When traveling Europe in college, I fell in love with “bäckereis”, also known as bakeries. Some of my favorite meals were made from buying fresh bread in the morning for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or grabbing a pain au chocolat for breakfast.
Unfortunately the States aren’t exactly known for bakeries. Coffee chains offer pastries in the morning to go with your favorite cup of joe. Big box grocery stores line the shelves with your choice of gooey white bread or wheat. But I’m still looking for my pain au chocolat.
Luckily, I’ve found a few nifty bakeries in Chicago where I can get my sugar fix. Here are a few of my favorites:
Sweet Mandy B’s in Lincoln Park: a great place to pick up a cookie, toffee bar or cupcake at a reasonable price. Plus it is in a fun neighborhood to walk around when the weather is nice.
More in the Loop: in need of a classy, sophisticated cupcake drive by? This is your place for quick and easy service when you’re craving an upscale flavor. A great place for special occasions since it’s a little on the spendy side.
Oak Park Bakery Inc in Oak Park: German chocolate cake please! Sarah bought a birthday cake for me two years ago from this place and I am still raving about it. They also have a wonderful selection of sweet treats.
Kirschbaum’s Bakery in Western Springs: the smiley face cookie is the bomb. Yes, I said and wrote the bomb. That is how good it is. You haven’t experienced a cookie until you have tried one. I don’t care what you say.
Molly’s Cupcakes in Lincoln Park: looking for a relaxing place to catch up with friends and you don’t want to go to Starbucks? This great neighborhood cupcake bakery gives patrons a cozy place to enjoy a fabulous tasting cupcake in a homey environment.
Weber’s Bakery in Chicago: Need a cake layered with strawberries the size of large eggs? Have a hankering for some traditional German poppy seed cake? Or how about rye bread? You can’t beat the tasty treats at Weber’s.
Do you have any favorite places to add?