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Where To Buy Holiday Baked Goods In San Diego

Score some sweet treats this season.

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From gingerbread houses, to rum-soaked fruitcakes and French yule logs, nothing says the holidays like fresh baked breads, cakes and cookies. Here's a special bakers dozen — local spots offering festive seasonal fare, so you can cross at least one thing off your holiday to-do list.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bread & Cie

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350 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 683-9322
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The insanely rich chocolate-cherry Challah bread – dark Belgium chocolate and sweet cherries in buttery, brioche-type dough – only comes but once a year at this heavenly Hillcrest bakery. Other yuletide fare includes handmade holiday cookies in flavors like white chocolate macadamia and Breton sablè with crystallized sugar. While the traditional Italian Panettone, made fresh daily using an assortment of candied and crystalized fruit, raisins and ricotta cheese, is also not to be missed.

2. Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe

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2750 Dewey Rd
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 224-4344
The artisan bakers at Liberty Station will be featuring a seasonal cranberry gingerbread scone throughout December. Made with sweetened fresh cranberry, candied ginger and molasses the festive goodies will be baked every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Epi Wreaths, a Dresden Stollen made with dried cherries and apricot soaked in rum and house made rum infused almond paste, and an apricot Panettone will also be available.

3. Hans & Harry Bakery

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5080 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 475-2253
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While Bonita’s veteran dessert shop isn’t releasing their official holiday menu until later this week, we have it on good authority cookies dipped in white chocolate and a festive Yule log will be featured. Their world famous strudels never go amiss at this time of year, and include Black Forest with cherry filling, mocha with chocolate fudge, and apple in puff pastry – topped with lashings of delicious Bavarian cream. Pro Tip: With long lines out the door on Christmas Eve don't wait until the last minute to place your orders.

4. Extraordinary Desserts

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2929 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-2132
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While master pastry chef Karen Krasne’s full holiday menu comes out later this week, we can reveal that a creamy vanilla bean cheesecake drizzled with passion fruit gelée will be available throughout December. If you’re looking for something a little more exotic for your holiday table this year why not try a Moroccan Cake. Made with almond-pistachio nougat, chocolate cake and chocolate ganache, it’s surrounded by chocolate mousse and finished with a smothering pistachio whipped cream.

5. The Cravory

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3960 W Point Loma Blvd Ste G
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 795-9077
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The innovative cookie company just unveiled their delicious seasonal 'from scratch' Christmas cookie lineup. Holiday flavors include eggnog, rocky road, Baileys Irish Cream, peppermint bark, cranberry streusel and butterscotch oatmeal. A perfect gift for the co-workers, friends or family these gourmet biscuits come boxed in either one or two dozen ($25.95/$49.95) batches.

6. The French Gourmet

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960 Turquoise St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 224-9961
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Known for its delectable pastries this Pacific Beach bistro is offering up a slew of European style treats for Christmas. Holiday items include classic gingerbread houses (small, medium, large), a Buche de Noel (Christmas log cake), and Croquembouche - a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone bound with threads of caramel. Holiday cookie trays and plates will also be available. Call ahead for pricing and special orders.
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7. Heaven Sent Desserts

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3001 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 793-4758
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Red velvet bombs - a dome of red velvet cake filled with soft vanilla cream cheese ($5.75), and pecan chocolate coffee pie - fresh pecans and creamy pecan filling infused with house Kyoto coffee and chocolate chips ($7.25) are just two of the items Heaven Sent will have on offer through the holidays. With flavors that change seasonally (butterscotch and chocolate are on the menu for December), their cake-in-a-jar also makes a thoughtful Christmas gift ($7.95). Look out for the festive yule log coming later this month.

8. Paris Baguette

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7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 650-0404
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While this cult Korean bakery chain might be the Kearny Mesa go-to for éclairs, croissants and other delectable French-style pastries, they will also be offering a special limited edition Christmas cake for the holidays. While details were still being confirmed for 2015, their special edition Christmas cappuccino cake was a real crowd pleaser last year. In the meantime you can't go wrong with either their mocha chiffon or decadent tiramisu.

9. Michele Coulon Dessertier

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7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 456-5098
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La Jolla’s premier dessert maven has an array of festive treats for the Christmas season including a rum eggnog cheesecake ($65) and Kringle – a specialty Danish sweet bread pastry filled with almonds, cinnamon and marzipan ($45). A classic Buches de Noel ($75) and gingerbread people cookies ($4) decorated with icing and dipped in chocolate, plus mini cakes ($24/dozen, minimum order), like German chocolate topped with gold and copper dust, and Amarena cherry will also be available throughout December.

