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14 Phoenix Bakeries Worth Checking Out

Destinations for a variety of baked goods

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A six-grain bread from Noble Bread in Phoenix
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Over the years, Phoenix has become home to a number of talented bakers who prioritize local and seasonal ingredients. Here is a round up of brick-and-mortar and farmers’ market bakeries to visit for bread and pastries. Take a culinary tour around the U.S. and the world with breads from sourdough to French baguette and German rolls to Persian flat breads, and pastries from croissants to Russian Napoleon cakes and Mexican molasses cookies. There are vegan and gluten-free options as well.

A number of Phoenix restaurants and food destinations have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Noble Bread

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4525 N 24th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 688-2424
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Since its humble beginnings in its founder Joshua Raducha’s garage, Noble Bread is a critical favorite and supplies bread to some of the finest restaurants in the Valley. Made with local organic grains and an organic levain (a type of starter), the loaves are baked in a stone hearth, and each takes 36 hours to make. Phoenix residents can purchase Noble’s extraordinary bread, known for its crust and crumb, by visiting Noble Eatery or one of the following farmer’s markets: Phoenix Public Market as well as Uptown, Old Town, Gilbert, and Roadrunner’s Farmers’ markets.

2. Proof Bread

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721 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

This local bakery is owned and operated by Jon Przybyl and Amanda Abou-Eid, a husband and wife team, who were prior customers of Proof Bread Bakery. They purchased it when the original owner, Jared Allen decided to leave Arizona. They use Allen’s natural levain, Harriet (sourdough bakers name their starters) and source their ingredients locally. Proof has 30 natural levain-based breads, croissants, and seasonal danishes. The bakery is moving from Przybyl’s garage to downtown Mesa. Order online for home delivery or pick up at Uptown, Downtown (address above), Gilbert, Old Town Scottsdale, and Mesa Farmers’ Markets. 

3. La Belle Vie Bakery

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222 N Ash St
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 696-0721
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Self-taught Swiss-French baker Nathas Kraus started La Belle Vie because when he moved to Phoenix, he could not find baguettes that met his standard outside of grocery stores.  Now he bakes baguettes, viénnoiseries (bread and pastries made with yeast and enriched), financiers (almond cakes that traditionally were made in a small rectangular molds to denote a gold bar), and Canelés de Bordeaux (custard cakes).   He often experiments with new bakes and announces them on Instagram. Purchase online for pick up at Gilbert and Uptown Farmers’ Markets. He will also have some items available for walk-ups at the markets. New items sell out quickly. 

4. JL Patisserie

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7342 E Shea Blvd #108
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 859-4459
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This bakery has been open just over a year and is already building a robust following.  When Le Cordon Bleu-trained Jenna Leurquin opened her patisserie in Scottsdale, she never thought she’d add a café in Central Phoenix a year later. This is the place to visit for traditional baguettes (made with a natural starter) and pastries. Keep an eye out for special events or bakes. She bakes an array of freshly baked pastries and breads daily. 

5. Hope's Artisan Bread

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13331 W Indian School Rd Unit 202
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
(623) 259-3859
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Australian siblings Hope Mendrin and Esai Bolderoff are the owners and self-taught bakers at this West Valley treasure. Her starter (named Helga) dates back to the Black Death period in Germany. Hope’s Artisan Bread offers a variety of breads, seasonal tea loaves, even sourdough cookies, and a Napoleon Cake (a nod to the siblings’ Russian heritage). Purchase online; at the storefront, located inside Purple Elephant Cakes; or at Farmers’ Markets and coffee shops listed on the website. Follow the bakery on Instagram for announcements. 

6. Essence Bakery Cafe

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3830 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 296-4958
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Arizona Hall of Fame inductee and French-trained chef, Eugenia Theodosopoulos, a.k.a. Chef Theo, is the force behind Essence. Essence serves breakfast and lunch along with breads, pastries, cookies, and seasonal jams. Some of her noteworthy items are her pain au chocolat, macarons, pecan sandies, and the Mexican wedding cookie, which she makes with a hint of orange. For chocolate fans, the Valrhona Dulcey cookies are a cross between a cookie and a brownie.

