If there’s one thing that best sums up Phoenix’s bakery scene, it has to be “so many bakeries, so little time.” That’s because down most major streets, around many bustling corners, and tucked into cozy neighborhoods are sweet spots where the best loaves, pastries, cookies, pies and so much more are made. If you’re looking for a decadent treat, here are nine Phoenix bakeries that rise to the occasion.
To say this popular bakery and restaurant captures the true “essence” of fresh-baked goodness is an understatement. Owner Eugenia Theodosopoulos has mastered the art of French pastry, which can be seen—and tasted—in her award-winning macarons. She learned to make the quintessential French treat at the prestigious École Lenôtre in Paris. The cookies are ethereal and airy, but it’s the filling that will get you every time. From espresso, to French chocolate, to raspberry rose, Theodosopoulos’ macarons are a true work of art.
3830 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix 85018
Tucked in the northern reaches of Phoenix, in a quaint Sunnyslope neighborhood, is one of the most established and long-standing bakeries in town. Owned by Karl Boerner, Karl’s Quality Bakery is where you go if a sense of place, community and family is just as important as the food itself. The bakery specializes in European desserts and pastries, including danishes, croissants, streusel, cream puffs, éclairs and macarons.
111 E Dunlap Ave #13, Phoenix 85020
Despite the name, this central Phoenix mainstay may be known more for their cupcakes than their to-die-for cookies (and other tasty treats). That’s because the bakery won the Food Network’s coveted “Cupcake Wars” in 2011; Cupcake Love-In in 2011; and Best Cupcake in the 2013 Phoenix New Times “Best of Phoenix” awards. Always pushing the cupcake envelope, Urban Cookies is now offering churro cupcakes, available in assorted flavors topped with cream cheese frosting and rolled in cinnamon sugar.
2325 N 7th St, Phoenix 85006
There’s no doubt Salomae “Sal” Schroeder can bake. She does it all: cakes, cookies, pies, muffins, brownies, cannolis—you name it, she does it. But what Sal is most known for—and what essentially put her on the map—are her cake pops. Made with pure cake balls (not the traditional cake crumbles and frosting) they’re dipped in chocolate and decorated by hand. And because everyone deserves to indulge in Sal’s cake pops, they can be made with no gluten, no egg and no dairy. Now that’s what we call sharing the cake pop love.
15820 N 35th Ave #18, Phoenix 85053
A relative newcomer to the Phoenix dining scene, Lilac Bakery is the brainchild of pastry chef Lauren Paulsen, a Washington-state native who turned her childhood love for desserts and baking with her mother into a career. Located in the heart of Arcadia, the bakery offers a Pinterest-worthy assortment of muffins, cookies, cakes, breads and pies—with gluten-free options available, of course. An espresso bar serves coffees, teas and specialty drinks, which go perfectly with a fresh-baked biscotti or scone.
2747 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix 85016
Bringing truth to the saying “good things come in small packages” is The Bakery PHX, a cozy neighborhood spot in north central Phoenix. After gaining a devoted following from selling their delicious baked goods at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market, the owners opened up shop in 2014 and since then, have been treating locals to a variety of treats such as their version of the Twinkie, viennoiserie (Viennese-style puff pastry desserts) and cheesecake. But what The Bakery PHX is most famous for are their mini pies, available in such flavors as Key Lime, coconut cream and, of course, apple.
1528 Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix 85014
When you think of Filipino food, decadent pastries most likely don’t come to mind. But you’d be remiss to undermine the baking prowess of this unique cuisine. Case in point, Casa Filipina Bakeshop, located in west Phoenix, where traditional Filipino baked goods truly shine. There’s emsaymada, a sweet, brioche-like roll topped with whipped butter, sugar and cheese; desserts made with ube, a sweet purple yam, and frosted mango cakes. And just for good measure, bring home a bag of pan de sal, a Filipino breakfast roll that goes perfect with a morning cup of coffee.
3531 W Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix 85053
If you appreciate good design as much as you adore sweet treats, then you’ll love A Bakeshop, specialty bakery in north Phoenix. Owner Andrea Tuck shares her love of authentic Italian desserts with swoon-worthy baked goods ranging from cannoli and ricotta cookies, to biscotti and Sicilian cheesecake. But it’s her wedding cakes and special occasion desserts that make A Bakeshop so special. Modern and minimalist in design, her towering cakes are a feast for both your palate and your eyes. Cake flavors include coconut lime, salted caramel, and banana cream, among many others.
6007 N 16th St, Phoenix 85016
There are few bakeries that have a cult following like Noble Bread in central Phoenix. A favorite among local chefs who serve the delicious, hearty loaves in everything from cheese and meat boards, to dips and sandwiches, Noble Bread got its start in 2011 when founder Jason Raducha began baking bread inside a wood-fired oven mounted on a trailer.
4525 N 24th St, Phoenix 85016