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19 of the Best Bakeries in the East Bay

Pies, cakes, and all the trimmings

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Pastry people take note: There's no shortage of opportunities for flaky croissants and crumbly crusts in the East Bay. In fact, Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda are brimming with sweet, sweet baked goods, from bakeries specializing in pies to ornate cakes and pan dulce. And no need for those without a sweet tooth to feel left out: Savory croissants, pretzel buns, loaves of fresh bread, breakfast sandwiches, and pizza are also on offer at many of these spots. For all your baked good eating needs, these 19 bakeries will fulfill every sweet and savory craving you've got.

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1. Starbread

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13501 San Pablo Ave # E
San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 233-2300
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At the East Bay’s lone location of this local Filipino bakery chain, there’s no need to look beyond its trademark offering: señorita bread, a kind of cross between a dinner roll and a sweet, buttery pastry. Crucially, the bread is served piping-hot out of the oven all day long, and you can buy a huge boxful for around $10. It makes the most welcome addition to any potluck or barbecue.

A box of señorita bread from Starbread Bakery Luke Tsai

2. Gran Milan

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5327 Jacuzzi St
Richmond, CA 94804
(510) 984-0679
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Tucked away in a cluster of warehouses on a side street next to the freeway, Gran Milan is one of Richmond’s real hidden gems. This little bakery has a short menu of pizzas and salads, but the main attractions are some of the finest Italian pastries in the Bay — a truly impressive lineup of flaky, delicate, and often-custard-filled beauties.

3. Pâtisserie Rotha

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1051 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706
(510) 529-4704
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Plan ahead before making a trip to this buzzy French bakery, which, despite its tiny, anonymous-looking storefront, draws some of the East Bay’s longest lines every weekend — to the point that if you arrive more than an hour after it opens for the day, you may find that everything in the display case has sold out. Buttery croissants are the biggest draw here, but the kouign amann, canelés, and Portuguese egg tarts all also have faithful followings.

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4. Starter Bakery

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901 Gilman St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 547-6400
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Starter Bakery has the kouign-amann you crave: flaky, buttery perfection. In fact, baker Brian Wood handcrafts a plethora of flaky treats at his Berkeley bakery, where eager treat-seekers will be able to find a retail shop this summer. For your current pastry needs, check out their stalls at East Bay farmers markets (Temescal, Grand Lake, and Montclair) and cafes all around the Bay (find one near you here).

5. Masse's Pastries

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1469 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 649-1004
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Husband and wife team Paul and Marcia Masse consistently produce some of the most gorgeous cakes and European-style patisserie in the East Bay. Call ahead to order museum-quality cakes and tarts, or stop by for a coffee and pastry at their North Berkeley bakery.

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6. Acme Bread Company

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1601 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 524-1327
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It's a no-frills place that constantly has a line, but Acme is a wonderland of bread. Step up to the counter and choose from sweet and savory loaves, and pastries like flaky croissants and danishes. Sourdough, challa, olive loaf, pain de mie, and sticky cinnamon currant bread are all made fresh daily. Pop into Bartavelle next door for a coffee while you wait.

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7. Fournée Bakery

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2912 Domingo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 549-9434
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Some say this low-key Berkeley bakery has the best croissants in the Bay Area, rivaling even those of much-loved Tartine Bakery. The ham-and-cheese croissant is renowned for its flaky, buttery exterior and savory insides, while the pain au chocolate is unrivaled in the area. There's usually a line but it moves quickly, due to an efficient staff and customer base who knows what to order.

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8. Crixa Cakes

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2748 Adeline St
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 548-0421
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Berkeley's Crixa Cakes has a wide array of specialty cakes and baked goods, with an emphasis on Hungarian, Russian, Central European, and American treats. That means cakes like coconut cream and New Orleans bourbon cakes sit side-by-side with apricot and custard kolachy, Russian tea buns called bulochki, and raspberry mochi cake. And the bakery’s generous deep-dish fruit pies are second to none — whether it’s peak summer pitted fruit season or during the throes of your holiday-driven pumpkin pie cravings.

9. Third Culture Bakery

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2701 Eighth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu made a name for Third Culture Bakery before even opening the Berkeley brick-and-mortar. Their cult-hit mochi muffins first made their way through Bay Area coffee shops and converted legions to Third Culture’s Asian-inspired treats. Start with the original mochi muffin, a squishy riff on Hawaiian butter mochi infused with coconut and pandan, and then move on to the matcha custard cakes and passion fruit-glazed mochi doughnuts.

