Atlanta's Top 10 Bakeries
There is no shortage of places to get your sweet fix in Atlanta. Whether you’re craving cookies, cakes or chocolates, there are plenty of locally-crafted sweets for every sweet tooth. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to round up Atlanta’s Top 10 bakeries, perfect for treating your special someone (or yourself!).
Proof Bake Shop
Sister to the Decatur restaurant Cakes & Ale, Proof Bake Shop features baked goods of both the sweet and savory variety. The savory side includes bacon and cheddar scones and ham and cheese croissants. To satisfy your sweet tooth, look to cookies like the classic chocolate chip, the nutter sandwich, ginger snap and the mudslide. If pastries are your thing, you can also find doughnuts, muffins and coffee cake. In addition to supplying Cakes & Ale with breads, you can also find Proof’s baked goods at its other sister restaurant, the newly opened Bread & Butterfly in Inman Quarter.
The General Muir
Known for its southern take on the Jewish deli, The General Muir also features a killer bakery with decadent sweets. Helmed by chef Chris Marconi, the General Muir’s bakery offers classics like New York cheesecake and the Brooklyn Blackout (a multilayered chocolate cake); but Marconi’s creativity shines brightest with beautiful seasonal creations like the ombre pistachio cake and blood orange cheesecake. If you like to keep your noshes on the smaller side, grab a black and white cookie, Nutella rugelach or the black car, a light on the outside, dense on the inside chocolate cookie dipped in (more) chocolate.
The Little Tart Bakeshop
If buttery, flaky pastries and croissants are your thing, then the Little Tart Bakeshop is your jam, particularly their jam filled Danish. A baker since she was 10 years old, founder Sara O’Brien brings her Parisian training to Atlanta focusing on making pastries with high quality and local ingredients. The original location shares space with Octane Coffee, making it incredibly easy to get a caffeine fix with your sugar rush. Little Tart can also be found at Krog Street Market and at various farmers markets around town. Specialties include sable cookies in Earl Grey, lime, lavender and mocha flavors, shortbread cookies and scones. To see that French training pay off, try a croissant, savory or sweet galette and a frangipane.
Paging all chocoholics!Cacao, with a café in Virginia Highland and a shop in Buckhead, is the place to go for to feed your addiction. There you can find a variety of truffles with creative flavors like coconut lime and cranberry ginger, as well as traditional milk and dark chocolate. For something a little different, check out the chocolate “salame.” It looks and is packaged like salami, but is actually chocolate in log form, rolled in shortbread and amaretti cookie crumbs. Wash it all down with sipping chocolate and milkshakes made with local Honeysuckle Gelato.
Piece of Cake
Since 1985, Piece of Cake has served as the de facto cake shop for Atlantans’ special occasions. They have over 22 types of cakes including red velvet, cookies and cream, strawberry and pound cake. Piece of Cake has also expanded their offerings to include cupcakes and cheese straws. Did you know you can grab a slice on your way of town at the Atlanta airport?
On the bustling Westside is this luxurious market where one can find meats, cheeses and housewares. But you can’t miss the inviting bakery right up front. Star Provisions recently started offering breakfast Monday through Saturday, with offerings of freshly baked scones, muffins, biscuit sandwiches and loaves of bread. But, they also have treats like macarons and chocolate caramel bars for your afternoon pick-me-ups, along with a coffee bar featuring locally roasted purveyors.
After winning the hearts of pastry lovers in Charlotte, NC, Amelie's opened an Atlanta outpost on the Westside. The shabby chic décor makes for an inviting atmosphere, with plenty of seating options to curl up with a book and an espresso beverage. Since Amelie’s is a French bakery, you can expect to find a variety of fruit tarts, macarons, eclairs and petit fours. If you need something savory, Amelie’s also has a lunch menu specializing in soups, sandwiches, and baguettes.
Enlighten your sweet tooth at Sweet Hut, a Chinese-inspired bakery, where you can find over 100 sweet and savory pastries, from a chicken curry puff, seaweed and bacon roll, hot dog pastry and BBQ pork buns to vanilla buttercream buns, mango pudding buns, a taro-filled pastry and the lotus pastry with salted egg yolk. Wash it all down with a milk tea or fruit slush.
Zukerino Pastry Shop
Tucked behind a BP gas station in Dunwoody, you may miss the humble Greek bakery occupying the space of a former Waffle House. But in the pastry case, you can find beautifully decorated cheesecakes, pistachio and walnut baklavas and savory treats like spanakopita (spinach pie). Limited seating makes Zukerino an ideal to-go option. For the uninitiated, we recommend their gift baskets with a variety of treats to sample.
La Calavera Bakery
La Calavera Bakery (the name draws inspiration from El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead) set up shop in Decatur in 2014. Go around October and November for their signature Calaveras, beautifully decorated sugar skulls made to remember loved ones. Throughout the year, though, you can find other authentic specialties like conchas, shells made of Mexican sweet bread, empanadas and adorable piggy cookies made with molasses and ginger. There are also fruit danishes, babka and fresh-baked loaves of bread.