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These Are New Orleans’s Essential Bakeries

19 glorious bakeries for those sweet, sweet carbs

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Carb and sugar lovers, rejoice. This map is for you.

The New Orleans baking tradition goes back at least to 1722, when a map of the city referenced a baker called Bellegarde. By the early 1900s, New Orleans had over 100 bakeries, but industrialization and the advent of grocery stores changed that soon after.

In recent years, bakeries in New Orleans have multiplied — and become more diverse. Think of this list as a snapshot of the excellent bakeries New Orleans has to offer. All the bakeries here have some variety, not just sweets and not just breads, with a few notable exceptions. And while a number of home bakers have made a splash in New Orleans in the last few years (Katelyn Ann James’s Gabe & Gray Confections, Compagnon Bakery, and Chef Dee Lavigne’s Deelightful Desserts), for the purposes of this map, we’re sticking to bakery operations with physical shops.

A word of caution: Remember that bakers rise before the sun, and generally close up shop in the early afternoon, so do check hours in order to secure your goods.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Petite Sophie

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9047 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123
(225) 328-3340
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Named for co-owners and chefs Lya and Jeff Becnel’s beloved daughter, La Petite Sophie offers what may be the area’s best croissant selection. Both Becnels bring their extensive training (she: Le Cordon Bleu; he: CIA) and experience in both American and German restaurants to bear on sweet and savory varieties of the French breakfast staple, including chocolate almond, kumquat, ham and cheese, and kouign amann, Brittany’s salted caramel take on the pastry. Also available: sweet buns, quiches, muffins, palmiers, and soft German pretzels. 

Chocolate kougn amann
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2. Haydel's Bakery (Multiple Locations)

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4037 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70121
(800) 442-1342
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Now in its third generation, this family-owned bakery is best known for the tens of thousands of king cakes it produces each Carnival season (many of which are shipped out of state) and its custom designed confections, including wedding cakes. While other bakeries on this list may look to Europe for inspiration, Haydel’s remains firmly rooted in New Orleans and Cajun country with Saints-themed cupcakes and the Cajun Kringle, a praline-filled couronne topped with a caramel glaze and pecans.

Doberge cake at Haydel’s
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3. Breads On Oak

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8640 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 324-8271
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Warm, woody, and welcoming with seating inside and out, this neighborhood bakery has become a popular weekend breakfast spot for the Riverbend since opening in 2012. Always popular for its vegan and gluten-free options, last year Breads on Oak made the switch to 100 percent vegan, serving up delicious versions of crusty artisanal rolls, decadent sweet rolls, brioches, quiches, cakes, and hot and cold sandwiches.

Red wine poached local pear, peaches and cream, and lemon curd brioches from Breads on Oak
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4. Maple Street Patisserie

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7638 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 304-1526
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It’s not surprising that many bakeries draw from European influences; however Maple Street Patisserie’s charming master baker and pastry chef Ziggy Chichowski, is, in fact, European. The dedication to craft and traditional Viennese and French goods are evident in Maple Street’s beautifully rendered cakes, pastries, and repertoire of classic breads. A low key but warm spot to grab and cup of coffee and a breakfast treat (sausage biscuits are divine) or a sandwich on house-baked bread. 

The blackberry tart at Maple Street Patisserie
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5. O'Delice French Bakery

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6033 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 895-2144
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Nancy Nguyen’s Uptown bakery flies under the radar, situated in a house set back from the street next to a small shopping center on Magazine, but inside she churns out light-as-a-cloud buttercream cakes. Nguyen is more accommodating than many bakers, often trying to get that last-minute cake ready (and sometimes she has some ready in the case). If committing to a cake is a bit much, be sure to scoop up a few of her lovely petit fours, or organize your visit around lunchtime and leave time to devour the chicken salad on a croissant.

King cake from O’Delice
Yelp/Kim H.

6. Bellegarde Bakery

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8300 Apple St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 827-0008
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Bellegarde is the ubiquitous and beloved bread that’s been found in New Orleans restaurants, grocery stores, and wine shops for years, but now residents can pick up Graison Gill’s remarkable wares direct from the source at his Leonidas bakery. In addition to its famous loaves, Bellegarde sells sweet and sabory croissants, cookies, baguette sandwiches, and excitingly, pizza on Thursdays.

