The 10 Best Bakeries in Connecticut!

This is sure to set your sweet tooth afire and have you booting up your GPS to visit one of these fine, sugary destinations. Feast your eyes by following this list of the top bakeries that you can find across Connecticut. From dreamy cupcakes, to handmade doughnuts, pastries, and international delights, you are sure to find something to make your mouth water.

1. Sugar Bakery, East Haven, CT

Opened more than 10 years ago by a mother-daughter team, Sugar Bakery is easily one of the top bakeries in Connecticut. Stop by their main location or track down one of their two food trucks to enjoy some of their sweet treats. At Sugar Bakery, you'll find 30 flavors of cupcakes including cannoli, Hostess, coconut dream, chocolate salted caramel, the German, s'mores, and so much more! In addition to cupcakes, you can order cake and cookies from Sugar Bakery for your special event. Fun fact: Sugar won an episode of Food Network’s famous “Cupcake Wars.”

2. Flanders Donut, Bagel & Bake Shop, East Lyme, CT

Flanders Donut, Bagel & Bake Shop is a local favorite that opens early enough for your morning commute (on most days it opens at 4 a.m.). At Flanders Bakery, you'll find a huge selection of freshly baked treats such as doughnuts, bagels, and Danishes. The must-try treats are crumb doughnuts and cinnamon rolls, but a close second is an egg bagel with cream cheese evenly spread on both halves of the bagel. You'll also be delighted that prices are reasonable and service is fast.

3. NoRa Bakery, West Hartford, Middletown, Canton, CT

This cool, very Instagrammable bakery has three locations in Connecticut as well as a food truck to cull your sweet tooth's craving. Daily cupcake options for each store can be found on their website, but you can expect to find offerings such as pumpkin patch, java chip, hot cocoa, vanilla bean, Samoa, and salted chocolate caramel. They also serve vegan and gluten free cupcakes. In addition to cupcakes, they sell specialty cookies that they have aptly named "gangsta cookies." These cookies are often filled and then coated with chocolate and topped with even more goodies. They really are something special!

4. Scratch Baking, Milford, CT

Moving slightly away from the super-sweet, Scratch Baking is a homegrown bakery that focuses on using organic and locally-grown ingredients when available. At Scratch Baking, you'll find a selection of breads, scones, croissants, pies, muffins, and brownies. If there is an item on their menu that you really want to try, be sure to check the day of the week it is available in-store, as specialties such as pastries and breads rotate.

5. Neil's Donuts, Wallingford, CT

About 40 types of doughnuts are sold at Neil's Donuts each day and many of them are cut and filled by hand. Doughnut selection includes classics such as Boston cream, Bavarian cream, glazed, jelly, and crullers. In addition to delicious doughnuts, Neil's sells Danishes, made to order breakfast sandwiches, muffins, coffee cakes, pies and cookies. This surely is a great place to stop for a huge selection of breakfast sweets.

6. The Cake Lady, New London, CT

Another delicious stop for handmade cupcakes can be found along the shoreline in southeastern Connecticut. A stop at the Cake Lady will see you trying one of their delicious cupcakes that rotate depending on the day. Cupcake flavors include carrot cinnamon, red velvet, Funfetti, chocolate Oreo, mint chip, mocha chocolate chip, and many more. Cakes and cupcakes can also be ordered and specially made for your big event.

7. Giuliano's Donut & Bake Shop, Niantic, CT

Located in the quaint Niantic, Giuliano's is easily spotted with its statue of a friendly-looking baker just outside the front door. After noticing the statue, you'll surely smell the delicious treats being freshly baked each day at Giuliano's. Be sure to stop in for stuffed bread, muffins, pastries, and made to order egg sandwiches. Stop by early to have the best selection as they do tend to sell out of many options early!

8. Mozzicato de Pasquale, Hartford, CT

This Italian bakery produces fine Italian cookies, cakes, breads, and pastries. Let your imagination take you to Italy with a quick espresso from their bar to go with a cannoli or tiramisu, or enjoy a leisurely scoop gelato in one of their handsome booths. If you are in more of a rush, you can even order cookie platters online or pick up something from their storefront to take home with you.

9. Lorca, Stamford, CT

This beautiful cafe and bakery gets its inspiration from Spain, so surely you'll enjoy traveling with your taste buds at Lorca. Enjoy freshly made churros with warm dipping sauces, orange olive oil cake, pastries, and alfajores, which are butter cookies filled with dulce de leche. If you find yourself feeling a bit hungrier than simply a baked good, stay for their breakfast sandwiches, avocado toast, or enjoy a sandwich and soup for lunch. Lorca really has a stunning menu.

10. Dee's One Smart Cookie, Glastonbury, CT

Dee's One Smart Cookie bakery is notable in Connecticut because it creates its sweet treats without GMOs, gluten, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, and soy products. Thus, Dee's is the best option for those who love sweets but have a dietary restriction or allergy. At Dee's, your sweet tooth will be satiated with several cupcake flavors, bagels, muffins, coffee cake, bread, whoopie pies, and many, many more options. I'm sure you'll be impressed by the huge number of options available.

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