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LA's Best Pastry Shops and Bakeries, Winter 2014

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eaterla2008_10_hasmaps.jpgLos Angeles has plenty of sweet shops and bakeries around the city, many adopting styles and flavors from around the world. But some of the best are as American as apple pie, putting slight twists on familiar classics. This list is a reliable collection of pastry purveyors around town that offer a good range of delectables that would please any sugar maven. The new entrants of Republique and Cafe Rockenwagner are sure to shake up the hierarchy in the new future. Below, Eater presents L.A.'s Best Pastry Shops and Bakeries for Winter 2014.


Added 8/13: Red Bread, Valerie Confections
Added 2/14: Lady M, Bo Nuage, Republique, Creme Caramel, Cafe Rockenwagner Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Huckleberry

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1014 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Zoe Nathan's a natural baker, and the results of her perfectionism is this Santa Monica bakery that's almost always busy. The pastries, bread, and baked goods are great, as are the sandwiches, like the now-famous fried egg sandwich topped with arugula and a slab of bacon.

2. Proof Bakery

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3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-8633
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Na Young Ma's ideal meld between the best of classic European and American sensibilities reflect at this charming bakery in Atwater Village. The croissants are as good as they get, but the seasonal, daily offerings aren't worth missing either. The expansive coffee offerings by Cognoscenti is also impressive.

3. The Sycamore Kitchen

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143 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151
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Karen Hatfield's ode to the classic American bakery has its ideal form at this lovely bakery along La Brea Avenue. The salted caramel pecan babka roll is more than addictive, as are the rest of the baked goods, but the sandwiches are truly special. The turkey sandwich might be one of the best in town, and the tuna sandwich is made from fresh tuna instead of the canned sort.

4. Farm Shop

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225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 566-2400
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Jeffrey Cerciello's food emporium in Brentwood has everything from a larder to prepared goods to a full service restaurant. The bakery up front also has a terrific array of pastries that would make anyone swoon, from the chocolate croissant to the classic coffee cake. They can all be serviced with breakfast or brunch there as well.

5. Milo And Olive

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2723 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb's pizza and pasta-centric bakery serves up some of the best bread and pastries in town. The bagel with smoked salmon is great, along with collection of sweet treats that changes up daily.

6. Sqirl Kitchen

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720 N Virgil Ave, #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(213) 394-6526
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Reborn into a larger space, Jessica Koslow's bakery and cafe serves things like brioche toast with her famous jam, lard biscuits, brown rice porridge, and granola with house-made yogurt. The coffee program hasn't lost a step either, with roasts from Ritual and Heart Coffee.

7. Red Bread

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13322 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA
This Culver City entrant was a farmers market staple until it went brick & mortar in this small spot that opens early until it sells out in the mid afternoon. There's daily bread, cookies, toast & jam, biscuits with raw butter, and quiches for lunch, along with fantastic tea service.

8. Short Cake

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6333 W 3rd St Stall 316
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 761-7976
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Focusing on American baked goods with a twist, such as the iconic blondie that's made with pine nuts and thyme, Nancy Silverton oversees the program at this Farmers Market bakery. The wide array of whimsical and creative pastries at this mainstay makes a special trip worth it. Also, don't miss the twice-baked hazelnut croissant.

9. Bread Lounge

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700 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 327-0782
Baker Ran Zimon was trained and Tel Aviv and never planned to open a bakery here. But he eventually started wholesale bread distribution and the rest is history. The classic European-style pastries and baked goods are strictly prepared in house and with the utmost care. It's a nice place to relax and enjoy some carbs in the Arts District.

10. Valerie Echo Park

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1665 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
Echo Park has a new elegant place to have breakfast or brunch, or even tea time. Valerie Gordon's beautiful American-style goods like muffins, petit four, chocolates, preserves and confections. There's also a great lineup of sandwiches, tartines, and other savory bites to go along with a strong tea program.

11. Bouchon Bakery

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235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 281-5699
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Beverly Hills denizens rejoiced when Thomas Keller's 90210 outpost landed a small bakery touting macarons, kouign amanns, and more on the bottom floor of the restaurant. The selection might not be as wide as the New York, Vegas, and Yountville locations, but the quality is still mostly there. The custardy canele are worth trying.

12. Maison Giraud

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1032 Swarthmore Ave.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Chef Alain Giraud's classy French bakery and cafe in Pacific Palisades makes everything one would want from a Parisian-style eatery. There's warm croissants, caneles, cookies, and baguettes to go along with European-style coffee service (if you're not into the whole hipster coffee thing). There's also a full menu of items like croque monsieur and eggs benedict.

