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13 Underrated LA Bakeries To Try in 2022

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

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Let 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 that are beloved far beyond California’s borders. Of course 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 Lebanese goods, gorgeous sourdough loaves, and pan dulce everywhere from Glassell Park all the way to Hawthorne. Take a look at these 13 wonderful and underrated bakeries in Southern California.

Added: Antequera Bakery, Natas Pastries, Lou, The French On The Block, Sugarbloom Bakery, Sweet Wheat Bakery

Removed: Aliza J. Sokolow, Cafe Dulce, Le Pain Du Jour

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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 with a layer of cheese, or the cheese labneh with honey. The menu here 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 every 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. Lou, The French On The Block

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4007 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505
(747) 241-8205
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A Paris-born couple opened Lou, The French On The Block in 2016 where it’s easy to find quiche du jour, crossaint, pain au chocolate, or a mini lemon tarte that comes from years of training and technique.

5. Natas Pastries - LA’s Portuguese Bakery & Café

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13317 Ventura Blvd # D
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-8050
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Visit Natas for the caldo verde soup or the baked goods made by Lisbon native and owner Fatima Marques. Her specialty is the traditional pastel de nata, but she also makes a meal strudel, scone, and bear claw.

Egg tarts on a plate.
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6. Sugarbloom Bakery

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4120-4126, Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

After a long career in media, chef/owner Sharon Wang embarked years ago on a second gig as head pastry chef of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon before opening Sugarbloom Bakery in 2013. Her mostly wholesale bakery needs two days to prepare brioche cinnamon rolls, gluten-free coffee cake, a white miso kouign-amann, or a bake-at-home croissant kits that are delivered by her own drivers.

An assortment of pastries from Sugarbloom Bakery in Glassell Park, California
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7. Delicias Bakery

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

8. D'ange Bakery

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

This name for this wonderful San Gabriel bakery means angel in French, which makes sense considering this spot combines French technique with Asian flavors. The matcha or black sesame buns are overwhelmingly good, as are the cakes, especially the one filled with fresh mango.

9. 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 has 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.

10. Jim’s Bakery

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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 are always bread and cookies available, though their most popular baked goods are the honey walnut tart and the sublime egg tart.

11. Antequera Bakery

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1704 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 450-4468

Skip the long lines at the Westside’s most popular spots and head to the family-run Antequerra. For decades, this Oaxacan bakery has prepared options like pan dulce, cookies, and bread.

12. 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, the family-owned Super Pan relocated to South Park near the 110 and south of Vernon Avenue where they still serve Mexican, Salvadorean, and Guatemalan bread and pastry.

13. Sweet Wheat Bakery

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1430 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 880-6323
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French-born brothers Romain and Alexandre Lecat opened Sweet Wheat in 2020, quickly amassing loyal South Bay customers. Of course there are plenty of baked goods to be found, along with trays of gratin dauphinois that should not be missed.

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 with a layer of cheese, or the cheese labneh with honey. The menu here 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 every 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. Lou, The French On The Block

4007 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

A Paris-born couple opened Lou, The French On The Block in 2016 where it’s easy to find quiche du jour, crossaint, pain au chocolate, or a mini lemon tarte that comes from years of training and technique.

4007 W Riverside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505

5. Natas Pastries - LA’s Portuguese Bakery & Café

13317 Ventura Blvd # D, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Egg tarts on a plate.
Natas Pastries
[Official Photo]

Visit Natas for the caldo verde soup or the baked goods made by Lisbon native and owner Fatima Marques. Her specialty is the traditional pastel de nata, but she also makes a meal strudel, scone, and bear claw.

13317 Ventura Blvd # D
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

6. Sugarbloom Bakery

4120-4126, Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
An assortment of pastries from Sugarbloom Bakery in Glassell Park, California
Sugarbloom Bakery
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After a long career in media, chef/owner Sharon Wang embarked years ago on a second gig as head pastry chef of Thomas Keller’s Bouchon before opening Sugarbloom Bakery in 2013. Her mostly wholesale bakery needs two days to prepare brioche cinnamon rolls, gluten-free coffee cake, a white miso kouign-amann, or a bake-at-home croissant kits that are delivered by her own drivers.

4120-4126, Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

7. Delicias Bakery

5567 N Figueroa St, Highland Park, CA 90042

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

5567 N Figueroa St
Highland Park, CA 90042

8. D'ange Bakery

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

This name for this wonderful San Gabriel bakery means angel in French, which makes sense considering this spot combines French 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

9. 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 has 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

10. Jim’s Bakery

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 are always bread and cookies available, though their most popular baked goods are the honey walnut tart and the sublime egg tart.

400 S Atlantic Blvd #200
Monterey Park, CA 91754

11. Antequera Bakery

1704 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Skip the long lines at the Westside’s most popular spots and head to the family-run Antequerra. For decades, this Oaxacan bakery has prepared options like pan dulce, cookies, and bread.

1704 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

12. Panaderia Super Pan

4951 S Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011

After being squeezed out of Virgil Village, the family-owned Super Pan relocated to South Park near 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

13. Sweet Wheat Bakery

1430 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

French-born brothers Romain and Alexandre Lecat opened Sweet Wheat in 2020, quickly amassing loyal South Bay customers. Of course there are plenty of baked goods to be found, along with trays of gratin dauphinois that should not be missed.

1430 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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