Local Focus: Los Angeles Bakeries

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Eclairs at Chaumont.

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has become one of the best food destinations in the country. From cozy neighborhood spots to celebrity-backed scenes, this city has an epicurean fit for every occasion. The LA culinary boom has also increased the number of craftspeople dedicated to producing beautiful, delicious food creations. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite local bakeries for residents and visitors alike to check out the next time a carb craving hits.


Chaumont

In the heart of Beverly Hills lies Chaumont, a classic French bakery with a sleek marble facade run by husband-and-wife team Frederic and Laila Laski. Enter the charming bakery and cafe and you’ll find rows of beautifully crafted pastries and desserts, including eclairs, tartines and baguettes. Chaumont is also home to some of the best croissants in town.

143 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, (310) 550-5510


Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

Come at an off time or be prepared for a line at this Santa Monica institution, helmed by renowned pastry chef Zoe Nathan and her husband Josh Loeb. The couple are true locals, born and raised in Santa Monica, and everything served at Huckleberry is crafted on-site. Choose from a variety of incredible treats, such as muffins and cookies, donuts, maple bacon biscuits and fruit pies.

1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 451-2311  


Proof

Inside a small, unassuming Atwater Village storefront sits Proof, one of the city’s best neighborhood bakeries. The menu at Proof is small but mighty and features incredible croissants, chocolate chip cookies with sea salt and a small selection of daily sandwiches—served on house-baked bread, of course. The case full of beautiful cakes and tarts is especially eye-catching.

3156 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, (323) 664-8633


Lodge Bread

Lodge Bread specializes in loaves created with organic whole grains through a naturally leavened process that allows for wild fermentation. The bread here is truly wonderful, with dark, crunchy exteriors giving way to soft yet hearty interiors. Bakers/owners Alexander Phaneuf and Or Amsalam opened the Culver City storefront in 2015 and recently expanded. In addition to the phenomenal bread that started it all, Lodge Bread now serves pizza—with a fantastic house-made crust—and other cafe fare.

11918 Washington Blvd., Culver City, (424) 384-5097

Pies at Superba Food & Bread.

Superba Food & Bread

You can get a full meal three times a day at Superba, the lovely homey-yet-hip cafe with two locations in Venice and El Segundo. But we’re here to talk about the bakery counter, full of fun and delicious treats to take with you for the day’s adventures. With choices like a sweet-and-savory everything croissant with a cream cheese filling, blueberry & raspberry pop-tarts and gourmet Oreo-like sandwich cookies, you’re guaranteed to leave with a great selection of treats.

1900 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice, (310) 907-5075


Sweet Lady Jane

Founded by Jane Lockart nearly 30 years ago, Sweet Lady Jane has been a longtime favorite for Angelenos seeking scrumptious desserts. This bakery excels in seasonal pies—such as pumpkin and boysenberry—and incredible sky-high cakes, like its renowned triple berry shortcake. The various cheesecakes and cookies are worth a visit, too.

8360 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 653-7145


The Sycamore Kitchen

Owned by LA culinary power couple Karen and and Quinn Hatfield, The Sycamore Kitchen is a neighborhood bakery & cafe that happens to rest on bustling La Brea Avenue. Peer behind the case of baked goods and you’ll spot a variety of treats like dark ale spiced-gingerbread, chocolate chip rye cookies and delectable salted caramel pecan babka rolls. Linger over a treat and a coffee inside the cozy cafe or on the expansive outdoor patio.

143 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 939-0151

 

Cookies and cake at The Sycamore Kitchen.