Seattle Area Bakeries
Visiting Seattle next week and want to go to some great bakeries. Have been to Macrina Bakery many times, and the last few visits it seems to have been slipping. Love Top Pot for doughnuts! Does anyone have any suggestions for great bakeries in the Seattle area?
Belle Epicurean is good for sweet rolls. If you would like to take a ferry, the Blackbird Bakery on Bainbridge Island is very good.
Depends on if you have a car or not. My three favorite bakeries for bread are: Dahlia Bakery, Columbia City Bakery, and Tall Grass Bakery. If you are more interested in pastries, I won't be much help. I have had some of the sweets at Columbia City and enjoyed them, but was not blown away. The Dahlia Bakery is probably better in that department. I've only had bread (from the farmers market) from Tall Grass.
If you like donuts, I would recommend the Daily Dozen place in the market; as much as I love Top Pot, nothing can beat a bag of those warm little guys.
will you have a car or be doing public transport? If you are just downtown sans car, we just got a box of tasty birthday treat pastries from Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square. No complaints on anything and the price was not over the top. As much as I like Columbia City's bagette, the pastry price is a bit high and I can't seem to walk out with birthday treats for under $25. I've had very tasty pastry from Dahlia courtesy of a co-worker but I have no idea of the cost.
I would hit Columbia City for a bagette over Tall Grass but I love Tall Grass' hominy bread---lightly toasted with a bit of butter.
I also like Cafe Bres' croissant.
I'd also recommend checking out Sugar (http://www.sugardelights.com/) in First Hill on Madison. For a new donut, try Mighty O (http://www.mightyo.com/). Their shop is in Greenlake/TangleTown, but you can also find them at Caffe Vita and Stumptown among others. Don't be scared off by them being vegan and organic; both their Vanilla Cake Glazed and French Toast donuts are divine. No one yet has mentioned Le Panier (http://www.lepanier.com/) in the market, but I have to admit if you can get over to West Seattle, Bakery Nouveau (http://www.bakerynouveau.com/) is unbelievable. Enjoy your visit!