10 Must Visit Bakeries in New York City

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Levain Cookies

Levain Bakery

If you arrive early you can usually avoid the line that forms outside this small but incredibly popular bakery that now has a number of locations in the city.

What to get: The cookies are incredible here so don’t leave without a collection of your fave flavours.

2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd, at 117th Street, New York

Doughnut Plant

Regardless of whether you want a regular ol’ donut or a fancy pants colourful creation, you’ll find all that your mind can imagine and more at doughnut plant. There are a few around town so be sure to map your closest location before heading off for a hike around town!

What to get: A selection of doughnuts – the prettiest ones, of course!

Numerous locations throughout New York City (W 23rd Street is the most central)

Molly’s Cupcakes

This cute little yellow cupcake store is a delight to visit not only for its food, but also the cute interior. The pies and ice creams are also really (like, really, really) good!

What to get: Ugh, where to begin. Pick your favourite flavour & you won’t regret it.

228 Bleecker Street, New York

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Best Bagel Coffee & Restaurant

If you come to New York and don’t get yourself a bagel for breakfast…. did you even come at all!? One of the most known shops in town (that consequently attracts a line) is Best Bagel, with a couple of locations throughout town.

What to get: Rainbow bagels, of course!

225 W 35th St, New York 

Make my Cake

Nothing beats Southern food and especially Southern cakes (after all, Hummingbird Cake is their speciality!) Make my Cake are true specialists in cakes made to order, so if you’re in town for a special celebration you won’t find a better cake maker!

What to get: Cakes made to order

121 St Nicholas Ave, New York

Almondine Bakery

If you’re hanging out for a croissant as good as the ones served in France, then look no further than Almondine Bakery (and go for the almond croissant, its a winner every time!)

What to get: The almond croissant

85 Water St, Brooklyn, New York

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Straight out of Paris, Dominique Ansel has built a very reputable name for himself here in New York City, thanks to a range of unique and intricate creations that you won’t find elsewhere (although nowadays you can find the copy-cat-cronut popping up at other bakeries).

What to get: The cronut, DUH! They usually sell out around 11:00am so come first thing!

189 Spring St, New York

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sprinkles Cupcakes are renowned across America, especially after their ingenious creation: The Cupcake ATM machine. Yep, you read correctly. Their stores are just as cute, pink, and above all delicious!

What to get: Cupcakes, surprise surprise!

780 Lexington Ave, New York

Magnolia Bakery

Commonly regarded as the sole bakery responsible for starting the cupcake revolution, Magnolia Bakery is a must visit in New York for at least one cupcake (though I’d recommend purchasing a box of 6 and trying a few flavours). The hummingbird cupcake is my all time favourite, though the red velvet comes in at a close second.

What to get: Hummingbird Cupcake

Grand Central Station (Lower Food Court)

Lady M New York

Lady M

One of the more delicate patisseries in town, Lady M has an ever-changing selection of cakes and pastries in a colourful range of sweet tasting goodness.

What to get: Perfectly crafted pastries

West 10019, West 58th Street

Dana’s Bakery

30 minutes from New York City over in New Jersey you will find Dana’s Bakery – an extra inclusion because I just couldn’t leave it out! Unfortunately their New York story has closed down, but you can also order them online and have them delivered to your hotel.

What to get: A 12 pack selection – don’t miss the churros and s’mores!

27 Utter Ave, Hawthorne, New Jersey

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    September 5, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Oh yum! The only one I’ve been to is Magnolia. I do love Baked by Melissa too! Will have to check the rest of these out the next time I’m in NYC!

    September 4, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I’m in NYC at the moment, what a perfect time to come across this post! Thank you!

    August 31, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I try to stay away from bread. What can I say?. I am a big bread lover 🙂 But these pictures are so gorgeous that I just can’t resist

    August 25, 2016 at 4:04 am

    I must say that I didn´t like the cronuts at all. They were super greasy. We also got the DKA and those were fantastic!

    August 25, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Where can I get such a job as recommending the best of the best bake shops?! I’ve had the luxury of a Levain chocolate chip cookie. The next time I’ll go it alone so I won’t have to share or feel guilty eating a whole one myself. But my question now is:
    Why isn’t Breads on this list?

    August 25, 2016 at 2:08 am

    My favorite is Cupcake Cafe on 9th.

    August 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I must say I always found Magnolia to be completely overrated as is Dominique Ansel. Admittedly I was 15 minutes late for the croghnut so I had a cheesecake instead, which was the most overpriced cheesecake ever and not the greatest. Not acceptable in a city that has cheesecake named after it 😉 But seriously, I don’t like the hype they make of the croghnut, maybe that is their secret to success (the cheesecake ain’t) but it is one of those business practices that annoys me.

    August 21, 2016 at 6:15 am

    I have a few of these places on my list for the next time I’m in NYC 🙂 Specifically Best Bagel & Coffee

    August 20, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Instead of Magnolia, take a trip to Buttercup Bake Shop on 2nd ave. It’s owned by one of the ladies who started Magnolia. There is MUCH less Hype (super chill atmosphere and a cute little shop. Magnolia is ALWAYS packed) and the baked goods are better (they have Hummingbird!). I used to work there and it was hard not to eat the 1 free baked item per shift. It was all so good!

    defend your nuts 2
    August 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Thank you for such a sweet tutorial – all this time later, I’ve found it and love the end result. I appreciate the time you spent sharing your skills.

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    August 19, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Strong work you have here.

    August 18, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    I savor great bakeries. Thank you.

    August 18, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Everyhting looks so yummy! Makes me very hungry all of this food!
    Lucie, xx

    Harry hepden
    August 18, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    This makes me so hungry

    August 18, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Went to a few of these! Sadly the cronuts were sold out already when I went there, and I went there on my last day in NYC. Need to go back. Oh and the cookies from Levain Bakery are insane. So delicious 🙂

    the adventurer
    August 18, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Possibly planning a nyc trip this fall and I love trying new places when I travel =o) Thanks for sharing!