What are the best bakeries in Los Angeles?

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Christina Xenos

Does anything beat tearing a piece off a freshly baked baguette, pairing it with some cheese can calling it a lunch? How about a sweet flaky pastry that crumbles in your mouth with every buttery bite as you're sipping your breakfast coffee? Although Los Angeles is thousands of miles from Pairs, you can still indulge your confectionery cravings at these five bake shops around the city.

La Brea Bakery
I'm not sure if anyone knows what people considered properly baked bread in Los Angeles prior to 1989 when James Beard award-winning pastry chef Nancy Silverton started baking artisnal loaves of breads at La Brea Bakery. Since then the bakery as grown out of it's original La Brea Ave. location and expanded into a full cafe and bakery. Stop by for sandwiches and paninis served on freshly baked bread, sweet treats like cookies and croissants, in addition to other confections, coffees and teas.

Bouchon Bakery
In short, stepping into any part of Bouchon—bakery, restaurant, or bar—you know you're in the midst of perfection. Whether it's in their signature pastry the sweet-buttery-flaky Kouign-amann, selection of pastel macarons, assortment of croissants or rich chocolate bouchons, expect only the best. They're also open late, so you can get your sugar fix any time of day.

At Huckleberry husband and wife team Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan take the concept of a simple bakery offering freshly baked indulgences like prosciutto gruyere croissants, donuts and blueberry ciabatta, and expanded to include breakfast, lunch, weekend brunches and Thursday night family style diners. Menu offerings include Creekstone Farms’ brisket hash with two sunny side up eggs and arugula; lentil ragu with poached eggs, Swiss chard, feta and country bread; and local line-caught tuna salad sandwich with romaine, olive tapenade and aioli on multigrain bread.

Sycamore Kitchen
Adding to their delicious repertoire of Los Angeles dining offerings, Karen and Quinn Hatfield offer pastries, confections and casual breakfast and lunch items at their La Brea Ave. bakery and cafe. Make it your destination for salted caramel pecan Babka rolls and sour cherry buttermilk scones and stick around for a breakfast of cured salmon tartine served with avocado, capers, hard cooked egg, radish, crème fraiche. You can also pop in for an open-faced sandwich of house-made ricotta, stewed citrus, fennel, mint, hazelnut for lunch.

Short Cake
Adjacent to the indulgent burger concept Short Order in the Original Los Angeles Farmers Market, this bakery offers sweet and savory selections that span from scones, to pies, cookies, cakes and much, much more. Highlights include an open-faced toast with slow-cooked broccoli, bechamel, aged white cheddar and red pepper; Belgian sugar pie croissants and sesame date scones.

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