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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Bloomington's Best Bakeries

Categories: Wine & Culinary

When it comes to freshly baked sweets & savory treats, Bloomington's bakeries deliver at another level. From vegan donuts to completely customizable cookies, every bakery in town offers their own spin on baked goods. Forget a bar crawl — use this round-up to do a bakery crawl instead!

Baked! of Bloomington

Assortment of cookies from Baked!
Photo by Spoon IU

Baked! is a late-night favorite in B-Town. Born out of the need to satiate sweets cravings at any hour of the day (or night), Baked! offers customizable cookies delivered right to your door. Choose your dough, mix-ins, and after-bakes for the ultimate cookie creation. 
 

Blu Boy Chocolate Cafe & Cakery

blu boy

Blu Boy is Bloomington's resident hand-crafted chocolatier. While they specialize in a variety of truffles and hand-painted chocolates, they also offer cakes, brownies, cookies, French macarons, and pie.
 

Cresent Donut

Cresent Donut counter
Photo by Cresent Donut

Cresent Donut is a beloved Bloomington institution. Founded in 1961, the shop now serves donuts 24-hours-a-day, Wednesday through Sunday, offering a variety of classic & gourmet donuts for the community to enjoy.
 

Crumble Coffee & Bakery

Dish full of macarons from Crumble Coffee & Bakery
Photo by Crumble Coffee & Bakery

Crumble offers a large menu of pastries & baked goods at their two Bloomington locations. While they offer the usual traditional baked goods, we recommend you stop in for a signature crumble bar (a fruit-infused cookie bar) or a savory galette (a French pastry with a savory filling).
 

Crumbl Cookies

Display of Crumbl Cookies' weekly selection of cookies

Crumbl Cookies may be a national chain, but their cookies are well-worth the hype. Striving to bring the world's best cookie to confection lovers, Crumbl offers a rotating weekly menu of incredible cookies inspired by popular flavors, foods, and desserts of all kinds. Their open-concept kitchen is a treat as well — watch the bakery's team scratch-make all varieties of the dessert as you wait for your order to be hand-iced and packaged.
 

Feast Market & Cellar

Fall-themed cake from Feast Market & Cellar
Photo by Feast Market & Cellar

Feast Market & Cellar offers a variety of stunningly whimsical craft desserts. Selections include muffins, cupcakes, tarts, mini-cheesecakes, cookies, macarons, pies, cakes, and dessert trays. While all of their offerings are both beautiful & delicious, their cakes are where they really shine. The style in which they're decorated is a true treat for the eye — they're so beautiful, you almost don't want to cut into them! 
 

Nat's Bakery & Cafe

Nat's Bakery

Nat's Bakery is a bit of a hidden gem, as it's tucked away in the lower level of Fountain Square Mall. The bakery & cafe serves a wide variety of baked goods, including custom cakes, cookies, muffins, cupcakes, turnovers, and more.
 

The Owlery

An assortment of cupcakes, cookies, and dessert bars from The Owlery

The Owlery is a local-favorite for plant-based comfort food. Their entire baked goods selection is vegan-friendly, and it includes a rotating variety of cookies, cupcakes, pies, rice krispy treats, muffins, and scones. All of their desserts are so Instagrammable, you won't be able to resist capturing a shot for your feed before you dig in.
 

Rainbow Bakery

One dozen vegan donuts from Rainbow Bakery sit in a pink donut box.

Rainbow is another vegan bakery here in B-Town. Known for their vibrant atmosphere and incredible baked goods, Rainbow offers it all: donuts, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, Krispie treats, granola, breakfast sandwiches, hand pies, and scones. You want it, you got it.
 

Square Donuts

Close up of Square Donuts
Photo by Square Donuts

Square Donuts is Bloomington's other beloved donut shop. Operating for over 40 years, Square Donuts is known for — you guessed it — their square-shaped donuts. They offer a variety of fresh, fluffy donuts, baking by the motto "Never Cut Corners!"
 

Two Sticks Bakery

Cupcakes and cookies sit on metal trays behind the glass at Two Sticks in Bloomington.

Two Sticks is a woman-owned, from-scratch bakery that bakes their goods fresh each day. They offer three categories of baked goods: morning pastries (turnovers, danishes, cinnamon rolls), savory pastries (hand pies, focaccia, scones), and sweet treats (cookies, bars, cakes). Two Sticks is known for selling out very quickly, so arrive early for the best selection!
 

Underground Bakery

underground cupcake
Photo by Underground Bakery

Underground Bakery specializes in cakes & cupcakes. The bakery offers classic flavors, like French vanilla and red velvet; fruit flavors, including lemon poppyseed and strawberry champagne; special flavors, like salted caramel and root beer float, and chocolate flavors, such as dark chocolate raspberry and chocolate chili. The confections are just as beautiful as they are delicious!


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Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is the Digital Content Coordinator at Visit Bloomington. She's a proud Indiana University alumna, mom to four cats, and Formula 1 enthusiast. When she isn't at work, you can find Alyssa checking out the newest restaurants in the area with her husband, curled up at home with a great book, or planning her next trip to a destination near or far.

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