Each week in Austin360, we’re offering a rotating list of places to eat right now. This week: From pastries to fresh bread, sandwiches to cupcakes, Austin has a host of excellent bakeries, many of which cater to the gluten-free and vegan crowd. More restaurants broken down by category here.
Austin Cake Ball. 5310 Burnet Road. 512-826-4824, AustinCakeBall.com. Birthday cake, lemon drop, tiramisu … this place has cake balls in more than a dozen flavors.
Capital City Bakery. 2211 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-666-7437, CapitalCityBakery.com. Individualized cakes, cookie sandwiches, brownies, cheesecake … and somehow it’s all vegan.
Delish Bakery. 209 W. Third St. 512-473-4118, DelishAustin.com. An assortment of cupcakes, including gluten-free and dairy-free options.
Easy Tiger. 709 E. Sixth St. 512-614-4972, EasyTigerAustin.com. More than a dozen breads, massive pretzels and pastries like chocolate croissants and Danish Krans right on Sixth Street.
Hey Cupcake! 5530 Burnet Road. 512-476-2253, HeyCupcake.com. They started in a trailer and grew to this location on the strength of popular cupcakes, such as their Red Velvet.
Joe’s Bakery & Mexican Food. 2305 E. Seventh St. 512-472-0017, JoesBakery.com. An assortment of Mexican baked goods and savory dishes.
La Mexicana Bakery. 1924 S. First St. 512-443-6369, La-Mexicana-Bakery.com. Open all night, serving huge buttery and sugary cookies, sheet cake and pastries such as their popular palmiers.
La Patisserie. 602 W. Annie St. 512-912-0033, LPaustin.com. No matter how you pronounce the word, the dozen or so macarons at this shop are amazing.
Mi Tradicion. 8716 Research Blvd. Suite 290. 512-374-9910. 801 E. William Cannon Drive, Suite 125. 512-445-9120. MiTradicionATX.com. The name changed (from Chuy’s Panderia), but the more than two dozen baked goods, including tortas and empanadas, are still great and now at two locations.
Mrs. Johnson’s Bakery. 4909 Airport Blvd. 512-452-4750, MJBakery.com. One of the best late-night stops in the city. You can’t go wrong with any of their donuts.
Nothing Bundt Cakes. 2785 Bee Caves Road, Suite 333. 512-329-8333, NothingBundtCakes.com. I’ll give you one guess what this place does oh so well. From lemon to white wine chocolate and red velvet, topped with arching petals of frosting.
Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery. 411 E. 43rd St. 512-453-3399, QuacksBakery-Hub.com. Beautifully decorated seasonal cookies, pumpkin bread and sinful chocolate cake in the heart of Hyde Park.
Royers Pie Haven. 2900-B Guadalupe St. 512-474-2800, RoyersPieHaven.com. The pies that made Round Top, Texas, famous are now right near campus.
Russell’s Bakery. 3339 Hancock Drive. 512- 419-7877, RussellsBakery.com. You can find their goods around town or go straight to the source. Strudels, croissants and Danishes bring the crowds, as do sandwiches like the excellent chicken salad.
Sugar Circus. 2613 E. Fifth St. 512-761-4100, SugarCircusATX.com. Mini-pies, cinnamon rolls and cupcakes, both vegan and traditional, from three ladies in East Austin. And they make some adorable custom cakes, and some rockin’ ones (witness the Guns N’ Roses cake).
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. 1905 S. First St. 512-448-3727, SugarMamasBakeshop.com. A host of daily specials and a small batch of regulars make this one of the best cupcake spots in town. The Banana Puddin’ (banana buttermilk cake filled with banana pastry cream and topped with fresh whipped cream and a miniature vanilla wafer) is one of the best birthday treats I ever received.
Sweetish Hill Bakery. 1120 W. Sixth St. 512-472-1347, SweetishHill.com. Cakes, wedding cakes, pastries and bread so good you’ll find it squeezing sandwiches all over town.
Texas French Bread. 2900 Rio Grande St. 512-499-0544, TexasFrenchBread.com. You can’t call yourself an Austinite until you’ve had the Hyde Park fudge cake. Also try the Hobbit bread (orange and poppy seed) or any of their great sandwiches on freshly baked bread.
Tiff’s Treats. Multiple locations. 512-473-2600, CookieDelivery.com. If you work in an office in Austin, you’ve likely had your afternoon spirits lifted by some of the gooey, warm cookies from this local juggernaut.
Upper Crust Bakery. 4508 Burnet Road. 512-467-0102, UpperCrustBakery.com. Stars here include the cinnamon rolls, strawberry cream cheese croissant and ham-and-cheese stuffed brioche.
Walton’s Fancy and Staple. 609 W. Sixth St. 512-542-3380, WaltonsFancyAndStaple.com. Don’t let the delicious Lone Star Whoopie Pie or gluten-free chocolate mousse tower keep you from trying the Golden Egg, nutmeg cake rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
Wild Wood Bake House. 3016 Guadalupe St. Suite 200. 512-327-9660, WildWoodbakehouse.com. This gluten-free bakery has been serving tiramisu, cheesecake, cookies and more for more than a decade.