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16 Essential New Orleans Bakeries

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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.

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

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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. Now with a location at 3117 Magazine Street.

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 madr the switch to 100% vegan, serving up delicious versions of crusty artisanal rolls, decadent sweet rolls, brioches, quiches, cakes, and hot and cold sandwiches. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

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. File under you may (or may not) want to know: All of Chef Ziggy’s gorgeous cakes can be had in 6” sizes. The chocolate with hazelnut filling delivers.

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
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6. 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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7. 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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8. 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. Open 7 days.

9. 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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10. 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 currenrly offers a few breakfast and lunch items (like a garlic croissant bun with prosciutto and asiago cheesewine) with plans to set a small menu soon. Open Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and starting October 2, the same hours Wednesday through Sunday.

Two peach and blueberry tarts
Seasonal galette
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11. 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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12. Bakery Bar

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1179 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 265-8884
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Sugar and booze: so simple, so needed. One wonders why it’s taken so long. Thanks to Debbie Does Doberge founders Charlotte McGehee and Charles Mary IV, the wait is over. Bakery Bar’s location in the shadow of the Crescent City Connection may be off the beaten path for some, but consider a detour. Until 3 p.m., Bakery Bar functions mostly as a serious eggs and grits brunch spot; come 5, it’s dessert and drinks that rule the roost, including key lime pie, vanilla doberge brûlée, or the ultimate chocolate three-way Grasshopper Pie Bombe. Doberge cakes available for order. 

Bakery Bar is famous for doberge cake
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13. 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. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Tuesdays. 

The space occupied by Croissant d’Or
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14. New Orleans Cake Café & Bakery

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2440 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 943-0010
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University area residents in the late 1990s will remember Cake Cafe owner Steve Himlefarb walking around Maple Street peddling his plastic-wrapped cake slices held high above his head on a round tray. It’s been more than a minute since then and years now since he graduated big time into the quirky and funky brick-and-mortar cafe loved for its cakes, breakfast, and add-a-cupcake-for-$1 option in the Marigny. Plus, his boozy cupcakes are a perfect fit for the city. As the name of his cafe makes clear, the core of his business is still the fluffy cakes he once sold from business-to-business and door-to-door.

Strawberry cupcakes
Yelp/Kenji T

15. 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. The $7 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. The lagniappe you want: $5 cake slices with about half a dozen options. Bonus: Live music 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. 

Lemon poppy seed bundt at Bywater Bakery
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16. 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. This year, the recent James Beard Award winner made headlines when it announced that, after reports of scalping and fistfights, its highly sought after king cakes would be pulled from vendors and sold only at its Chef Menteur location. Always worth the drive for its banh mi, the bakery also offers a sampling of Vietnamese sweets such as moon cakes. Worth noting: Best bakery website. Ever. Dong Phuong’s animated site is so beautifully rendered that it could bring one to tears. Worth a visit in its own right.  

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. Now with a location at 3117 Magazine Street.

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 madr the switch to 100% vegan, serving up delicious versions of crusty artisanal rolls, decadent sweet rolls, brioches, quiches, cakes, and hot and cold sandwiches. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

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. File under you may (or may not) want to know: All of Chef Ziggy’s gorgeous cakes can be had in 6” sizes. The chocolate with hazelnut filling delivers.

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. 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

7. La Boulangerie

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

4600 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

8. 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. Open 7 days.

2701 S Broad Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125

9. 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

10. 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 currenrly offers a few breakfast and lunch items (like a garlic croissant bun with prosciutto and asiago cheesewine) with plans to set a small menu soon. Open Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and starting October 2, the same hours Wednesday through Sunday.

3138 Magazine St Ste D
New Orleans, LA 70115

11. 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

12. Bakery Bar

1179 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Bakery Bar is famous for doberge cake
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Sugar and booze: so simple, so needed. One wonders why it’s taken so long. Thanks to Debbie Does Doberge founders Charlotte McGehee and Charles Mary IV, the wait is over. Bakery Bar’s location in the shadow of the Crescent City Connection may be off the beaten path for some, but consider a detour. Until 3 p.m., Bakery Bar functions mostly as a serious eggs and grits brunch spot; come 5, it’s dessert and drinks that rule the roost, including key lime pie, vanilla doberge brûlée, or the ultimate chocolate three-way Grasshopper Pie Bombe. Doberge cakes available for order. 

1179 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. 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. Open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Tuesdays. 

617 Ursulines Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

14. New Orleans Cake Café & Bakery

2440 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117
Strawberry cupcakes
Yelp/Kenji T

University area residents in the late 1990s will remember Cake Cafe owner Steve Himlefarb walking around Maple Street peddling his plastic-wrapped cake slices held high above his head on a round tray. It’s been more than a minute since then and years now since he graduated big time into the quirky and funky brick-and-mortar cafe loved for its cakes, breakfast, and add-a-cupcake-for-$1 option in the Marigny. Plus, his boozy cupcakes are a perfect fit for the city. As the name of his cafe makes clear, the core of his business is still the fluffy cakes he once sold from business-to-business and door-to-door.

2440 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

15. 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. The $7 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. The lagniappe you want: $5 cake slices with about half a dozen options. Bonus: Live music 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. 

3624 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

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16. 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. This year, the recent James Beard Award winner made headlines when it announced that, after reports of scalping and fistfights, its highly sought after king cakes would be pulled from vendors and sold only at its Chef Menteur location. Always worth the drive for its banh mi, the bakery also offers a sampling of Vietnamese sweets such as moon cakes. Worth noting: Best bakery website. Ever. Dong Phuong’s animated site is so beautifully rendered that it could bring one to tears. Worth a visit in its own right.  

14207 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70129

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