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31 Essential San Diego Bakeries

Where to find the best cakes, pastries, pies and more 

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Whether you’re looking for artisanal breads or wanting to give into your cravings for a sweet pastry, there’s no lack of bakeries in San Diego County. Offering everything from flaky croissants to Mexican conchas and even gluten-free options, here’s Eater’s roundup of essential bakeries and cafes to put on your must-visit list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Petite Madeline Bakery

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223 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-7300
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Located only blocks from the Oceanside pier, this neighborhood cafe bakes from scratch a superb line of sugar-dusted all-day buns, classic palmier cookies and buttery Madeleine cakes.

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2. Prager Brothers Artisan Breads

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5611 Palmer Way C
Carlsbad, CA 92010
(760) 703-1904
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Brothers Clinton and Louie Prager are the minds behind this this bakery specializing in hand- formed artisan breads using fresh milled grains. Grab a loaf or two at one of three locations in the county —Oceanside, Carlsbad or Hillcrest. Also be on the lookout for seasonal items like arugula pesto rolls and mocha rye cookies.

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3. Elizabethan Desserts

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El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 230-6780
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This Encinitas shop bakes up classic American desserts. Head in for crave-worthy cupcakes, cheesecake and sweet dessert bars too, like the sticky St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake Bar, a buttery cake with sweet cream cheese custard topped with fresh berries.

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4. Edelweiss Bakery

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11639 Duenda Rd
San Diego, CA 92127
(858) 487-4338
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One step inside Rancho Bernardo’s Edelweiss Bakery and you’ll be welcomed an endless view of breads, pastries and cakes. Taste your way through the selection by ordering slices of chocolate raspberry, Black Forest, German chocolate and more to-go.

5. V.G. Donut & Bakery

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106 Aberdeen Dr
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
(760) 753-2400
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In addition to the old-fashioned doughnuts, locals are partial to the sweet loaves of banana nut bread, and coffee cake in flavors ranging from honey bun to strawberry cream cheese at this classic spot in Cardiff.

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6. Nutmeg Bakery & Cafe

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12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy #107
San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 486-8863
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Regulars head to locations in Sabre Springs and Scripps Ranch for artisan pastries incorporating local and sustainable ingredients. The bakery also has selection of made-to-order gluten-free cakes like Nutella banana and carrot cake.

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7. Sugar and Scribe

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7660 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 274-1733
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Helmed by Food Network Champion, chef Maeve Rochford, this La Jolla eatery also has a savory side along with famous sweets. Go here for custom-made cakes, petite fours, cookies, breakfast pastries, and other confections as well as fresh made bread and sandwiches.

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8. Michele Coulon Dessertier

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7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 456-5098
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Owner and pastry chef Michele Coulon’s expertise is showcased in a variety of exquisite cakes, cookies, French macarons, and mini desserts, including Belgian chocolate and German chocolate cake.

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9. Paris Baguette

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7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 650-0404
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Combining Asian and French dessert styles, this Korean cafe (with another local shop in Mira Mesa) offers an assortment of serve-yourself sweet breads, donuts, pastries and puddings, plus airy chiffon cakes decorated for special occasions.

10. Tous les Jour

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7715 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 836-1016
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The Asian-French menu of pastries, breads, cakes, and coffee drinks are the stars of this South Korean franchise bakery in the H Mart entryway.

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11. Wayfarer Bread & Pastry

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5525 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-1924
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Crystal White’s outpost for small-batch baked goods in Bird Rock lures customers in with its creatively delicious pastries like strawberry pistachio croissants and cinnamon buns. The bakery also offers a pizza night Thursdays to Saturdays from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

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12. The French Gourmet

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960 Turquoise St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 224-9961
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This landmark bakery is a favorite for cakes (try the classic Opera Torte) and traditional European pastries including Napoleons and individual fruit tarts.

13. Charlie's Best Bread

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1808 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-3521
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Farmers market regulars will recognize this vendor but there’s also a location in Pacific Beach where they bake all their loaves in-house. Popular items include a selection of challahs stuffed with the likes of chocolate chips, poppy seeds or raisins.

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14. La Clochette Du Coin

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4680 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 412-5558
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This French bakery is found in the middle of Pacific Beach. The daily menu features monkey bread, loaves of levain and baguettes. Those heading in on the weekend will find Saturday and Sunday specials like pistachio escargots or olive and calibrian chili loaves.

