Every Saturday morning, Capetonians log in to Instagram to see what his latest “doughssant” is. He constantly experiments with flavors for his answer to the cronut, which sell out within hours. Recent combinations include coconut macaroon with salted caramel, strawberry and chocolate-chip cookie, earl grey with lavender, and Belgian beer with pretzel.
Lyndal Wakeford and Ciska Rossouw pursue their biggest passion, running this artisan eatery where bread plays the starring role. Upstairs is a cute café with a balcony overlooking the space, but downstairs is where the baking magic happens.
Set in a former bank in the heart of the historic city’s beautiful whitewashed central district, you’ll find artisanal baker Fritz Schoon turning out his signature sourdough loaves and popular pastries in Schoon de Companje’s rustic-chic space.
While this isn’t exactly a café you can pop in to, Woodstock Bakery is a constant fixture at popular weekend markets like Neighbourgoods and Oranjezicht, where their crusty sourdough and generous bread sticks are perennially popular.
Alliance consistently creates beautiful and delicious European baked goods and pastries. Pair a ham and cheese croissant or delicate macaron with a cup from the bakery's full espresso bar, while gazing at the cleverly gorgeous made-to-order cakes.
In the world of Chicago bakeries, Bake is a relative newcomer—it opened in 2009 among a list of generations-old colleagues. But it has quickly risen to the top of Chicago's favorites with a focus on classic American desserts made with simple and fresh ingredients.
A local favorite for pizza, D'Amato's offers several varieties of rectangle-shaped pies, served room temperature but reheated upon request. The crust is Italian bread, and an edge piece will give you extra crispy cheese.
The vast majority of ingredients are sourced locally or from a three-state region surrounding Illinois. Dinkel's even created a new type of breakfast pastry that Chicago fell in love with: the burglaur, a breakfast sandwich in a baked bun.
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The cakes and cookies show the Swedes' true prowess with almond-based desserts. Swedish Bakery also offers a selection of European pastries and cakes. Try the cardamom coffee cake—it's a local favorite.
Everything is made from scratch and the offerings are a testament to traditional recipes (think king cake and kolacky) married with modern additions, like brownies on a stick or cheddar cheese and onion bread.