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A plate of cookies from Confections by Kirari in Redondo Beach, California.
Variety of cookies from Confections by Kirari.
Confections by Kirari

15 Gluten-Free and Vegan-Friendly Bakeries to Try in Los Angeles

Have a gluten-free, dairy-free cake and eat it too

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Variety of cookies from Confections by Kirari.
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Long gone are the early days of low-quality, hard-to-find gluten-free and vegan bakeries. Folks with celiac disease and those who are gluten-sensitive breathed easier when more bakers started perfecting the challenging task of working with gluten-free flours, resulting in baked goods with wonderful consistency and ample creativity, just no eggs, butter, or milk. These 15 Los Angeles area bakeries have become true innovators with pastries, pies, cakes, and muffins that could convert any non-believer into thinking traditional ingredients lay within. All are gluten-free and vegan-friendly; at many, specific modification requests can be made to meet the diner’s preference.

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Karma Baker

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Husband and wife Celine Ikeler and Aerk Reeder own Karma Baker, where every baked good is vegan and gluten-free. They’ll ship anywhere, or just hop over the Westlake Village to find some stunning baked items, including the fruit tart ring layered with gluten-free cookies, vegan lemon mascarpone, and topped with fresh fruit.

Karma Baker fruit tart ring from Westlake Village, California.
Karma Baker fruit tart ring from Westlake Village, California
Karma Baker website

Modern Bread and Bagel

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Woodland Hills’ Modern Bread and Bagel, a 2022 LA transplant with its original location on New York’s Upper West Side, is quietly filling the void that Breadblok’s closure left for many in Los Angeles’s gluten-free community. Its breads robustly cover the bases — from gleaming gluten-free bagels covered in a nutty “superseed” mix to challahs, rosemary focaccias, and parmesan buns — but the bakery and cafe menu truly set it apart for its size and variety. Doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and even chocolatey Hostess-inspired cupcakes make an appearance in the display case; the kitchen slings loaded salmon bagels as well as breakfast sandwiches that can be made vegetarian and vegan as needed.

An egg and cheese bagel on white paper from Modern Bread + Bagel.
An egg and cheese bagel — that can be made vegan with an egg substitute — from Modern Bread + Bagel.
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Ring Baked Tofu Donuts

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Open since 2013, Ring’s bakers create Japanese-style baked tofu donuts with rice flour, non-GMO soy milk, and organic yogurts, milks, and butter while adding flavors like matcha, honey, or Earl Grey. Ring’s donuts are easy to freeze and reheat well in a microwave.

Sinners & Saints Desserts

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With split personalities, Sinners & Saints Desserts appeals to everyone. The bakery’s “sinner” section is filled with traditional flour-based desserts, but the “saint” side experiments with a gluten-free marzipan cake topped with a hazelnut praline buttercream, tres leches, mini and standard sized cupcakes, and cheesecake.

Rising Hearts Bakery

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While most of Los Angeles’s gluten-free bakeries stay on the sweet side, Rising Hearts Bakery leans savory by producing gluten-free bagels, rolls, pizza crusts, burger and hot dog buns, breadsticks, and baguettes.

Chaumont Vegan

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Open in early 2021 next door to full traditional flour sister bakery Chaumont, Chaumont Vegan offers the same French-inspired baked goods, but minus eggs, butter, and milk. Find vegan granola, French toast, croissants, a no-milk custard pain Suisse, and a gluten-free hazelnut. rose cake

Maison Macha

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Maison Macha’s macaron boxes typically sell out, but there’s an entire gluten-free menu that’s impressive. Try the praline chocolate tart, lemon meringue tart, or the strawberry shortcake.

Kirari West Bake Shop

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This family-owned bakery first opened in Japan in 2011, and Kirari West launched in 2014 when Hiroyasu Saito opened the second location in Redondo Beach. The family uses rice flour as a substitute for traditional flour for this Redondo bakery with desserts, loaves of bread, breakfast sandwiches, and paninis. If in the mood for cookies, walk 50 feet to Confections By Kirari which opened in 2022.

Deluscious Cookies & Milk

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This shop is nestled in the middle of Hollywood’s post-production areas, where bakers prepare gluten-free cookies that sometimes land at after-parties for the Oscars or Golden Globes. Order early, as the combination vegan/gluten-free cookie package usually sells out. It’s filled with chocolate chip, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and cinnamon brûlée.

the good good | Vegan Bakeshop

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This mother-daughter-owned bakery launched its bakery in 2019 with cakes, muffins, banana bread, and blueberry crumble that are gluten-free and made without a drop of animal product.

Levant Bistro + Bake Shop

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Though not 100 percent vegan, Levant Bistro has plenty for the plant-based crowd with options that include pancakes, flatbreads, and sandwiches on house-made bread. Always ask to see what special pastries are being made for the day.

Coco Bakes LA

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After attending Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Coco Kislinger figured out how to make delicious desserts while battling Crohn’s Disease. Kislinger was forced to navigate her way around gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, and her bakery sells organic cakes, cookies, and granola, and bread.

Cake Girl

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Walk into Downtown LA’s St Louis Pharmacy to find Cake Girl, a bakeshop where the cupcakes, doughnuts, and funfetti cookies are vegan and free of soy, gluten, and nuts.

Delicias Bakery

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Baking since 1990, the family-owned Delicias Bakery is one of LA’s first panaderías to add vegan flan to their traditional Mexican menu. And while everything doesn’t entirely ascribe to the plant-based variety, Delicia’s does it well with the vegan bolillo filled with smoky jackfruit, garlic, citrus, and onion.

Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company

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Long Beach’s Twice Baked goes slightly beyond the expected, even for an entirely traditional bakery. It’s entirely gluten-free with brioche, apple turnovers, or a vegan citrus lavender cupcake. If feeling nostalgic, opt for Twice Baked’s gluten-free spin on an old-school classic: a frosted animal cookie.

Frosted animal cookie from Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company in Long Beach
Frosted animal cookie from Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company
Twice Baked website

Karma Baker

Husband and wife Celine Ikeler and Aerk Reeder own Karma Baker, where every baked good is vegan and gluten-free. They’ll ship anywhere, or just hop over the Westlake Village to find some stunning baked items, including the fruit tart ring layered with gluten-free cookies, vegan lemon mascarpone, and topped with fresh fruit.

Karma Baker fruit tart ring from Westlake Village, California.
Karma Baker fruit tart ring from Westlake Village, California
Karma Baker website

Modern Bread and Bagel

Woodland Hills’ Modern Bread and Bagel, a 2022 LA transplant with its original location on New York’s Upper West Side, is quietly filling the void that Breadblok’s closure left for many in Los Angeles’s gluten-free community. Its breads robustly cover the bases — from gleaming gluten-free bagels covered in a nutty “superseed” mix to challahs, rosemary focaccias, and parmesan buns — but the bakery and cafe menu truly set it apart for its size and variety. Doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and even chocolatey Hostess-inspired cupcakes make an appearance in the display case; the kitchen slings loaded salmon bagels as well as breakfast sandwiches that can be made vegetarian and vegan as needed.

An egg and cheese bagel on white paper from Modern Bread + Bagel.
An egg and cheese bagel — that can be made vegan with an egg substitute — from Modern Bread + Bagel.
Nicole Adlman

Ring Baked Tofu Donuts

Open since 2013, Ring’s bakers create Japanese-style baked tofu donuts with rice flour, non-GMO soy milk, and organic yogurts, milks, and butter while adding flavors like matcha, honey, or Earl Grey. Ring’s donuts are easy to freeze and reheat well in a microwave.

Sinners & Saints Desserts

With split personalities, Sinners & Saints Desserts appeals to everyone. The bakery’s “sinner” section is filled with traditional flour-based desserts, but the “saint” side experiments with a gluten-free marzipan cake topped with a hazelnut praline buttercream, tres leches, mini and standard sized cupcakes, and cheesecake.

Rising Hearts Bakery

While most of Los Angeles’s gluten-free bakeries stay on the sweet side, Rising Hearts Bakery leans savory by producing gluten-free bagels, rolls, pizza crusts, burger and hot dog buns, breadsticks, and baguettes.

Chaumont Vegan

Open in early 2021 next door to full traditional flour sister bakery Chaumont, Chaumont Vegan offers the same French-inspired baked goods, but minus eggs, butter, and milk. Find vegan granola, French toast, croissants, a no-milk custard pain Suisse, and a gluten-free hazelnut. rose cake

Maison Macha

Maison Macha’s macaron boxes typically sell out, but there’s an entire gluten-free menu that’s impressive. Try the praline chocolate tart, lemon meringue tart, or the strawberry shortcake.

Kirari West Bake Shop

This family-owned bakery first opened in Japan in 2011, and Kirari West launched in 2014 when Hiroyasu Saito opened the second location in Redondo Beach. The family uses rice flour as a substitute for traditional flour for this Redondo bakery with desserts, loaves of bread, breakfast sandwiches, and paninis. If in the mood for cookies, walk 50 feet to Confections By Kirari which opened in 2022.

Deluscious Cookies & Milk

This shop is nestled in the middle of Hollywood’s post-production areas, where bakers prepare gluten-free cookies that sometimes land at after-parties for the Oscars or Golden Globes. Order early, as the combination vegan/gluten-free cookie package usually sells out. It’s filled with chocolate chip, chocolate, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and cinnamon brûlée.

the good good | Vegan Bakeshop

This mother-daughter-owned bakery launched its bakery in 2019 with cakes, muffins, banana bread, and blueberry crumble that are gluten-free and made without a drop of animal product.

Levant Bistro + Bake Shop

Though not 100 percent vegan, Levant Bistro has plenty for the plant-based crowd with options that include pancakes, flatbreads, and sandwiches on house-made bread. Always ask to see what special pastries are being made for the day.

Coco Bakes LA

After attending Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Coco Kislinger figured out how to make delicious desserts while battling Crohn’s Disease. Kislinger was forced to navigate her way around gluten, dairy, and refined sugar, and her bakery sells organic cakes, cookies, and granola, and bread.

Cake Girl

Walk into Downtown LA’s St Louis Pharmacy to find Cake Girl, a bakeshop where the cupcakes, doughnuts, and funfetti cookies are vegan and free of soy, gluten, and nuts.

Delicias Bakery

Baking since 1990, the family-owned Delicias Bakery is one of LA’s first panaderías to add vegan flan to their traditional Mexican menu. And while everything doesn’t entirely ascribe to the plant-based variety, Delicia’s does it well with the vegan bolillo filled with smoky jackfruit, garlic, citrus, and onion.

Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company

Long Beach’s Twice Baked goes slightly beyond the expected, even for an entirely traditional bakery. It’s entirely gluten-free with brioche, apple turnovers, or a vegan citrus lavender cupcake. If feeling nostalgic, opt for Twice Baked’s gluten-free spin on an old-school classic: a frosted animal cookie.

Frosted animal cookie from Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company in Long Beach
Frosted animal cookie from Twice Baked Gluten Free Baking Company
Twice Baked website

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