10 Favorite Bakeries In Metro Phoenix

Essence Bakery -- pastry case.jpg
Courtesy of Essence Bakery
A pretty pastry case at Essence Bakery
If you're one of those people who bakes a pie to cheer up a friend, makes your specialty carrot/red velvet/whatever cake for everyone's birthday, and routinely pulls together all manner of adorable goodies for your children's school programs and bake sales . . . well, bully for you (and the rest of us hate admire you no end). You obviously like living in the kitchen and don't need the services of the shops provided here.

See also:
-- Macaron and Cake Classes with Linda Schneider of 21 Cakes in Scottsdale This Spring
-- The Coffee Shop Kicks Off Coffee Class Series at Crepe Bar in Tempe

But for the rest of us poor slobs who can't or won't make the time to DIY the snickerdoodles and would never dream of attempting Danish or anything that actually requires an understanding of dough, here are 10 bakeries that keep our collective sweet tooth satisfied. You won't see every popular or mainstream bakery here, however. This is a collection of slightly quirkier favorites -- many of them ethnic, a few of them hyper-focused or artisanal.

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The new Tammie Coe and MJ shop on Central Avenue

Tammie Coe Cakes on Central

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The infamous crumb bun
Tammie Coe is justifiably famous for her whimsical, colorful, fondant-wrapped cakes and Ooey Gooey cupcakes, which stick to the roof of your mouth in a good way. But there's so much more this creative pastry chef and her bread-maestro husband MJ turn out that's equally worthy of attention. How about a variety of chewy cookies roughly the size of your face? Or a pretzel croissant that makes an excellent foundation for a great sandwich? Or a Righteous Brownie, flour-less and so delish? A selection of fantastic breads, including ciabatta, focaccia and fruit and nut, the latter changing daily? Or -- and this one may be the mind-blower -- a butterscotch crumb bun that's a crispy, chewy, gooey, sugary swirl of caloric trouble you'll be tempted to devour in one sitting. The cozy, living room-ish new location on Central stays open until 10 most nights. Keep that in mind when you need a sugary nightcap after the movies.

Location Info



Europa Pastry Cafe - CLOSED

6522 N. 16th Place 1, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Butter & Me - CLOSED

4014 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Old Heidelberg German Bakery

2210 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Karl's Quality Bakery

111 E Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Karsh's Bakery - CLOSED

5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

21 Cakes

7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Urban Cookies and Bakeshop

4711 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Arai Pastry

1335 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Casa Filipina Bakeshop

3531 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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NY West Bakery @ 101 Ave & Grand is to die for.  A touch of home.

Tori Forte
Tori Forte

Barb's - the Cosmo cupcakes are RIDICULOUS.

Joe Abrahamson
Joe Abrahamson

Jana's Bakery on N. Cave Creek road. REAL European bakery!

Mich Hernandez
Mich Hernandez

You don't understand how much I needed this! I still feel new to this place and was so used to everything being "just right there" in the Bay Area. No one I know here could recommend anything beyond the grocery store bakery and it made me seriously sad. THANK YOU!!!!

Michael Uzmann
Michael Uzmann

Really? 21 Cakes over LGO and nami? Nikki, have you ever traveled outside greater Phoenix? I'm just trying to put your 'opinions' into context...

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