The word “bakery” brings to mind loaves of bread, and perhaps some cookies. However, the numerous establishments in Salt Lake City that fit into the “bakery” category greatly outdo this rather stale image. Whether you’re looking for French pastries, Italian focaccia, German soft pretzels and plunderschneckes, surprisingly delicious doughnuts, or even a wedding cake, you’ll find yourself faced with a world of bounty pouring forth from Salt Lake City’s ovens.
Those in the market for a traditional American-style bakery should swing by Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop, a 70+ year Salt Lake City institution famous for its elaborately decorated brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and fine cakes. If you feel like toning it down on the sweet scale, stop by Great Harvest Bread Company, located at 9th and 9th in Sugarhouse. This whole-wheat bakery crafts delicious and hearty breads and fresh, to-order sandwiches on them. Get a steaming hot cup of coffee there, and enjoy a sample of “normal” or dessert breads, too! And though it’s not a typical bakery in the strictest terms, Banbury Cross Doughnuts makes a delicious fleet of crispy, moist and fluffy doughnuts every day that should not be avoided.
Those longing for some flavors from overseas are in luck when in Salt Lake City–a place rife with French, Italian, and even German-owned and operated bakeries. For French flair, go to Bakers de Normandie, Glaus French Pastry Shoppe or Pierre Country Bakery & Café. Italian food lovers should stop by Carlucci’s Bakery or the Tulie Bakery. And those in the mood for German cuisine should head to Vosen’s Bread Paradise.