Irish soda bread is an important part of the history of Ireland and a cornerstone in every Irish baker’s arsenal. When Irish food becomes popular (somewhere around St. Patrick’s Day), many Americans seek out a taste of corned beef, cabbage and a big chunk of soda bread. Made with baking soda instead of yeast, soda bread was sometimes the only thing on the menu in Ireland during the days of the famine. Today, we all celebrate the rich history of Ireland and enjoy the great treat that is Irish soda bread!

Turtle Bread Company
3421 44th St. W
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 924-6013

Turtle Bread Company is a favorite bakery and bistro with three locations in Minneapolis. Every location is in a fun and quaint neighborhood that offers great meeting spot for the community. With an Irish owner, soda bread is a staple every March. Turtle Bread works hard to bake an authentic loaf of some of the most delicious soda bread in town. Using the traditional method of baking soda and buttermilk, Turtle Bread turns out a traditional loaf as well as some creative kinds with caraway and currents added. Try one or all!

Wuollet Bakery
1080 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 292-9035

A popular family-owned bakery in the Twin Cities for over 70 years, Wuollet offers breads, cakes and cookies that everyone can love. Their Irish Soda Bread is available year-round with a request ahead of time. Wuollet offers five locations around the cities and suburbs for those that want high-quality baked goods and personalized service. Their traditional Irish Soda bread comes with raisins and is perfect for St. Patrick’s day or any other occasion.

Sun Street Breads
4600 Nicollet Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 354-3414

Known for being one of the best bakeries in the country, Sun Street Breads gives us a bit of soda bread each year in March. While many come for their biscuits and gravy, they wind up loving everything else about this locally-sourced bakery. Right down to the perfect cup of coffee, brewed from local beans, Sun Street is the best place to have a bite in their large seating area and bring a loaf of soda bread back to the homestead. Visit your new favorite bakery today.

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Sarah Jane’s Bakery
2853 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-2827

Sarah Jane runs a traditional and small bakery that caters to the community. Open at 5 a.m., after a night of baking delicious breads, cakes and other delicious treats, this old-fashioned bakery is a neighborhood gem. Enjoy a perfect loaf of Irish soda bread during the month of March and crave it the rest of the year. Baked with love and high-quality ingredients, Sarah Jane takes pride in each item put in the front case. Don’t miss out on this St. Patrick’s special!

3939 West 50th St.
Edina, MN 55424
(952) 920-2778

The name says it all. Breadsmith specializes in making the best bread of all shapes, flavors and styles. While it is known for its daily selection of fresh sourdough loaves and muffins, Breadsmith cranks out seasonal breads to compliment every holiday and occasion. Their spring delicacy is fresh, delicious Irish Soda Bread. Made traditionally with local ingredients, any true Irishman or woman will swear to its authenticity. Best of all, Breadsmith is located in three places around the Twin Cities and all day-old bread is donated to those in need.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature.