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Seattle: Bakeries / Pastry Shops

LetThemEatCupcakes Apr 29, 2008 08:57 AM

Hello everyone! I am going on a trip to Seattle in a couple weeks, and would like your recommendations on some tasty bakeries and pastry shops in the area! I will be mostly downtown I do believe, but anything walk-able / Transit-able is great! I love bakeries and try too seek them out wherever I go! Croissants, Bread, a nice Café au Lait, I’m there! I am also a pastry student, so I love to try new pastries and confections! (French Macarons....Cupcakes....Cakes...Pastries...ah!)

Someone recommended Macrina Bakery and The Confectional, so those are on my list!

Thank you so so much everyone!

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    PAO RE: LetThemEatCupcakes Apr 29, 2008 09:12 AM

    I don't know if it's still there, but the French bakery in the Olympic Hotel has wonderful baked goods--especially the various sweet rolls. Highly recommended.

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      Erika L RE: PAO Apr 29, 2008 01:04 PM

      It's called Belle Epicurean, and they also sell at the University Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.

      Also check out Macrina on First Ave in Belltown, which is the north end of downtown.

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      Roo RE: LetThemEatCupcakes Apr 29, 2008 10:19 AM

      Trophy Cupcakes in the Wallingford Center, just north of downtown, are sublime. For what it's worth, the owner, Jennifer Shea, was recently featured on Martha Stewart's TV show. The #16 Metro bus will get you there from downtown Seattle.

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        not the bad Steve RE: Roo Apr 30, 2008 11:14 AM


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        dagrassroots RE: LetThemEatCupcakes Apr 29, 2008 10:44 AM

        Don't miss dahlia bakery.

        Dahlia Bakery
        2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

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          phong RE: LetThemEatCupcakes Apr 29, 2008 11:21 AM

          James Miller makes the best croissants in the city at Cafe Besalu in Ballard. Coffee is good there too.

          5909 24th Ave NW
          Seattle, WA 98107

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            BallardFoodie RE: phong Apr 29, 2008 12:21 PM

            I'd second this. He also infuses cardamom (sp) into a few of the pastries, which is unique from what I've seen and delicious.

          2. caraely RE: LetThemEatCupcakes Apr 29, 2008 11:32 AM

            Do not miss Bakery Nouveau in West Seattle. The most amazing croissants and pastries. You will feel like you are in Paris.

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              christy319 RE: caraely Apr 29, 2008 08:19 PM

              Ditto on Bakery Nouveau. It's the only place in town that actually reminds me of a French patisseries. If they have the Phoenix Cake, get it.
              (Besalu's croissants are very good, but the rest of the selection is good quality but standard American stuff-cookies, etc).

              I like Dahlia Bakery a lot, too.

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                duckduck RE: caraely Apr 30, 2008 11:21 AM

                Another vote for Bakery Nouveau. Loved everything I had when I went to visit last spring.

              2. fooey RE: LetThemEatCupcakes Apr 29, 2008 08:51 PM

                Le Panier is a favorite in Pike's Place Market: http://www.lepanier.com/pastries.htm

                The macaroons here are tasty, but not cheap.

                Le Fournil on Eastlake Ave is also: http://le-fournil.com/

                I love the eclairs here.

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                  Lauren RE: LetThemEatCupcakes Apr 30, 2008 09:59 AM

                  When you head to Wallingford to try Trophy Cupcakes (as mentioned by Roo) you should also try Hiroki. He makes fabulous pastries with an Asian twist.

                  Hiroki Specialty Desserts
                  2224 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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