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janetofreno Sep 15, 2007 08:12 PM

Last night my dinner guests had just returned from a business trip to Las Vegas. While there, they had wanted to find a bakery to buy "goodies" for the meeting. They were told by their Las Vegas hosts that there were no bakeries in Las Vegas. WTF??? (btw, they ended up going to little French bakery in the Paris for their goodies...).

OK, so maybe other than in the Paris there are no bakeries on the strip. But no bakeries in Vegas?? I find that hard to believe....and since work takes DH and I increasingly to Vegas, I need to know that its not true.....hounds, help me out here and let me prove my friends wrong....

Any neighborhood ok, but west side/"The Lakes" suggestions especially welcome.....

  1. dbug31 Sep 16, 2007 12:16 AM

    On strip @ The Venetian you will find Bouchon Bakery. It's underneath the escalators tucked away near Grand Lux...

    I'm not too sure about the west side, but I'll look into it.

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      lvnvflyer Sep 16, 2007 09:12 AM

      There are, of course, many bakeries in LV. Freed's is a well known institution, on Eastern Ave. Also in Green Valley is a terrific small bakery called Layers. Although I do not know the west side as well, I am sure there are bakeries there as well!

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        nnardell Sep 16, 2007 09:31 AM

        hey there!
        funny i should find this post today - i live in LV and moved here recently after living in boston and the Poconos my whole life
        my brothers bday ws last week and i wnted to find a cake to bring to the restaurant (TBones) - they dont have "cakes" there - but they did offer a nice $25 plate of berries and cream...OMG!!!!
        Anyway - i must have driven around the city - mainly Summerlin area (NW) all day and the best thing i could find that resembled a bakery was WHole Foods and Cheescake Factory!!!
        Your friend is right - there are NO bakeries here - except if you ask some of the locals they will tell you Starbucks or Vons...
        my mouth is watering already!

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          brisket Sep 16, 2007 11:45 AM

          To say there are no bakeries here is more an a bit of an exaggeration. Provence Bakery next to Hue Thai on Spring Mountain has some amazing looking stuff. On the west side, Cupcake Lane Bakery makes some great cupcakes, while Great Buns has a good variety of things. And FWIW, Whole Foods' bakery is pretty decent.

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          Great Buns Bakery
          8320 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

          Cupcake Lane Bakery
          9809 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89147

          Cupcakery
          9680 S Eastern Ave, Henderson, NV 89074

          Provence Bakery
          5115 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

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          1. re: brisket
            ciaogal Sep 16, 2007 12:26 PM

            I second Provence.....
            Their butter cookies are amazing!

            .....another bakery in the Summerlin area is Leopold's
            http://www.leopoldsbakery.com/index.html

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            Leopold's Bakery
            10260 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145

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              kjs Sep 16, 2007 11:16 PM

              there is another cupcake place on grand canyon...it's just around the corner from cupcake lane...too close...the name escapes me...surprise freed's hasn't put a 2nd store on the westside...if i recall correctly, they are moving from there current location but i believe they are sticking to the eastside ( the new location might be closer to the 7 hills area )

              i treid big buns once...not bad...but i did not order a cake.

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                foodmaveninvegas Feb 19, 2008 07:08 PM

                The name of the other and frankly, in my opinion the best of the two shoppes is Mad Hatter Cupcakes...It is a "create your own cupcake" concept. You choose the cake flavor, the filling, the frosting, and finally the topping. Plus, you can eat 'em there onsite. Delicious, delicious, delicious. oh, and did I mention the largest and moistest cupcakes in town. So, drive past "cupcake lame" and pay a visit to the mad hatter instead. seriously.

                Also, Leopold's Bakery in Summerlin has for years held court in terms of a real legitimate bakery in town. For years, I have been a devotee of this establishment- their products are really uber tasty, more in keeping with European pastry, than Freed's is, but their service has suffered a bit of a meltdown in the past six months. However, if you can tolerate the teenager counter person yapping on the phone with a friend instead of servicing you while you wait more than five minutes to drop 40 bucks on a delicious cake, by all means try the Tiramisu or Strawberry Shortcake. But reasonable and minimally expected customer service, takes a back seat here now.