Breads at Bellegarde Bakery
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7. Gracious Bakery (Multiple Locations)

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4930 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 300-8135
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The fact that Gracious now has three locations plus a cafe in NOCHI, the fancy new culinary school, speaks for itself. Word of this upbeat, modern, and light-filled breakfast and lunch spot from pastry chef Megan Forman quickly spread and with good reason: Gracious serves up satisfying sandwiches on homemade bread that won’t leave one in a food coma. The chicken tarragon and meatloaf options are good bets. Gracious also offers a small breakfast menu and outstanding breads and baked goods: baguettes, sourdough boules, and ciabatta; pastries, cookies, whole cakes, and pies.

Meyer lemon rosemary danish at Gracious Bakery
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8. Windowsill Pies

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4714 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 381-4953
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Windowsill Pies is a “Southern-styled, French-inspired, New Orleans bakery,” serving sweet and savory pies on Freret Street. On the sweet side, year-round standards include vanilla bean bourbon pecan and dark chocolate tart with Earl Grey caramel, and for savory options, pot pies and hand pies will change often.

9. La Boulangerie

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4600 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 269-3777
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No shortage of Uptown huff has surrounded this longtime Magazine street bakery since Donald Link and partner Stephen Stryjewski took over from the previous (French) owners in 2015. What is undeniable: La Boulangerie’s impressive selection of hearty breads, among them the splurge-worthy olive fougasse, the blue cheese, and rosemary with sea salt loaves. Sandwiches served all day, including Boulangerie’s uptake on the egg McMuffin. Pastry Chef Maggie Scales’ handiwork includes no shortage of wondrous sweets and cakes. (Scales is the pastry chef for the whole Link Restaurant Group.) Notable: La Boulangerie uses locally milled whole wheat flour, Louisiana honey, and raw sugar.

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10. Laurel Street Bakery

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2701 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 897-0576
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This bakery and cafe has found a sweet spot (sorry!) in a pocket of Broad (at one time, it was actually on Laurel Street) that for years was in desperate need of one. Step inside sunny and hip Laurel Street Bakery, and it’s hard not to feel an uptick in good vibes. More than anything, it’s bagels that rule the day with a solid selection including spreads, all made in-house. Schmear options include shallot and bacon, date and honey, pimento olive, and lox. And yes, sweets do abound: cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, rolls — you get the picture.

11. Beth Biundo Sweets

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3917 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-8059
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After building a following online, this much-accoladed former pastry chef for Lilette (and trained interior designer) opened a storefront on Baronne last year. The spare, ethereal space offers a gallery-like feel that puts the focus on the art: Biundo’s upscale, immaculate cakes, tarts, and sweets. A top choice for custom, contemporary wedding cakes as well. Tip: A visit to the beautiful space begs a bottle of Champagne from the nearby Martin’s Wine Cellar to accompany the sweets.

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12. Mayhew Bakery

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3201 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 702-8078
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Mayhew is an absolute delight, opened two years ago in Bayou St. John by former Brennan’s baker Kelly Mayhew. His creations are endless — sweets like lemon cream cheese brioche, sweet potato cream cheese bars, and pumpkin muffins; breads, croissants, breakfast and baguette sandwiches, German pretzels, and pizza for savory options, including French bread pizza, Detroit-style, round, NY-style pies, and most recently Sicilian.

13. Levee Baking Co.

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3138 Magazine St Ste D
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 354-8708
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Link Restaurant Group alum Christina Balzebre opened her own bakery to great fanfare earlier this year, having gained a name for herself at farmer’s markets and then popping-up for Saturday brunch at Mosquito Supper Club. In addition to Balzebre’s stunning tarts, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and crusty loaves of bread, Levee currenyly offers a few breakfast and lunch items (like a garlic croissant bun with prosciutto and asiago cheesewine).

Two peach and blueberry tarts
Seasonal galette
Levee Baking Co./Official

14. The Cupcake Collection

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2917 Magazine St Suite 102
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 383-9322
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This is the home of Mignon Francois’s famed sweet potato cupcakes, a perfectly balanced bite of depth, spice, and sweetness. Other flavors are equally simple but somehow extraordinary, like strawberry and lemonade poundcake, which can also be ordered for special occasion cakes. Visit the shop on Magazine Street, Francois’s second location after Nashville location.

