Ten Great Bakeries in Orange County


3. Christopher Garren's Let Them Eat Cake

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Dave Lieberman
This is THE place to go if you need a wedding cake and have the money to buy one; the bakery has been featured on more than one television show about wedding cakes. If you're not in the mood for lifelong nuptials, though, go anyway; the individual slices of cake and the pastries are outstanding. Any danish will shatter in your mouth, leaving the hint of butter and pastry; the scones are the best in OC, and their biscuits, topped with egg, bacon and cheddar, are addicting.

3321 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa; 714-445-0189; christophergarrens.com.

2. Blackmarket Bakery

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John Gilhooley / OC Weekly
Rachel Klemek started a cake bakery in an industrial park just off the east end of the John Wayne runway, and it's quickly attained cult status. Besides the cakes, she makes her own flour with the leavings from Cabernet winemaking; while the pasta is good, the focaccia is second to none. Also try the marshmallows, the excellent brioches, the savory vegetable pockets (perfect for lunch at the office), and the Basque tart.

17941 Sky Park Cir., Irvine; 949-852-4609; blackmarketbakery.com.

1. Cream Pan

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Edwin Goei
Besides the Japanese pastries like anpan and the eponymous cream pan, the place is known for their shockingly good strawberry custard croissants, available in large and small sizes and bought by hungry Tustinites by the dozen. What many people may not know, though, is that Cream Pan has absolutely, unequivocally, the best baguette and épi in Orange County. There's no comparing them to anywhere else.

602 El Camino Real, Tustin; 714-665-8239; no website.

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21 comments
Asiapacific
Asiapacific

What about Pacific  Whey? Why is there no mention of this bakery? Do the bakeries have to pay to be on this list????

Asiapacific
Asiapacific

Pouls bakery, Tustin ave in Orange has been closed since xmas, WHY??? Any news of re opening the bakery?

HBOMBER
HBOMBER

Wow.  I am fired up for some new bakeries and breaking out my fat pants!

The "Ranchito" on Westminster and Springdale has a really really good panaderia, as is the rest of the market, my favorite market by far.  Juice bar, cheese bar, salsa/ceviche bar, full blown carniceria.I think C'est Si Bon sandwiches are as good as it gets but their bread alone doesn't stand up to the Banh Mi Baguettes found in Westminster.  Particularly Banh Mi and Chi Cali for baguettes.  Van's Bakery next door will knock your freaking haole socks off with their croissiants and coffees, just no baguettes.

Mr anderson
Mr anderson

There are many fine bakeries but if anyone wants the most absolute best baguette that is perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside with the most intoxicating fresh bread aroma and not get your lips cut and scratched there is only one place...Saigon bakery on Westminster/Magnolia blvd. The baguette here makes everything 10x better with your eggs or pate esp when it's nice and warmly baked. And each baguette is about a generous 3ft and only $1.

I know it sounds like I'm know the business or something but it's just I have wasted so much money and time all my life buying expensive, over rated, hard as wood baguettes that claim to be so good but you cannot even put your mouth around it let alone eat it.

Partypoodle
Partypoodle

Rachel at Blackmarket Bakery will even teach you how to whip up some deliciousness - she offers baking classes.  I took a class with some work friends and we had a blast making and eating the yummy results!

Partypoodle
Partypoodle

Rachel at Blackmarket Bakery will even teach you how to whip up some deliciousness - she offers baking classes.  I took a class with some work friends and we had a blast making and eating the yummy results!

Reza Shaeri
Reza Shaeri

No list of top OC bakeries is complete without Asal Persian bakery in Irvine!

Xcholo
Xcholo

French's has beeen a source for fine baked goods for many years, dont dis them now cause they are not trendy!

Jerbrooks
Jerbrooks

Can not believe the BEST bakery in OC was not even on the list, C'esr Si Bon on Riverside in Newport Beach !!!

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Hmm...Tres leches at Panadería Polaza on McFadden over Panadería Las Tres Princesas.

BuggleB
BuggleB

Can anyone enlighten me on the need to buy dozens upon dozens of buns from 85 bakery? Unless you are buying for a party/meeting, have a super large family or are able to eat three dozen in one seating, I don't understand why people buy so much at once. The buns don't taste good the next day and by the following day, they're pretty much inedible. Microwaving for a few seconds does not help. 

Is there is a secret I am not aware of to prolonging their shelf life? Or am I just spoiled that I live close enough to eat them fresh daily and don't have to be a bun hoarder?

guest
guest

The owner of Poul's past away. For various reasons the bakery could not stay afloat.

JoeBlowww
JoeBlowww

Agreed.  This list fails without any mention of Assal Bakery.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I know... I detected the scent of hipster too. 

Asiapcific
Asiapcific

I agree, that has been around a long time & is of great quality!!!

JB
JB

Though I can't speak about the pastries, the bread at C'est Si Bon is excellent...it deserves to be mentioned just for the bread alone.  If I was hosting a Super Bowl party or any other gathering that required crusty baked dough, I'd double park on PCH in front of a police cruiser in a heartbeat to run into C'est Si Bon...the bread is that good

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Your Franglais handle confuses me et c'est pas sympa.

C'estNotNice
C'estNotNice

What a clever, well thought out response.  Just because C'est Si Bon isn't in Santa Ana or Tustin doesn't mean that it's not good. Or great, for that matter.

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