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Best Bread Shops In The Twin Cities

April 11, 2011 3:59 PM

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Bread … it’s one of those things where if you’re good at baking it, it’s the best. But if you’re like me and bread isn’t in your culinary skill-set, there’s nothing like buying a good loaf of bread or finding the perfect baguette. Check out this list of places in the Twin Cities to get a carb-overload (in no particular order.)


3220 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55416

When I asked people about the best bread in the Twin Cities, this was by far the most-mentioned place. Featuring staples like baguettes, multigrain, rolls and focaccia each day, the bakery makes at least one specialty each day in addition to pastries, cookies and desserts. Check out the egg braids on Fridays and Sundays or for the more adventuresome, drop by on a Tuesday for Pugliese, a wheat bread with chunks of roasted potatoes.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

5 locations in the Twin Cities

Every time I walk into Great Harvest, I have a hard time deciding which bread I am going to take home with me. It’s a good thing they offer samples, or I never would have discovered the amazing Cinnamon Chip Bread (which translates to some pretty darn good French Toast … should it make it to the next morning for French Toast!)

Patisserie 46

4552 Grand Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Open since the summer of 2010 in the Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis, Patisserie 46 serves up a daily rotation of breads, baguettes and, of course, something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Featured breads include raisin rye, mountain bread, onion focaccia and oatmeal bread. They’re not open on Mondays, so plan ahead if your early-in-the-week dinner requires a side of bread.

Pardon My French

1565 Cliff Road
Thomas Lake Center
Eagan, MN 55122
651-454-CAFÉ (2233)

This suburban café and wine bar has a number of different French breads available daily, including baguettes, Walnut-Bacon Bread, Tomato Bread, Olive Bread and Provincial Bread. Looking for a bit more than bread? This café serves soups, salads and sandwiches and is open until 9 p.m. on the weekdays and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays.

Sun Street Breads

4600 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Kingfield Market fans rejoice. Sun Street Breads opened in March 2011, featuring breads including the standard baguette, Apple of My Eye Rye, Red River Valley, Mercy Wheat Berry and Wright’s Walnut. If sweet is what’s on your mind, they’ve got you covered too with a daily selection of scones, caramel rolls, bacon biscuits and domino cookies.


3 locations in the Twin Cities

With three locations in the Twin Cities, this dairy-free bakery also features a number of breads high in fiber and some low-sodium varieties. Like many bakeries, the bread selection changes daily, so if you’re hankering for a specialty, like Blueberry Cranberry, Greek Olive Ciabatta or Walnut Babka, make sure you plan your visit accordingly. Breadsmith also offers seasonal specialties including Hot Cross Buns around Easter and Cranberry Orange Bread in the winter.

P.J. Murphy’s

1279 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

A staple at the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market on Nicollet Mall on Thursdays in the summer, P.J. Murphy’s bakes up a wide variety of breads ranging from white bread to specialty fruit bread. They’re not open at their St. Paul location on the weekends, but they can also be found at the VA Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays during the summer.

Turtle Bread Company

3 locations in Minneapolis

With three locations in Minneapolis (including a rare downtown Minneapolis location), and a fourth soon opening in the Longfellow neighborhood, Turtle Bread Company is good for meals in addition to your weekly bread run. This bakery features the standard breads including baguettes, Sunflower Rye, Country Sourdough and Cracked Wheat and then takes some liberties, including the one that intrigues me most: Chocolate Loaf. Not that adventurous? They’ve also got Challah, a Cardamom braid and Craisin Pecan Levain.

a bakers wife Best Bread Shops In The Twin Cities

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A Baker’s Wife

4200 28th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(No Website)

If you can manage to stifle the urge to indulge in A Baker’s Wife’s sweeter offerings (and, trust me, there are plenty to tempt you — danishes, donuts, sweet rolls, cakes, cookies and strudels), this south Minneapolis bakery serves up some of the best and most wallet-friendly loaves you’re apt to try and consume in a single sitting. You know what? Go ahead and grab one of the chocolate croissants while you’re there. You deserve it.

-Toby Collodora is the Digital Content Manager for WCCO and is always looking for good places to satisfy her never-ending cravings for carbs.

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  • Paul

    PJ Murphys does not belong on this list-very mundane-nothing special

  • Quinn

    PJ Murphy’s is open on Saturday, closed Sunday.

  • Joyce
  • Eric

    The list should include the newly opened Sunstreet Breads at the corner of Nicollet Avenue and 46th Street. Sunstreet’s baquette’s are equally delicious to Patisserie 46- which happens to be only a few blocks away.

    • Alec

      They do include Sunstreet Breads.

    • geeze

      Read the list Eric – geeze

    • willie Nillie

      Eric, go back and read the list……it’s there, you Republican!

  • Helen

    A Bakers Wife is good. His chibatta (spelling) is to die for.

    • Ruth

      I agree Helen but my personal favorite is the American Tea Cakes!

    • A.T.