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                  vegasjuhl Jul 23, 2008 02:49 PM

                  Mad Hatter is my favorite, too. I love the Island Joy and my husband loves the Red Velvet. Each visit we try a new variety, as well. We haven't found a bad combo, but some are better than others. Now that Fuddruckers has opened they've extended their hours to 9pm. We used to miss them a lot when they were only open until 7pm.

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              filbert Feb 20, 2008 10:44 AM

              I would MOST enthusiastically recommend LAYERS bakery on Sunset and Green Valley Pkwy --- really delicious homestyle goodies kind of in a Barefoot Contessa style. The chocolate cakes in particular are the best in town.

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                Eujeanie Feb 21, 2008 12:36 AM

                Now what about IN the Strip hotels? I know Lenotre in Paris, Jean Phillippe in Bellagio, and I think Payard is opening (or opened) in Caesars - but those are 3 hotels all clustered together.

                Anything similar in any other Strip hotels?

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                  modthyrth Feb 21, 2008 08:34 AM

                  Chocolate Swan in the mall bridging between Luxor and Mandalay Bay had a nice looking selection of pastries. I only sampled the chocolates, so I can't vouch for how good the baked goods were.

                  1. re: Eujeanie
                    dbug31 Feb 21, 2008 07:34 PM

                    Payard is open. There is a small bakery kiosk for Bouchon @ The Venetian.
                    That's all that I am aware of. I'll check out the new Palazzo & see if there is anything there yet...

                    1. re: dbug31
                      Honeychan Feb 21, 2008 08:27 PM

                      Nope, no new bakery at The Palazzo, not yet anyways. Not sure if they have anything planned there.

                      I personally love all the Chinese bakeries on Spring Mountain, my fave being Provence. They do a wonderfully rich madeline I adore. It's very clean there, and very organized. There's a small bakery on the second floor of the mall where Ichiza resturaunt is. I think the name is Crown. Very very good treats there. The Korean owner is very nice, and helpful with explaining some of the more exotic baked goods served.

                      Freed's has another location- on Eastern Ave, in Silverado Ranch. Drove past it the other day, a bit amazed they have finally expanded. Not really impressed by their wedding cakes, but i've heard decent things about their other baked goods.

                      1. re: Honeychan
                        janetofreno Apr 21, 2008 09:45 PM

                        I second the recommendation for Provence. The madeline is delicious! Actually, everything in there looks great...very nicely presented.

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                    usctrojan55 Feb 21, 2008 02:53 PM

                    The diamond bakery in china town on spring mountain is good.

                    The little french shop in the sunflower market shopping center at flamingo and rainbow has great bread, croissants and french sweets. This is one of my favorite places because it also has almond/chocolate and chocolate croissants.

                    Freeds is also good.

                    If you want a special order cake, I recommend simple elegance in cake design. He is really good, and for fancy cakes, his prices are better than freeds, a little more than leopolds.

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                    1. re: usctrojan55
                      janetofreno Apr 21, 2008 09:47 PM

                      How have I missed the "little french shop in the sunflower market shopping center" when I work just around the corner?? Chocolate croissants...oh, I am SO going to regret having read this post!!

                      Once again, a USC Trojan has done in this Golden Bear!

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                      vegashome9571 Apr 21, 2008 04:37 PM

                      I have lived in Las Vegas all my life and I have only found one legitimate bakery that is more than a converted donut shop...it is Leopold's Bakery in Summerlin. Not only are their items delicious but they have a huge selection of pastries and cakes..more than I have seen as some of the large hotels. Their prices are in line with everyone else if not cheaper and great customer service. I would recommend them anytime and be sure to try their Strawberry Shortcake or Tiramisu...their Red Velvet is the best in town. Leopold's Bakery is the best Las Vegas Bakery by far.

