January 17, 2019
Food & Drink

Top 12 Best Bakeries in Pittsburgh to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

January 17, 2019
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Top 12 Best Bakeries in Pittsburgh to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

Finding a quality bakery can add just the magic to your life that you’re looking for.

Baking is truly an art and science and requires a skilled hand to create the most delectable treats.

Pittsburgh’s bakery scene has always had some solid options, with our most famous bakery winning the title of best cake in the country. In recent years its been growing even stronger with some unique newschool options making their mark.

Since sweet things are served best as a dozen, we’ve rounded up a dozen of the best bakeries the Burgh has to offer.  

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Prantl’s Bakery

Image courtesy of Prantl's Bakery

Prantlsbakery.com

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Shadyside
5525 Walnut Street

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Sun & Mon: 9am-4pm
Tue-Sat: 7:30am-6pm

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Downtown
438 Market Street

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Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm
Sat: 9am-4pm
Sun: 10am-3pm

Topping our list is Prantl’s Bakery, not only the best bakery in Pittsburgh but one of the best in the country!

Renown for their almond torte cake, which is an absolute must for anyone new to Pittsburgh or who loves cake...  

While all of their treats are sure to delight, they’re most famous for their Burnt Almond Torte, which they’ve fashioned into a delicious selection of treats from the famous cake to cupcakes, donuts, parfaits, cookies and more.

Conceived by Henry Prantl after a trip to California during an almond surplus. The Almond Board of California was asking for bakers to develop inspired new ways to use almonds.

Images courtesy of Prantl's

Henry experimented until he hit the jackpot with his burnt almond torte. The thin crispy almonds have the perfect touch of sweetness, and the cake is beyond moist.

“It [the almond torte] comprises two layers of the lightest vanilla cake you'll ever taste, and a sweet, delicate custard to match. Just as amazing is the outer frosting covered in candied, toasted almonds that will make you wonder why on Earth you have only encountered this cake now. Please do yourself a favor - get this cake, and make Marie Antoinette proud.”- Yelp Review

Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery

Jeanmarcchatellier.com

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Millvale
213 North Avenue

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Tue-Fri: 7am-5pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

Transport yourself across the Atlantic to classic French patisserie when you enter this quaint bakery in Millvale.

Excellence cannot go without reward...Wow! We were blown away...

Offering many classic french pastries particularly of Brittany origin, the star here is their macaroons, which alone are worthy the trip. Assorted flavors are available daily from Nutella to Rose Raspberry; the Salted Caramel is a fan favorite.

“...One bite of the macaron and I almost turned right around to buy dozens more! Best I've ever tasted. An incredible crunchy/chewy cookie and a heavenly lemon ganache. Many more flavors to try.  Oh yes, the Kouigns Amann and croissants were amazing, too. I may move to Millvale.” - Yelp Review

The Butterwood Bake Consortium

Thebutterwoodbakeconsortium.com

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Lawrenceville
5222 Butler Street

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Wed-Fri: 12pm-11pm
Sat: 10am-11am
Sun: 10am-9pm

The treats here are almost as beautiful as they are delicious, including surprisingly scrumptious vegan options.

...I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice the bakery is designed and by the lovely atmosphere which is somewhat romantic/bohemian...

Beyond their vegan options all of their sweets are baked with organic flour, eggs, and sweeteners.

They’re open late so it’s the perfect spot after dinner on date night, with the charming and cozy decor you’ll feel right at home as you share your goodies.

If you’re looking for a special occasion cake you won’t find more breathtaking options.

“...There is a unique selection of delicious cakes including vegan options. They rotate their cake/frosting flavors frequently...They [the cakes] were rich in flavor and we left with our sweet tooth craving satisfied. There were several people who ordered coffee or tea, and had their laptops open doing work. Overall, a very pleasant experience...” -Yelp Review

Madeleine Bakery & Bistro

Madeleinepgh.com

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Regent Square
609 S Trenton Avenue

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Tue-Fri: 7am-6pm
Sat: 8am-6pm
Sun: 8am-2pm

You won’t find a more charming storefront in Pittsburgh than Madeleine’s.

“It's no exaggeration to say they [the baked goods] have all be HEAVENLY. This is going to be a regular spot, without a doubt.” - Yelp Review

Once inside, the ambiance is cozy, minimal, with an old world charm.

Offering a nice selection of french inspire pastries, breads, sandwiches, soups, and salads, you can take your treats outside on warmer days to enjoy on their lovely patio.

The patron favorite tends to be the large fluffy croissants, including some speciality options, which they liken to authentic ones from Paris.

Five Points Artisan Bakery

Fivepointsartisanbakeshop.com

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Squirrel Hill
6520 Wilkins Avenue

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Tue-Fri: 7am-6pm
Sat: 8am-5pm
Sun: 8am-2pm

This family owned and operated artisan bakery aims to bake the finest European style breads and highest quality pastries.

Five Points is a gem of a bakery on the edge of Squirrel Hill...

They take their bread baking seriously, taking 20 hours or more to prepare to give it plenty of time to rest and infuse more flavor.  If you’re lucky you may get your loaf straight from the oven!

Be aware that certain items, such as their almond and chocolate croissants, are only made on the weekend.

“...The croissants themselves are incredibly flaky and buttery. Throw in almonds and/or chocolate and you are taken to another level...Where this place hits it out of the park is the almond topping and creme, as it is absolutely top tier...If you want some awesome baked goods, this is your spot. Should they ever decide to make almond croissants every day, then this review will be updated to six out of five stars. Yeah, I will make that happen, Yelp.” - Yelp Review

La Gourmandine

Lagourmandinebakery.com

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Lawrenceville
4605 Butler St.

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Hazelwood
5013 Second Ave.

