Food & Drink

Seattle’s Best Neighborhood Bakeries

Where can you find the best croissants, kringles, cake slices and cookies? We’ve got answers

By Chelsea Lin & Naomi Tomky November 5, 2018

1-lead_65

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of Seattle magazine.

This article appears in print in the November 2018 issue, as part of our “The Best Neighborhood Bakeries,” cover story. Click here to subscribe.

At a granular level, baked goods are little more than some combination of flour, butter, water and sugar. But take a step back—as we have, in this comprehensive look at Seattle’s best bakeries—and you’ll realize the power of pastries: made with equal parts passion and science, able to provoke frenzy and cure nostalgia, often transcending culture and class. They’re one of life’s simplest, and most delicious, pleasures.

Maybe we’re reading too much into this—sampling our way through so many dozens of carbs has impacted our ability to think clearly. But what we thought would be a relatively simple project turned into not just a greater appreciation of what goes into our morning croissants, but grist for many heated debates: What makes a good kringle? Should cookies be cakey, crispy or chewy? (No, occasionally, always.) Which gluten-free baked goods are actually pretty great? And perhaps, most importantly, who’s cooking up a new batch of innovative bakeries around town?

We’ve got answers and recommendations, particularly for our best all-around bakeries, which we’ve called out (and ranked) for their excellence in everything from delectable pastries to scrumptious desserts. Carb avoiders, read at your own risk. 

Best Bakeries

Best Specialty Bakeries

Best Croissants

Best Cookies

Best Cakes by the Slice

Best Bread

Best Stuffed Buns

Best Bars

Follow Us

Renewal at the Farm Table

Renewal at the Farm Table

Enjoy spring's bounty at these Pacific Northwest farm-to-table restaurants

In the Pacific Northwest, spring brings the early beginnings of new life. It is a fleeting yet fruitful season as the long, damp winters of the Northwest slowly warm up and dry out, yet embody the misty, lush terrain characteristic of the region. Greens begin to grow, halibut and salmon return to the rivers, lamb

Up-N-Down For In-N-Out?

Up-N-Down For In-N-Out?

Would you drive to Ridgefield for this exalted burger?

I was at my favorite burger spot last weekend (more on that later) when the subject of In-N-Out Burger inevitably came up. You’re a rock-residing recluse if you haven’t heard that the ridiculously popular burger joint is considering opening its first location in Washington state.

‘The Lunchbox’

‘The Lunchbox’

Luke Kolpin brings a sense of experimentation and whimsy to his work at Cedar + Elm

Would you try salted caramel ice cream with hints of mushroom? How about pumpkin with a drizzle of seaweed oil? Chef Luke Kolpin, head chef at Cedar + Elm, located within The Lodge at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, hopes you’ll give some unexpected flavor combos a try. Photo courtesy of The Lodge at

Seattle Restaurant Week Starts Sunday

Seattle Restaurant Week Starts Sunday

Get some great deals while supporting favorite establishments

For two weeks, you can eat your heart out in Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods during Seattle Restaurant Week. From April 14-27, prepare for exclusive, budget-friendly menus at over 200 restaurants throughout the city.