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These 5 iconic Austin bakeries will satisfy your sweet tooth

These 5 iconic Austin bakeries will satisfy your sweet tooth

Sweetish Hill cinnamon roll
These retro bakeries have stood the test of time. Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe/Facebook

These homegrown establishments have been satisfying Austin’s sweet tooth for decades. Sure, cupcakes and macarons are hip now, and we’ve even got bakery-beer garden combinations. But for fresh and delicious baked goods, these ovens have stood the test of time.

La Mexicana Bakery
Open 24/7 for more than 27 years, La Mexicana serves authentic, oven-fresh Mexican breads and pastries baked using three different kinds of milk. Empanadas, cakes, pan dulces, bolillos and teleras, pralines, churros — it’s like taking a trip south of the border instead of just to South First Street.

Quack’s 43rd Street Bakery
After starting more than 30 years ago as Captain Quackenbushes Intergalactic Dessert Company and Espresso Cafe on the Drag, Quack’s is now a full-service espresso cafe and from-scratch bakery in Hyde Park. Quack’s bakes with fresh eggs, AA butter, unbleached and untreated flour, and no preservatives. Try the traditional iced cinnamon rolls. 

Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe
The doyenne of the Austin bakery family at 40-plus years old, Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe remains known for fresh-baked artisan breads, buttery cookies, and delicious cakes. Sweetish Hill long ago perfected the blueberry muffin, so take a bite. The West Sixth Street spot also serves Texas Traders coffee, as well as lunch, Texas wines, and Austin beers.

Texas French Bread
Serving freshly baked artisan breads, pastries, and desserts since 1981, this family-owned establishment brews locally roasted coffees and seeks out local and sustainably raised foods. It also serves breakfast; brunch; lunch; and a farm-to-table dinner service Wednesday through Sunday, featuring a wine list of natural or biodynamic winemakers and craft beer from local breweries. The croissants are to die for. 

Upper Crust
This locally owned operation opened more than 28 years ago, and its no-frills, central location still provides the perfect place to relax with a cup of Guatemalan coffee and a fresh-baked pastry. And, there's no Wi-Fi, which means people at the tables here read or engage in conversation instead of staring into a screen. Upper Crust is rightfully famous for its oft-copied cinnamon rolls, made with croissant dough and a blizzard of sugar and cinnamon; come early as they often sell out.