Say what you want, but the Twin Cities know their way around some heavenly baked goods.
Whether you’re looking for award winning pastries, world-class croissants, delectable buns, or pretty much any other version of sweets/carbs to start your day, you can find some amazing versions of them all around Minneapolis and St. Paul.
After careful deliberation (and eating my way all across town… repeatedly) here are the 13 best bakeries in the Twin Cities.
- Map of the Best Bakeries in Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Most awarded bakery in the Twin Cities: Marc Heu Patisserie Paris
- My favorite bakery for cakes: Cafe Latte
- Best ham and cheese croissant: Bellecour Bakery
- Best almond croissants: Patisserie 46 / Rose Street Patisserie
- Best bakery for sweet rolls: Isles Bun & Coffee
- Most popular bakery in the West Metro: Angel Food Bakery
- Best Vietnamese bakery in the Twin Cities: Trung Nam French Bakery
- Best new bakery: La Boulangerie Marguerite
- Best English pastries: Potter’s Pasties
- The oldest bakery in St. Paul: Wuollet Bakery
- Best weekend morning bakery on Grand Avenue: Bread & Chocolate
- Best bakery in the West 7th Neighborhood: Brake Bread
- Best glutten free bakery: BitterSweet
- Best vegan bakery: Vegan East
Map of the Best Bakeries in Minneapolis and St. Paul
Most awarded bakery in the Twin Cities: Marc Heu Patisserie Paris
It’s not even a question – when it comes to the most decorated pastry chefs in the Twin Cities, the answer is Marc Heu.
This guy was born in France, graduated from a prestigious pastry program in Paris (with honors), interned at a three-Michelin Star restaurant in Paris, and then trained under the 2018 winner of the “World’s Best Pastry Chef.” If that wasn’t enough, he then went on to work at THE first ever pastry shop in Paris, a 300-year-old institution. (Seriously!)
And then, of all places, he decided to settle down in St. Paul, and his amazing pastries have been wow’ing the Twin Cities ever since. This is one Twin Cities bakery you must visit.
- Address: 383 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55103
- Website: Marc Heu Paris
My favorite bakery for cakes: Cafe Latte
It’s hard not to end every night on Grand Avenue with a trip to Cafe Latte for one of their amazing cakes. But aside from the hugely popular cakes, cheesecakes, and tortes, most people don’t realize that cafe latte also has a delicious selection of other baked goods. Don’t miss their “scone and bread schedule” – they have a rotating selection of different creations available each day.
- Address: 850 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
- Website: Cafe Latte
Best ham and cheese croissant: Bellecour Bakery
For years, Gavin Kaysen has been known for amazing desserts at Spoon & Stable and Demi, two of the most awarded high end restaurants in the Twin Cities. So you can imagine locals were jumping for joy when he announced he’d be moving bakery operations into the Cooks of Crocus Hill spaces in the North Loop and Grand Avenue neighborhoods.
This French bakery specializes in anything bread, from pastries to sandwiches. But for me, nothing tests a perfect bakery like a ham and cheese croissant, and for my money, nobody’s doing them better than Bellacour. They’re filled with a hefy hunk of ham, plenty of cheese, and a special sauce that elevates it all to the next level.
- Address 1: 210 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
- Address 2: 877 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
- Website: Bellecour Bakery
Best almond croissants: Patisserie 46 / Rose Street Patisserie
Because you knew I couldn’t just limit the croissants to one option, could I??
The husband-wife duo who owns Patisserie 46 (located near Lake Harriet in South Minneapolis) and Rose Street Patisserie (in the Union Park neighborhood of St. Paul) has been turning out some of the Twin Cities most popular baked goods for years. Grab that almond corissant, and thank me later.
- Patisserie 46 Address: 4552 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
- Rose Street Patisserie Address: 171 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104
- Website: Patisserie 46
Best bakery for sweet rolls: Isles Bun & Coffee
Isles Bun and Coffee is a massively popular bakery in Uptown Minneapolis known for their Cinnamon and Caramel Buns. These massive mountains of sweet are absolutely delicious, which is why Isle Buns is known for their long lines around the block during all hours.
