Not every bakery you'll find will be much more than just pastries and deserts.
By Tawanna Browne Smith
Family Travel Expert
Bakeries in Baltimore date back to the 1830s with one of the first in East Baltimore by German immigrant Henry Berger. Berger created the infamous Berger cookies, a Baltimore cultural icon. Many of the bakeries you’ll find in the city specialize in desert or pastry offerings primarily with very few offering the gamut of baked goods such as breads, pastries, pies, and cookies.
10 Bonaparte Breads
Tucked away along the harbor in Fells Point, this French bakery and cafe offers a cozy place to enjoy some of the best baked goods in Baltimore. As the name suggests, the shop is known for its amazing bread, but you'll find more than that, including fresh pastries that perfectly compliment their bold coffee and great breakfast and lunch specials. Large windows overlook the harbor, guaranteeing a great view whether you sit inside or out. (410-342-4000)
9 Patisserie Poupon
Often cited as the best French bakery in Baltimore, Patisserie Poupon has patrons coming back time and again to sample their delectable treats. The stunningly beautiful fruit tarts taste even better than they look, and the perfectly luscious cakes come in exquisite flavors like "Red and Black," which features chocolate mousse and raspberry coulis. Other popular items include croissants, macaroons and financiers. Pair your dessert with an illy espresso. (410-332-0390)
8 Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop
Nestled within Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood, Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop offers some of the city's most authentic and delicious Italian sweets. The cannolis are the star at this shop, but you'll find an assortment of other treats, including tiramisu, cookies, cream puffs and gelato. Espresso offers the perfect compliment to the desserts, and there's even a selection of fresh gourmet sandwiches and salads. Head there on Mondays for the all-you-can-eat special. (410-685-4905)
Piedigrotta first opened in 2002 in Little Italy. The friendly and warm husband and wife duo Bruna and Carmenantonio are welcoming hosts to the bakery's guests. These two have a genuine love for baking. If you're at a lost of what to order, the owners will be more than obliged to make suggestions whether it be something more substantial from their lunch menu like the chicken puff pastry or a homemade ravioli or something sweet like an eclair, authentic Italian pastry or their infamous tiramisu. Carmenantonio is said to be the creator of this popular Italian desert. You can also order takeout from the restaurant or stock up on fresh breads for the week. The portions are large and their prices are good, making them a favorite in the Baltimore area for the past several years. ((410) 522-6900)
6 Midnite Confection's Cupcakery
Voted #1 in cupcakes by Baltimore Magazine, Midnite Confection's Cupcakery is located in Federal Hill where they offer flavors of the day, week, and month. This mother and son duo have a passion for making cupcakes. Their creations have been featured in several publications with signature creations such as their Eclipse cupcakes and Vanilla cupcakes where they use Bourbon Madagascar vanilla. Their "After Hours" line is highlighted with liquor flavorings. Customers can also make their own pairings with the "Designer Cupcakes" line. ((410) 727-1010)
5 Fenwick Bakery
Fenwick Bakery is located in Parkville in very unpretentious surroundings. Although Fenwick was featured on the Weather Channel, it hasn't allowed notoriety or fame go to its head. This is probably one of the most affordable bakeries you'll find in Baltimore and one of the few remaining scratch bakeries in operation. They produce wedding cakes as well as regular cakes and cupcakes. They offer a variety of breads and rolls ranging from Vienna to French to Irish soda. In addition, you can find pies, buns, cookies and other pastries in the bakery storefront. ((410) 444-6410)
4 Ooh la la cupcakery
Ooh La La Cupcakery is conveniently located at the Inner Harbor inside Harborplace and the Gallery, making it a popular stop for tourists and locals alike. The earlier you arrive, the greater your chances at having your pick of their full selection as items sell out quickly. They have a two lines of cupcakes on their menu, the "Cupcake Amour" and the "Cupcake Couture". The couture selections offer alcohol-infused cupcakes, appropriate for adult cupcake lovers. The red velvet cupcakes and strawberry lemonade are top sellers and worth a try. ((410) 685-0008)
3 Charm city cakes
The popular bakery known for its high-art cake creations had its own show, Ace of Cakes, on the Food Network for a few seasons, where its cakes grew in notoriety. The shop was employed by former art students who transitioned their talents into the world of baking and cake decoration. No cake creation is too difficult for the bakery and no flavor too wild - if you can imagine it, they most likely can make it. Their cakes do run at a premium compared to other bakeries in the city. Their skilled use of fondant helps to perfect the looks of their creations but the truth to their skills lies underneath this decorative covering. ((410) 235-9229)
2 Charm City Cupcakes
Charm City cupcakes has two locations in Baltimore - their retail store at 326 N. Charles Street and their class and decorating center at 3215 N. Charles St. They offer two cupcake menus - the classic menu and the gourmet specialty menu - with 65 cupcake flavors amongst them. Cupcakes can be customized and come in both regular or min cupcake sizes perfect for little hands and those wanting a smaller bite. Guests can order cupcakes online, pick them up at their retail location or have them delivered if they live in the Greater Baltimore and D.C. areas. ((410) 244-8790)
1 Bonjour Bakery
Bonjour Bakery is located a few minutes away from the downtown area off of 83 off of Falls Rd. This French Bakery is a great option for those looking for options outside of the downtown area. Crepes, pastries, quiches, tarts, croissants, and cakes reside in the display cases of this bakery. Items are baked off site and delivered fresh daily but you'll have to be quick to catch their fresh breads. (410-372-0238)
About Tawanna Browne Smith
Tawanna has had a wanderlust spirit since she was 13. A dozen or so addresses later, she now resides in Maryland with her husband and two sons. Tawanna is the founder and creator of Mom's Guide To Travel, a family travel blog. She's also a contributor to the Travel Channel. If she's not traveling somewhere out of state, she's either shopping or searching for the best crabcake or the best cupcake in the Baltimore-Washington area.
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