15. Leo's Bread

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2438 Bell St
New Orleans, LA 70119

After selling her beloved bread and bagels at farmers markets, pop-ups, and for home delivery throughout the pandemic, local baker Kate Heller opened her much-anticipated bakery, Leo’s Bread, in Spring 2021. Her bakery cafe offers gorgeous bagels and bagel sandwiches, crusty loaves of daily bread (think semolina, sourdough, and wheat sourdough), croissants, sandwiches on semolina, and a few sweets.

16. Bittersweet Confections

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725 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-2626
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Initially known for its handmade candies like salted caramels and chocolate bark, Bittersweet Confections is now a New Orleans favorite for cupcakes, custom cakes, tarts, cookies, breakfast pastries and coffee. Owner Cheryl Scripter has upped the bakery’s breakfast and lunch game, added a Mid City location, and introduced a weekend brunch at both shops; its savory options alone now make a location worth a visit.

A cupcake from Bittersweet Confections
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17. Croissant D'Or Patisserie

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617 Ursulines Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 524-4663
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Look down as you enter to see the tiles embedded in the sidewalk from when this French Quarter storefront say “Angelo Brocato.” Indeed, the space once belonged to Angelo Brocato’s, the city most beloved gelato and cannoli maker. Croissant has kept its vintage tiled walls and handsome Italian looks, and the result is a classic breakfast and lunch cafe with a secret courtyard worth seeking out. Aside from tarts and mousses, traditional French baked goods include quiches, and of course, croissants. Sandwiches also available.

The space occupied by Croissant d’Or
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18. Bywater Bakery

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3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 336-3336
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After years of overseeing the bakery departments of several dozen Rouse’s supermarkets, owner Chaya Conrad traded the corporate model for this bright red corner spot in the funky Bywater. Breakfast options include egg scrambles or “go cups” made from different classic combinations such as egg, bacon, grits, and cheese; shrimp and grits; tofu scramble; or hot sausage, biscuit and gravy. For lunch, build-your-own salad or hearty sandwich options on house-made bread satisfy. Bonus: Live music often pops up on Saturday or Sunday. 

Lemon poppy seed bundt at Bywater Bakery
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19. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery

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14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129
(504) 254-0214
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For years this New Orleans East Vietnamese bakery’s perfectly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside take on french bread has been the undisputed reigning champ of po’ boy loaves. Always worth the drive for its banh mi, the bakery also offers a sampling of Vietnamese sweets such as moon cakes, and in season, some of the most sought-after king cakes in town.

Dong Phuong
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1. La Petite Sophie

9047 Jefferson Hwy, River Ridge, LA 70123
Chocolate kougn amann
La Petite Sophie/Facebook

Named for co-owners and chefs Lya and Jeff Becnel’s beloved daughter, La Petite Sophie offers what may be the area’s best croissant selection. Both Becnels bring their extensive training (she: Le Cordon Bleu; he: CIA) and experience in both American and German restaurants to bear on sweet and savory varieties of the French breakfast staple, including chocolate almond, kumquat, ham and cheese, and kouign amann, Brittany’s salted caramel take on the pastry. Also available: sweet buns, quiches, muffins, palmiers, and soft German pretzels. 

9047 Jefferson Hwy
River Ridge, LA 70123

2. Haydel's Bakery (Multiple Locations)

4037 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70121
Doberge cake at Haydel’s
Haydel’s/Facebook

Now in its third generation, this family-owned bakery is best known for the tens of thousands of king cakes it produces each Carnival season (many of which are shipped out of state) and its custom designed confections, including wedding cakes. While other bakeries on this list may look to Europe for inspiration, Haydel’s remains firmly rooted in New Orleans and Cajun country with Saints-themed cupcakes and the Cajun Kringle, a praline-filled couronne topped with a caramel glaze and pecans.

4037 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70121

3. Breads On Oak

8640 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Red wine poached local pear, peaches and cream, and lemon curd brioches from Breads on Oak
Breads on Oak/Facebook

Warm, woody, and welcoming with seating inside and out, this neighborhood bakery has become a popular weekend breakfast spot for the Riverbend since opening in 2012. Always popular for its vegan and gluten-free options, last year Breads on Oak made the switch to 100 percent vegan, serving up delicious versions of crusty artisanal rolls, decadent sweet rolls, brioches, quiches, cakes, and hot and cold sandwiches.

