From Simple to Incredible, Savory to Sweet: Baltimore's Bakeries Have It All

Most of Baltimore's bakeries have ethnic origins, with the one of the earliest dating back to 1835 in East Baltimore by German immigrant Henry Berger. He created the sugary-chocolate iced vanilla Berger cookies, a Baltimore cultural icon. Not only are the cookies widely available in grocery stores throughout the metro area, you can even download a Berger cookie emoji for your phone! There are other very old German bakeries in Baltimore, which is no surprise if you know your colonial history. There were so many German immigrants in the city, the primary language spoken down by what is now the Inner Harbor was German!

Baltimore's other immigrants from around the world have influenced the crispy, crunchy and tender baked goods available in the city. Whether you explore the exotic Asian baked offerings at La Boulangerie or the classic French elegance of Patisserie Poupon, you'll quickly see that Baltimore's culinary scene is growing in global sophistication.

Baltimore is too far south to have adopted New England's steamed and cooled brown breads and a little too north to have really have taken to the hot cornbread served at dinner in the Deep South. But the city has its own traditional flavors that families cherish and enjoy to this day. Keep your eyes open in Baltimore for beaten biscuits, a primitive cold biscuit first made on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Much like hardtack straight out of the bag, try heating these lard-based biscuits with a little butter and honey!

Harmony Bakery
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Are you putting together a special cocktail party, tea party or tailgating fiesta? How do you plan on making your sandwiches look and taste better than what your mom threw into brown lunch bag decades ago? Baking is as much a science as an art ....  Read More

Goldberg's Bagels
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If you've only had bagels from the grocery store freezer, you don't know what you've been missing! Goldberg's started in New York in the 1900's, with a secret Polish recipe. They sell many varieties – sweet and savory – though some flavors...  Read More

Ellicott City
La Boulangerie
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Though La Boulangerie has a French name, they actually sell Korean desserts. Many Asian desserts have a low-key level of sweetness, so there are lots of culinary uses for them besides the perfect match for a Korean supper. Breakfast, tea time,...  Read More

MoMo Bakery
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MoMo Bakery has the magical combination of quality, convenience and location. An independent boutique Korean bakery nested right inside the front door at Catonville's H-Mart, you get the quality of a pastry chef inside a massive supermarket....  Read More

Hoehn's Bakery
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Anybody in Baltimore with German roots most likely has ancestors who lived in East Baltimore and the Highlandtown neighborhood. Where there used to be many German businesses, Hoehn's still stands today. Family owned and operated since 1927, the...  Read More

Herman's Bakery
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For some of us, grandma's baked goods are just a distant memory. Step back in flavor history with their poppy seed cakes, Polish "bow ties" and other less-sweet desserts. Certainly, Herman's cool 1970's era signage will serve as a flashback:...  Read More

Patisserie Poupon

It all started for Patisserie Poupon in East Baltimore, where they still have their signature location. Washington society also enjoys a branch in Georgetown. Baltimore has a second cafe'-style spot right downtown that's a favorite with...  Read More

East Baltimore
Bonjour Bakery
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The little purple house on Falls Road has seating inside and out, for the authentic French cafe experience. Start your morning shopping with a hazelnut coffee with extra buzz. If you come early enough in the morning, you'll have a chance to snag...  Read More

Yia Yia's Bakery
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Sure, you can get lots of authentic Greek specialties like baklava, galaktobouriko, kourambiedes, melomakarona at Yia Yia's. But they also do an impressive job creating the baked goods of many other ethnicities!

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