15 Legendary Miami Bakeries We Seriously Can’t Live Without
Few things give us more joy in life than biting into a warm and flaky croissant from Zak the Baker. Or a chewy cookie from Cindy Lou’s. Or freshly baked sourdough fromt True Loaf. Whatever kind of baked goods you’re into, there’s a Miami bakery ready to make all of your carb-loving dreams come true.
Zak the Baker
We hate to break it to you, but you haven’t had bread until you’ve eaten a slice of deliciousness from Zak the Baker. Luckily, this dough is served in dozens of restaurants, available for purchase at Whole Foods and always in stock at the flagship bakery in Wynwood. Plus, the bakery offers a spate of other freshly baked goods like chocolate babka, croissants, cookies and cinnamon rolls.
295 NW 26th St.; 786-294-0876 or zakthebaker.com
The Salty Donut
Tucked away inside a charming Wynwood storefront, the Salty Donut is worth a visit for one thing and one thing only: legendary doughnuts. With flavors like guava and cheese, maple andbacon, tres leches and Nutella, you’d be hard-pressed to go wrong. Pro tip: Get there early—weekday hours are “7:30 a.m. ’til sold out.”
50 NW 23rd St., #112; 305-925-8126 or saltydonut.com
At Madruga Bakery, Zak the Baker vet Naomi Harris mills her own flour, which is then used to create about a dozen different breads, including sourdough, French and challah. Her team also crafts beautifully designed pastries and cakes, from cream fruit tarts topped with berries and edible flowers to chocolate cake with cherry jam.
1430 S. Dixie Hwy. #117, Coral Gables; 305-262-6130 or madrugabakery.com
Cindy Lou’s Cookies
These gooey, delicious cookies are some of the best you’ll ever try. But the best part has to be the passionate baker, Cindy Kruse, who sells them all over Miami. We’ll take a chocolate chip and a pink rainbow sprinkle.
7320 NE Second Ave.; 305-456-8585 or cindylouscookies.com
All the treats at this beloved bakery are worth trying (hello, gorgeous chocolate slice), but you can’t miss the signature offering: croqueta cake. Trust us, you have not lived until you’ve tried the perfect blend of sweet and savory all wrapped up in one unlikely package.
5804 W. 20th Ave., Hialeah, 305-273-2362, and 8100 SW Eighth St., Miami, 305-265-1348; breadmanmiami.
Fact: These treats are some of the most important in Miami. Velvet Creme dates back to 1947, making it one of the oldest and most established bakeshops in town. So don’t feel bad about indulging in a few traditional glazed doughnuts with funky toppings like peanut butter chips, bacon or double chocolate with chocolate sprinkles. (The shop also serves cookies, brownies and soft serve, so maybe skip lunch before you visit.)
1555 SW Eighth St.; 786-420-5418 or velvetcremedoughnuts.com
The menu here rotates frequently to include just about every pastry we could ever desire—think chai-sugar doughnuts, sweet cheese pastelitos and Funfetti-style brownies. Plus, everything is made fresh daily, so you know you’ll be biting into quality every single time.
140 NE 39th St. #136; 786-534-8177 or ellapop.me
You’re probably already familiar with this Italian café chain, whose flagship space is in Miami Beach. At any of the four locations, you’ll find a similar lineup of super-authentic fare (think strawberry tiramisu, Nutella bomboloni, creamy fruit tarts and filled croissants). Everything is baked by a pastry chef recruited from Italy. So yeah, this is as real as it gets (at least in Miami).
Various locations; rosettabakery.com
Nothing makes us feel more French than posting up at a bakery with a pastry or two. La Provence has six locations across Miami where you can nurse your café au lait and nibble on crisp baguettes and Hermès-orange macarons.
Various locations; laprovencemiami.com
Because honestly, where else would you get a guava pastelito that tastes this good?
3555 SW Eighth St.; 305-444-0240 or versaillesrestaurant.com
This Miami Beach bakery makes straightforward, wholesome loaves of bread. From multigrain to olive, from honey oatmeal to cranberry walnut, what you see is what you get here: crispy, crunchy dough that’ll make you swear never to give up carbs. While you’re at it, pick up a pear and blueberry tart.
1894 Bay Rd., Miami Beach; 786-216-7207 or instagram.com/trueloaf
B Bistro + Bakery
This is the place to go if you’re feeling fancy (and hungry). We’re talking unicorn doughnut-muffins, strawberry-cream-filled croissants and Funfetti-esque macarons.
600 Brickell Ave.; 305-330-6310 or bbistromiami.com
This drop-dead gorgeous cake is—wait for it—100 percent vegan. So is everything else at Bunnie Cakes. The petite, bright-pink bakeshop in Wynwood has been turning out vegan treats since before it was cool. There are dozens of cake and cupcake flavors—like guava, key lime and banana chocolate chip—that could easily go head-to-head with their butter-laden counterparts and still end up on top.
2322 NE Second Ave.; 786-268-9790 or bunniecakes.com
No bakery list would be complete without the mention of this French shop. Be sure to try the Nutella croissants. And the strawberry napoleons. And the cream puffs. You know what, just get one of each.
750 NE 125th St., North Miami, 786-409-3961, and 5010 NE Second Ave., Miami, 786-452-7433; cafecrememiami.
Crumb on Parchment
Besides serving one of the Design District’s best lunches (a dreamy turkey, avocado and pickled vegetable sandwich), Michelle Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment bakes up a robust selection ofpastries every day. We’re talking hot cross buns, carrot-cake muffins, red-velvet crinkle cookies… and great, now we’re hungry.
3930 NE Second Ave.; 305-572-9444 or chefmichellebernstein.com/