7. Mediterra Bake House

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226 S Main St
Coolidge, AZ 85128
(520) 723-1853
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Ohio native Nick Ambeliotis founded Mediterra in 2001 (the flagship bakery is in Pittsburgh). The Arizona branch is located in Coolidge, where Ambeliotis partnered with baker Dino Koulouris and farmer Noah Hiscox whose farm is a mile from the bakery. The bakery uses heritage grains from the farm (such as red fife wheat) that they mill themselves. Offerings include large sourdough loaves, boules, scones, pretzels, baguettes, brioche loaves, and Christmas Stollen. They even sell a do-it-yourself red fife focaccia kit. Purchase from the bakery, online, or at the Uptown and Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Markets. Whole Foods, AJ’s, and Queen Creek Olive Mill are other carriers of Mediterra bread. 

8. Sunny Batters

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7601 E Gray Rd suite d
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 868-3741
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Serving the Valley since 2017, Sunny Batters, a gluten-free bakery, is the creation of Nashira Cedeno. The products are prepared in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Her main focus is gluten and dairy-free pastries (think croissants and danishes), cakes, and breads (including baguette and sourdough). Additionally, she tries to avoid most allergens: soy, shellfish, peanuts, wheat, and corn. A standout is the mallorca, a Puerto Rican sweet bread. Purchase at the Uptown Farmers’ Market or order online for pick up at the farmers’ market or her Scottsdale facility.

9. La Purisima Bakery

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4533 W Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301
(623) 842-1400
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La Purisima is a family-owned Mexican bakery with two locations, the original in Glendale and the second in Phoenix. There is a wide selection of items including pastries, breads, tamales, burritos, cookies, cakes, plus seasonal items (such as pan de muerto for Dia de los Muertos). The ojos, airy sponge cakes wrapped in puffed pastry, are worth a try, as are conchas (soft sweet bread shaped like a seashell), marranitos (a pig-shaped molasses cookie with a cakey texture), and galletas (sugar cookies).

10. Caspian Food Market

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17040 N Scottsdale Rd # 108
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 513-8797
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Find Persian bread at Caspian, a Persian grocery store with its own stone oven. Bakers are visible in an area behind the register as they shape and bake bread. A variety of leavened flatbreads are available, differing in texture by varying flour types/amounts. The store also offers other homemade Iranian sweets. 

11. Old Heidelberg Bakery

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2210 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 224-9877

Open since 1969, this German bakery has an established customer base from all over Arizona. Freshly baked yeast-leavened breads (such as their popular farmer’s rye loaf), pretzels, sweets, and their must-try rolls and mini strudels sell out quickly. Old Heidelberg carries different types of cured meats and sausages as well as a variety of mostly German provisions such as mustards, jams, gummies, chocolates, pickles and sauerkraut. Check with the bakery for up-to-date information. 

12. Arai Pastry

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1335 W University Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 966-9002

Located in Tempe, Arai Pastry describes itself as a combination of Japanese and French. It’s not uncommon to read a “we are sold out of everything,” or of bread and cake on Arai’s Facebook. The space may seem sparse, but the pastries, sandwich breads, and cakes pack a flavor, albeit not too sweet. Weekends mean specials and one of those specials, which disappeared just after they announced it on social media, was its mont blanc, a butter-rich bread similar to Japanese milk bread. A variety of cakes —chocolate, Earl grey, caramel, strawberry, coffee, green tea leche, chocolate, and cheesecake—are available by the slice. Pans (buns) come with a variety of sweet and savory fillings, from custard to curry. 

13. Hotko Bread Co. (at Uptown Farmers’ Market)

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5757 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(480) 808-1059
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For those looking for Eastern and Central European breads, Alexhandra Hotko is a one-woman show who brings her family recipes to the Valley.  She bakes to order.  Some of the items include kolacky, sweet orange rolls, apple strudel, pryaniki (honey spice cookies with a Nescafé base), and sweet and savory mini babkas. Delivery (in the Phoenix area) and shipping are available.  Otherwise, pick up at Uptown Farmers’ Market (address included above). Shipping instructions are listed on the website

14. Indulge Irresponsibly (at Tempe Farmers Market)

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805 S Farmer Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 416-1336
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Associate professor and baker Jozhua Watson and his new partner Nick Salazar specialize in vegan treats. From cookies and scones to pies and the must-try jalapeno cheddar loaf, there is something for everyone. Indulge Irresponsibly composts, uses local and seasonal products, and supports community initiatives that educate and support people living in less affluent communities in Phoenix. Purchase online or at the Tempe Farmers Market (address above) and Renegade Coffee Company in Scottsdale. Follow them on Instagram as they add more pop-up locations.

