While San Antonio is best known for its Tex-Mex and tacos, it has an incredibly impressive lineup of bakeries. To be sure no one leaves the Alamo City without having an amazing carb-loaded experience, we put together this guide to the very best bakeries in San Antonio. From cronuts and danish to conchas and croissants, San Antonio spares no deliciousness when crafting the finest breads and pastries.
Sink Your Teeth Into the Best San Antonio Bakeries
While some of the bakeries on our guide offer food well into the afternoon, most of them sell out of their signature and popular items before 10 a.m., so get set your alarm and start your morning off right. Delectable pastries paired with the unique culture of San Antonio city guarantees you will have an experience unlike any other while visiting. Happy eating!
12. Commonwealth Coffeehouse
Commonwealth is a local bakery in San Antonio with several locations spread throughout the city. Offering one of the most fun, beautiful, and family-friendly atmospheres in the downtown area, Commonwealth has a wide variety of items that are available well into the lunch hour and plenty of pastries and drinks for a grab-and-go type of morning. The French Coeur and Pain Au Raisin are the perfect combination of savory pastry dough and sweet cinnamon and chocolate or raisins. Their croissants are perfection on any of their breakfast or lunch sandwich options (we recommend the egg salad or ham and cheese) and be sure to grab one of their cookies or little espresso cakes on your way out. All of their baked goods are made from scratch in their main commissary location and baked fresh in each individual location every morning because day-old just won’t do!
11. Romelia’s Bakery
If cake and cupcakes are your thing, Romelia’s Bakery will be too. Conveniently located near the med center, Romelia’s delivers some of the best cake in town. Just the right density and definitely made for frosting lovers, their cakes and cupcakes are filling and have the best homemade flavor. Must-try options are the carrot, lemon raspberry, Italian cream and, german chocolate. Not a cake lover? Romelia’s is well-known for their signature “treasures”, pecan meringue topped with fluffy cream cheese and fresh fruit. It’s the perfect combination of crunchy, chewy, and creamy, and has a Female Foodie stamp of approval.
10. Délice Chocolatier & Patisserie
Délice is hands down the best bakery in San Antonio for sweet treats. Their confections can cure even the most ravenous sweet tooth and the quality of ingredients used here makes for richness and flavor that is hard to beat. The small shop has plenty to offer candy and cake lovers alike, with the carmelita brownie being the crown jewel. Their dulce de leche cake, oatmeal cookies, and chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons are also stellar options. While this guide is all about baked goods, snagging a truffle (or three) on your way out is highly recommended.
9. Baklovah Bakery & Sweets
One of the most unique bakeries in San Antonio is Baklovah. Their selection of traditional Middle Eastern pastries including baklava, birds nests, and Turkish Delight is the best San Antonio has to offer. Each offering possesses just the right amount of sweet, savory, crunch, and slight chew that is indicative of the unique flavors and textures of that region of the world. The combination of phyllo dough in all its forms—sheets, shredded, spun, layered with honey and walnuts or pistachios and cheese will leave your head spinning. Fortunately, all the pastries here are sold by the pound so it’s easy to try one or two of each of them.
8. Panifico Bake Shop
While it is the most no-frills bakery on this guide, Panifico sets the bar for traditional panadarias really high. Their assortment of pastries includes all the traditional Mexican breads—pan dulce, empanadas, cookies, conchas, mantecada, bigote, and cuerno but they also mix in donuts, cinnamon rolls, and danishes in a way that makes perfect sense. Ordering one of everything here won’t break the bank, so don’t be shy. And definitely don’t miss out on the cuernos, apple empanadas, or glazed donuts.
7. The Bread Box
Tucked inside The Alley on Bitters is The Bread Box, a San Antonian hidden gem. This bakery and cafe has become a favorite of locals all over the city for their expertly crafted baked goods. Their pies are the top-notch, specifically the chocolate pecan, and their moon pies and pretzels are Female Foodie favorites. Not to mention, their bread loaves and homemade rolls give you every reason to skip the grocery store bread aisle. Essentially, don’t miss out on anything here that involves carbs.
