There’s really nothing like the look, smell, or taste of freshly baked goods. But when you visit some of these local bakeries in Los Angeles, your taste buds will enjoy an experience like no other. Taste fresh baked bread inspired by European and Asian recipes. Treat yourself to the best sponge cake and fruit pastries in Chinatown. And discover the places locals already know are some of the best bakeries in Los Angeles.
Do you love treating yourself and your friends to an afternoon at a charming café or local bakery? Then make sure you have the GiftYa electronic gift card. This e-gift card is uploaded directly onto your debit card and can give you access to any of the bakeries listed below. You’ll also be able to experience many of Los Angeles’ other restaurants, attractions, and local wonders.
1820 Marengo St. | Boyle Heights
Need a wedding cake or birthday cake that’s beautiful to look at and even better to eat? Then pay a visit to Maria’s Bakery and make sure to try their other offerings while you’re there. From fresh fruit tarts to cookies to butter pastries, there’s plenty to love at this Los Angeles bakery.
While you can order traditional superhero and cartoon character-themed cakes here, the bakers can be even more creative and offer you shark or soccer-themed cakes for the ocean or sports enthusiast in your life. Need something fancier? Order a gorgeous multi-layered cake with frosting roses. Baked goods like these will be sure to drive your imagination and taste buds wild.
“Best service, cakes are DELICIOUS… you can add a pic on top but they make a beautiful decoration you do NOT need to ask for it.” — Yelp Review
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2536 S. Figueroa St. | University Park
A popular destination for cake lovers, Imperial Bakery specializes in crafting moist, delicious cakes for birthdays and other special occasions. That’s not all you can order though. Customers also rave about their ice cream, pastries, smoothies, and shakes. Be sure to order your cakes ahead of time for best service.
“Their chocolate cakes are super moist, their butterfly is to die for, and their butter cookies are THE BEST EVER!” — Yelp Review
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644 N. Spring St. Ste 6 | Chinatown
Located in Chinatown, Amy Bakery offers delicious sponge cakes, almond cookies, and many vegetarian options at reasonable prices. Pick up a pre-made slice of red velvet cake or coffee cake — or go fancier with a birthday sheet cake or multi-tier wedding cake. Be sure to preorder if you want something special.
“The cakes here are below market rate and also very tasty.” — Yelp Review
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809 N. Broadway | Chinatown/ queensbakeryla.com
Established in 1961, Queen’s Bakery is a Chinatown bakery that offers cakes, rice puffs, Chinese pastries, Chinese bread, almond cookies, and smoothies. Celebrating a birthday or other special occasion? Order a fresh fruit filled cake with whipped cream frosting. Customers rave about their rice puffs (called “Sachima”) which are not overly sweet and carry a hint of coconut and sesame. The almond cookies are another popular item which, along with the rice puffs, make a great gift to share with friends and family.
“Always a must go destination whenever I visit LA. The rice puffs are both fluffy and not overly sweet. Making for the perfect dessert after a meal.” — Yelp Review
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3377 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 101 | Koreatown/ 85cbakerycafe.com
If you’re in the mood for some fresh-baked bread, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to 85°C Bakery Café. This café offers over 60 different varieties of bread inspired by European, Asian, and Danish recipes. Breads are baked every hour, ensuring freshness. You can also try a variety of pastries and cakes, including egg tarts, bacon and cheese pastries, and milk pudding buns, all offered at reasonable prices. There are even vegan options.
Of course, you’ll probably want something to drink with your pastries, and this café has you covered. Every coffee order is made with freshly ground espresso beans. Teas are also brewed fresh. If you’re in the mood for multi-ethnic cuisine for an affordable price, you can’t go wrong with 85°C Bakery Café.
“I already loved the 85-degree bakery I would frequent in Irvine Diamond Jamboree, but this new Koreatown one blew that location out of the water.” — Yelp Review
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1106 S. Hope St. | Downtown/ hyggebakerycafe.com
Named “hygge” (pronounced “hoo-gah”) for the Danish and Norwegian word for a feeling of coziness, Hygge Bakery & Café aims to provide its customers with that feeling of contentment and well-being with its European pastries, desserts, and coffee. Sit back and sample a chocolate croissant while sipping on a Lavazza espresso, Italy’s favorite coffee.
Considered a neighborhood staple by many of its patrons, Hygge Bakery & Café provides a feeling of rustic European charm in downtown Los Angeles. Vegans and vegetarians will appreciate that their menu includes vegan options and the patio is pet friendly.
“Always fresh baked goods, savory or sweet, and the coffee is excellent.” — Yelp Review
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545 S. Olive St. | Downtown/ pitchounbakery.com
French pastries and treats are just the beginning at Pitchoun!, a family-owned fine French bakery and restaurant located in downtown Los Angeles. You can enjoy healthy salads, sandwiches, soups, and other hot dishes here, all made daily from scratch with organic or local ingredients. If you’re in the mood for French cuisine made from traditional family recipes, this is one bakery/restaurant that should definitely be on your list.
Of course, people do come here to enjoy pastries and baked goods, and Pitchoun! does not disappoint. Order a custom layered cake or puff pastry croquembouche dessert for your upcoming special occasion. Just be sure to place your order a week in advance and you can enjoy high quality food made with sustainable ingredients and no GMOs or preservatives. Los Angeles may not be the first place you think of when you want to sample fine French cooking, but Pitchoun! continues to show that the best discoveries lie in the most unexpected areas.
“Some beautiful looking and tasting French pastries and wonderful selection of breakfast items. I will be back.” — Yelp Review
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2117 W. 6th St. | Westlake
Where can you find carne asada tacos and chicken enchiladas served alongside delectably sweet cakes? For years, Annie’s Bakery Café has been baking cakes for birthdays, graduation parties, and other special occasions. Customers love their fresh fruit filled cakes and fluffy spongy cakes, and cheesecake lovers rave about the creamy dense chocolate cheesecakes (with chocolate dipped strawberries on top).
If you’re looking for a place to grab a quick bite for lunch, you can easily pop in for some tacos, enchiladas, or club sandwiches. Just don’t forget to leave some room for a large slice of their famous cakes.
“Annie’s cheesecakes are perfectly sweet, light n fluffy, creamy, but still dense as a cheesecake should be.” — Yelp Review
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959 N. Broadway | Chinatown
Established in 2000, this family owned and operated bakery offers traditional Chinese deserts including fresh mooncakes, sponge cakes, peanut candy, and lotus seed pastries. Treats are reasonably priced and attractively packaged.
“Kim Hung Bakery is truly a hidden gem. I ordered the lotus seed pastry, which I cannot recommend enough.” — Yelp Review