When thinking of bakeries and pastries, many people's minds jump instantly to France and its croissants, eclairs and fine confections, but the history of baked goods actually date back much further to the time of the Egyptians.
In fact, long before modern convection ovens, or even dutch ovens, Egyptians baked bread and the Romans formed bakers' guilds. In 1780, cast-iron coal-fired kitchen ranges were invented, which forever changed the baking industry.
We've come a long way from the crude baking methods of our ancestors, but sweets remain one of the most popular types of foods out there. to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further than Lakeview, an area that has more bakeries than most. Here are 15 mighty bakeries, ready to wow you with their baked creations.
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3301 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL, 60657
Jennivee's features cake flavors you won't find anywhere else.
Bittersweet Pastry Shop
1114 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
A cute bakery with a wide selection, Bittersweet Pastry Shop is ready to help fill special orders and satisfy all of your bakery needs.
3329 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
This bakery makes all sorts of tasty concoctions, including homemade donuts to pair with freshly brewed coffee. This shop is a tribute to authentic German bakeries.
Southern France Patisserie
1405 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613
This may be one of the best French pastry shops in all of Lakeview, boasting buttery and flaky croissants that rival ones you'd find in Paris.
3919 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60613
This is a truly authentic spot for trying all of the Mexican pastries your soul desires. Baked fresh every day, customers return time and again for these sweet and fluffy treats.
Lakeview Rewired Cafe
3508 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
This casual cafe provides a relaxing environment to enjoy a coffee along with cookies and other baked goods.
Smallcakes: A Cupcakery and Creamery
3054 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Known for its cupcakes, Smallcakes also serves some of the best milkshakes in the neighborhood. This bakery is not cheap, but that is to be expected with the quality of the treats.
3243 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Croissants, small cakes, macarons and fluffy baked goods are always fresh at this favorite bakery of Lakeview. Though pricey, the macarons are worth every penny.
3307 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 904 0777
Maison Parisienne is unique in the lengths it will go to to ensure that customers receive the best in French pastries —even if that means importing certain ingredients.
Lakeview Kitchen & Market
3109 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
This is a cookie-lover’s paradise. Cookies in a range of flavors and sizes are readily available, as well we other tasty and sweet treats.
915 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
A number of macaron flavors are available at this restaurant, as well as tasty beverages and more substantial items, like the breakfast sandwich. Brightly lit and friendly, this cafe is a local spot.
3114 N. Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
The recently opened Maison Marcel has fulfilled a great need in Lakeview: authentic macarons and delectable crepe served in a charming interior.
Linda’s Magic Brownies
3109 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Gooey goodness comes in a wide variety of flavors at Linda’s Magic Brownies, where brownie enthusiasts can fall in love with chocolate all over again.
Loba Pastry + Coffee
3422 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
This bakery is known for its delicate pastries and its delightful ambiance. Truly a foodie spot, Loba Pastry + Coffee is a must-try.
Wheat’s End Cafe
2873 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
Boasting great-tasting gluten-free options, this is a dream-come-true for individuals with Celiac disease or a wheat sensitivity. You wouldn't know that these tasty bites are gluten-free, which is what makes this such a great spot.