Santa Fe - Bakery/Coffee shop near Plaza
I'm looking for a great bakery or coffee shop (with good baked goods) near the Plaza, within walking distance. Any suggestions?
In decreasing order of closeness to the Plaza:
Clafoutis - not much to look at, but a really outstanding French bakery. The croissants and baguettes are my favorite, but the patisserie-style stuff is good too.
Flying Star - located at the Railyard, the baked goods here range from pretty good to just ok, but the space is large and pleasant, and the coffee is pretty decent.
Dulce - a longer walk (probably 30ish minutes each way), but a great little neighborhood bakery. The cinnamon rolls are particularly good, only available Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Flying Star Cafe
500 Market St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
402 N Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
1100 Don Diego Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87505
I've tried neither the hot chocolate nor any of the sweet crepes, so it's entirely possible they're wonderful, and hey, we all like what we like, so maybe our opinions just differ a bit. That said, in the three meals I've had at the French Pastry Shop over several years, the food has ranged from mediocre all the way to bad enough to actually make me a little angry.
Not one, but two pastries I've tried have still been partially frozen after being incompletely microwaved. The savory crepe I had was bereft of good flavor or texture, with the crepe itself being gummy and unappetizing. And the sandwiches I've tried have arrived on mediocre bread, served with fast-food-style single-serving condiment packets.
If nothing else, it's certainly the closest to the Plaza, being in the La Fonda Hotel.
French Pastry Shop & Restaurant
La Fonda, Santa Fe, NM 87501