I have worked tirelessly to discover the best bakeries in Sacramento. The countless trips spent taste-testing delicious sweet and savory treats really can take it out of a person. Finally, I’ve made it through a whole city of incredible bakeries and have put together a curated list of must-visit eateries.
I’ve categorized the best Sacramento bakeries by pastry type and cuisine style. Whether you’re into fresh-baked bread, a Japanese pastry, moist cakes, or melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, these are the best of their respective categories.
In addition to ordering items from each spot, I have consulted with local Sacramentans and trusted friends for their best recommendations. I did not limit my scope to just bakeries, as there are many restaurants around Sacramento baking up some fantastic food.
Bakeries within each section are listed alphabetically. Double-check dates and hours before visiting.
If you’re looking for more than bakeries from some of the best restaurants Sacramento has to offer, you may want to check out my other post.
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Locally sourced ingredients and naturally-leavened bread are the hallmarks of Faria Bakery. With a unique pastry selection and perfectly-tangy sourdough, this is one of my favorite bakeries in Sac. As a bonus, they do pizza night on Wednesdays.
Bella Bru Cafe
Check out Bella Bru for their daily artisan bread selection and stay for a whole meal. Bread is sold by the loaf or in cafe sandwich form.
Grateful Bread Company
Using a nearly 30-year-old sourdough starter, the Grateful Bread Company takes their bread-making seriously. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried a loaf of their toasted walnut sourdough bread.
Juno’s Kitchen & Delicatessen
Take a trip to Juno’s for their freshly-baked sourdough bread and an exceptional sandwich featuring local and sustainable produce and meats.
Ettore’s Dessert & Cakes
One of the most well-known bakeries/eateries in the Sacramento area, Ettore’s is always worth a trip (even if it’s simply to drool over their dessert case). They’ve got festive desserts for the holidays and a great selection of daily treats made by skilled bakers and pastry chefs.
More than one friend has raved to me about the wedding cakes from Freeport Bakery. While I have yet to taste a wedding cake, I can attest to eating many a cake by the slice. This is where I love to order my own birthday cakes. I opt for the Blackout Cake, which freezes very well if you want to save it for when your best friend visits a year later. Their carrot cake is also one of my top favorite cakes in Sac.
Freeport Bakery’s baked goods are also amazing, which is why they make a second appearance in the pastries section.
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates is a known Sacramento treasure for many a chocolate lover. As it happens, their macaroons are also quite famous. I love coming here after dinner from any number of restaurants nearby. It’s hard to pick just one goodie when there is always plenty to ogle from behind the case. If you stop by in the summer, their ice cream sandwiches are a fun treat to beat the heat.
The original Marie’s Donuts in North Highlands is a classic Sacramento doughnut spot. I’ve only visited their Land Park front, but I’ve heard both locations are equally incredible. I’ve been coming here for maple bars, old-fashioned, and other types of classic donuts since elementary school. Simple ingredients and cheap prices make for such a delicious experience when getting the donuts hot and fresh in the mornings.
Estelle Bakery & Pâtisserie
This French bakery is home to some very delicious croissants, tarts, scones, muffins, and bread to name a few. Their original location is on Arden, with a new spot opened at DOCO.
Ginger Elizabeth Patisserie
This Patisserie was opened by the same chocolatier, Ginger Elizabeth, and offers an assortment of French breakfast pastries as menu mainstays, along with seasonal assortments. Elizabeth conquered the chocolate market in Sacramento and wanted a new challenge in French pastries.
Selection is limited and pastries will run out, so this is one you’ll want to visit earlier in the day. I like to get a box of assorted pastries and enjoy them from home over several days. While not a personal fan, I’ve been told the monkey bread here is exceptional. The cinnamon rolls utilize the most heavenly buttercream frosting, which is super rich and unlike any other style of cinnamon roll in Sacramento. I like to reheat it at home until the frosting turns into liquid, and lick the plate.
Pushkin’s has several locations now. The one I’ve visited on multiple occasions is their midtown location. Their bakery has both breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and a varied assortment of scones, cupcakes, and cookies. With minimal bakeries dedicated to both gluten-free and vegan options, there isn’t a lot of competition, which makes it easy for Pushkin’s to rule. Despite not having any dietary restrictions of my own, I’ve always found their pastries to be a delight.
As mentioned in the cakes section, their pastries are also worth the visit!
New Roma Bakery
Brick oven-baked bread, traditional-style pastries, and donuts. How can you go wrong? Plus, they have beignets!
Spinners Cinnamon Rolls
Spinners is known for having the best cinnamon rolls in Sacramento. Get them plain, with walnuts, or sometimes with apples when in season. Also, their coffee isn’t too shabby either for a basic hot beverage.
The original location was at the Downtown Plaza inside of a gas station and has now moved to inside the minimart.
Last visited: January 2022
Sugar Bake Cupcakes
Specializing in cupcakes made without artificial preservatives or shortening.
Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you. This is a great place to find traditional Chinese baked goods. When you visit, make sure to get your hands on some Dim Sum, which is similar to dumplings, but wrapped in a thin dough. They also serve amazing, fluffy steamed BBQ pork buns if you are looking for a savory on-the-go meal.
Fun Fact: A customary order is to try dim sum family-style, sharing three or four pieces of each type of dim sum ordered among all members of the dining party.
Exceptional Dim Sum is located in South Land Park, with prices ranging from $1 to $3 each. Arrive earlier in the day as many items will sell out.
Mahoroba Japenese Bakery
This traditional Japanese bakery makes baked goods that vary from sweet to savory. I always like experimenting around with different things, often finding myself leaning towards An pans, which are pastries filled with sweet red bean paste.
I have yet to visit this bakery, but local sources have told me that their pan dulce and pan de muerto are exceptional. Their authentic Mexican sweetbreads and corn cakes are also noteworthy.
Address: 6494 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95820
Neighborhood: Tahoe Park, Sacramento
La Esperanza Bakery
Every time I have visited La Esperanza Bakery, there has been a line snaking through the tight space and into the grocery store – and for good reason. The kitchen here bakes an assortment of Mexican bread, cakes, pastries, and some traditional goods too. Knowing a little Spanish certainly helps speed up the order process, but pointing and looking excited about eating seems to work too. I’m not sure what the names are of a lot of the things I’ve tried, but they sure are fun to try. A friend told me the pan dulce is incredible here, although I haven’t ordered it…yet.
Real Pie Company
Everything pies are sold here, both sweet and savory, with a menu that changes monthly based on what is readily available and in season. One of the owners, Kira, was a pastry chef at Chez Panisse, has a winemaking degree from Davis, and is the founder of the Slow Food USA chapter, which I’m a huge proponent of.
This particular bakery was recommended for their Prussian Rye and Ukrainian Farmers Bread. While I have yet to try this bakery personally, it looks like they also do lots of Russian cookies and cakes.
Fox and Goose Public House
The Fox and Goose has all of your go-to diner breakfast options, as well as a full English breakfast. For the sake of pastries, however, you need to make room for their moist Ollalieberry Scone, served with Devonshire cream. Devonshire cream consists of cream cheese, sugar, and heavy cream, perfectly balancing the ollalieberry.
Their quiche, which varies by the day, is another wonderful pastry, with beautifully flaky crust and savory fillings. To top it all off, they have some pretty good coffee, too.
P.S. I’ve been told by a secret source that their Sheperd’s Pie is incredible. I’ll have to try it on a future dinner date.
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Did I miss one of the best bakeries in Sacramento? Know of a phenomenal restaurant with a must-try baked good? By all means, let me know!
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