Skip to Content

The 6 Best Bakeries in Chicago

The 6 Best Bakeries in Chicago

Last Updated on February 28, 2023

From their spectacular museums and architecture to their sports teams and pizza, Chicago offers visitors a wealth of differing experiences that cater to a wide variety of people. But there is one aspect of Chicago that anyone can enjoy. Regardless of whether you’re a Bears fan or an art lover, everyone in Chicago has a great reason to get up in the morning: delectable pastries and other morning delicacies. If you needed another reason to take a trip to the shores of Lake Michigan, here are the six best bakeries  in Chicago:


The Six Best Bakeries in Chicago

1. Hellas Pastry Shop

This Greek pastry shop is a haven of traditional Greek tastes. Baklava, Honey Cookies, and Finikia cookies are just the tip of the iceberg. A Chicago staple since 1969, Hellas also features a tremendous spinach pie that has just the right amount of dill, ricotta, and sharp, salty feta. Owned and operated by a husband and wife team for the past 25 years, if you’re in the market for sweet or savory Greek pastries, there are few places that can compete with Hellas Pastry Shop.


2. Bang Bang Pie Shop

A pie shop whose owners believe that keeping things simple is the key to success, Bang Bang only serves a few pies at a time: a fruit pie, a chocolate pie, and a frozen pie. Because they’re able to focus on such a small menu each day, what they make tastes, looks, feels, and smells exceptional.

They also offer buttermilk biscuits that are otherworldly and are served with gravy or a variety of butters and jellies. Plan to sit down with a cup of coffee, biscuits and gravy, and a piece of pie for dessert, and you may consider moving to Chicago for this one. Definitely one of the best bakeries in Chicago!

best bakeries in chicago

3. Crumbs Bake Shop

With five locations in Chicago, you can easily run into a Crumbs Bake Shop on any number of expeditions in and around the city. This bake shop is known for their cupcakes but they do have other pastries and baked goods. The sheer variety of offerings is enough to leave you speechless, even before you get a bite of one of them in your mouth.

Cappuccino, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Dulce de Leche, Caramel Apple, Peanut Butter Cup, and more — the list numbers over 70. Your best bet is to always enter a Crumbs with a companion, so you can split two cupcakes, which means you could work your way through the entire menu in less than 40 visits — a more than worthy goal.

best bakeries in chicago

4. Vanille Patisserie

A true French bakery, Vanille Patisserie bakes all the traditional French pastries that you long for on dreary days and while watching old movies. Chocolate éclairs compete with tender, buttery croissants for your attention and dollars. The Vanille — a coconut cake wrapped in white chocolate mousse and topped with vanilla bean cream and a delicious coulis — begs to be your next meal. No matter what kind of French treat you need, you can find it and love it at Vanille.

Dessert Extravaganza!

5. Bake

Bake is the brainchild of two Chicagoans with more than 30 years’ combined bakery experience, who wanted to provide the best in American-style pastries and desserts. Giant muffins, scones, banana nut bread, cookies, cupcakes, pumpkin spice bread, and apple pie — if you ever ate it at a church potluck or a school bake sale, you’ll find it at Bake, and it will taste infinitely better.

best bakeries in chicago

6. Molly’s Cupcakes

Just like the name implies, this shop specializes in cupcakes. Made each day from scratch, a Molly’s cupcake is a fully customizable experience. Choose your cupcake flavor; select a frosting, and then, pile on a variety of toppings. Watch as it bakes right in front of you, and if you didn’t order the center-filled kind your first time, order a second. If you’re someone who doesn’t like being inundated with too many options on your first trip into a new place, go with one of their signature cupcakes like Blueberry Cheesecake or Boston Cream.

best bakeries chicagoPolish off your love for baked goods, and plan a trip to Chi-Town. While the museums and sports teams may be the reason you claim to love this town, after a trip to a few of these bakeries, the treats that await you will be the reason you keep coming back.

Have you been to Chicago? Which bakeries do you think are the best bakeries in Chicago? Add them in the comments below:



Wednesday 17th of June 2015

Crumbs is now closed unfortunately. But if you're off the beaten path and closer to West Town and the Ukrainian Village, you have to try West Town Bakery (formerly known as Bleeding Heart). Super delicious desserts and good breakfast too :)


Sunday 21st of June 2015

Nikki, that's a shame :( But thanks for the tip - I'll make sure to try West Town Bakery next time I'm in town :)

Katie @ The World on my Necklace

Monday 24th of November 2014

Yum! I also loved Hoosier Mama Pie Company in West Town :)


Saturday 6th of December 2014

I am taking notes here ;-)


Sunday 23rd of November 2014

Wow needless to say. I'm upset didn't discover these places when I lived in Chicago. Definitely will have to check them out when I'm back visiting.


Saturday 6th of December 2014

Ha, yes you'll have to! And the Doughnut Vault is a must-visit too, do you know that one?