8640 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. Maple Street Patisserie

7638 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
The blackberry tart at Maple Street Patisserie
Maple Street Patisserie/Facebook

It’s not surprising that many bakeries draw from European influences; however Maple Street Patisserie’s charming master baker and pastry chef Ziggy Chichowski, is, in fact, European. The dedication to craft and traditional Viennese and French goods are evident in Maple Street’s beautifully rendered cakes, pastries, and repertoire of classic breads. A low key but warm spot to grab and cup of coffee and a breakfast treat (sausage biscuits are divine) or a sandwich on house-baked bread. 

7638 Maple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

5. O'Delice French Bakery

6033 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118
King cake from O’Delice
Yelp/Kim H.

Nancy Nguyen’s Uptown bakery flies under the radar, situated in a house set back from the street next to a small shopping center on Magazine, but inside she churns out light-as-a-cloud buttercream cakes. Nguyen is more accommodating than many bakers, often trying to get that last-minute cake ready (and sometimes she has some ready in the case). If committing to a cake is a bit much, be sure to scoop up a few of her lovely petit fours, or organize your visit around lunchtime and leave time to devour the chicken salad on a croissant.

6033 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

6. Bellegarde Bakery

8300 Apple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Breads at Bellegarde Bakery
Katherine Kimball/Eater NOLA

Bellegarde is the ubiquitous and beloved bread that’s been found in New Orleans restaurants, grocery stores, and wine shops for years, but now residents can pick up Graison Gill’s remarkable wares direct from the source at his Leonidas bakery. In addition to its famous loaves, Bellegarde sells sweet and sabory croissants, cookies, baguette sandwiches, and excitingly, pizza on Thursdays.

8300 Apple St
New Orleans, LA 70118

7. Gracious Bakery (Multiple Locations)

4930 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Meyer lemon rosemary danish at Gracious Bakery
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The fact that Gracious now has three locations plus a cafe in NOCHI, the fancy new culinary school, speaks for itself. Word of this upbeat, modern, and light-filled breakfast and lunch spot from pastry chef Megan Forman quickly spread and with good reason: Gracious serves up satisfying sandwiches on homemade bread that won’t leave one in a food coma. The chicken tarragon and meatloaf options are good bets. Gracious also offers a small breakfast menu and outstanding breads and baked goods: baguettes, sourdough boules, and ciabatta; pastries, cookies, whole cakes, and pies.

4930 Prytania St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. Windowsill Pies

4714 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Windowsill Pies is a “Southern-styled, French-inspired, New Orleans bakery,” serving sweet and savory pies on Freret Street. On the sweet side, year-round standards include vanilla bean bourbon pecan and dark chocolate tart with Earl Grey caramel, and for savory options, pot pies and hand pies will change often.

4714 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. La Boulangerie

4600 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
La Boulangerie
FACEBOOK

No shortage of Uptown huff has surrounded this longtime Magazine street bakery since Donald Link and partner Stephen Stryjewski took over from the previous (French) owners in 2015. What is undeniable: La Boulangerie’s impressive selection of hearty breads, among them the splurge-worthy olive fougasse, the blue cheese, and rosemary with sea salt loaves. Sandwiches served all day, including Boulangerie’s uptake on the egg McMuffin. Pastry Chef Maggie Scales’ handiwork includes no shortage of wondrous sweets and cakes. (Scales is the pastry chef for the whole Link Restaurant Group.) Notable: La Boulangerie uses locally milled whole wheat flour, Louisiana honey, and raw sugar.

4600 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Laurel Street Bakery

2701 S Broad Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125

This bakery and cafe has found a sweet spot (sorry!) in a pocket of Broad (at one time, it was actually on Laurel Street) that for years was in desperate need of one. Step inside sunny and hip Laurel Street Bakery, and it’s hard not to feel an uptick in good vibes. More than anything, it’s bagels that rule the day with a solid selection including spreads, all made in-house. Schmear options include shallot and bacon, date and honey, pimento olive, and lox. And yes, sweets do abound: cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, rolls — you get the picture.

2701 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125

11. Beth Biundo Sweets

3917 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Josh Brasted

After building a following online, this much-accoladed former pastry chef for Lilette (and trained interior designer) opened a storefront on Baronne last year. The spare, ethereal space offers a gallery-like feel that puts the focus on the art: Biundo’s upscale, immaculate cakes, tarts, and sweets. A top choice for custom, contemporary wedding cakes as well. Tip: A visit to the beautiful space begs a bottle of Champagne from the nearby Martin’s Wine Cellar to accompany the sweets.

