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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Bloomington's Best Bakeries

Categories: Wine & Culinary

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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!

Two Sticks Bakery

Cupcakes and cookies on metal trays behind the glass at Two Sticks

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

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!

Cresent Donut

Cresent Donut counter

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.

Rainbow Bakery

rainbow bakery

Rainbow is Bloomington's only 100% vegan bakery. 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.

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.

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.

Baked! of Bloomington

Red Velvet cookies from Baked!

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. 

Crumble Coffee & Bakery

Crumble Cafe & 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).

Square Donuts

Close up of 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!"

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa Davis

Alyssa is Visit Bloomington's Digital Content Coordinator. She's also a proud IU alumna, mom to four cats, and a travel 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 her cats and a great book, or on the couch binge watching Netflix's latest trending show.