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.Read More
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
1. Furnsaj Restaurant & Bakery
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. Seed Bakery
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.
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3. Poppy Cake Baking Company
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
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
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.
6. Sasoun Bakery
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
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.
8. Cafe Dulce
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.
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9. Aliza J. Sokolow
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.
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10. Panaderia Super Pan
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.
11. Le Pain Du Jour
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.