America's Best Bakeries

From Charleston to L.A., these bakeries put a creative, seasonal twist on cupcakes, pies, and cookies.

Pearl Bakery, Portland, OR

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This Pearl District institution (est. 1997) has been a training ground for many of Portland’s new artisan bakers and remains on top of its game thanks to family involvement, ingredients sourced weekly from a farmers’ market, and commitment to quality control. The smell of fresh-baked baguettes, nutty and crusty, wafts through the light-filled bakery, and the pastry case seems near to bursting with chocolate chunk cookies, fruit bressane, and gibassier, a treat from Provence made with fruited olive oil, anise, and orange flower water.

Must-Try Item: A seasonal fruit tart like torta di pingoli with bright citruses and pine nuts in a buttery pie crust. pearlbakery.com

America's Best Bakeries

Pearl Bakery, Portland, OR

This Pearl District institution (est. 1997) has been a training ground for many of Portland’s new artisan bakers and remains on top of its game thanks to family involvement, ingredients sourced weekly from a farmers’ market, and commitment to quality control. The smell of fresh-baked baguettes, nutty and crusty, wafts through the light-filled bakery, and the pastry case seems near to bursting with chocolate chunk cookies, fruit bressane, and gibassier, a treat from Provence made with fruited olive oil, anise, and orange flower water.

Must-Try Item: A seasonal fruit tart like torta di pingoli with bright citruses and pine nuts in a buttery pie crust. pearlbakery.com

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