13. Copenhagen Pastry

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11113 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 839-8900
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This authentic Danish-style bakery has some of the best sweet treats in the city, with things like almondy kringles, raspberry danishes, nougat crowns, braided cinnamon lines, and more, all for very fair prices. Everything is just sweet enough, and plenty addictive. It's a great thing to bring to the office when everyone's tired of donuts.

14. Maison Richard

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707 Stanley Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 655-7777
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Celebrated chef Michel Richard's imprint is still on this city despite not having a full restaurant left in L.A. Relocated to Melrose after spending years on Robertson, this cafe and bakery touts very good pastries, tarts, eclairs, cakes and more.

15. Chaumont Café and Bakery

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143 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 550-5510
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This classic European-style bakery in the heart of Beverly Hills has some of the most elegantly styled desserts and pastries in the city, with beautiful tarts, cakes, and more in an airy space on Beverly Drive. There's also fresh baked bread, croissants, and danishes, all great for a breakfast or a light afternoon snack.

16. Amandine Patisserie

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12225 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 979-3211
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This classic Brentwood bakery still has reliably good croissants, especially of the almond variety. There's also plenty in the way of danishes, cakes, cream pies and a number of savory dishes at this Wilshire Blvd cafe.

17. Bo Nuage

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8010 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Quickly becoming the hot new dessert trend in L.A., these fancy meringue cakes is an ideal gift or mid afternoon snack for the office. Light cakes are covered in a meringue, then covered with various confections and flavors, from coffee and caramel to raspberry and red velvet. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels

18. Republique

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624 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 361-6115
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Margarita Manzke oversees this complete baking and pastry operation at the former La Brea Bakery space, resulting in near-perfect renditions of French and American staples, from croissants and cookies to house-baked baguettes. It's hard to go wrong with anything here. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels

19. Cafe Rockenwagner

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1168 S Barrington Ave Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90049
A slick new bakery and cafe in Brentwood, the desserts here are helmed by notable chef Cesar Bermudez, who brings an ultra-refined style to everything from eclairs to his signature Tropezienne, a dessert burger filled with light creme. Also here, Rockenwagner's pretzels, breads, and more. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels

20. Creme Caramel LA

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14849 Burbank Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91411
(818) 949-8352
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A nice find in Sherman Oaks, Creme Caramel brings creative sweets in the form of bread puddings, marshmallow brulees, and of course, creme caramels. Don't miss out on the ube flavor. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels

21. Lady M Cake Boutique

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8718 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(424) 279-9495
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This NYC import makes some of the most refined, delectable cakes anywhere in town, using a multitude of layers and various flavors to mix it up. Paired with Stumptown coffee, the green tea milles crepes or strawberry shortcake would certainly make any day better.

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1. Huckleberry

1014 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Zoe Nathan's a natural baker, and the results of her perfectionism is this Santa Monica bakery that's almost always busy. The pastries, bread, and baked goods are great, as are the sandwiches, like the now-famous fried egg sandwich topped with arugula and a slab of bacon.
1014 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Proof Bakery

3156 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Na Young Ma's ideal meld between the best of classic European and American sensibilities reflect at this charming bakery in Atwater Village. The croissants are as good as they get, but the seasonal, daily offerings aren't worth missing either. The expansive coffee offerings by Cognoscenti is also impressive.
3156 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

3. The Sycamore Kitchen

143 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Karen Hatfield's ode to the classic American bakery has its ideal form at this lovely bakery along La Brea Avenue. The salted caramel pecan babka roll is more than addictive, as are the rest of the baked goods, but the sandwiches are truly special. The turkey sandwich might be one of the best in town, and the tuna sandwich is made from fresh tuna instead of the canned sort.
143 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. Farm Shop

225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Jeffrey Cerciello's food emporium in Brentwood has everything from a larder to prepared goods to a full service restaurant. The bakery up front also has a terrific array of pastries that would make anyone swoon, from the chocolate croissant to the classic coffee cake. They can all be serviced with breakfast or brunch there as well.
225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90402

5. Milo And Olive

2723 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb's pizza and pasta-centric bakery serves up some of the best bread and pastries in town. The bagel with smoked salmon is great, along with collection of sweet treats that changes up daily.
2723 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403

6. Sqirl Kitchen

720 N Virgil Ave, #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Reborn into a larger space, Jessica Koslow's bakery and cafe serves things like brioche toast with her famous jam, lard biscuits, brown rice porridge, and granola with house-made yogurt. The coffee program hasn't lost a step either, with roasts from Ritual and Heart Coffee.
720 N Virgil Ave, #4
Los Angeles, CA 90029