10. La Farine Boulangerie Patisserie

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6323 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-0338
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Now serving three East Bay neighborhoods (Rockridge, Piedmont Avenue, and the Dimond), La Farine has been an Oakland institution for over 40 years. The original location on College Avenue is still offering boatloads of gorgeous breads, pastries, cakes, and the like, and can be counted on for holiday offerings like hot cross buns at Easter.

11. Firebrand Artisan Breads

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2343 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 594-9213
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Firebrand has a treasure trove of unique pastries, including preztel buns stuffed with gruyere and dusted with pimentón pepper, mini apple pies, and cinnamon sugar pretzels, but their breads aren't to be ignored. In particular, the Belcampo bacon fougasse is a meaty, bready treat; the multi-seed Pullman loaf is a must for sandwiches at home. Check out their soon-to-drop holiday offerings, which will include caramel pretzels.

12. Gregory's Gourmet Desserts

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285 23rd St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 272-9722
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Literally an underground bakery, located in little basement on an Uptown Oakland side street with barely any exterior signage, Gregory’s has nevertheless long been a local cult favorite for cheesecakes and pies. Try any of the most popular offerings — say, the Ugly Duckling (a cheesecake that incorporates coffee and Oreos), the key lime pie, or the peach cobbler — and you’ll become a believer too.

13. Arizmendi Bakery

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3265 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 268-8849
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The employee-owned co-op is known for its veggie-only pizza made with a sourdough crust, available by the slice or whole pie, and wide selection of cookies, breads, and pastries. The breads change daily, and include options like cinnamon-raisin sourdough, honey wheat bread, and corn-cheddar-onion bread; don't miss the bins full of cookies, granola, croissants, and scones. There’s also a location at 4301 San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville.

14. Ruby King Bakery Cafe

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718 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 835-2366

For the most flaky, layered, and buttery egg tarts in the East Bay, there is only one place to go: Ruby King. The old-school, no-frills spot in Oakland Chinatown does brisk to-go business, serving a variety of Chinese buns for about a buck. But those egg tarts, with their quivering, still-warm centers? Just 95 cents apiece.

15. Pietisserie

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1605 2nd Ave
Oakland, CA 94606

Unsurprisingly, Pietisserie is all about the pies and nothing but the pies. Baker Jaynelle St. Jean sells her craveworthy pies out of a petite shop in Oakland, offering flavors like ginger lemon custard, spiced apple, beet, and chocolate pecan. Flavors change daily, so check in before heading over.

16. Peñas Bakery II

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3912 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 533-5733

East Oakland is home to a number of Mexican bakeries, but the undisputed favorite remains Peñas Bakery II, a community staple since 1989. Trays are always stacked high, brimming with fluffy conchas, custard-filled empanadas, and other fresh pan dulce. Be aware it’s cash only.

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17. Crispian Bakery

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1700 Park St #120
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 239-4751
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Alameda’s best bakery comes from pastry chef Beth Woulfe and baker Christian Fidelis de Goes, industry vets who met while working at Bouchon Bakery in New York. Breakfast pastries particularly sing here, from the gooey pecan sticky buns to the weekends-only cinnamon rolls to the ham-and-cheese croissants laced with mustard and rolled in seeds. But the breads, cookies, and French-style desserts all measure up, too.

18. As Kneaded Bakery

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585 Victoria Ct
San Leandro, CA 94577
(650) 503-9285
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Glistening challah, pointy baguettes, and custardy porridge loaves greet customers at As Kneaded Bakery, arguably the most serious bread bakery in the East Bay. The naturally leavened miche is extra tangy, the baguettes caramelized and crunchy, and the challah unusually eggy. You can find As Kneaded’s breads at some farmers markets and grocery stores across the Bay Area throughout the week, but head into the San Leandro HQ on weekends for treats like Mexican chocolate bread pudding, sticky buns, and bostocks injected with almond cream and jam.

Janelle Bitker

19. Silva Bakery: Portuguese Baked Goods & Artisan Breads

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18563 Mission Blvd
Hayward, CA 94541
(510) 278-3322
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One of the Bay Area’s only Portuguese bakeries, this family-run gem in Hayward is worth a trip for the pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg tarts) alone. The shop also carries a variety of other hard-to-find pastries and breads, as well as as imported foods like sausages, cheeses, and canned fish.

