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There is a wealth of bakeries scattered around Florida, where fresh bread, pastries, and cakes are baked fresh, and dessert lovers are treated to decadent treats. Satisfy your sweet tooth at these delightful bakery spots, where you’re spoiled for choice in choosing from time-honored traditions and over-the-top modern creations. From a bakery that serves the best cookies in the state to a shop that serves up centuries-old Cuban recipes, here are some of the best bakeries in Florida.
Located in the heart of Wynwood, Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop has captured the hearts of dessert fans with its decadent menu full of freshly baked pies, cakes, cheesecake, and cookies. You’ll probably want to plan a cheat day so you can properly indulge in the sugary goodness at this shop, where it’s impossible to resist their Funfetti birthday cake, guava berry pie, and key lime pie, while those looking for an overdose of chocolate shouldn’t pass up a slice of cookie monster pie.
Gideon’s Bakehouse in Orlando has been crowned as having the “Best Cookies in Florida” by the national foodie website Delish and the “Best Cookie in the World” by TravelPulse, and it’s not hard to see why. Their gooey chocolate chip cookie is their biggest hit, as they specialize in small-batch baking to keep them high-quality. Don’t miss also sampling their Pistachio Toffee Dark Chocolate cookies, pumpkin cheesecake, or the 8-inch-tall slices of cake that come in flavors like peanut butter cup, salted caramel, and Andes mint.
Located in Ybor City, the La Segunda Central Bakery has been in operation since 1915, specializing in fresh Cuban bread and pastries. A century-old landmark, this bakery uses time-honored traditions to ensure quality that lures in regulars throughout the state. Visit this bakery to indulge in Flan Pudding, Tres Leche and guava and cheese turnovers and coconut turnovers, and wash it all down with an authentic cafe con leche. Don’t forget to bring home a loaf of their famous Cuban bread.
Known for their scrumptious seasonal donuts, Cinotti’s Bakery in Jacksonville has been serving up sweet treats since 1964. This 5th generation family business is known for its offerings of coffee, strawberry, key lime, and pumpkin donuts, while it’s hard to pass up sampling their cakes, pies, cookies, and pastries as well. Take fresh baked hot rolls, croissants, and bread back home with you, or feel like a kid again with a unicorn donut filled with buttercream.
A small batch bakery in Winter Park, Buttermilk Bakery is run by a mother-daughter-son team. Using seasonal ingredients, it consistently whips up some of the prettiest bakery items, from strawberry rhubarb tarts to double-baked croissants and fluffy brioche donuts. Start your morning off right with an almond croissant, pop tart, or lemon poppy tea cake, or if you’re not into sweet treats, you can’t go wrong with the speck ham and gruyere croissant or one of their crumb pies.
It’s tough to find a high-quality vegan, organic, or gluten-free bakery as good as Bunnie Cakes in Miami, which is known for its mini cupcakes that come in flavors like coconut, guava and cinnamon sugar, gooey brownies, and pretty cakes. A great place for conscious eaters, there are no animals involved in the making of their cookies, cupcakes, and other baked goods. They’ve even got a Bunnie Cakes Studio where you can decorate your own cakes and cupcakes.
Try something new at Fortuna Bakery & Cafe in Orlando, where an array of Colombian baked goods, pastries, and desserts will tempt you. The welcoming staff is on hand for any newbies to the delightful treats, but it won’t be a challenge to pick a few from the glass cases filled with Colombian and Venezuelan desserts that range from bunuelos and pastels de manzana to tres leches, which pair well with flaky empanadas and crumbly arepas.
Nestled in the countryside just 45 minutes northwest of Orlando, Yalaha Bakery is a local favorite known for its high-quality German products. This family-owned bakery uses organic natural sources to make its traditional bread and pastries. Indulge in their selection of treats in the pleasant outdoor area with picnic tables where you’ll often find live entertainment, then sit back and create a picnic from a selection of carrot cake, black forest cake, peach streusels, and apple strudel, or go for the traditional Bavarian Creme croissants.
Around a 30-minute drive from Tallahassee, Tupelo’s Bakery & Cafe in Monticello is a locally owned small bakery and cafe with a real sense of community. They whip up homemade bread, pastries and sweets from wholesome ingredients and believe in supporting the local, sustainable farmers. Eclectic decor adorns the walls, while the real showstopper is the array of phenomenal baked goods on offer, from their pecan bars and blueberry scones to coconut cream pie.