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A mango cake from Jim’s Bakery in Monterey Park, California
Mango cake from Jim’s Bakery
Kristie Hang

11 Underrated LA Bakeries To Try in 2021

LA’s famous bakeries are delicious, but be sure to give these smaller independent bakeries a bite

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Mango cake from Jim’s Bakery
| Kristie Hang

lLet the outsiders poke fun all they want, Los Angeles really does love its carbs and gluten. The region is abundant with outstanding bakeries, many of them well-known operators beloved far beyond California’s borders. Of course longstanding spots like Gjusta and Republique are legendary, but here’s what true locals know: LA’s bench runs just as deep with smaller, highly-skilled, and lesser-known bakers who wake up in the early hours to produce Portuguese egg tarts, sourdough loaves, and pan dulce everywhere from Granada Hills all the way to Hawthorne. Take a look at these 11 wonderful and underrated bakeries in Southern California.

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1. Furnsaj Restaurant & Bakery

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11146 Balboa Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 368-4000
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Lebanse-born chef Charlie Succar and brother Mel own Furnsaj, Granda Hills’ beloved bakery. Try the amazing adjarski mana’ish in boat-shaped bread with two sunny eggs topped on a layer of cheese, or the cheese labneh with honey. The Succar’s menu is absolutely massive, so there’s something for everyone.

2 eggs topped on a layer of cheese and boat-shaped bread at Furnsaj Restaurant & Bakery in Granada Hills, California
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2. Seed Bakery

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942 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
(626) 486-2115
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It’s a complete labor of love over at Seed Bakery in Pasadena, where owner Joseph Abrakjian mills his own flour and ferments his dough up to 24 hours. Sourdough flavors vary from week to week, where one might find olive, spelt, or oat maple in the display shelves.

3. Poppy Cake Baking Company

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328 W Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
(626) 355-9000
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Brittainy and Matthew Turnquist operate Poppy Cake Baking Company out of Sierra Madre (Brittainy’s hometown) where a daily quiche is always on the menu. Peruse through the display case stuffed with house made cookies, sandwiches, croissants, or multi-grain breads.

4. Delicias Bakery

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5567 N Figueroa St
Highland Park, CA 90042
(323) 259-9306
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Operating since 1990, Delicias is a Highland Park institution. The family-owned bakery keeps it traditional, though keenly aware of the times by introducing a vegan pan dulce a few years back. Delicia’s breads and cakes are gorgeous, as are the sweet multi-hued aguas frescas.

5. D'ange Bakery

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800 W Las Tunas Dr #400
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 282-0808

This wonderful bakery resides in San Gabriel. D’ange means “angel” in French, and combines Frech technique with Asian flavors. The matcha or black sesame buns are overwhelmingly good, as are the cakes, especially the one filled with fresh mango.

6. Sasoun Bakery

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5114 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-1868
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To know Sasoun is to know one of LA’s best, and more under-discussed, bakeries. Owner David Yertesian opened locations in Glendale, East Hollywood, Reseda, La Cresenta, and Van Nuys over the last 27 years, where regulars pickup items like cheese borek or tahini bread.

7. JIM'S BAKERY 金獅餅家

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400 S Atlantic Blvd #200
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 573-5757

Find Jim’s Hong Kong-style pastries right in the same complex as NBC Dim Sum. There’s always bread and cookies available, and their most popular baked goods are the honey walnut tart and the sublime egg tart.

8. Cafe Dulce

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134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 346-9910
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Cafe Dulce keeps locations on the Eastern side of town, with some of LA’s most colorful baked goods. The gorgeous deep purple hued sweets are pleasing to the eye, but it’s worth mentioning the great volunteer work this bakery takes on, from feeding frontline workers or out of work Angelenos.

9. Aliza J. Sokolow

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With a career in photography, baker Aliza J. Sokolow’s creations are gorgeous. They look equally beautiful up close, especially her signature challa, which changes every week. Her pop-up pickup locations are spread throughout town, so head to Instagram for her breads, cookies, and other specialties that change every week.

10. Panaderia Super Pan

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4951 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(323) 681-8998

After being squeezed out of Virgil Village, family-owned Super Pan relocated to South Park, slightly east of the 110 and south of Vernon Avenue, where they still serve Mexican, Salvadorean, and Guatemalan bread and pastry.

