Baked goods are the right fit for just about every occasion. Whether its a quick breakfast, an indulgent mid-day snack with a cup of coffee, or a late-night treat, Ann Arbor has many bakeries and chefs fulfilling that demand daily. Their talents are being put to work kneading dough for seedy loaves of bread and decorating decadent, tiered celebration cakes. Whether the day calls for a Korean bun filled with red bean paste, a sandwich on fresh bread, or a sea salt dusted cookie, here’s where to find the best bakeshops in the Deuce.Read More
11 Bountiful Ann Arbor Bakeries
Seek out Tree City’s top spots for pastries, cakes, and bread
1. Dimo's Deli & Donuts
While Dimo’s serves delicious deli sandwiches, massive omelets, and other breakfast specialties, this spot is best known for its donuts. From regular offerings with all the standard glazes, toppings, or fillings to fancier options such as apple fritters and maple frosted cinnamon rolls, Dimo’s has the best selection of donuts in town.
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2. The Jefferson Market
The Jefferson Market is a small eatery in the same space that first opened as a neighborhood grocer back in 1924. “The Jeff” has a seasonal lunch menu and weekend brunch in addition to an wide seelction of scones, muffins, cakes, and pastries.
3. Washtenaw Dairy
An Ann Arbor institution for close to 85 years, locals have made Washtenaw Dairy a part of their morning routine for the housemade donuts, coffee, and the news — which comes from either the newsstand or good old fashioned gossip. In the evenings, it’s a popular spot for families to snack on ice cream cones and sundaes.
4. Big City Small World Bakery
There’s something for everybody in this small bakery with the brightly colored storefront. In addition to an assortment of scones, pies, and cakes, diners can get pasties — the popular savory Upper Peninsula hand pie consisting of a meat and vegetables in a flaky pastry crust.
5. Avalon Cafe and Kitchen Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
This beloved Detroit bakery is known for its hearty loaves sold whole and sliced as well as sweet and savory pastries. The downtown Ann Arbor cafe is equal parts coffee shop, grab-and-go bakery, and full-service restaurant with brunch and farm-to-table dinners with a selection of fine wines and local beers. Around the holidays, lookout for options like challah and stollen.
6. Sweet Heather Anne
Heather Anne’s custom-made cakes are both breathtaking works of art and delicious food. Regular cakes, macarons, and cookies are available online and at the dessert counter, which is open for limited hours around various holidays and during special events throughout the year.
7. The Songbird Cafe
This bustling cafe serves brunch and lunch alongside coffee and tea. The cozy interior with vintage touches is a great place to enjoy a bounty of housemade scones, muffins, cookies, and other pastries. The hearty buttermilk cake with chocolate frosting is a can’t miss treat when paired with a rich coffee drink.
8. Yoon's Bakery
This Northside spot specializes in Korean-style baked goods and uses French techniques and imported flours to achieve a light, airy texture. Brioche buns come plain or with fillings like custard, fruit, red bean paste, and sweet potatoes.
9. Matty J's Bakery and Cafe
Matty J’s was started by a former Zingerman’s bread manager and provides loaves for several area restaurants. Visitors to their small Saline shop will find hearty quiches, sweet cookies, and other breakfast favorites as well as loaves of sunflower rye. On weekends, the chocolate or jam-filled brioche twists sell out quickly.
10. Dom’s Bakeries
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Cravings for donuts and other pastries can happen at any time of the day. Dom’s, one of the last remaining local donut shops, is open 24 hours a day. Make sure to have cash ready as credit cards are not accepted.
11. Zingerman's Bakehouse
No list of Ann Arbor bakeries would be complete without Zingerman’s, the company that put Treetown on the culinary map. Zingerman’s Bakehouse is tucked away in a southside industrial park along with the company’s creamery and coffeehouse. Windows in the retail shop provide a view of staff baking all of their famous loaves and pastries, and seasonal specialties like stollen and buche de noel.