1. Noble Bread

4525 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Since its humble beginnings in its founder Joshua Raducha’s garage, Noble Bread is a critical favorite and supplies bread to some of the finest restaurants in the Valley. Made with local organic grains and an organic levain (a type of starter), the loaves are baked in a stone hearth, and each takes 36 hours to make. Phoenix residents can purchase Noble’s extraordinary bread, known for its crust and crumb, by visiting Noble Eatery or one of the following farmer’s markets: Phoenix Public Market as well as Uptown, Old Town, Gilbert, and Roadrunner’s Farmers’ markets.

4525 N 24th St
Phoenix, AZ 85016

2. Proof Bread

721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This local bakery is owned and operated by Jon Przybyl and Amanda Abou-Eid, a husband and wife team, who were prior customers of Proof Bread Bakery. They purchased it when the original owner, Jared Allen decided to leave Arizona. They use Allen’s natural levain, Harriet (sourdough bakers name their starters) and source their ingredients locally. Proof has 30 natural levain-based breads, croissants, and seasonal danishes. The bakery is moving from Przybyl’s garage to downtown Mesa. Order online for home delivery or pick up at Uptown, Downtown (address above), Gilbert, Old Town Scottsdale, and Mesa Farmers’ Markets. 

721 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004

3. La Belle Vie Bakery

222 N Ash St, Gilbert, AZ 85234

Self-taught Swiss-French baker Nathas Kraus started La Belle Vie because when he moved to Phoenix, he could not find baguettes that met his standard outside of grocery stores.  Now he bakes baguettes, viénnoiseries (bread and pastries made with yeast and enriched), financiers (almond cakes that traditionally were made in a small rectangular molds to denote a gold bar), and Canelés de Bordeaux (custard cakes).   He often experiments with new bakes and announces them on Instagram. Purchase online for pick up at Gilbert and Uptown Farmers’ Markets. He will also have some items available for walk-ups at the markets. New items sell out quickly. 

222 N Ash St
Gilbert, AZ 85234

4. JL Patisserie

7342 E Shea Blvd #108, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

This bakery has been open just over a year and is already building a robust following.  When Le Cordon Bleu-trained Jenna Leurquin opened her patisserie in Scottsdale, she never thought she’d add a café in Central Phoenix a year later. This is the place to visit for traditional baguettes (made with a natural starter) and pastries. Keep an eye out for special events or bakes. She bakes an array of freshly baked pastries and breads daily. 

7342 E Shea Blvd #108
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

5. Hope's Artisan Bread

13331 W Indian School Rd Unit 202, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Australian siblings Hope Mendrin and Esai Bolderoff are the owners and self-taught bakers at this West Valley treasure. Her starter (named Helga) dates back to the Black Death period in Germany. Hope’s Artisan Bread offers a variety of breads, seasonal tea loaves, even sourdough cookies, and a Napoleon Cake (a nod to the siblings’ Russian heritage). Purchase online; at the storefront, located inside Purple Elephant Cakes; or at Farmers’ Markets and coffee shops listed on the website. Follow the bakery on Instagram for announcements. 

13331 W Indian School Rd Unit 202
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

6. Essence Bakery Cafe

3830 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Arizona Hall of Fame inductee and French-trained chef, Eugenia Theodosopoulos, a.k.a. Chef Theo, is the force behind Essence. Essence serves breakfast and lunch along with breads, pastries, cookies, and seasonal jams. Some of her noteworthy items are her pain au chocolat, macarons, pecan sandies, and the Mexican wedding cookie, which she makes with a hint of orange. For chocolate fans, the Valrhona Dulcey cookies are a cross between a cookie and a brownie.

3830 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018

7. Mediterra Bake House

226 S Main St, Coolidge, AZ 85128

Ohio native Nick Ambeliotis founded Mediterra in 2001 (the flagship bakery is in Pittsburgh). The Arizona branch is located in Coolidge, where Ambeliotis partnered with baker Dino Koulouris and farmer Noah Hiscox whose farm is a mile from the bakery. The bakery uses heritage grains from the farm (such as red fife wheat) that they mill themselves. Offerings include large sourdough loaves, boules, scones, pretzels, baguettes, brioche loaves, and Christmas Stollen. They even sell a do-it-yourself red fife focaccia kit. Purchase from the bakery, online, or at the Uptown and Old Town Scottsdale Farmers’ Markets. Whole Foods, AJ’s, and Queen Creek Olive Mill are other carriers of Mediterra bread. 

