Best Bakery In Chicago

Best Bakery In Chicago
Joe Squatch

Joe Squatch

September 6, 2022

Are you an early bird with an intense sweet tooth who’s currently visiting Chicago? Well, if you answered yes, lucky for you there’s an abundance of bakeries in Chicago that have no shortage of delicious fresh baked goods.  

From traditional bakeries, to trendy new ones that serve up unusual flavor combos, The Windy City has it all.

Best Bakery In Chicago

There’s a variety of bakeries that span up the North Side and down to the South Side, so there’s sure to be one that you love near to where you’re staying.

You’ll find a variety of different tasty baked goods, from paczki and fruity tarts to fluffy concha and delicious desserts.

And don’t worry if you’re looking for a coffee to go with your baked goods, since most of these delicious bakeries double as excellent coffee shops.

So, with this in mind, we’ve found some of the best bakeries in Chicago, that you just need to visit whilst you’re here. 

1. Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter

A Belgian bakery in the heart of Chicago? Sign me up! 

There’s so much to choose from in this small bakery located on Walton Street, near North Side.

From artisanal breads and various types of tasty croissants, to sweet macarons and delicious pastries, Belgian chef Renaud Hendrickx really outdoes himself. 

All of his creations are a work of art, they’re almost too good to eat. But trust us when we say you’ll want to give these creations a try, they’re absolutely tantalizing and you’ll definitely be back for more. 

2. Hewn

If you’re more of a savory than sweet person, Hewn is the place for you. 

It’s home to hand forged artisan bread, each loaf they make is made from scratch using organic flour and grains.

It’s located on Chicago’s North Shore and offers tons of different types of breads, including challah, which is so popular that on Fridays it’s limited to two per person. 

You’ll have to ensure you get here early to have the best possible selection of the artisanal breads and delicious pastries, since it’s so popular. But the smell in the morning of freshly baked goods is reason enough to come here early! 

3. Brown Sugar Bakery

This Southern-style bakery specializes in traditional sweet treats and custom bakes, perfect for those with a mighty sweet tooth.

Stephanie Hart produces award-winning cakes and has curated a line of gourmet hand-crafted chocolates, her creativity is endless. 

One look at her sweet treats and you’ll be watering at the mouth.

From German chocolate cake and vanilla cream and caramel cake, to sweet delights such as mint melt-a-ways and chocolate covered potato chips, walking into this shop is like walking into a chocolate dream. 

There’s so much to choose from, so we won’t blame you if you end up picking more than a few to taste test! 

4. Delightful Pastries

This bakery serves delicious home-style European pastries, cakes and baked goods to the wonderful people of Chicago every day.

Their baked goods are made with the freshest ingredients and most of their pastries are made with low sugar, so you can have a delicious fresh pastry without feeling guilty right after eating it. 

Their products are absolutely mouth-watering and a must-try if you’re ever on the North Side of Chicago.

That’s not all though, they also made delicious goodies that are gluten-free, because they believe “gluten-free shouldn’t mean needlessly missing out on the flavors you crave”. 

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5. Markellos Baking Company 

This Latin bakery may be small, but don’t be fooled by its size, it has a variety of different pastries, conchas, stuffed churros and delicious, colorful cookies.

This bakery is a little different from the rest, upon entering you’ll grab a basket and a pair of tongs and help yourself to whatever you like. Shopping made simple! 

There’s so much to choose from here, and as you waltz through the bakery, you’ll constantly come across more baked goodies that look mouth-watering, just simply through them into your basket! 

The buns and breads made here are made throughout the day and are constantly being brought to the front of the store from the kitchen, so it’s easy to snag a hot, freshly made loaf. 

6. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

As you can probably tell by the name, Bang Bang Pie shops is renowned for its tantalizing pies. But it also hosts a selection of different biscuits, grits and sides.

It’s the perfect bakery to dine-in and spend a bit of time admiring these beautiful dishes. 

If you’re coming here for the pie, you have to try their key-lime pie, it is possibly the best in the city, but their other pies, like the buttermilk and PB+J pies are equally as delicious. 

Their original shop was in Logan Square, but due to popular demand, they have a new location in Ravenswood.

7. Floriole Cafe And Bakery

This cafe began as a stand that sold rustic, French pastries and they still sell French pastries today, along with a host of other baked goods.

Their menu includes even more pastries, sandwiches, salads and breads (Also check out the Best Salads NYC), using the best ingredients possible that are sourced directly from sustainable farms in the region. 

If you decide to visit this amazing shop, make sure to try their delicious assortment of cookies or their mouth-watering gateau basque. You’ll find tons of sweet treats in here, along with savory goodies, it’s the perfect bakery! 

Final Thoughts

Due to increasing demand, there’s tons of bakeries lined up on the streets of Chicago. Finding the right one, is of course a hard feat.

We’ve listed 7 here of the best ones we’ve found, but of course there’s so many more just waiting to be discovered by you. 

Make sure to visit these places and try their delicious assortments of bread, pastries, baked goods and sweet treats.

There will be something in here for everyone you are traveling with, so make sure to get up early and take a trip down to one of these beautiful bakeries! 

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