A gem of Baltimore, Piedigrotta Italian Bakery was originally a restaurant, bakery, and gelato parlor that was opened in 1969 in southern Italy, where the owner and founder is from. The name stayed the same when founder Carminantonio Iannaccone and his wife Bruna brought their shop to Baltimore in 2002. After being open for only a year, it was named ‘Baltimore’s Best Bakery.’ Iannaccone is also created the world famous Italian dessert, tiramisu. There is little reason not to stop into this hidden treasure in Little Italy and try the cannoli dipped in chocolate, lobster tail pastry, and of course the tiramisu.
Address & phone number: 1300 Bank St Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 522-6900
Located in Canton, Holy Crepe Bakery & Cafe is a family-owned bakery and cafe. Inside of this Canton row home are desserts are baked and made fresh on a daily basis, crepes with unique fillings and, of course, great coffee. One of Holy Crepe’s specialty items is the Charm City Crepe, which is stuffed with jumbo lump crab filling and topped with cream sauce. Be sure to check out the nice view on the second floor, and note that Holy Crepe now delivers!
An adorable vendor shop in the Belvedere Market, Pure Chocolate by Jinji is a great stop for a mid-day sweet treat. The chocolate is vegan, dairy free, and doesn’t use any refined sugars, but don’t be wary, the taste and quality are still excellent. You can even stop in and meet Jinji herself, who offers tastings of her decadent sweet treats (like the Chai Ganache or the Blueberry Tobacco truffle). She makes the chocolate treats herself from scratch, often changing the menu with innovative, new delicacies. This is a unique shop for any chocoholic.
With two locations in Baltimore, the downtown location of Café Poupon offers a small breakfast and lunch menu, and while it may not have a ton of options, everything they serve is fantastic. It is also a full bakery that takes orders for weddings and events, and offers baked goods to eat in or to take out. Its cakes are extravagant, unique, and made with great attention to detail, and the sweet treats in the shop are baked to perfection. The pear croissant, macarons, and famous bostok will keep you returning to Café Poupon.
Midnite Confections Cupcakery is a warm and welcoming little shop with, obviously, the best cupcakes in town. Sandra and Aaron are a mother and son duo who run this shop and bake the cupcakes themselves. The unique flavors include the ‘full moon’ cupcake, which is made with Bourbon Madagascar vanilla and real vanilla beans, or the signature black velvet cream cheese frosting. Though the shop is small and cozy, they still cater large-scale events like weddings, all while ensuring that their services are personal and high quality. Midnite Confections Cupcakery is a the perfect stop for either a midnight craving or your next big event.
Open in the Hamilton-Lauraville neighborhood since 2011, Hamilton Bakery offers breakfast, lunch, and a dessert menu. The pastries are hand-cut, and shaped so that every one is uniquely made. Hamilton’s also makes fresh artisan bread every day of the week, so even if you aren’t in the mood for a sweet dessert, a fresh loaf for the day is refreshing and warm. Artisan breads include unique flavors such as fig and anise, and other interesting desserts include the sweet potato bread pudding. The kind of place you can call your regular bakery, Hamilton is a hidden treasure within Baltimore.