11. Le Pain Du Jour

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13528 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250
(310) 676-1234
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Pain du Jour is a gem tucked away in Hawthorne, where a wheat-themed mural greets visitors. On the inside is a flurry of activity around freshly baked ciabatta and marbled rye, and a perfectly LA-centric churro croissant.

1. Furnsaj Restaurant & Bakery

11146 Balboa Blvd, Granada Hills, CA 91344
2 eggs topped on a layer of cheese and boat-shaped bread at Furnsaj Restaurant & Bakery in Granada Hills, California
Furnsaj Bakery’s
Fursaj website

Lebanse-born chef Charlie Succar and brother Mel own Furnsaj, Granda Hills’ beloved bakery. Try the amazing adjarski mana’ish in boat-shaped bread with two sunny eggs topped on a layer of cheese, or the cheese labneh with honey. The Succar’s menu is absolutely massive, so there’s something for everyone.

11146 Balboa Blvd
Granada Hills, CA 91344

2. Seed Bakery

942 E Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

It’s a complete labor of love over at Seed Bakery in Pasadena, where owner Joseph Abrakjian mills his own flour and ferments his dough up to 24 hours. Sourdough flavors vary from week to week, where one might find olive, spelt, or oat maple in the display shelves.

942 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104

3. Poppy Cake Baking Company

328 W Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Brittainy and Matthew Turnquist operate Poppy Cake Baking Company out of Sierra Madre (Brittainy’s hometown) where a daily quiche is always on the menu. Peruse through the display case stuffed with house made cookies, sandwiches, croissants, or multi-grain breads.

328 W Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

4. Delicias Bakery

5567 N Figueroa St, Highland Park, CA 90042

Operating since 1990, Delicias is a Highland Park institution. The family-owned bakery keeps it traditional, though keenly aware of the times by introducing a vegan pan dulce a few years back. Delicia’s breads and cakes are gorgeous, as are the sweet multi-hued aguas frescas.

5567 N Figueroa St
Highland Park, CA 90042

5. D'ange Bakery

800 W Las Tunas Dr #400, San Gabriel, CA 91776

This wonderful bakery resides in San Gabriel. D’ange means “angel” in French, and combines Frech technique with Asian flavors. The matcha or black sesame buns are overwhelmingly good, as are the cakes, especially the one filled with fresh mango.

800 W Las Tunas Dr #400
San Gabriel, CA 91776

6. Sasoun Bakery

5114 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

To know Sasoun is to know one of LA’s best, and more under-discussed, bakeries. Owner David Yertesian opened locations in Glendale, East Hollywood, Reseda, La Cresenta, and Van Nuys over the last 27 years, where regulars pickup items like cheese borek or tahini bread.

5114 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

7. JIM'S BAKERY 金獅餅家

400 S Atlantic Blvd #200, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Find Jim’s Hong Kong-style pastries right in the same complex as NBC Dim Sum. There’s always bread and cookies available, and their most popular baked goods are the honey walnut tart and the sublime egg tart.

400 S Atlantic Blvd #200
Monterey Park, CA 91754

8. Cafe Dulce

134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cafe Dulce keeps locations on the Eastern side of town, with some of LA’s most colorful baked goods. The gorgeous deep purple hued sweets are pleasing to the eye, but it’s worth mentioning the great volunteer work this bakery takes on, from feeding frontline workers or out of work Angelenos.

134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012

9. Aliza J. Sokolow

Santa Monica, CA

With a career in photography, baker Aliza J. Sokolow’s creations are gorgeous. They look equally beautiful up close, especially her signature challa, which changes every week. Her pop-up pickup locations are spread throughout town, so head to Instagram for her breads, cookies, and other specialties that change every week.

10. Panaderia Super Pan

4951 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011

After being squeezed out of Virgil Village, family-owned Super Pan relocated to South Park, slightly east of the 110 and south of Vernon Avenue, where they still serve Mexican, Salvadorean, and Guatemalan bread and pastry.

4951 S Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90011

11. Le Pain Du Jour

13528 S Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Pain du Jour is a gem tucked away in Hawthorne, where a wheat-themed mural greets visitors. On the inside is a flurry of activity around freshly baked ciabatta and marbled rye, and a perfectly LA-centric churro croissant.

13528 S Inglewood Ave
Hawthorne, CA 90250

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