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Discovering San Diego's Sweetest Gems: A Guide to 15 of the Best Bakeries in San Diego

Updated: Apr 29

Located in Little Italy and Banker’s Hill, this bakery is known for decadent desserts, including cakes, tarts, and macarons. They also offer a selection of savory items, such as quiches and sandwiches, but the desserts are the most popular. Their dessert menu rotates daily so don’t expect to find the same desserts each time you go. This is a great place to go after dinner with friends and the cozy atmosphere makes it a perfect place for date night. I suggest arriving early because of the popularity. If you want to arrive later, be prepared to wait in line.


2. IZOLA:

This artisan bakery is located in the downtown San Diego neighborhood of the East Village. They are known for their decadent croissants and sourdough loaves. I recommend the almond croissant or the Tahitian vanilla knot both were absolutely delicious!


breadandcie.com

Located in the Hillcrest community, this bakery specializes in artisanal bread and pastries, including croissants, baguettes, and brioche. They also have a selection of gluten-free options.


This bakery offers a range of French pastries, including croissants, macarons, and éclairs. They also have a selection of sandwiches and quiches.


sugarandscribe.com

Located in La Jolla and home to Food Network Holiday Baking Champion Chef Maeve, Sugar & Scribe offers a range of pastries, including scones, muffins, and croissants. They also have a full-service restaurant serving delicious benedicts, salads, and sandwiches.


With several locations throughout the city, this is the place to go if you want authentic Mexcian pastries! This bakery specializes in Mexican pastries, including conchas, churros, and pan dulce. They also have a selection of cakes and cookies.


thefrenchgourmet.com

Located in Pacific Beach and Little Italy Farmers Market, this bakery offers a range of French pastries, including croissants, éclairs, and tarts. I love their chocolate almond croissants! They also have a full-service restaurant menu with crepes, benedicts, and omelets at their Pacific Beach Location.


cohnresturants.com

A popular bakery located in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. This bakery has gained a reputation for its high-quality artisanal bread, as well as its selection of pastries and sandwiches. This is the place to go for delicious, fresh, homemade bread loaves to take home to your family.


This family-owned bakery is located in the Serra Mesa community. This bakery is known for its delicious baked goods and it’s my favorite place to go when I want a mouth-watering breakfast muffin! The muffins are out of this world delicious and baked from scratch daily. When you go try their brown butter banana nut muffin, the blueberry muffin, or the mixed berry lemon muffin. Tip: Warm the muffins before you eat them, you can thank me later!


hans-harry.com

Located in the city of Bonita, a suburb of San Diego, this family-owned bakery has been blessing the community with delicious pastries since 1991. They are most known for the fresh fruit strudel, but they also have a variety of other items to choose from!


black market bakery , breakfast sandwich
blackmarketbakery.com

With two locations, one in North Park and one in the East Village, this bakery is a great place to stop for a morning breakfast croissant sandwich or a tasty pecan sticky bun!


Located in Poway, a suburb of San Diego, this local bakery was featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! They have an extensive restaurant menu from decadent French toast to savory paninis! On the weekends they serve huge and delicious cinnamon rolls! If you want a cinnamon roll, be sure to get there early because they are known to sell out!


13. Azucar:

various pastry treats
iloveazucar.com

A popular Cuban-style bakery located in the Ocean Beach neighborhood of San Diego. One of the signature items at Azucar is the guava and cream cheese pastry, which is made using flaky pastry dough, a sweet guava filling, and a cream cheese topping!


S'mores cookie , Maya's Cookie
mayascookies.com

A popular locally owned and operated vegan bakery. This bakery is known for its delicious, plant-based cookies! You can find these mouthwatering cookies at the brick-and-mortar location in Mission Valley or at the Little Italy Farmers Market on Saturdays. I can’t get enough of the s’more cookie!


SPLIT Bakehouse San Diego
splitbakehouse.com

Located in La Mesa, CA at the Grossmont Shopping Center, this 100% vegan bakery creates sweet treats with house-made vegan butter, house-made vegan milk, and house-made vegan eggs. You can find a range of items from berry pop tarts to scones to their horchata custard vanilla concha.




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