226 S Main St
Coolidge, AZ 85128

8. Sunny Batters

7601 E Gray Rd suite d, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Serving the Valley since 2017, Sunny Batters, a gluten-free bakery, is the creation of Nashira Cedeno. The products are prepared in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Her main focus is gluten and dairy-free pastries (think croissants and danishes), cakes, and breads (including baguette and sourdough). Additionally, she tries to avoid most allergens: soy, shellfish, peanuts, wheat, and corn. A standout is the mallorca, a Puerto Rican sweet bread. Purchase at the Uptown Farmers’ Market or order online for pick up at the farmers’ market or her Scottsdale facility.

7601 E Gray Rd suite d
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

9. La Purisima Bakery

4533 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

La Purisima is a family-owned Mexican bakery with two locations, the original in Glendale and the second in Phoenix. There is a wide selection of items including pastries, breads, tamales, burritos, cookies, cakes, plus seasonal items (such as pan de muerto for Dia de los Muertos). The ojos, airy sponge cakes wrapped in puffed pastry, are worth a try, as are conchas (soft sweet bread shaped like a seashell), marranitos (a pig-shaped molasses cookie with a cakey texture), and galletas (sugar cookies).

4533 W Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301

10. Caspian Food Market

17040 N Scottsdale Rd # 108, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Find Persian bread at Caspian, a Persian grocery store with its own stone oven. Bakers are visible in an area behind the register as they shape and bake bread. A variety of leavened flatbreads are available, differing in texture by varying flour types/amounts. The store also offers other homemade Iranian sweets. 

17040 N Scottsdale Rd # 108
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

11. Old Heidelberg Bakery

2210 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Open since 1969, this German bakery has an established customer base from all over Arizona. Freshly baked yeast-leavened breads (such as their popular farmer’s rye loaf), pretzels, sweets, and their must-try rolls and mini strudels sell out quickly. Old Heidelberg carries different types of cured meats and sausages as well as a variety of mostly German provisions such as mustards, jams, gummies, chocolates, pickles and sauerkraut. Check with the bakery for up-to-date information. 

2210 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016

12. Arai Pastry

1335 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

Located in Tempe, Arai Pastry describes itself as a combination of Japanese and French. It’s not uncommon to read a “we are sold out of everything,” or of bread and cake on Arai’s Facebook. The space may seem sparse, but the pastries, sandwich breads, and cakes pack a flavor, albeit not too sweet. Weekends mean specials and one of those specials, which disappeared just after they announced it on social media, was its mont blanc, a butter-rich bread similar to Japanese milk bread. A variety of cakes —chocolate, Earl grey, caramel, strawberry, coffee, green tea leche, chocolate, and cheesecake—are available by the slice. Pans (buns) come with a variety of sweet and savory fillings, from custard to curry. 

1335 W University Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281

13. Hotko Bread Co. (at Uptown Farmers’ Market)

5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

For those looking for Eastern and Central European breads, Alexhandra Hotko is a one-woman show who brings her family recipes to the Valley.  She bakes to order.  Some of the items include kolacky, sweet orange rolls, apple strudel, pryaniki (honey spice cookies with a Nescafé base), and sweet and savory mini babkas. Delivery (in the Phoenix area) and shipping are available.  Otherwise, pick up at Uptown Farmers’ Market (address included above). Shipping instructions are listed on the website

5757 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012

14. Indulge Irresponsibly (at Tempe Farmers Market)

805 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

Associate professor and baker Jozhua Watson and his new partner Nick Salazar specialize in vegan treats. From cookies and scones to pies and the must-try jalapeno cheddar loaf, there is something for everyone. Indulge Irresponsibly composts, uses local and seasonal products, and supports community initiatives that educate and support people living in less affluent communities in Phoenix. Purchase online or at the Tempe Farmers Market (address above) and Renegade Coffee Company in Scottsdale. Follow them on Instagram as they add more pop-up locations.

805 S Farmer Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281

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