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Chestnut cake and ube pastry at Warda Patisserie.
Michelle Gerard

21 Essential Metro Detroit Bakeries

Where to get the area's finest pastries, cakes, and breads

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Chestnut cake and ube pastry at Warda Patisserie.
| Michelle Gerard

Metro Detroit has no shortage of bakeries offering outstanding cakes, pastries, and breads. The region is also fortunate in that people can take their pick of treats from around the globe. The area is chock-full of enticing storefronts specializing in Mexican, Japanese, Polish, and Lebanese pastries, as well as whole shops devoted to American classics like sweet potato pie. Some spots such as Sister Pie are uniquely Detroit, conjuring flavors found right here in Michigan.

It’s been quite a year for pastry as well and Detroit has received some worthy additions to the map including Cannelle by Matt Knio in downtown Detroit, Warda Patisserie in Eastern Market, and Ochre Bakery in Core City. Whether the day calls for a savory egg galette, a frosted sugar cookie, or a sweet and nutty bite of baklava, below find a guide to metro Detroit’s top bakeries.

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Peoples Brothers Bakery

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This classic Southwest Detroit shop is a favorite among locals. The sweet potato pie, egg custard pie, and doughnuts are just some of the crowd-pleasers at Peoples Brothers Bakery.

Sheila's Bakery

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This excellent panadería in Springwells offers a kaleidoscope of colorful treats from tres leches cake to chocolate-dipped orejas to conchas. Browsing through the many cases with a pair of tongs will quickly result in a tray piled high with cookies and breads.

Mexicantown Bakery

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This Mexicantown staple is a go-to for Southwest Detroit residents and visitors alike. The selection ranges from colorful conchas to sliced sweet breads slathered in frosting to cream cheese and guava danishes. Don’t overlook the tres leches cake — one of the best in the neighborhood.

La Gloria Bakery

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Mexicantown's La Gloria Bakery offers case upon case of sweet treats. Satisfy your dessert craving with a tray full of caramel churros, creamy flan, and festive sugar skulls.

Lebon Sweets

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Step into the land of sweet, cheesy delights at one of Lebon Sweets’ three locations. The Middle Eastern bakeshop is known for its kanafa — a sweet cheese pastry. Consider ordering the “cheese dome,” a dessert sandwich made from sesame bread filled with the melty pastry crusted confection.

A cheese dome from Lebon Sweets with soft, seed-encrusted buns surrounding melted kanafeh. Lebon Sweet [Official photo]

Shatila Bakery & Cafe

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This beloved Middle Eastern pastry oasis is known for its baklava. Other traditional choices like ghraybeh butter cookies, nutty maamoul, and awamehs (think fried dough soaked in sweet syrup) are also available. The mall-like setting encourages customers to browse the well-lit pastry cases. Don’t forget to visit the ice cream bar for a scoop of pistachio.

Ochre Bakery

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Metro Detroit has a dearth of good bread bakeries, but this sunny, little cafe in Core City is doing its best to pick up the slack with a variety of naturally leavened sourdough breads. Visitors at Ochre Bakery can choose from fresh pastries, flatbreads, and slices of chocolate cake from the glass case or order a sandwich with fillings like braised lamb and lemon yogurt during lunch hours.

Avalon International Breads

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Now with multiple locations, the original Cass Corridor location of Avalon International Breads is a Detroit institution. The bakery is known for its rustic loaves of bread, which can be purchased whole or sliced. The shop also offers a rotating selection of pastries, bars, and savory items such as sandwiches.

Cannelle Detroit

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This French-style pastry shop serves a resplendent selection of breads and pastries alongside coffee and espresso drinks. Choose from options like rustic loaves of sourdough, golden croissants, chocolate eclairs, and well-seasoned ham and cheese quiche.

Warda Pâtisserie

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Eater Award-winning bakery Warda Pâtisserie is serving some of Detroit's best desserts from a counter inside Trinosophes. Owner Warda Bouguettaya specializes in stunning tarts, pastries, and breads influenced from her world travels. Look out for options like chocolate and passion fruit tarts, pear and almond frangipane tarts, and quiche. Don’t miss the Russian honey cake, a many-layered weekend specialty.

Sister Pie

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Beyond the decadent pies, this West Village bakery turns out a variety of pastries like scones and breakfast galettes. The ever-changing menu focuses on seasonal Michigan ingredients and runs the gamut from cardamom tahini squash pie to buckwheat chocolate chip cookies to rose pistachio shortbread cookies. The cafe regularly features soups with pie crust croutons.