- Address: 1424 W 28th St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
- Website: Isles Bun
Most popular bakery in the West Metro: Angel Food Bakery
For years, Angel Food Bakery has been wow’ing airport visitors, of all places, with their “sinfully sweet experiences.” In 2021, they opened a stand-alone location in St. Louis Park to rave reviews and endless lines for their amazing donuts and cupcakes.
And if I can’t convince you, know that Thrillest.com called them the “without a doubt, the coolest urban bakery in the country.” So there’s that.
- Address: 8100 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55426
- Website: Angel Food
Best Vietnamese bakery in the Twin Cities: Trung Nam French Bakery
Here’s the thing about Vietnamese cuisine – it’s a actually mashup between Asian and French influence. Which probably explains why Trung Nam out in St. Paul has what I’d say are the most perfectly soft, delicate croissants in the entire Twin Cities. (Don’t miss their amazing fillings, either… the strawberry croissants send me straight to heaven.)
Of course, that’s just the start at this hole-in-the-wall gem. You can also grab perfect baguettes or some amazing Banh Bao – those Asian steamed buns that are out of this world.
Remember, this place is the winner of Sean’s crazy best banh mi challenge. His reason? Their amazing bread.
- Address: 739 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
- Website: Trung Nam
Best new bakery: La Boulangerie Marguerite
P.J. Murphy’s bakery has long been one of the most loved bakeries in St. Paul, and recently, the owners decided to take things up a notch with a full-fledged rebrand.
The new concept highlights the head-chef’s background as a French-trained chef, and includes a host of new French bakery items such as French breads, croissants, and other viennoiseries.
- Address: 1279 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
- Website: La Bloulangerie Marquerite
Best English pastries: Potter’s Pasties
Here’s about all you need to know about Potter’s – it’s been voted best food truck in the Twin Cities NINE times.
Okay, you might want a little more info now…
Potter’s specializes in English Pasties. These beauties are basically England’s take on an oversized empanada, and Potter’s fills them with huge portions of everything from minced beef, chicken, veggies, and delicious braised pork.
The bready exterior is the perfect vessel to house the steaming hot contents inside, which is why seeing that Potter’s truck pull up is always a welcome sight on a chilly Minnesota day.
P.S. – If you’re looking for some authentic British Banoffee Pie, this is by far the best place for it in the cities.
- Address: Food Truck
- Website: Potter’s Pasties
The oldest bakery in St. Paul: Wuollet Bakery
Originally founded in 1944, Wuolett Bakery has built a devoted following over the past 75 years. Like any good bakery, you can find plenty of breads, buns, cookies, and pastries, but I think most locals would agree that Wuolett specialized in the cakes. They’re one of your best best for a custom cake in the city, and that’s probably because each one is made with the freshest ingredients and the type of love you’ll only find at a nearly century-old bakery.
They’ve since expanded their empire of sweets, and you can now find locations in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Edina, Robbinsdale, and Wayzata.
- Address: Multiple Locations
- Website: Wuolett
Best weekend morning bakery on Grand Avenue: Bread & Chocolate
This corner bakery and coffee shop on Grand Avenue might be the quintessential “Sunday Morning Hangout” for the Grand Avenue neighborhood. They have a modest selection of cookies, muffins, croissants, bars, and scones, which the neighborhood loves to order for nibbling while lounging in this popular coffee shop.
- Address: 867 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
- Website: Bread & Chocolate
Best bakery in the West 7th Neighborhood: Brake Bread
Located on St. Paul’s West 7th street, This adorable little neighborhood bakery is known for their bread subscriptions.
Seriously, you can subscribe to a steady inflow of their breads and pastries, all baked fresh daily, and then have them either delivered directly to your home or ready for pickup at a local business near you. How cool is that?
- Address: 1174 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
- Website: Brake Bread
Best glutten free bakery: BitterSweet
For those with dietary restrictions, fear not. BitterSweet Bakery in Eagan has been turning out tasty, 100% glutten free baked goods since 2004!
- Address: 2105 Cliff Rd # 5, Eagan, MN 55122
- Website: BitterSweet
Best vegan bakery: Vegan East
True story: I first ate Vegan East when a coworker brought some of their delicious home-made poptarts and cakes to work, and I raved about the treats for hours before I even realized they were 100% vegan!
Simply put: this is one of the Twin Cities best, dietary restrictions or not.
- Address 1: 1226 NE 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55413
- Address 2: 2409 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405
- Website: Vegan East