The 10 Best Bakeries in North Carolina

Have a sweet tooth like me? These 10 Best Bakeries in NC are listed from West to East across the state, but not ranked within the list.

Many of these bakeries sell at their local farmers’ markets. Check their websites for details.

Karen Donatelli Cake Designs (Bakery & Cafe) (Asheville)
57 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 225-5751

Owner/Chef Karen Donatelli creates gorgeous confections, from huge, flaky croissants to the most sublime cakes and pastries. Donatelli’s is located in the heart of downtown Asheville, near the US Cellular (Civic) Center and Library.

Karen Donatelli Cake Designs & Cafe

Karen Donatelli Cake Designs & Cafe

Read my review with photos HERE.

Underground Baking Co. (Hendersonville)
352 7th Ave E
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 674-7494

Co-owners Lisa and Matthew specialize in breads, but they bake plenty of pastries, too. Two of my favorites are their Almond Horns and Christmas Bread. They’ve been at their Historic 7th Ave. location for 5 years now, enticing locals and visitors alike to visit a part of town they’re helping revitalize.

Underground Baking Co
Image: Underground Baking Co Facebook Page
Underground Baking Co
Image: Underground Baking Co Facebook Page

Flat Rock Village Bakery (Flat Rock)
2710 Greenville Hwy
Flat Rock, NC 28731
(828) 693-1313

Flat Rock Village Bakery is housed in a cute building warmed by a wood-fired oven used for baking breads, pastries, and pizzas. If there are any left by the time I get to the bakery, I usually get a Turnover – any flavor. In warmer weather, find a seat on the spacious deck in the shade under one of the large Magnolias.

Flat Rock Village Bakery
Image: Flat Rock Village Bakery Facebook Page
Flat Rock Village Bakery
Image: Flat Rock Village Bakery Facebook Page

Amélie’s French Bakery & Café (Charlotte)
2424 N Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 376-1781

Amélie’s team of owners describe their shop as a “Parisian shabby chic bakery and cafe serving French inspired fare.” All I can say is Vive la France!

Amelie's French Bakery & Cafe
Image: Amelie’s Facebook Page
Amelie's-French-Bakery-&-Cafe
Image: Amelie’s Facebook Page

Camino Bakery, Coffeehouse, and Winebar (Winston Salem)
310 W 4th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 721-9990

Camino is one of those sweet spots that anchors a neighborhood. This one happens to be downtown Winston Salem. They have a nice loose leaf tea selection, in addition to espresso drinks, that can be ordered by the cup. If you prefer your cuppa with tea in a bag, they’ll hand tie one for you.

Camino

Camino

Read my review with photos HERE.

Atelier on Trade (Winston Salem)
533 Trade St NW
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(336) 703-1503

Owner Pablo del Valle is a classically trained chef, “among other things” he says. After chatting with Pablo about the journey which led him to opening Atelier, I can vouch for the “other things” he refers to. He’s one of those people that’s able to wear many hats well.

Atelier is a perfect spot when you need a java & pastry fix. Don’t forget to pick up a fresh loaf of bread before heading home. They’re a few doors down from the new Mast General Store on Trade Street NW.

Atelier on Trade

Atelier on Trade

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 401-2600

A terrific German bakery/cafe. Love this place for a meal, fresh-baked bread, and pastries. Be sure to check out their yearly Oktoberfest celebration and seasonal Christmas Stollen.

Guglhupf

Guglhupf

Read my review with photos HERE.

Loaf (Durham)
111 W Parrish St
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 797-1254

Owner Ron Graff bakes in a 30,000 pound custom wood-fired oven and has set up Loaf in the European tradition; a neighborhood shop where you pick up your fresh-baked goods, rather than a bakery/cafe. Accordingly, Loaf’s interior might be considered minimalist with a bread rack, pastry case and coffee hot pots.

Stop in for items you want to take home, to a friend’s place, or on a picnic.

Loaf

Loaf

Read my review with photos HERE.

La Farm Bakery (Cary)
4248 NW Cary Pkwy
Cary, NC 27513
(919) 657-0657

With his wife and partner, Missy, Lionel Vatinet opened La Farm Bakery in 1999 and hasn’t looked back since. The star here is definitely bread. Vatinet is an acknowledged expert bread baker. He authored the well received book, A Passion for Bread.

I’ve run into Lionel at the Asheville Bread Festival, Beaufort Wine & Food Festival, and many other events over the years. He’s an exceptionally nice guy.

Nichole and I stopped in at the Cary “mother ship” for lunch and dessert in September. There are plenty of delicious sweet treats made at the bakery, too.

La Farm Bakery
Image: La Farm’s Facebook Page
La Farm Bakery
Image: La Farm’s Facebook Page

The Peppered Cupcake (Wilmington)
105 S Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 399-1088

More than 80 unique flavors from sweet to savory – served warm. What more could you ask for in a cupcake? Next time I’m in Wilmington, it’s a Ginger & Pear cupcake for me! Wait – maybe the Bourbon Black Cherry & Vanilla Cobbler? No, the Strawberry Basil Cobbler sounds really good. Anyone up for sharing?

The Peppered Cupcake
Image: The Peppered Cupcake Facebook Page
The Peppered Cupcake
Image: The Peppered Cupcake Facebook Page

5 COMMENTS

  1. Great list of bakeries – can’t wait to try the ones I’ve never tried before (Flat Rock and Underground! And great photos too! Now do one on best lattes, please! 🙂

    • +1 for Stick Boy. It’s heavenly. I used to go there nearly every day when I was a freshman living just across the street. They have the nice people who work there, too. Really. the baked goods are incredible! Worth a visit if you’re in Boone.

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