San Diego is a beautiful city in sunny southern California that is rich in history and full of delicious baked goods from the many successful bakeries there. If you happen to be visiting “America’s Finest City” or are a new resident, you should most definitely sample some of its bakeries. Here the top 5 bakeries in San Diego.
Bonpastry features a range of Southern California’s best French dessert creations, and is owned and operated by pastry chef Christiane Stephano and Sergio Stephano. When she was young, Christiane picked up baking in Paris, France by preparing French pastries. After traveling through many parts of Europe and experiencing its culture, she further developed her culinary expertise and is especially fond of the time she spent exploring the dessert world of Cannes in the French Rivera.
Bonpastry is an online bakery that delivers top-quality desserts directly to peoples door. It offers same day delivery and pickup services. Bonpastry serves up cookies, ganache, macarons, cakes, tiramisu, tarts, and more.
#2. Blackmarket Bakery
Blackmarket bakery began as a commissary kitchen near John Wayne Airport to offer up baked goods for caterers and farmers markets. Chef Rachel, inspired by her southern upbringing, which included bakeries and candy shops, later on with her family and staff opened up a retail location in San Diego. With a website that shares that Blackmarket Bakery is powered by butter and a Monday through Thursday happy hour that begins after 4pm and offers breakfast pastries for 50% off, you can’t go wrong!
Blackmarket Bakery offers goodies, such as, bacon pecan brittle, shortbread cookies and cookie sundaes, scones, pastries, croissants, cookies, cake, daily baked bread, tarts, confections, sandwiches, local coffee and espresso,and more.
#3. Starry Lane Bakery
Starry Lane Bakery opened its doors in 2011 and is the creation of sisters Jaime and Jennifer Schwartz. The name of the bakery was a gift from their mother, Barbara, who remembered the name of the street they grew up on in Pennsylvania. Starry Lane Bakery offers a spread of baked goods that do not contain animal products or peanuts, tree nuts, soy, gluten, egg, or dairy, which are the six most common food allergens.
Starry Lane Bakery serves up muffins, mini pies, scones, special occasion cakes, fruit tarts, cinnamon rolls, shortbread, sandwiches, and more, and all of their baked goods are vegan and gluten free.
#4. 85°C Bakery Cafe
85°C Bakery Cafe was founded in 2003 by Mr. Cheng-Hsueh Wu who while visiting a cafe in a 5-star hotel, realized the prices were too high for regular people to enjoy at their leisure. He decided to create a cafe that offered up premium, bread, cake, and coffee at a price that most people could afford, and 85°C Bakery Cafe was born. Since then, it has been featured on the Travel Channel, Time, CNN, and NPR and continues to amaze people’s taste buds. It is located in San Diego’s “Little Italy,” and you might want to get there early, because it has lines around the block every day of the week.
85°C Bakery Cafe offers people a range of baked goods and more, including, a variety of different kinds of breads; such as, Danish, bacon and cheese, coffee bread, berry multi grain and more, as well as delicious cakes and pastries, coffees, and teas.
#5. Extraordinary Desserts
Karen Krasne, a San Diego native and Executive Pastry Chef, is the owner of Extraordinary Desserts. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition and has studied pastry-making at the Cordon Bleu. She was recognized as one of the top 10 pastry chefs in America in 2003 and was featured on The Food Network in 2010. Karen brings all of her passion and expertise together and offers a delicious one-of-a-kind bakery experience like no other.
Extraordinary Desserts offers whole cakes, petite desserts, cupcakes, chocolate candy bars, cookies and brownies, pastries, tarts, pies, cobblers, ice cream, sorbet, salads, sandwiches, dips and spreads, soups, beers, wine, and a whole lot more.
The next time you find yourself in San Diego, you should definitely visit one or all of the bakeries mentioned above. Their world class offerings will tempt your taste buds and give them an experience that is second to none!