A Global Tour of Our Favorite Bakeries From Kyoto to Buenos Aires
If you're a foodie like us, you definitely spend time nibbling on baked goods at local bakeries whenever you travel. From Instagram to travel and food magazines, we've noticed a trend toward the designer bakery—often a small, but exquisitely designed setting where travelers and locals can commune over a latte or warm croissant. Scroll through for our collection of some of the most beautiful bakeries around the world.
Visit the Israeli Biga Bakery online and you'll be met with mouthwatering pictures and a site all in Hebrew. This small, local favorite offers a breath of Parisian design in the heart of Kfar Saba, Israel. Designed by Eti Dentes Interior Design, the multipurpose space combines a deli, pastry shop, and cafe in one modernly furnished space.
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This chic Los Angeles favorite known as Bo Nuage is the brainchild of French expats Pascal and Audrey Achcar. Besides exquisite design (we love its black and white geometric look), Bo Nuage is all about the "cloud cakes"—an Achar invention that melds a traditional French meringue texture with the airy cupcake texture adored by Americans. The cloud cakes are also secretly Kosher which makes them an even bigger hit among the nearby Jewish community.
Designed by Airhouse Design Office, this sanctuary of minimal baked perfection is one of our favorite bakeries... ever. Bread Table's decor is simple but effective. The white walls, structural plywood display counter, and pendant lamps give the space a warm, welcoming feeling. The star of the show is the bread and we love how the décor defers to that. The shop configuration depends on the menu of the day, and the open space creates a wonderful atmosphere where customers and shop workers can break bread together.
Bulka Café and Bakery in Moscow looks more like a greenhouse than a bakery and that makes us love it even more. Designed by Crosby Studios, the space embodies a contemporary take on industrial design. Exposed pipes are painted white, the solid wood floors and tabletops are stained gray, and the accent wall is covered in a high-contrast geometric print that's perfect for Instagram. Cacti and other potted greenery hang from the circumference of the room offering a refreshing, yet cozy environment. Enjoy a baked good and strong cup of coffee in this idyllic setting.
Designed by Biasol Design Studio, Jury Cafe is a crafty reinvention of a former prison building. "We wanted to respect its dark past as a prison, and we also wanted to breathe new life into the cafe for its patrons to enjoy," said Biasol Design Studio in a statement about their design. Looking at the array of blush colors that pop throughout the industrial space, we definitely see this as more of a cheerful place than a dungeon-like prison. But we can appreciate its rich history all the same. The use of raw materials like plywood, concrete, and red wires enliven the space with a playful vibe. We also love the geometric details.
Courtesy of Huckleberry Bakery
While Santa Monica's Huckleberry Bakery has excellent salads, soups, and sandwiches, it is rather difficult to walk by their fully stocked baked goods display without ordering one of their out-of-this-world delicious treats. We love how the California vibe of this American bakery looks like it came straight out of a Nancy Meyers film. Make sure to order a vanilla almond milk latte to go along with your baked good—the latte art is sure to garner more than a few Instagram likes.
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Elektra Bakery in Greece is a stone mason's dream. Designed by Studioprototype Architects, the long, linear space is accentuated by the deep-veined marble countertop that houses its golden treats. We love how the composition of Carrara marble, brass, and cedar wood defines the bakery. The perfectly tailored materials are an elegant contrast to Elektra's rustic bread loaves.
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Hally's, the gorgeous, sunlit bakery and cafe in London, was inspired by a road trip through California. After being taken with the laidback surfer vibe of Venice Beach and the rustic elegance of Napa Valley, Anna Halliday and her husband Philip Beatty decided to open a California–inspired retreat for Londoners. We love how the white-washed wood walls and countertop, and the bright yellow bar stools, bring a burst of sunlight to otherwise foggy, gray London days.
Courtesy of Hara Donuts
Made with soy milk, organic vegetables, and a special kind of sugar called "San-ontoh," the donuts at Hara Donuts are much healthier than the American fried variety. We love the simple, white décor of the Hara Donuts stores, which mirrors the organic nature of the company's history. Started by Mrs. Hara in 1968, Hara Donuts has evolved as a soy-based bakery since its original inception as a way to use soy pulp, the protein-rich by-product of tofu. The bakery has since swept across Japan and demand for the healthy donuts has caused the successful Japanese chain to migrate to the United States.
Courtesy of Pehache
To quote one Tripadvisor reviewer, Pehache is "a hidden pearl in the core of Palermo." Located in the back of a traditional Buenos Aires home, the cozy boutique restaurant is filled with knickknacks and plants that bring character and warmth to the space. Come for a late lunch and linger into tea time. You won't be disappointed.
Courtesy of The Mill
San Francisco digital nomads flock to the Alamo Square neighborhood for The Mill, a stunning bakery whose local popularity just won't quit. The Mill is the joint venture of Four Barrel Coffee founders Jeremy Tooker and Jodi Geren, and Josey Baker Bread. The aesthetic is a stripped-down, open-air bakery where everything is in exactly the right place. We recommend ordering one of their famous toasts with almond butter. The handmade sourdough or brioche bread is about an inch thick and slathered in homemade nut butter.
Sometimes the best bakery in the world is your own kitchen. It's the perfect time of year to invite your friends over or gather your family together and have a baking party.
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