7. Red Bread

13322 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA
This Culver City entrant was a farmers market staple until it went brick & mortar in this small spot that opens early until it sells out in the mid afternoon. There's daily bread, cookies, toast & jam, biscuits with raw butter, and quiches for lunch, along with fantastic tea service.
13322 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA

8. Short Cake

6333 W 3rd St Stall 316, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Focusing on American baked goods with a twist, such as the iconic blondie that's made with pine nuts and thyme, Nancy Silverton oversees the program at this Farmers Market bakery. The wide array of whimsical and creative pastries at this mainstay makes a special trip worth it. Also, don't miss the twice-baked hazelnut croissant.
6333 W 3rd St Stall 316
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Bread Lounge

700 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Baker Ran Zimon was trained and Tel Aviv and never planned to open a bakery here. But he eventually started wholesale bread distribution and the rest is history. The classic European-style pastries and baked goods are strictly prepared in house and with the utmost care. It's a nice place to relax and enjoy some carbs in the Arts District.
700 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

10. Valerie Echo Park

1665 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA
Echo Park has a new elegant place to have breakfast or brunch, or even tea time. Valerie Gordon's beautiful American-style goods like muffins, petit four, chocolates, preserves and confections. There's also a great lineup of sandwiches, tartines, and other savory bites to go along with a strong tea program.
1665 Echo Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

11. Bouchon Bakery

235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Beverly Hills denizens rejoiced when Thomas Keller's 90210 outpost landed a small bakery touting macarons, kouign amanns, and more on the bottom floor of the restaurant. The selection might not be as wide as the New York, Vegas, and Yountville locations, but the quality is still mostly there. The custardy canele are worth trying.
235 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

12. Maison Giraud

1032 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Chef Alain Giraud's classy French bakery and cafe in Pacific Palisades makes everything one would want from a Parisian-style eatery. There's warm croissants, caneles, cookies, and baguettes to go along with European-style coffee service (if you're not into the whole hipster coffee thing). There's also a full menu of items like croque monsieur and eggs benedict.
1032 Swarthmore Ave.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

13. Copenhagen Pastry

11113 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
This authentic Danish-style bakery has some of the best sweet treats in the city, with things like almondy kringles, raspberry danishes, nougat crowns, braided cinnamon lines, and more, all for very fair prices. Everything is just sweet enough, and plenty addictive. It's a great thing to bring to the office when everyone's tired of donuts.
11113 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

14. Maison Richard

707 Stanley Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Celebrated chef Michel Richard's imprint is still on this city despite not having a full restaurant left in L.A. Relocated to Melrose after spending years on Robertson, this cafe and bakery touts very good pastries, tarts, eclairs, cakes and more.
707 Stanley Ave
Los Angeles, CA

15. Chaumont Café and Bakery

143 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
This classic European-style bakery in the heart of Beverly Hills has some of the most elegantly styled desserts and pastries in the city, with beautiful tarts, cakes, and more in an airy space on Beverly Drive. There's also fresh baked bread, croissants, and danishes, all great for a breakfast or a light afternoon snack.
143 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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16. Amandine Patisserie

12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
This classic Brentwood bakery still has reliably good croissants, especially of the almond variety. There's also plenty in the way of danishes, cakes, cream pies and a number of savory dishes at this Wilshire Blvd cafe.
12225 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

17. Bo Nuage

8010 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Quickly becoming the hot new dessert trend in L.A., these fancy meringue cakes is an ideal gift or mid afternoon snack for the office. Light cakes are covered in a meringue, then covered with various confections and flavors, from coffee and caramel to raspberry and red velvet. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels
8010 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

18. Republique

624 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Margarita Manzke oversees this complete baking and pastry operation at the former La Brea Bakery space, resulting in near-perfect renditions of French and American staples, from croissants and cookies to house-baked baguettes. It's hard to go wrong with anything here. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels
624 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

19. Cafe Rockenwagner

1168 S Barrington Ave Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049
A slick new bakery and cafe in Brentwood, the desserts here are helmed by notable chef Cesar Bermudez, who brings an ultra-refined style to everything from eclairs to his signature Tropezienne, a dessert burger filled with light creme. Also here, Rockenwagner's pretzels, breads, and more. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels
1168 S Barrington Ave Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90049

20. Creme Caramel LA

14849 Burbank Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91411
A nice find in Sherman Oaks, Creme Caramel brings creative sweets in the form of bread puddings, marshmallow brulees, and of course, creme caramels. Don't miss out on the ube flavor. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels
14849 Burbank Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91411

21. Lady M Cake Boutique

8718 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
This NYC import makes some of the most refined, delectable cakes anywhere in town, using a multitude of layers and various flavors to mix it up. Paired with Stumptown coffee, the green tea milles crepes or strawberry shortcake would certainly make any day better.
8718 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

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