Our Favorite Local Bakeries Around the World

October 27, 2015
By: Travel + Leisure Staff

Every city has its beloved local bakeries—places that reliably turn out aromatic loaves of baguette or pumpernickel, small cafes that bake a pie, cupcake, or cookie that you crave daily. We combed some of our favorite spots around the world, sampling their goods (it was tough work) along the way. Here, the spots not to miss, whether your afternoon coffee break leans sweet or savory.

New Orleans

In the city that gave us doberge cakes and muffaletta loaves, the aromas of king cakes during Carnival and chicory coffee year-round, bakeries are essential to everyday life. They do more than serve treats; they preserve New Orleans’ rich food culture. Here are nine standouts, and what to order at each one.

Willa Jean-New Orleans’ bakery du jour, this much-anticipated offering from the Besh Restaurant Group showcases the prodigious talents of John Besh’s top pastry chefs, Lisa White and Kelly Fields. Open since August in downtown’s Central Business District, Willa Jean is a homey bakeshop that offers such indulgences as cinnamon rolls, donuts, and biscuits—plus a coffee program and a full bar serving adult slushies. This is New Orleans, after all.