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1. Starbread

13501 San Pablo Ave # E, San Pablo, CA 94806
A box of señorita bread from Starbread Bakery Luke Tsai

At the East Bay’s lone location of this local Filipino bakery chain, there’s no need to look beyond its trademark offering: señorita bread, a kind of cross between a dinner roll and a sweet, buttery pastry. Crucially, the bread is served piping-hot out of the oven all day long, and you can buy a huge boxful for around $10. It makes the most welcome addition to any potluck or barbecue.

13501 San Pablo Ave # E
San Pablo, CA 94806

2. Gran Milan

5327 Jacuzzi St, Richmond, CA 94804

Tucked away in a cluster of warehouses on a side street next to the freeway, Gran Milan is one of Richmond’s real hidden gems. This little bakery has a short menu of pizzas and salads, but the main attractions are some of the finest Italian pastries in the Bay — a truly impressive lineup of flaky, delicate, and often-custard-filled beauties.

5327 Jacuzzi St
Richmond, CA 94804

3. Pâtisserie Rotha

1051 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706
box of croissants from Patisserie Rotha Luke Tsai

Plan ahead before making a trip to this buzzy French bakery, which, despite its tiny, anonymous-looking storefront, draws some of the East Bay’s longest lines every weekend — to the point that if you arrive more than an hour after it opens for the day, you may find that everything in the display case has sold out. Buttery croissants are the biggest draw here, but the kouign amann, canelés, and Portuguese egg tarts all also have faithful followings.

1051 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706

4. Starter Bakery

901 Gilman St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Starter Bakery has the kouign-amann you crave: flaky, buttery perfection. In fact, baker Brian Wood handcrafts a plethora of flaky treats at his Berkeley bakery, where eager treat-seekers will be able to find a retail shop this summer. For your current pastry needs, check out their stalls at East Bay farmers markets (Temescal, Grand Lake, and Montclair) and cafes all around the Bay (find one near you here).

901 Gilman St
Berkeley, CA 94710

5. Masse's Pastries

1469 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
Masse's

Husband and wife team Paul and Marcia Masse consistently produce some of the most gorgeous cakes and European-style patisserie in the East Bay. Call ahead to order museum-quality cakes and tarts, or stop by for a coffee and pastry at their North Berkeley bakery.

1469 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94709

6. Acme Bread Company

1601 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
Acme Bread

It's a no-frills place that constantly has a line, but Acme is a wonderland of bread. Step up to the counter and choose from sweet and savory loaves, and pastries like flaky croissants and danishes. Sourdough, challa, olive loaf, pain de mie, and sticky cinnamon currant bread are all made fresh daily. Pop into Bartavelle next door for a coffee while you wait.

1601 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702

7. Fournée Bakery

2912 Domingo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Janelle Bitker

Some say this low-key Berkeley bakery has the best croissants in the Bay Area, rivaling even those of much-loved Tartine Bakery. The ham-and-cheese croissant is renowned for its flaky, buttery exterior and savory insides, while the pain au chocolate is unrivaled in the area. There's usually a line but it moves quickly, due to an efficient staff and customer base who knows what to order.

2912 Domingo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

8. Crixa Cakes

2748 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703

Berkeley's Crixa Cakes has a wide array of specialty cakes and baked goods, with an emphasis on Hungarian, Russian, Central European, and American treats. That means cakes like coconut cream and New Orleans bourbon cakes sit side-by-side with apricot and custard kolachy, Russian tea buns called bulochki, and raspberry mochi cake. And the bakery’s generous deep-dish fruit pies are second to none — whether it’s peak summer pitted fruit season or during the throes of your holiday-driven pumpkin pie cravings.

2748 Adeline St
Berkeley, CA 94703

9. Third Culture Bakery

2701 Eighth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

Sam Butarbutar and Wenter Shyu made a name for Third Culture Bakery before even opening the Berkeley brick-and-mortar. Their cult-hit mochi muffins first made their way through Bay Area coffee shops and converted legions to Third Culture’s Asian-inspired treats. Start with the original mochi muffin, a squishy riff on Hawaiian butter mochi infused with coconut and pandan, and then move on to the matcha custard cakes and passion fruit-glazed mochi doughnuts.