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15. Blackmarket Bakery North Park

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4686 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 641-0081
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Blackmarket’s North Park location baked goods range from cookies, tarts, scones, croissants, breads, and layer cakes. The cafe also features Dark Horse Coffee and a selection of savory breakfast and lunch sandwiches.

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16. Kona Kakes Tropical Cake Bakery

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3960 W Point Loma Blvd suite g
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 294-6676
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If your craving points more towards tropical flavors, consider this bakery specializing in authentic Hawaiian cakes. Choose from mini cakes, regular-sized cakes and wedding cakes with such flavors like pineapple and toasted coconut, guava strawberry, mango or haupia.

17. The Cravory

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3960 W Point Loma Blvd Ste G
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 795-9077
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Signature Cravory cookie flavors include birthday cake, cookie monster, salted caramel, eggnog, taro, red velvet and chocolate truffle. Mix and match a box for the office or pick up some cookie mix to bake at home.

18. Starry Lane Bakery

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3925 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 328-0500
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This Hillcrest bakery whips of all of its creations without peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, gluten or soy. The daily menu include breakfast pastries, bars, cookies and cupcakes.

19. Bread & Cie

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350 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 683-9322
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A staple in homes and restaurants across San Diego, Bread & Cie sweets range from French macarons and croissants to Italian biscotti.

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20. Hazel & Jade Bakery

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3852 Fourth Ave #100
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 295-2001
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This tiny bakery on Fourth Avenue specializes in plant-based pastries. Items like croissants, “sausage” and cheese biscuit, or strawberry rhubarb scones will have you craving for more.

21. Panchita's Kitchen & Bakery

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3803 32nd St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 255-5498
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This panderia with locations in Golden Hill, Barrio Logan, City Heights and North Park bakes up traditional Mexican pastries. Help yourself to fresh baked conchas, rolls cakes, empanadas and cookies.

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22. Babycakes Hillcrest

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3795 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 990-2282
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The cupcake trend continues at this Hillcrest shop. Marble, blood orange, lemon bavarian and tres leches are some of the flavors baked into cupcakes as well as fulled-sized cakes. There’s also a shop in Imperial Beach.

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23. Azucar

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4820 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 523-2020
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Owner/master baker Vivian Hernandez-Jackson channels French pastry training into delectable desserts inspired by her Cuban heritage. The traditional guava pastries, mojito cookies are both must-tries. 

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24. Phatties Bake Shop

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4143 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 376-0656
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This relatively new entry in Ocean Beach in already making waves for its freshly-baked goods, which include desserts suitable for a variety of dietary needs, from gluten-free to vegan and keto.

25. European Cake Gallery

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3661 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 222-3377
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This San Diego institution has been baking up delectable sweets since 1975. Known for their Swiss Black Forest, the menu also includes cupcakes, pies, cinnamon pull apart breads and more.

26. Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe

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2750 Dewey Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 224-4344
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This longtime local bakery is known for its breads and savory sandwiches in now part of the Cohn family of restaurants, but maintains its stellar sweet treats. Standout menu items are cinnamon rolls and chocolate brioche twists, based on buttery brioche dough.

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27. Extraordinary Desserts

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2870 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-2132
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Fabulous cakes, cookies, and morning pastries draw crowds to this hallmark dessert cafe from master pastry chef Karen Krasne. Her signature cakes and desserts also feature at another location in Little Italy along with savory items, plus beer and wine.

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28. Matteo

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3015 Juniper St
San Diego, CA 92104

Head baker Joanne Sherif (formally of Cardamom Café and Bakery) bakes up homemade Italian pastries and house-baked breads for Matteo, Buona Forchetta’s 100% non-profit restaurant. Popular pastries at this neighborhood bakery include cinnamon twists and pecan stickies. On Wednesdays-Sundays from 4-9 pm, the spot transforms into Chicchirichi serving up fried chicken.

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29. Frost Me Cafe and Bakery

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555 W Date St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 287-2253
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This small batch bakery turns out fresh pastries every day in Little Italy. Croissants, cinnamon rolls, scones and an unforgettable cheddar biscuit are a few selections to consider.

30. Solunto Restaurant & Bakery

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1643 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 255-7826
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First founded in the ‘60s, this Little Italy landmark has a dizzying array of Italian sweets, including classic cookies, cream-filled pastries, housemate gelato and more in its bakery section.