      I agree Helen; I’ve taken Baker’s Wife’s ciabatta bread to potlucks and gotten rave reviews. There were similar rave reviews for some dinner rolls I took to a family holiday meal. Don’t forget the chocolate snowballs, though, which are my personal favorite. He did a very traditional wedding cake for me: great service, and the cake was a big hit.

  • Barb Singsank

    Breadsmith is not only dairy free, but Kosher Parve. It has some of the best Vanilla Egg Challah, and the cinnamon swirl bread makes a fabulous french toast.

    • Emelda Smith

      The Breadsmith also donates bread to the churches feeding the homeless every Sunday.

  • Lori

    Pardon My French has delicious sweet treats too.

    • Leslie

      Do they ever! I walk into the door, and it takes every ounce of my willpower to NOT lick the display cases! Also, be sure to try their lunch or dinner options before you scream home with your bread goodies. Very droolworthy!

      • Daniel Riojas

        True, it’s one of my favorite places, I miss it now that I’m out of town.
        The service is excellent and charming ;)

  • mike z

    I grew up on Fairmount Ave. and Pascal Street just two blocks from the Breadsmith on Grand and Snelling Aves. Now that I live in Maplewood, I still travel over to the Breadsmith to purchase a loaf of honeywheat bread and sometimes buy of muffins as well. Not only is their bread delicious, it is very healthy loaded with good fibers and minerals. I will still travel back to my old neigborhood in St. Paul from Maplewood for some natual bread. It is well worth the trip!

  • Kenneth Sachs

    Where is New French? Their rmultigrain sourdough is excellent. Where is French Meadow? Their rustic rye is outstanding. Great Harvest breads are all soft. I frew up on hard crust zizzle rye. Hard crust breads are the best

  • Tom

    When you come visit Northfield for its Saturday morning Riverwalk Market Fair check out the Brick Oven Bakery located behind Casey’s gas station near McDonald’s. Their Minnesota Wild Rice bread makes the best grilled cheese.

  • Natasha Fleischman

    The website listed for Great Harvest Bread Company is only for three of the five stores in the Twin Cities. Please include the GHBC in Woodbury,
    Thank you!

  • Rob

    The Minnesota Bread Company in Forest Lake should definitely be on the list. AMAZING products and EXCELLENT customer service. They do not use any milk, sugar, shortening or eggs in their savory breads and are delicious! Best I have ever tasted!

    • Kenny E

      I would 100% agree. This bread will be all the rage. It would be great to see more locations. I have seen their products in a few stores. We love the Cranberry Walnut bread and the Jalapeño Cheddar is great. The staff is wonderful. They make you feel like close friends. We can’t wait for out next trip to Minnesota Bread Company.

  • Josephine

    I agree with Rob! The best little bread company in the Cities has got to be the Minnesota Bread Company in Forest Lake, right off 35 and Broadway. Their bread is to die for – so many yummy flavors & so healthy, too! Check it out; you’ll definitely want to add it to your list.

  • Cookie

    Baker’s Wife Bakery is my favorite place…Try the cho. donuts…Every thing is
    just great…

  • Steve

    I’m with all of you. I don’t know how many of the bread shops do so but the friendly proprietors at Minnesota Bread Company will even make dinner rolls out of your favorite bread dough and the list of bread types is excellent. The shops also sells the very best pasta our family has ever had – made from MN Red Wheat it cooks in a fraction the time and just like the breads, their pasta comes in an amazing combination of flavors. They need to expand!

  • tall

    rush city bakery rocks……cannot be beat….seasoned breads the best

  • Mosskoet

    If you have not been to The Bakers Wife you really need to check it out. Fantastic bread! The prices are pretty great too!

  • Jack

    When I saw the bread category, all I knew was that if the Turtle Bread Company wasn’t on the list, I’d have to give up on the Best Of lists. Everything there is melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious! A friend of mine had a college graduation party and they allowed her to do a cake-tasting (like you would for a wedding). We loved everything, even things we normally don’t like. (I hated carrot cake until I tried theirs.) And their cheesecakes are so good they’ll bring Jesus back early. As for their breads, you just want to absorb every loaf by osmosis! I love the Turtle! South Minneapolis has always been uniquely rich in great things. Not just breads but restaurants, neighborhoods and things to do. I’m not surprised South Minneapolis dominates this list.

  • Jill

    Diamond City Bread located in downtown Elk River is a favorite spot! Fresh homemade breads and pastries daily with a great variety of choices!!! Delicious!!

  • Kenneth Sachs

    Rustica’s miche, Breadsmith’s multigrain, French Meadow’s rustic rye & New French’s multigrain sourdough are the best breads in the metro area. How do I know? I grew up on Chicago’s West Side in the 24th Ward. There were 5 bakeries within 3 Chicago bloack of our apartment. One specialized in pastries a
    cakes the others in bread and rolls. One was kosher.It’s about time the Twin Cities had some good bread.

  • O

    Ya the best of bread the best 8 track ever!!!!!!!!!

  • Betsy

    Apprecoiatin for this information is over 9000—thank you!

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  • dev

    Has anyone had classic French Bread in New Orleans? And then found the equvilent up here? If so, please email me!

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