2701 Eighth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

10. La Farine Boulangerie Patisserie

6323 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Now serving three East Bay neighborhoods (Rockridge, Piedmont Avenue, and the Dimond), La Farine has been an Oakland institution for over 40 years. The original location on College Avenue is still offering boatloads of gorgeous breads, pastries, cakes, and the like, and can be counted on for holiday offerings like hot cross buns at Easter.

6323 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

11. Firebrand Artisan Breads

2343 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Firebrand has a treasure trove of unique pastries, including preztel buns stuffed with gruyere and dusted with pimentón pepper, mini apple pies, and cinnamon sugar pretzels, but their breads aren't to be ignored. In particular, the Belcampo bacon fougasse is a meaty, bready treat; the multi-seed Pullman loaf is a must for sandwiches at home. Check out their soon-to-drop holiday offerings, which will include caramel pretzels.

2343 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

12. Gregory's Gourmet Desserts

285 23rd St, Oakland, CA 94612

Literally an underground bakery, located in little basement on an Uptown Oakland side street with barely any exterior signage, Gregory’s has nevertheless long been a local cult favorite for cheesecakes and pies. Try any of the most popular offerings — say, the Ugly Duckling (a cheesecake that incorporates coffee and Oreos), the key lime pie, or the peach cobbler — and you’ll become a believer too.

285 23rd St
Oakland, CA 94612

13. Arizmendi Bakery

3265 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

The employee-owned co-op is known for its veggie-only pizza made with a sourdough crust, available by the slice or whole pie, and wide selection of cookies, breads, and pastries. The breads change daily, and include options like cinnamon-raisin sourdough, honey wheat bread, and corn-cheddar-onion bread; don't miss the bins full of cookies, granola, croissants, and scones. There’s also a location at 4301 San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville.

3265 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

14. Ruby King Bakery Cafe

718 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

For the most flaky, layered, and buttery egg tarts in the East Bay, there is only one place to go: Ruby King. The old-school, no-frills spot in Oakland Chinatown does brisk to-go business, serving a variety of Chinese buns for about a buck. But those egg tarts, with their quivering, still-warm centers? Just 95 cents apiece.

718 Franklin St
Oakland, CA 94607

15. Pietisserie

1605 2nd Ave, Oakland, CA 94606

Unsurprisingly, Pietisserie is all about the pies and nothing but the pies. Baker Jaynelle St. Jean sells her craveworthy pies out of a petite shop in Oakland, offering flavors like ginger lemon custard, spiced apple, beet, and chocolate pecan. Flavors change daily, so check in before heading over.

1605 2nd Ave
Oakland, CA 94606

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16. Peñas Bakery II

3912 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
Peñas Bakery II/Facebook

East Oakland is home to a number of Mexican bakeries, but the undisputed favorite remains Peñas Bakery II, a community staple since 1989. Trays are always stacked high, brimming with fluffy conchas, custard-filled empanadas, and other fresh pan dulce. Be aware it’s cash only.

3912 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94601

17. Crispian Bakery

1700 Park St #120, Alameda, CA 94501

Alameda’s best bakery comes from pastry chef Beth Woulfe and baker Christian Fidelis de Goes, industry vets who met while working at Bouchon Bakery in New York. Breakfast pastries particularly sing here, from the gooey pecan sticky buns to the weekends-only cinnamon rolls to the ham-and-cheese croissants laced with mustard and rolled in seeds. But the breads, cookies, and French-style desserts all measure up, too.

1700 Park St #120
Alameda, CA 94501

18. As Kneaded Bakery

585 Victoria Ct, San Leandro, CA 94577
Janelle Bitker

Glistening challah, pointy baguettes, and custardy porridge loaves greet customers at As Kneaded Bakery, arguably the most serious bread bakery in the East Bay. The naturally leavened miche is extra tangy, the baguettes caramelized and crunchy, and the challah unusually eggy. You can find As Kneaded’s breads at some farmers markets and grocery stores across the Bay Area throughout the week, but head into the San Leandro HQ on weekends for treats like Mexican chocolate bread pudding, sticky buns, and bostocks injected with almond cream and jam.

585 Victoria Ct
San Leandro, CA 94577

19. Silva Bakery: Portuguese Baked Goods & Artisan Breads

18563 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541

One of the Bay Area’s only Portuguese bakeries, this family-run gem in Hayward is worth a trip for the pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg tarts) alone. The shop also carries a variety of other hard-to-find pastries and breads, as well as as imported foods like sausages, cheeses, and canned fish.

18563 Mission Blvd
Hayward, CA 94541

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