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31. Hans & Harry Bakery

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5080 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 475-2253
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This old word European-style bakery is famous for its signature strudels, ranging from classic apple to its most popular version topped with fresh fruit and custard-like Bavarian cream.

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1. Petite Madeline Bakery

223 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Rows of croissants Petite Madeline Bakery/Facebook

Located only blocks from the Oceanside pier, this neighborhood cafe bakes from scratch a superb line of sugar-dusted all-day buns, classic palmier cookies and buttery Madeleine cakes.

223 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

2. Prager Brothers Artisan Breads

5611 Palmer Way C, Carlsbad, CA 92010
Bread display Prager Brothers/Facebook

Brothers Clinton and Louie Prager are the minds behind this this bakery specializing in hand- formed artisan breads using fresh milled grains. Grab a loaf or two at one of three locations in the county —Oceanside, Carlsbad or Hillcrest. Also be on the lookout for seasonal items like arugula pesto rolls and mocha rye cookies.

5611 Palmer Way C
Carlsbad, CA 92010

3. Elizabethan Desserts

El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
Rows of pastries Elizabethan Desserts/Facebook

This Encinitas shop bakes up classic American desserts. Head in for crave-worthy cupcakes, cheesecake and sweet dessert bars too, like the sticky St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake Bar, a buttery cake with sweet cream cheese custard topped with fresh berries.

El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024

4. Edelweiss Bakery

11639 Duenda Rd, San Diego, CA 92127

One step inside Rancho Bernardo’s Edelweiss Bakery and you’ll be welcomed an endless view of breads, pastries and cakes. Taste your way through the selection by ordering slices of chocolate raspberry, Black Forest, German chocolate and more to-go.

11639 Duenda Rd
San Diego, CA 92127

5. V.G. Donut & Bakery

106 Aberdeen Dr, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007
Rows of sticky buns V.G. Donut & Bakery/Facebook

In addition to the old-fashioned doughnuts, locals are partial to the sweet loaves of banana nut bread, and coffee cake in flavors ranging from honey bun to strawberry cream cheese at this classic spot in Cardiff.

106 Aberdeen Dr
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA 92007

6. Nutmeg Bakery & Cafe

12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy #107, San Diego, CA 92128
Fresh baked scones Nutmeg Bakery & Cafe/Facebook

Regulars head to locations in Sabre Springs and Scripps Ranch for artisan pastries incorporating local and sustainable ingredients. The bakery also has selection of made-to-order gluten-free cakes like Nutella banana and carrot cake.

12640 Sabre Springs Pkwy #107
San Diego, CA 92128

7. Sugar and Scribe

7660 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Display of pastries under glass domes Sugar and Scribe/Facebook

Helmed by Food Network Champion, chef Maeve Rochford, this La Jolla eatery also has a savory side along with famous sweets. Go here for custom-made cakes, petite fours, cookies, breakfast pastries, and other confections as well as fresh made bread and sandwiches.

7660 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

8. Michele Coulon Dessertier

7556 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
Stacks of angel cookies MIchele Coulon Dessertier/Facebook

Owner and pastry chef Michele Coulon’s expertise is showcased in a variety of exquisite cakes, cookies, French macarons, and mini desserts, including Belgian chocolate and German chocolate cake.

7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

9. Paris Baguette

7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

Combining Asian and French dessert styles, this Korean cafe (with another local shop in Mira Mesa) offers an assortment of serve-yourself sweet breads, donuts, pastries and puddings, plus airy chiffon cakes decorated for special occasions.

7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111

10. Tous les Jour

7715 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
Tray of wrapped pastries Tous les Jour/Facebook

The Asian-French menu of pastries, breads, cakes, and coffee drinks are the stars of this South Korean franchise bakery in the H Mart entryway.

7715 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111

11. Wayfarer Bread & Pastry

5525 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Rows of flaky pastries Wayfarer Bread & Pastry/Facebook

Crystal White’s outpost for small-batch baked goods in Bird Rock lures customers in with its creatively delicious pastries like strawberry pistachio croissants and cinnamon buns. The bakery also offers a pizza night Thursdays to Saturdays from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

5525 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

12. The French Gourmet

960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109

This landmark bakery is a favorite for cakes (try the classic Opera Torte) and traditional European pastries including Napoleons and individual fruit tarts.