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Mon-Fri: 7:30am-4:30pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-2:30pm

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Mt. Lebanon
300 Cochran Rd.

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Mon-Fri: 7:30am-5pm
Sat: 9am-3:30pm | Sun: 9am-2:30pm

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Downtown
308 Forbes Ave.

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Mon–Fri: 7:30am-3pm

Owned by a seasoned French chef that studied at the prestigious Lenôtre Culinary Institute in Paris, Fabien Moreau originally planned to open a French restaurant, but his love of baking and Pittsburgh lack of an authentic French bakery at the time led to La Gourmandine.

“Beautiful pastry case, excellent viennoiserie, delicious coffee, Bowie on the speakers and Oscar Wilde on the walls. What else do you need?” - Yelp Review

Explore their amazing selection of bread, danishes, pastries, cakes, tartes, and sandwiches.

Their prosciutto and pickle sandwich is so simple yet so delicious, but you’ll have to move fast as they sell out quickly.

For a sweet treat you can’t go wrong with Délice De Pistache, which is Choux dough filled with pistachio mousseline and toasted pistachio pieces, yum!

Grandview Bakery

Grandviewbakery.com

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Mt Washington
225 Shiloh Street

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Mon: 7:30am-6pm
Tue-Sat: 7:30am-9pm
Sun: 9am-1pm

While French bakeries are charming, they are not the only master bakers of the world.

...There were so many amazing things to try. It was very hard to decide on what exactly to try...

Grandview Bakery perched in Mt Washington is a traditional full-service bakery offering a diverse range of specialty cakes cookies, doughnuts, muffins, pastries and more.

They also house a sweet shop serving homemade, hand-dipped chocolate confectioneries.

Their cake decorator is award winning and designs stunning wedding cakes.

“...It [the White chocolate strawberry cupcake] was surprisingly moist, bursting with a strawberry whipped icing, and topped with white chocolate...The staff were amazing as were their treats. Many of their items are made fresh daily. We will definitely keep the Grandview bakery on our list of places for our sweet treats.” - Yelp Review

Priory Fine Pastries

Prioryfinepastries.com

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North Side
528 E. Ohio Street

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Mon-Fri: 6am-5pm
Sat: 6am-3pm

Located within the historic Priory Hotel, which once housed the birthplace of the Clark Candy Empire, Priory Fine Pastries aims to keep the innovative, fun, and tasty spirit of D.L.Clark.

The best muffins I have ever had in my life!...After being blown away, I had to stop in to try their other confections...

When the shop opened in 2004, it quickly became a place where local residents go for a good cup of coffee and pastries, and where businesses go for large orders of unique, delectable pastries, cookies, and cakes.

Guests rave about the cupcakes and thumbprint cookies, but any item you choice will leave you smiling with satisfaction.

“...The muffins are incredibly moist and perfectly sweet, but not too sweet. What I love is how they top the muffins which I've seen sugar, streusel, or nuts depending on what kind of muffin you get. You really can't go wrong with any of them so I recommend getting at least one of each!  - Yelp Review

Allegro Hearth

Allegrohearth.com

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Squirrel Hill
2034 Murray Avenue

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Mon-Sat: 7am-7:30pm
Sun: 7am-7pm

Nestled on Squirrel Hill’s Murray Avenue, bread is the heart of Allegro Hearth.

Go smell this bakery.  It is one of the best smelling bakeries of all time...

Their loaves are hand formed and baked on a stone hearth. Their starter, which has been nurtured for years, imparts a distinct flavor in their breads.

Their pastries never have artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors, what they lack in “flash” they make up for in taste.

“ ...When you are done inhaling free happiness, talk to one of the awesome workers behind the counter...The cupcakes with raspberry icing are delicious! They use real raspberries, which you can see in the icing...I have tried many samples of their bread and been super impressed, and I cannot walk out of there without buying one...They also have bread cards!!!  Buy eight loaves and get one free!!  What a steal!” - Yelp Review

Oakmont Bakery

Oakmontbakery.com

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Oakmont
531 Allegheny Avenue

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Mon-Sat: 6am-7pm
Sun: 6am-3pm

Oakmont Bakery is building a baking empire, opening a brand new state of the art facility and one of the largest bakeries in the country.

The Pittsburgh area has a lot of great bakeries, but I truly think this one is the best. It is worth the trip, believe the hype!...

Their accolades don’t stop there, earning countless awards including “Retail Bakery of the Year” by Modern Baking Magazine.

From specialty cakes and cookies to cupcakes, pies and pastries, nothing you choose will disappoint, especially if it’s topped with their delicious icing.

“...They have a huge variety of things. Cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies, bagels, breads, etc. Everything is wonderful, you really can't go wrong with anything. They often have seasonal/topical specials. Everything is super affordable as well. Staff always friendly. Just a great place.” - Yelp Review

Bella Christie and Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique

Asweetboutique.com

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Aspinwall
213 Commercial Avenue

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Lawrenceville
3511 Butler Street

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Wed-Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat: 8am-4pm

Every day is a sweet day at Bella Christies!

Everything I tasted was fun and delicious and Instagram worthy! A must try...

If you’re seeking a custom cake the only limit is your imagination. From simple and elegant to avante garde and outrageous, their artists will create an unforgettable treat for your special day. They’ll even create a custom sweet station for your special event themed to your liking and totally satisfying.

If you’re looking for an over-the-top treat try one of their amazing milkshakes encrusted with delectable goodies!

“Weeeeeeeeee! Look at all the goodies! They have giant crazy shakes with candy and pastries on top, cupcakes, cookies and homemade cookies with piles of toppings on top. THEY EVEN HAVE MILK SHAKES FOR PUPPIES!... ” - Yelp Review
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