Rose's Fine Food

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While not strictly a bakery, Rose’s Fine Foods deserves some recognition for its outstanding baked goods. The potato doughnuts and fruit covered yogurt cakes are available regularly at the restaurant, but customers can also get them by special order.

Bommarito Bakery

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This old-school Italian bakery draws customers from across the metro area with its sub sandwiches and pizzas. All the breads are made fresh daily alongside a collection of pastries, doughnuts, and cakes. The pros know to order a cannoli; they’re filled-to-order.

The bakery counter at Bommarito has pink, yellow, and green tagboard signs over the top. Bommarito Bakery [Official photo]

New Palace Bakery

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This family-owned bakery specializes in Polish and European baked goods, featuring a variety of danishes, cakes, pastries, and of course, paczki. Pastry favorites include Hungarian horns, available in cheese, almond, or poppyseed.

New Martha Washington Bakery

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It’s always Fat Tuesday at this Hamtramck Bakery. Beyond the paczki, the bakery serves up trays of fresh cookies and thickly-frosted sheet cakes. Skip the lines and try the pastries here year-round.

Good Cakes and Bakes

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Charming neighborhood bakery and cafe Good Cakes and Bakes offers fresh cakes and desserts by the slice and to-order on the Avenue of Fashion. Owner April Anderson’s gooey butter cakes are a house specialty.

Sweet Potato Sensations

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Sweet potatoes are the main ingredient to this family-owned Old Redford bakery's success. The orange tubers add flavor and a golden color to the restaurant's pies, cakes, cookies, and ice creams, and even makes for a sweet and savory chicken and waffles experience.

Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery

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Ackroyd's in Redford features a wide variety of Scottish-style pastries (both sweet and savory) like meat pies, sausage rolls, pasties, scones, and tarts. Designer fern tea cakes are available year-round with special decorations during the holidays.

A small meat pie with a crust top with a whole in the center Ackroyd’s [Courtesy photo]

Moose Pastry & Tea

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Moose Pastry & Tea stepped in to fill the big shoes of Pastry House Hippo last winter. The new ownership is carrying on the tradition of adorable Japanese-style pastries such as custard-filled turtle bread and matcha-red bean buns. The primarily carryout bakery has also added an extensive list of Taiwanese milk teas to its repertoire.

A variety of Japanese style breads on a red tray including one shaped like a turtle. Brenna Houck

White Wolf Japanese Patisserie

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Clawson newcomer White Wolf offers a wide variety of Japanese and French pastries in a roomy, modern space with an coffee bar. Find everything from macarons to cheese pan to matcha crepe cakes on offer. For something savory, there are katsu and tamago sandwiches.

Round pastries dusted with powdered sugar and topped with drips of icing and pieces of lemon. White Wolf Patisserie [Website]

QQ Bakery

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This Chinese bakery in Madison Heights is teeming with sweet treats such as red bean buns and egg tarts as well as savory items such as meat pies and hot dog buns. There’s also a vast selection of bubble teas. Don’t forget to bring cash.

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Peoples Brothers Bakery

This classic Southwest Detroit shop is a favorite among locals. The sweet potato pie, egg custard pie, and doughnuts are just some of the crowd-pleasers at Peoples Brothers Bakery.

Sheila's Bakery

This excellent panadería in Springwells offers a kaleidoscope of colorful treats from tres leches cake to chocolate-dipped orejas to conchas. Browsing through the many cases with a pair of tongs will quickly result in a tray piled high with cookies and breads.

Mexicantown Bakery

This Mexicantown staple is a go-to for Southwest Detroit residents and visitors alike. The selection ranges from colorful conchas to sliced sweet breads slathered in frosting to cream cheese and guava danishes. Don’t overlook the tres leches cake — one of the best in the neighborhood.

La Gloria Bakery

Mexicantown's La Gloria Bakery offers case upon case of sweet treats. Satisfy your dessert craving with a tray full of caramel churros, creamy flan, and festive sugar skulls.

Lebon Sweets

Step into the land of sweet, cheesy delights at one of Lebon Sweets’ three locations. The Middle Eastern bakeshop is known for its kanafa — a sweet cheese pastry. Consider ordering the “cheese dome,” a dessert sandwich made from sesame bread filled with the melty pastry crusted confection.

A cheese dome from Lebon Sweets with soft, seed-encrusted buns surrounding melted kanafeh. Lebon Sweet [Official photo]

Shatila Bakery & Cafe

This beloved Middle Eastern pastry oasis is known for its baklava. Other traditional choices like ghraybeh butter cookies, nutty maamoul, and awamehs (think fried dough soaked in sweet syrup) are also available. The mall-like setting encourages customers to browse the well-lit pastry cases. Don’t forget to visit the ice cream bar for a scoop of pistachio.

