The Eleven Best Bakeries in Denver
Pecan pie from Long I Pie.
5. Temple Bakery
2400 Curtis Street
Pie mistress Shauna Lott has been baking since she was five years old, giving the goods she whips up for Long I Pie a certain maturity. As for pie, her signature dish, Lott cooks hers in cast iron pans, which gives the crust a unique and delicious caramelized effect. Lucky for pie fans eager to get her goods, at the beginning of the year Lott opened Temple Bakery in Curtis Park, a shared baking space inside what was once a synagogue. Here, Lott works along with other bakers and sells the products in Temple Bakery's storefront. Head there to get Long I Pie treats like salted-honey lavender pie, cheddar-thyme biscuits and monster chocolate chip cookies, as well as other tasty options from Black Sheep Bakers and, in the evening, pizza by Eden Myles — co-founder of the space and owner of Five Points Pizza. Just make sure to get there early and take your treats to go; they often sell out well before noon.
A Noshery sandwich on house-baked bread.
4. The Noshery
4994 Lowell Boulevard
If you're looking for a cafe to while away the afternoon munching on crumbly scones and sandwiches on fresh-baked brioche rolls, then the almost-two-year-old Noshery is the place for you. Not only is the Berkeley space uber-cute, with repurposed doors as art and a bright, cheery atmosphere, but the goods rolling out of the kitchen are some of the best in the city. Owner Andrea Knight is behind the storefront, and here she and her team make biscuits, bread and breakfast pastries — a list that includes daily scones, sweet and savory turnovers, muffins and a bacon-cheddar bread perfect for avocado toast. It's the ideal breakfast and lunch place for Regis University denizens and neighbors in the surrounding area, but is worth the drive even if you live elsewhere.
The goodness of Sugar Bakeshop.
3. Sugar Bakeshop and Coffee House
Funky, fun and flavorful are the three words that best describe Natalie Slevin's four-year-old sweet shop in central Denver. The walls have colorful art, the space proves bright and comfortable, and the pastries range from gluten-free to vegan to filled with butter, eggs and milk. Perhaps the most extraordinary creation comes in the form of a pop tart, which looks like the classic you had as a kid, but without that teeth-rotting sugariness. Plus, these pop tarts are vegan, not that you would know that from the rich, crumbly pasty that surrounds gooey fillings such as raspberry-peach, brown sugar or strawberry. Other nibbles not to be missed include the giant s'mores cookies, gluten-free coffee cake, a flavor-of-the-day muffin and cinnamon rolls. As you leave, tap out a love note to your favorite pastry on the public typewriter and pin it on the board. After all, it's nice to be adored.
2. Trompeau Bakery
2950 South Broadway, Englewood
If you find yourself driving down South Broadway in the morning, make sure a visit to this legit French bakery is on your agenda. Also make sure you go early; like many other top-notch bakeries, this spot often sells out before closing time. That's not surprising, given the history that Pascal Trompeau has in the bakery world. Both his father and grandfather owned and operated a bakery in France, and Trompeau followed in their footsteps by attending the France National Institute of Baking in Rouen. When he moved to Denver in 1997, he started his own shop, Cafe Bohemia. Though the location and name has changed over the years, both Pascal and his wife Barbara continue to offer buttery croissants, macarons, baguettes, batards, boules and more. Aside from the lovely baked goods, this Englewood spot benefits from lots of space, both inside and out, great for guests who want to sip a cup of coffee and try the whole menu.
Alfajores at Azucar.
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1. Azucar Bakery
1886 South Broadway
Azucar Bakery doesn't just build beautiful decorative cakes for special events; it's also possibly the only Peruvian cafe in town, featuring lovely, flaky orejitas ("little ears"), sweet alfajores (shortbread rounds glued together with dulce de leche) and sponge-cake rolls called pionono filled with mocha crème or dulce de leche. Grab a cafe table at the pink-fronted store for a quick coffee and sweet treat or take home a box of your favorites. But great baked goods aren't the only reason Azucar is the best; owner Marjorie Silva's exceptional customer service has also garnered attention. Silva made national news by sticking to her principles while attempting to satisfy a difficult (to say the least) customer. For maintaining her cool while offering a solution to an obvious troublemaker looking for an easy target, Silva has earned the respect of civil-rights advocates, Denver's gay community and sugar lovers everywhere.
2400 Curtis St.
Denver, Colorado 80205
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