10. Cafe Gratitude

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1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 736-5077
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Thanks to Little Italy’s hip plant-based eatery those of you adhering to a vegan or gluten free diet can enjoy a little sin-free indulgence over the holidays. With any of Café Gratitude’s in-house desserts available to order, just take your pick from the 'Irresistible' coconut cream pie (coconut custard, dark chocolate swirl, date crust); the 'Adoring' signature tiramisu (raw almond biscuit, coconut cashew cream, espresso, raw cacao), or 'Rapture' raw seasonal layer cake (orange & cranberry), which all cost $65 a piece.

11. Bake Sale Bakery

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815 F St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 515-2224
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Terryl Gavre’s home-style bakery is set to celebrate the season with specialty holiday items and classes beginning on Wednesday, December 2. Assorted holiday cookies, include chocolate crinkle-peppermint crunch, peanut butter kisses, sugar "ornament" cookies and gingerbread ($1.95 per cookie, $10 per half-dozen or $20 per baker’s dozen) will be available throughout December.

12. Cafe 21

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802 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-0721
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Starting today through December 24, Café 21 (Gaslamp location only) will have a Christmas cookie board set up offering a variety of 10 plus cookies made from scratch daily. The special holiday ‘cookie board package’ will include 5-7 different cookies and a cup housemade hot chocolate, milk or almond milk for $10. Flavors change daily and may include pistachio, coconut macaroons made from fresh coconuts, madeleines, nougat and chocolate chip.

13. Le Parfait Paris

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555 G St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 245-4457
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Known for its decadent French-inspired desserts this Euro-chic café will be offering several treats throughout December. In addition to gingerbread macaroons three different flavors of Christmas log cake will also be available: hazelnut biscuit, milk chocolate mousse and milk chocolate cream; almond biscuit with mixed berry puree and dark chocolate mousse; almond biscuit fresh berries and vanilla cream custard. Available for pre-order they cost $45 each and will only be available for pick up the week of Christmas.

1. Bread & Cie

350 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
The insanely rich chocolate-cherry Challah bread – dark Belgium chocolate and sweet cherries in buttery, brioche-type dough – only comes but once a year at this heavenly Hillcrest bakery. Other yuletide fare includes handmade holiday cookies in flavors like white chocolate macadamia and Breton sablè with crystallized sugar. While the traditional Italian Panettone, made fresh daily using an assortment of candied and crystalized fruit, raisins and ricotta cheese, is also not to be missed.
350 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

2. Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe

2750 Dewey Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
The artisan bakers at Liberty Station will be featuring a seasonal cranberry gingerbread scone throughout December. Made with sweetened fresh cranberry, candied ginger and molasses the festive goodies will be baked every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition, Epi Wreaths, a Dresden Stollen made with dried cherries and apricot soaked in rum and house made rum infused almond paste, and an apricot Panettone will also be available.
2750 Dewey Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

3. Hans & Harry Bakery

5080 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902
While Bonita’s veteran dessert shop isn’t releasing their official holiday menu until later this week, we have it on good authority cookies dipped in white chocolate and a festive Yule log will be featured. Their world famous strudels never go amiss at this time of year, and include Black Forest with cherry filling, mocha with chocolate fudge, and apple in puff pastry – topped with lashings of delicious Bavarian cream. Pro Tip: With long lines out the door on Christmas Eve don't wait until the last minute to place your orders.
5080 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902

4. Extraordinary Desserts

2929 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
While master pastry chef Karen Krasne’s full holiday menu comes out later this week, we can reveal that a creamy vanilla bean cheesecake drizzled with passion fruit gelée will be available throughout December. If you’re looking for something a little more exotic for your holiday table this year why not try a Moroccan Cake. Made with almond-pistachio nougat, chocolate cake and chocolate ganache, it’s surrounded by chocolate mousse and finished with a smothering pistachio whipped cream.
2929 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

5. The Cravory

3960 W Point Loma Blvd Ste G, San Diego, CA 92110
The innovative cookie company just unveiled their delicious seasonal 'from scratch' Christmas cookie lineup. Holiday flavors include eggnog, rocky road, Baileys Irish Cream, peppermint bark, cranberry streusel and butterscotch oatmeal. A perfect gift for the co-workers, friends or family these gourmet biscuits come boxed in either one or two dozen ($25.95/$49.95) batches.
3960 W Point Loma Blvd Ste G
San Diego, CA 92110