960 Turquoise St
San Diego, CA 92109

13. Charlie's Best Bread

1808 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109
Rows of unbaked croissants Charlie’s Best Bread/Facebook

Farmers market regulars will recognize this vendor but there’s also a location in Pacific Beach where they bake all their loaves in-house. Popular items include a selection of challahs stuffed with the likes of chocolate chips, poppy seeds or raisins.

1808 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

14. La Clochette Du Coin

4680 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109
Rows of jam-filled pastries La Clochette Du Coin/Facebook

This French bakery is found in the middle of Pacific Beach. The daily menu features monkey bread, loaves of levain and baguettes. Those heading in on the weekend will find Saturday and Sunday specials like pistachio escargots or olive and calibrian chili loaves.

4680 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109

15. Blackmarket Bakery North Park

4686 30th St, San Diego, CA 92116
Rows of different cookies Blackmarket Bakery/Facebook

Blackmarket’s North Park location baked goods range from cookies, tarts, scones, croissants, breads, and layer cakes. The cafe also features Dark Horse Coffee and a selection of savory breakfast and lunch sandwiches.

4686 30th St
San Diego, CA 92116

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16. Kona Kakes Tropical Cake Bakery

3960 W Point Loma Blvd suite g, San Diego, CA 92110

If your craving points more towards tropical flavors, consider this bakery specializing in authentic Hawaiian cakes. Choose from mini cakes, regular-sized cakes and wedding cakes with such flavors like pineapple and toasted coconut, guava strawberry, mango or haupia.

3960 W Point Loma Blvd suite g
San Diego, CA 92110

17. The Cravory

3960 W Point Loma Blvd Ste G, San Diego, CA 92110

Signature Cravory cookie flavors include birthday cake, cookie monster, salted caramel, eggnog, taro, red velvet and chocolate truffle. Mix and match a box for the office or pick up some cookie mix to bake at home.

3960 W Point Loma Blvd Ste G
San Diego, CA 92110

18. Starry Lane Bakery

3925 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

This Hillcrest bakery whips of all of its creations without peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, gluten or soy. The daily menu include breakfast pastries, bars, cookies and cupcakes.

3925 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

19. Bread & Cie

350 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Loaves of unsliced bread on display Bread & Cie/Facebook

A staple in homes and restaurants across San Diego, Bread & Cie sweets range from French macarons and croissants to Italian biscotti.

350 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

20. Hazel & Jade Bakery

3852 Fourth Ave #100, San Diego, CA 92103

This tiny bakery on Fourth Avenue specializes in plant-based pastries. Items like croissants, “sausage” and cheese biscuit, or strawberry rhubarb scones will have you craving for more.

3852 Fourth Ave #100
San Diego, CA 92103

21. Panchita's Kitchen & Bakery

3803 32nd St, San Diego, CA 92104
Display of colorful conchas Panchita’s Kitchen & Bakery/Facebook

This panderia with locations in Golden Hill, Barrio Logan, City Heights and North Park bakes up traditional Mexican pastries. Help yourself to fresh baked conchas, rolls cakes, empanadas and cookies.

3803 32nd St
San Diego, CA 92104

22. Babycakes Hillcrest

3795 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Two rows of carrot cake cupcakes Babycakes/Facebook

The cupcake trend continues at this Hillcrest shop. Marble, blood orange, lemon bavarian and tres leches are some of the flavors baked into cupcakes as well as fulled-sized cakes. There’s also a shop in Imperial Beach.

3795 Fourth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

23. Azucar

4820 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Meringue topped pastries Azucar/Facebook

Owner/master baker Vivian Hernandez-Jackson channels French pastry training into delectable desserts inspired by her Cuban heritage. The traditional guava pastries, mojito cookies are both must-tries. 

4820 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

24. Phatties Bake Shop

4143 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107

This relatively new entry in Ocean Beach in already making waves for its freshly-baked goods, which include desserts suitable for a variety of dietary needs, from gluten-free to vegan and keto.

4143 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92107

25. European Cake Gallery

3661 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92106

This San Diego institution has been baking up delectable sweets since 1975. Known for their Swiss Black Forest, the menu also includes cupcakes, pies, cinnamon pull apart breads and more.

3661 Voltaire St
San Diego, CA 92106

26. Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe

2750 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106