Ochre Bakery

Metro Detroit has a dearth of good bread bakeries, but this sunny, little cafe in Core City is doing its best to pick up the slack with a variety of naturally leavened sourdough breads. Visitors at Ochre Bakery can choose from fresh pastries, flatbreads, and slices of chocolate cake from the glass case or order a sandwich with fillings like braised lamb and lemon yogurt during lunch hours.

Avalon International Breads

Now with multiple locations, the original Cass Corridor location of Avalon International Breads is a Detroit institution. The bakery is known for its rustic loaves of bread, which can be purchased whole or sliced. The shop also offers a rotating selection of pastries, bars, and savory items such as sandwiches.

Cannelle Detroit

This French-style pastry shop serves a resplendent selection of breads and pastries alongside coffee and espresso drinks. Choose from options like rustic loaves of sourdough, golden croissants, chocolate eclairs, and well-seasoned ham and cheese quiche.

Warda Pâtisserie

Eater Award-winning bakery Warda Pâtisserie is serving some of Detroit's best desserts from a counter inside Trinosophes. Owner Warda Bouguettaya specializes in stunning tarts, pastries, and breads influenced from her world travels. Look out for options like chocolate and passion fruit tarts, pear and almond frangipane tarts, and quiche. Don’t miss the Russian honey cake, a many-layered weekend specialty.

Sister Pie

Beyond the decadent pies, this West Village bakery turns out a variety of pastries like scones and breakfast galettes. The ever-changing menu focuses on seasonal Michigan ingredients and runs the gamut from cardamom tahini squash pie to buckwheat chocolate chip cookies to rose pistachio shortbread cookies. The cafe regularly features soups with pie crust croutons.

Rose's Fine Food

While not strictly a bakery, Rose’s Fine Foods deserves some recognition for its outstanding baked goods. The potato doughnuts and fruit covered yogurt cakes are available regularly at the restaurant, but customers can also get them by special order.

Bommarito Bakery

This old-school Italian bakery draws customers from across the metro area with its sub sandwiches and pizzas. All the breads are made fresh daily alongside a collection of pastries, doughnuts, and cakes. The pros know to order a cannoli; they’re filled-to-order.

The bakery counter at Bommarito has pink, yellow, and green tagboard signs over the top. Bommarito Bakery [Official photo]

New Palace Bakery

This family-owned bakery specializes in Polish and European baked goods, featuring a variety of danishes, cakes, pastries, and of course, paczki. Pastry favorites include Hungarian horns, available in cheese, almond, or poppyseed.

New Martha Washington Bakery

It’s always Fat Tuesday at this Hamtramck Bakery. Beyond the paczki, the bakery serves up trays of fresh cookies and thickly-frosted sheet cakes. Skip the lines and try the pastries here year-round.

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Good Cakes and Bakes

Charming neighborhood bakery and cafe Good Cakes and Bakes offers fresh cakes and desserts by the slice and to-order on the Avenue of Fashion. Owner April Anderson’s gooey butter cakes are a house specialty.

Sweet Potato Sensations

Sweet potatoes are the main ingredient to this family-owned Old Redford bakery's success. The orange tubers add flavor and a golden color to the restaurant's pies, cakes, cookies, and ice creams, and even makes for a sweet and savory chicken and waffles experience.

Ackroyd's Scottish Bakery

Ackroyd's in Redford features a wide variety of Scottish-style pastries (both sweet and savory) like meat pies, sausage rolls, pasties, scones, and tarts. Designer fern tea cakes are available year-round with special decorations during the holidays.

A small meat pie with a crust top with a whole in the center Ackroyd’s [Courtesy photo]

Moose Pastry & Tea

Moose Pastry & Tea stepped in to fill the big shoes of Pastry House Hippo last winter. The new ownership is carrying on the tradition of adorable Japanese-style pastries such as custard-filled turtle bread and matcha-red bean buns. The primarily carryout bakery has also added an extensive list of Taiwanese milk teas to its repertoire.

A variety of Japanese style breads on a red tray including one shaped like a turtle. Brenna Houck

White Wolf Japanese Patisserie

Clawson newcomer White Wolf offers a wide variety of Japanese and French pastries in a roomy, modern space with an coffee bar. Find everything from macarons to cheese pan to matcha crepe cakes on offer. For something savory, there are katsu and tamago sandwiches.

Round pastries dusted with powdered sugar and topped with drips of icing and pieces of lemon. White Wolf Patisserie [Website]

QQ Bakery

This Chinese bakery in Madison Heights is teeming with s