South Florida's Best Bakeries

Here's one thing the 'burbs might have over Miami: good bakeries. Older folks, cheaper rents, and a craving for nostalgic eats make Broward and West Palm a fertile environment for baking bread. Even if they're not all artisanal, each stop on our list has something to offer. ​Behold, the bakery list.

Best German Breads -- Edelweiss Bakery 
For brown breads, strudel, pretzels, and Black Forest cake, this bakery might become your go-to, offering Gemächlichkeit with your baked goods.

Best Cuban Pastries -- ​Vicky Bakery
This Cooper City bakery chain offers satiating Cuban-style empanadas, pastelitos, and Cuban coffee.

Most Nostalgic Bakery -- Grampa's Bakery
Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this local joint in Dania Beach has baked goods with a side of character. Ranked 2011 Best Breakfast in New Times, the restaurant serves goods baked in-house since 1957.

Best Neighborhood Bakery -- Stork's Cafe and Bakery
For delicious cakes and pastries as well as visits with friends in the gayborhood, the Wilton Manors Stork's location is your bakery. The restaurant is also open lateish, featuring happy hours from 9 to 10 p.m.

Best Napoleons -- CroissanTime
It's not just cream-filled Napoleons that we love at this super French bakery tucked in a shopping center on Route 1: There are the crusty baguettes, crepes, and cafe au lait as well as the market featuring French charcuterie.

Best Baked Desserts -- By Word of Mouth
This quirky restaurant has gotten a gourmet nod for an array of cakes, such as bananas foster or cappuccino loaf, also available as whole cakes for special occasions.


Best Bagels -- Way Beyond Bagels
With New Yorkers come good bagels. A post from the Amateur Gourmet led me to this Boca spot, a place I'm grateful to have learned about. Now that I have, I've dialed back my enthusiasm for Brooklyn Water Bagels. (The water thing is a myth anyway.)

Best Colombian Pastries -- La Placita 
At this Colombian diner, I'm a fan of the savory cheese breads and the bunuelos, perfect timing for Christmas.

Best Croissants -- Rendez-Vous
Though it's a tough call between this bakery and CroissanTime, I'm partial to the fresh-baked croissants here at this Hollywood bakery. Piping hot and flaky, the buttery pastry leaves its delicious mark your fingers and in your lap. Grab some napkins.


Best Bread Overall -- Gran Forno
Who doesn't agree that bread at this artisan bakery is not sublime? A browned, crusty exterior and a beautiful crumb makes for delicious pane, though ciabatta and focaccia are equally as tempting.

What did I miss or miscast? Let us know in the comments.

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Location Info

Gran Forno Bakery

1235 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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John L.
John L.

Edelweiss is pretty damn incredible. Their sandwiches are really crave-able, with soft, fluffy bread that has unbelievable texture. 

At least deserving of some honorable mentions:

Maxim Oriental Bakery - Chinese buns, buns, buns.El Recreo Cuban Bakery - Cuban sandwich and pastelitos, tip top.


Took your advice on bao. not quite what I expected but delicious nonetheless. I think the office would agree. Can't decide if I like pork buns or ham and cheese more.


Thank you! Love Chinese buns especially. Appreciate the tip!


yes yes yes to Maxim Oriental Bakery, Bao-TASTIC!

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