami. After visiting today, I can confirm that she wasn’t wrong. The cookies are the size of your face. Definitely can be shared or eaten in two sittings- I ate it in one because YOLO.

Lourdes D. on yelp
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#8 El Mofongo Restaurant – Hempstead, NY

Their Dominican cake is so moist and fluffy and good. My friend had the chocolate cake and it was literally the most perfect chocolate cake ever! I highly recommend this place.

Danessy v. on yelp
El Mofongo cake
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#9 Chocolate Passion Pastry – Fairfax, VA

Firstly, let me start out by saying this… these are the best cakes I’ve ever had in my life, and that’s no understatement. Each cake I’ve tried is a true delight and of pure craftsmanship.

mustafa z. on yelp
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#10 Barrio Bread– Tucson, AZ

Few lines are worth waiting in, but the line at Barrio Bread is absolutely worthwhile, so be sure to stop here early in the AM when visiting Tucson.

rachel h. on yelp
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#11 Pownd Cakes by Jen – Norfolk, VA

Putting the POW in POWnd cakes, for REAL! I asked for recommendations and trusted in Jen. She said the coconut cake was VERY good – and she didn’t lie.

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#12 The Local Press Sandwich Bar – Wickenburg, AZ

The menu is simple at first glance, about a dozen choices, but the sandwiches are anything but ‘simple,’ and certainly not ‘just a sandwich.’

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#13 The Foundry Bakery – Maryland Heights, MO

If I could give this place 10 stars, I would. Amazing bread and baked goods, passionate, friendly, and knowledgeable owner, and all the nostalgia of childhood summers spent in my grandparents’ bakery in Taiwan.

christine w. on yelp
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#14 The Sweet Life Bakeshop – Philadelphia, PA

My friend and I randomly stumbled on Sweet Life Bakeshop while walking on South St. Two words: freaking bomb! This is a dessert spot you don’t want to miss if you’re in the area.

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#15 Gardenia’s Cafe – Gaithersburg, MD

If I could, I’d give this place even more stars. It’s a family owned business, and you can really tell the love and time that went into each and every product.

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#16 Boosalis Baking and Café – Centerville, OH

If you haven’t had a great croissant since vacationing in France or Belgium, you should try Matt’s at Boosalis Bakery. Light, flaky layers of buttery crisp deliciousness.

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#17 Humboldt Sweets – Henderson, NV

Not a place to count calories, but well-suited for families or friends looking to share something sweet. Consider it fortunate if Tammy’s Banana Cake is still available after 10:00 AM,

michael u. on yelp
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Canada

#1 Charlotte’s Homemade Goodies – Mississauga, ON

By George, have I been transported to a small European cafe?  Sadly no, I’m still in an industrial part of Mississauga, BUT I’m happy to report that Charlotte’s Homemade Goodies is like being transported elsewhere! 

Stephanie s. on yelp

#2 Au Kouign-Amann – Montréal, QC

We always come back for their Kouign Amann when visit Montreal, SO DELICIOUS – sweet crackly crust, soft buttery, nicely layered with chewy texture. Best part is it was fresh and warm.

amabel s. on yelp

#3 Grandma Loves You – Toronto, ON

Sometimes it’s the simplest foods that taste the greatest. A hot dog or a sub sandwich aren’t usually thought of as luxury or comfort foods, but they’re treated as such here.

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#4 L’atelier Patisserie – Vancouver, BC

This is one of my favorite pastry places in Vancouver. The unique shaped croissants have amazing fluffiness and filling inside. We ordered an almond croissant as it came out of the oven.  Totally out of this world. Please take my money!

Danny c. on yelp

#5 Peaked Pies – Whistler, BC

Peaked Pies is a must-stop for anyone coming to Whistler for even two days. They offer hearty, tasty take-out food that is accessible for all.  It’s fast, tasty, filling (especially if you get your pie peaked) and at the right price point.

Eric L. on Yelp