3917 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Mayhew Bakery

3201 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Mayhew is an absolute delight, opened two years ago in Bayou St. John by former Brennan’s baker Kelly Mayhew. His creations are endless — sweets like lemon cream cheese brioche, sweet potato cream cheese bars, and pumpkin muffins; breads, croissants, breakfast and baguette sandwiches, German pretzels, and pizza for savory options, including French bread pizza, Detroit-style, round, NY-style pies, and most recently Sicilian.

3201 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

13. Levee Baking Co.

3138 Magazine St Ste D, New Orleans, LA 70115
Two peach and blueberry tarts
Seasonal galette
Levee Baking Co./Official

Link Restaurant Group alum Christina Balzebre opened her own bakery to great fanfare earlier this year, having gained a name for herself at farmer’s markets and then popping-up for Saturday brunch at Mosquito Supper Club. In addition to Balzebre’s stunning tarts, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and crusty loaves of bread, Levee currenyly offers a few breakfast and lunch items (like a garlic croissant bun with prosciutto and asiago cheesewine).

3138 Magazine St Ste D
New Orleans, LA 70115

14. The Cupcake Collection

2917 Magazine St Suite 102, New Orleans, LA 70115

This is the home of Mignon Francois’s famed sweet potato cupcakes, a perfectly balanced bite of depth, spice, and sweetness. Other flavors are equally simple but somehow extraordinary, like strawberry and lemonade poundcake, which can also be ordered for special occasion cakes. Visit the shop on Magazine Street, Francois’s second location after Nashville location.

2917 Magazine St Suite 102
New Orleans, LA 70115

15. Leo's Bread

2438 Bell St, New Orleans, LA 70119

After selling her beloved bread and bagels at farmers markets, pop-ups, and for home delivery throughout the pandemic, local baker Kate Heller opened her much-anticipated bakery, Leo’s Bread, in Spring 2021. Her bakery cafe offers gorgeous bagels and bagel sandwiches, crusty loaves of daily bread (think semolina, sourdough, and wheat sourdough), croissants, sandwiches on semolina, and a few sweets.

2438 Bell St
New Orleans, LA 70119

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16. Bittersweet Confections

725 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A cupcake from Bittersweet Confections
Bittersweet Confections/Official Photo

Initially known for its handmade candies like salted caramels and chocolate bark, Bittersweet Confections is now a New Orleans favorite for cupcakes, custom cakes, tarts, cookies, breakfast pastries and coffee. Owner Cheryl Scripter has upped the bakery’s breakfast and lunch game, added a Mid City location, and introduced a weekend brunch at both shops; its savory options alone now make a location worth a visit.

725 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

17. Croissant D'Or Patisserie

617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
The space occupied by Croissant d’Or
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Look down as you enter to see the tiles embedded in the sidewalk from when this French Quarter storefront say “Angelo Brocato.” Indeed, the space once belonged to Angelo Brocato’s, the city most beloved gelato and cannoli maker. Croissant has kept its vintage tiled walls and handsome Italian looks, and the result is a classic breakfast and lunch cafe with a secret courtyard worth seeking out. Aside from tarts and mousses, traditional French baked goods include quiches, and of course, croissants. Sandwiches also available.

617 Ursulines Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

18. Bywater Bakery

3624 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Lemon poppy seed bundt at Bywater Bakery
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After years of overseeing the bakery departments of several dozen Rouse’s supermarkets, owner Chaya Conrad traded the corporate model for this bright red corner spot in the funky Bywater. Breakfast options include egg scrambles or “go cups” made from different classic combinations such as egg, bacon, grits, and cheese; shrimp and grits; tofu scramble; or hot sausage, biscuit and gravy. For lunch, build-your-own salad or hearty sandwich options on house-made bread satisfy. Bonus: Live music often pops up on Saturday or Sunday. 

3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

19. Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129
Dong Phuong
YELP/YULIA N

For years this New Orleans East Vietnamese bakery’s perfectly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside take on french bread has been the undisputed reigning champ of po’ boy loaves. Always worth the drive for its banh mi, the bakery also offers a sampling of Vietnamese sweets such as moon cakes, and in season, some of the most sought-after king cakes in town.

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

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