Joy Wilson, better known as the baking/blogging/cookbook writing Joy The Baker, recently moved from Los Angeles to the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. And just like us, she fell in love with the city immediately.
We recently opened our first store in NOLA, so we asked Joy to give us a tour of her favorite New Orleans bakeries!
New Orelans is known more for wild night life than for early breakfasts. But the smell of still-warm pastries and fresh coffee, the gleam of clean tiles and weekend morning light… these are the sort of moments that make us feel at home in any city.
Read on for Joy’s New Orleans bakery guide and let us know if you have any local reccomendations of your own! We’re new in town.
Croissant d’Or | 617 Ursalines Avenue
“Croissant d’Or is around the corner from my house which makes it the perfect place to sit with a capuccino between my hands, stare off into space, and let my brain think its thoughts. I’ll just say this… the croissants aren’t the best in the world but the French Quarter vibes, the cafe au lait, and a table by the window are really wonderful. On my last visit I enjoyed this Frangipane Tart. The sweet almond in pastry crust was perfect with milky coffee.”
Gracious Bakery | 100 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway
“I LOVE the croissants at Gracious Bakery. They have a pretzel croissant that is the perfect combination of my two favorite carbohydrates. You can tell that the folks at Gracious Bakery really loooove pastry. Their technique shines (and tastes really delicious). I also love their lunchtime sandwiches on super fresh bread and they have stellar iced green tea, too!”
ManhattanJack | 4930 Prytania Street
“ManhattanJack is my spirit bakery. If I had to transform my sweet-tooth spirit into a bakery, it would be exactly ManhattanJack. The cookies are just a little too big (never a problem), there often just a little too much caramel on the brownies (not even possible), and the Black and White Cookies are perfection (not even an exaggeration). I’ll often visit to… you know… work on my computer for a bit. It’s all a ruse to get my hands on the best cookies in town. As if we ever need an excuse.”
Fare | 4838 Magazine Street
“Fare is my go-to spot for dairy-free and gluten-free baked goods. Of course I love butter… of course I do, but I do recognize that delicious baked goods can be made in its absence. I love the to-go salads and banana bread at Fare.”
District Donut | 2209 Magazine Street
“I crave the donuts at District Donuts at least once a day. It doesn’t help that I follow them on Instagram and get an eyeful of their daily creations every morning. Their donuts are entirely over the top! The base is a soft and perfectly yeasted doughnut. The toppings are anywhere from Pineapple Upside Down Cake to Banana Split inspired. Their Browned Butter Pistachio Donut is one of my absolute favorites. Now I’m just trying to figure out how to elbow my way into one of their donut flavor concept meetings.”
Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignet | The French Quarter
“While in the French Quarter, it is imperative that you eat aaaallll of the beignets you can. The best and most classic beignets can be found at Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignet. Both are delicious. They are, after all, little pockets of fried dough covered in a downright dangerous amount of powdered sugar. Two stipulations: you must order the cafe au lair which is a milky chicory coffee… and you must eat beignets straight out of the fryer. No to-go bags whatsoever.”
La Boulangerie | 4600 Magazine Street
“It’s so comforting to stop at a bakery where you know that anything and everything you choose will be absolutely delicious. La Boulangerie is that bakery! My favorites are their fruit danishes and scones. I also love that they have plenty of people working the counter and they hustle you in and out if you’re in a hurry.”
Maple Street Patisserie | 7638 Maple Street
“There are some really great bites at Maple Street. My favorites include the guava and cream pastries and the chocolate croissants. I generally don’t choose between the two and sometimes devour both, one for breakfast, the other for an afternoon snack.”
Bread on Oak | 8640 Oak Street
“The best bread in the city! I think their baguettes are best eaten torn from the bag on the car ride home. Hopefully you have butter in your purse.”