L.A.'s Top Ten Bakeries: Decadence in a Pink Box

There are world-class bakeries to be found in virtually every neighborhood in Los Angeles. Don't let the city's reputation as a place of ultimate fitness and healthy living fool you, for it is also a place where everyone loves their desserts – and will travel in order to find them. We've picked out the 10 Best Bakeries, places to find specialty breads as well as cakes, pies, cookies and pastries in places sometimes separated by an hour's drive. After all, it's L.A., where going the distance for the perfect sweet treat isn't a big deal. So heading to the San Fernando Valley to a classic like Porto's Bakery is worth fighting the 405 freeway; or trying out a newer place like Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakery in Encino draws fans from all over town. Downtown L.A. is full of spectacular baked goods, with Homeboy Bakery, Pitchoun! and BierBeisel Imbiss leading the way; and the Westside boasts luscious winners like the Huckleberry Cafe and Angel Maid Bakery. Wherever you are in L.A., there's always something sweet to eat; these 10 favorites are just the tip of the croissant in a city filled with wonderful baked goods.

La Brea Bakery Cafe
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La Brea Bakery Cafe is the home of one of L.A.'s best bakeries. The La Brea Bakery was founded by Chef Nancy Silverton in 1989; she's since sold out and gone on to win huge accolades with her work at Osteria Mozza. But her legacy of baking...  Read More

Homeboy Industries Bakery
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There's one bakery in Los Angeles that not only makes completely yummy cakes, sweet breads and cookies, but also gives back in a big way to the community. Homeboy Industries Bakery is part of the larger Homeboy organization that is dedicated to...  Read More

French for "Daily Bread," this café and bakery features warm, inviting European ambience and is a favorite haunt of models and celebrities. Even so, this Belgian bakery and cafe is not out to set trends or attract a fashionable crowd; rather,...  Read More

Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop
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Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop wants you to return to your childhood " if you dare. Start with the basics, the Claudine Monogram Sugar Cookie, a classic that melts in your mouth and reminds you (if you are lucky) of the ones Mom used to...  Read More

Angel Maid Bakery
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Angel Maid Bakery is such a legendary place on the Westside of Los Angeles that they don't even bother to have a website. You want to get a taste of their astonishingly light and fluffy Tres Leches Cake? Then you'll have to come on over to...  Read More

Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe
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Everything Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe serves is made on site, using top-quality ingredients, including organic flour, Vahlrona chocolate and farmers' market produce. As the menu explains, their offerings are "almost exclusively" organic and...  Read More

Porto's Bakery & Cafe

Rosa Porto emigrated to Los Angeles from Cuba in 1960 and brought with her the recipes that have sustained her famous bakery ever since. She's now retired, but her kids and her extended family still bake up her world-class delicacies at three...  Read More

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Sweet Lady Jane

It was over 25 years ago that Jane Lockhart brought her passion for cakes to Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood; nowadays Sweet Lady Jane has three more locations, in Santa Monica, Encino and Newport Beach. Her custom cakes are constantly sought...  Read More

Pitchoun! French Bakery Cafe
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At Pitchoun! French Bakery Cafe, Frederic and Fabienne Soulies prepare everything from scratch using their family's traditional recipes. The couple migrated from France to Downtown Los Angeles in order to bring those unique French boulangerie...  Read More


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Jenny Peters – aka Jet Set Jen – is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, editor and party columnist specializing in travel, entertainment, film, food, wine, fashion and the other good...  More About Jenny