6. Sol Y Luna Baking Co.
Downright delicious baked goods prepared with premium ingredients make Sol Y Luna, a family-owned bakery, deserving of a spot on our guide to the best bakeries in San Antonio. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of fresh breads baked daily, plus a handful of daily sweets and savories. If you visit in the morning, a cinnamon roll or lemon blueberry cake is the perfect day-starter. For lunch, order their Caprese on ciabatta (or really any sandwich on their ciabatta) and a caramel brownie. Sol Y Luna’s offerings change often, but you can feel confident trying anything on the menu and taking a loaf to-go.
5. Broadway Daily Bread
Broadway Daily Bread is your solid, scratch-made, grind-their-own-wheat bakery powerhouse. They have two quaint neighborhood locations that serve up no-fail, hot, yeasty goodness on the daily. At Broadway Daily Bread, you’ll find a daily rotating menu of fresh breads, including their jalapeño cheddar sourdough that makes the perfect morning toast, and the rustic birdman multigrain that serves as the best way to instantly upgrade an at-home sandwich. Their kolaches or bacon cheddar scones are solid breakfast choices, but if it’s something sweet you’re after, get a melty, gooey cinnamon roll. Before you go, be sure to check their daily menus online so you know what to dream about on your way over.
4. Extra Fine
Relatively new to the San Antonio Bakery scene is Extra Fine Bakery. Although the bakery is new, the expertise and creative genius of the chefs who run it is longstanding, which is evident in the perfect pastries turned out daily in this downtown bakery. A trip here always includes a kolache, chocolate sesame babka, and the pecan and milk chocolate bread pudding. As with many bakeries in the area, you’ll find a rotating menu here so don’t be shy about grabbing any of their handcrafted sandwiches if you’re there for lunch, and if you’re a brownie fan, definitely get a chocolate crinkle cookie for the drive home. One bite will make it clear that Extra Fine is one of the best bakeries in San Antonio.
3. Bird Bakery
The most well-crafted cupcakes in San Antonio can be found at Bird Bakery, and that’s likely why you’re visiting. But what secures this bakery a spot on our guide to the best bakeries in San Antonio is that everything else here is nothing short of exceptional. The ambiance will suck you in and the food will make you want to sit until you’re hungry again. Must-try items are the peach and blueberry cobbler, spiced buttermilk pie, sea salt butter bar, and if spice is your thing, the Mexican hot chocolate brownie. And as for those cupcakes, an assortment is best (in regular or mini size) and should include carrot, sea salt caramel, coconut candy bar, soft pink vanilla, fresh strawberry, and nostalgic yellow.
2. La Panaderia
Two super talented brothers celebrating their Mexican heritage through baking gives us the gift of La Panaderia. A San Antonian landmark comprised of all that is good about this city’s food scene and culture will feed you well and bring you back for more. La Panaderia offers traditional Mexican pan dulce infused with influence from western baking techniques, which gives their baked goods a familiar yet totally unique texture and flavor. A perfect breakfast is their tequila almond croissant with a chorizo and egg torta. Their breads and quality ingredients make incredible sandwiches, so take some slightly charred birote loaves home with you for lunch or dinner. If you’re visiting the Alamo, this is well worth the short walk down the street when you’re done touring.
1. Bakery Lorraine
Bakery Lorraine has been the queen of bakeries in San Antonio for many years, and for good reason—they have mastered the art of lamination (repeatedly folding and rolling butter into dough to create super-thin layers). The perfection of the butter-layered dough gives their pastries the most delectable flavor, texture, and chew. Even the simplest croissant here is a masterpiece, and we can’t get enough. The kouign amann, sea salt chocolate donut, and cinnamon rolls are also to die for, and their breads make for amazing sandwiches. Bakery Lorraine’s three locations in the city make the gluten-y goodness accessible no matter where you are, but their downtown location is the most versatile for indoor and outdoor seating.