6. The French Gourmet

960 Turquoise St, San Diego, CA 92109
http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/the-french-gourmet-san-diego?select=d6ZVM0F4Lzo0B5pieMkLbA
Known for its delectable pastries this Pacific Beach bistro is offering up a slew of European style treats for Christmas. Holiday items include classic gingerbread houses (small, medium, large), a Buche de Noel (Christmas log cake), and Croquembouche - a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls piled into a cone bound with threads of caramel. Holiday cookie trays and plates will also be available. Call ahead for pricing and special orders.
960 Turquoise St
San Diego, CA 92109

7. Heaven Sent Desserts

3001 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
Red velvet bombs - a dome of red velvet cake filled with soft vanilla cream cheese ($5.75), and pecan chocolate coffee pie - fresh pecans and creamy pecan filling infused with house Kyoto coffee and chocolate chips ($7.25) are just two of the items Heaven Sent will have on offer through the holidays. With flavors that change seasonally (butterscotch and chocolate are on the menu for December), their cake-in-a-jar also makes a thoughtful Christmas gift ($7.95). Look out for the festive yule log coming later this month.
3001 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

8. Paris Baguette

7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
While this cult Korean bakery chain might be the Kearny Mesa go-to for éclairs, croissants and other delectable French-style pastries, they will also be offering a special limited edition Christmas cake for the holidays. While details were still being confirmed for 2015, their special edition Christmas cappuccino cake was a real crowd pleaser last year. In the meantime you can't go wrong with either their mocha chiffon or decadent tiramisu.
7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111

9. Michele Coulon Dessertier

7556 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037
La Jolla’s premier dessert maven has an array of festive treats for the Christmas season including a rum eggnog cheesecake ($65) and Kringle – a specialty Danish sweet bread pastry filled with almonds, cinnamon and marzipan ($45). A classic Buches de Noel ($75) and gingerbread people cookies ($4) decorated with icing and dipped in chocolate, plus mini cakes ($24/dozen, minimum order), like German chocolate topped with gold and copper dust, and Amarena cherry will also be available throughout December.
7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

10. Cafe Gratitude

1980 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Thanks to Little Italy’s hip plant-based eatery those of you adhering to a vegan or gluten free diet can enjoy a little sin-free indulgence over the holidays. With any of Café Gratitude’s in-house desserts available to order, just take your pick from the 'Irresistible' coconut cream pie (coconut custard, dark chocolate swirl, date crust); the 'Adoring' signature tiramisu (raw almond biscuit, coconut cashew cream, espresso, raw cacao), or 'Rapture' raw seasonal layer cake (orange & cranberry), which all cost $65 a piece.
1980 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101

11. Bake Sale Bakery

815 F St, San Diego, CA 92101
Terryl Gavre’s home-style bakery is set to celebrate the season with specialty holiday items and classes beginning on Wednesday, December 2. Assorted holiday cookies, include chocolate crinkle-peppermint crunch, peanut butter kisses, sugar "ornament" cookies and gingerbread ($1.95 per cookie, $10 per half-dozen or $20 per baker’s dozen) will be available throughout December.
815 F St
San Diego, CA 92101

12. Cafe 21

802 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Starting today through December 24, Café 21 (Gaslamp location only) will have a Christmas cookie board set up offering a variety of 10 plus cookies made from scratch daily. The special holiday ‘cookie board package’ will include 5-7 different cookies and a cup housemade hot chocolate, milk or almond milk for $10. Flavors change daily and may include pistachio, coconut macaroons made from fresh coconuts, madeleines, nougat and chocolate chip.
802 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

13. Le Parfait Paris

555 G St, San Diego, CA 92101
Known for its decadent French-inspired desserts this Euro-chic café will be offering several treats throughout December. In addition to gingerbread macaroons three different flavors of Christmas log cake will also be available: hazelnut biscuit, milk chocolate mousse and milk chocolate cream; almond biscuit with mixed berry puree and dark chocolate mousse; almond biscuit fresh berries and vanilla cream custard. Available for pre-order they cost $45 each and will only be available for pick up the week of Christmas.
555 G St
San Diego, CA 92101

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