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                      1. re: vegashome9571
                        Honeychan Apr 21, 2008 06:50 PM

                        I'm sure Freed's would beg to differ with your opinion! BTW, I went inside Freed's new location on Eastern, and it's gorgeous, no "converted donut shop" here. The cannolli's were fantastic, very fresh, and the shells were some of the best i've had in LV.

                        Also, if you've never ventured to Chinatown, the great bakeries there are an eye-opener. Provancale, on Spring Mountain, just past Decatur is VERY good, some of the best fresh bread i've had here in town. It's on the top level of a 3-story strip mall.

                        I've been here for 12 years now, and i've got friends who were born and bred in this city. Some of THEM don't even know about parts of this city, it's just so large, and spread out. They go to work, come home, and mainly deal with their nearby 5 miles around where they live. Personally, I -never- go out to Summerlin, as it's about as far away from me as it gets..Silverado Ranch area. It's got to be a good reason to travel that far, with gas prices being so high for me.

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                        vegashome9571 Apr 22, 2008 07:50 AM

                        I have tried alot of bakeries here in town...Freed's offers some nice selection but their cakes (tasted some at the Chocolate Affair) tasted as they were from a box. Leopold's Bakery and Bon Jour Bakery are nice bakeries with a nice selection of goodies.

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                          tesnjen Apr 23, 2008 10:27 PM

                          I second Freed's, they did my wedding cake and pastries for my wedding, which were the talk of the event.

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                          jillso Jul 23, 2008 11:43 AM

                          Just discovered THE BEST cupcakes, way way up in North las Vegas/ Centennial Hills. It's called RETRO BAKERY and their slogan is "it's all about the buttercream". Lemme tell you, they got this buttercream thing down pat.
                          The cupcakes look and taste MUCH better than you'd imagine from the photos on their website , so if you're up in the area, or up for a cupcaking road-trip, this place is a must.

                          www.retrobakeryLV.com

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                            janetofreno Jul 24, 2008 03:03 PM

                            ooooohhh.....I live in Centennial Hills now and must drive past this bakery twice a day! I've been wondering about it but was discouraged from going in when it first opened because they were doing construction and getting into the parking lot seemed like a major hassle. Now that things have quieted down on the construction front I'll go check it out! Thanks for the tip!

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                              jillso Jul 25, 2008 10:22 AM

                              I'm a peanut butter freak and have never found peanut butter icing that I could stomach...until Retro Bakery. Other fave-raves of our group were the pink lemonade cupcake, the "ice cream sundae" cupcake and "short stack" cupcake which tastes like pancakes & syrup. Can't wait to find out if you like some of them, too!

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                            itryalot Jul 23, 2008 02:27 PM

                            What about the Paris hotel bakery (see their website) and Tintoretto in Venetian (see their website)?

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                              arcosdesign Jul 24, 2008 11:15 AM

                              For unusual baked goods, Amena Arabic Organic Deli and Bakery can hold their own. They serve borma which is impossible to find anywhere outside of Palestine and they also serve what they call a "less sweet" baklava which is more flaky than sticky and very subtle. I'm also pretty addicted to their chocolate and white honey chocolate "quickers" which are coconut balls. The chocolate on these quickers will please anyone with a taste for fine chocolate as it is closer to a dark hazelnut more than anything. Way too special and rich to be given away 3 for $1 so snag 'em before Amena catches on.
                              For something really special, order their shoelace and honey pastry "kunafi". Kunafi is a baked sweet cheese topped with crushed green pistachios. 20 minute wait and a wee bit pricy but oh, so worth it! love, Poly

                              Amena Arabic Organic Deli & Bakery (in the Trader Joe's Shopping Center)
                              2101 S. Decatur Blvd (at Oakey/O'Bannon)

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                                jillso Aug 12, 2008 06:58 PM

                                Layers, out towards the Sunset Station in the Trader Joe's mall is really good. All kinds of terrific brownies, squares and layer bars. We got a dozen and split them all in 1/3s for a dessert tray, they were a huge hit. Well worth the trip & great friendly service.

                                www.layersbakery.com

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