The 7 Best Bakeries in St. Louis (Local Rankings)

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Whether you’re a health nut or you’ve got a major sweet tooth, chances are you could go for something baked right now.

(Be honest, no matter how much you love salad, sometimes, you’ve just got to have a baked good.)

Thankfully, the Gateway City has plenty of baked treats to offer.

Below are my seven picks for the best bakeries in St. Louis. Scroll down to find out your next stop for something fresh from the oven!

Map of the Best Bakeries in St. Louis, MO

Best sustainable eats and treats: Whisk

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If environmental friendliness is your top priority, look no further than Whisk. They exclusively use recyclable and compostable packaging, and they compost all of their leftover food. Plus, most of their ingredients and supplies are bought locally to help keep their carbon footprint small.

Owner Kaylen Wissinger first established Whisk as a cupcake shop, but it’s so much more than that. From whoopie pies to bagel bombs, and bacon scones to blondies, Whisk has got it all.

Be sure to try their rhubarb cupcake—that’s one of their original signature sweets.

They’ve always got plenty of fun frosted cookies, too—I once bought one emblazoned with the name of my astrological sign on it. (Pictured above!)

P.S. – This Cherokee Street staple is known for selling out, so be sure to arrive early!

  • Address: 2201 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118
  • Website: Whisk

For the cookie lover: Colleen’s

The next time you get a hankering for a cookie, make a trip to Clayton for Colleen’s. From old standby cookie jar fare to ornately frosted shortbreads, they carry any cookie you could possibly crave.

My favorite flavored cookie of theirs is the toffee hazelnut. It’s got the perfect blend of chewiness and softness with just enough mix-ins to keep every bite interesting.

Colleen’s also frosts sugar shortbreads daily in a variety of festive shapes: rainbows, unicorns, you name it! And for your next party or big event, you can even buy decorative shortbreads in bulk—just make sure you run it by them first.

  • Address: 7337 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, MO 63105
  • Website: Colleen’s

Best bread: Union Loafers Café and Bread Bakery

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If you’re looking for the best bread in town, Union Loafers should be your first stop.

Whether you’re craving semolina, marble rye, or porridge bread, Union Loafers has a loaf for you. Their breads are well-hydrated and fluffy, making for some delicious, textured bites. And their sourdough pizza crust is to die for—their simple, classic pie, pictured below, is the best I’ve ever had.

Note that this charming place specializes in all things savory, so if you’re craving something cloyingly sweet, perhaps move down the list. That being said, their sole dessert on the menu, a quarter-pound chocolate chip cookie, is too good for words.

P.S. – While you’re there, pick up one of their boujee wines. I’ve had some of my favorite natural wines from Union Loafers, and they always pair well with a flavorful slice of their bread.

  • Address: 1629 Tower Grove Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
  • Website: Union Loafers

For a fresh spin on a classic: Knead Bakehouse + Provisions

Like Union Loafers, Knead is big on sourdough. However, they’re not just making loaves—they’re mixing sourdough into almost all of their baked goods. Donuts, coffee cake, and even kolaches get the sourdough treatment, bringing both extra airiness and tang to every bite.

You really can’t go wrong at Knead—everything is absolutely delicious. My favorite sweet treat has got to be the cinnamon sugar sourdough donut. It’s super simple, which allows the distinctive flavor to really shine through.

Best authentic Mexican pastries: El Chico Bakery

If you’re craving artfully-made Mexican baked goodies, head to El Chico on Cherokee Street. This unassuming corner shop is filled to the brim with all kinds of delectable Mexican pastries: empanadas, churros, pan dulce, and more!

I love their flaky orejas and their conchas—both so light and sugary, mm! Their crunchy, rainbow sprinkle cookies are delicious, too.

Best of all? Many of the pastries cost only a dollar or two. Talk about a bang for your buck!

  • Address: 2634 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118
  • Website: El Chico Bakery

Best unique bites: Pint Size Bakery and Coffee

Despite its unassuming name, Pint Size is no ordinary bakery. They carry some of the most innovative desserts you could imagine, including mini bundt cakes and brookies, AKA brownie/cookie hybrids.

If you’re in the mood for something salty instead, look no further than their wide variety of quiches and handpies.

But Pint Size is most known for their salted caramel croissants. These beauties are so popular that they had to start a two-croissant purchase limit!

If you’re worried about the source of the food you’re eating, don’t fret: Pint Size partners with several local farms to get the best ingredients around, so you know they’re a bakery you can trust. And they’re happy to collaborate on custom cakes for celebrations—just send them your vision, and they’ll make a cake to fit it.

If you want brunch with that: Russell’s on Macklind

Sometimes you want a meal to accompany your sweets, and for that, we recommend Russell’s on Macklind. Who said you couldn’t combine breakfast and dessert, huh?

Chef Russell Ping opened this sweet bakery with his mom when he was only 22 years old. Though the two were self-taught, they worked hard to make Russell’s a well-known local staple. While they serve a wide variety of dishes these days, they’re best known for their brunch and baked goods.

Personally, I highly recommend Grammy’s Carrot Cake or a chocolate-dipped peanut butter cookie to go with a breakfast burrito. For a salty fix, try Lola Jean’s Egg Sandwich.

And if you’re feeling that St. Louis pride, why not celebrate with some Gooey Butter Cake? Russell’s on Macklind offers nine different varieties of the city’s classic dessert, including Triple Berry, Toasted Coconut, and Espresso.