We all need to indulge in a sweet treat from time to time, and there’s nothing better than the taste of fresh-made artisanal bread. From pastries to sourdough to donuts, these bakeries will hit the spot when you have your next carb craving. Our list even includes places with gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan options, so you can pick something up for everyone! It’s hard to put into words just how delicious the offerings at these 8 top bakeries in Albuquerque are, but we’ll try our best.
1. The Burque Bakehouse
What once started at a downtown Albuquerque farmers’ market, The Burque Bakehouse is one of those places that just radiates love for quality food. Their ingredients are locally-sourced and their baked goods are all hand-crafted in small batches. They’re even part of a collective dedicated to producing healthy and affordable sandwich bread. Plus, they even support good causes by donating some of their profits to local Indigenous organizations in the area.
When you go, try their croissants (they take three whole days to make!), creative sourdough flavors, or delicious warm drinks. The Burque also has a selection of vegan croissants, making this one of the best bakeries in Albuquerque for just about everyone.
You’ll find The Burque Bakehouse at 640 Broadway Blvd SE.
2. Ihatov Bread and Coffee
This James Beard Award nominated shop has some of the very best bread in all of Albuquerque. They offer delicious sourdough with that true sour taste, as well as pastries, quiche, outstanding coffee, and more.
To top it off, Ihatov has developed a reputation for its excellent service and laid-back atmosphere. We don’t think we need to say much more – if incredible bread and coffee is what you’re after, you can go ahead and make a beeline for Ihatov.
You’ll find Ihatov Bread and Coffee at 3400 Central Ave SE.
3. Fat City Eats, Treats & Sweets
We’re suckers for a business with a cheeky name, and Fat City takes the cake (pun intended) for the best name on this list. This family-run business uses locally-sourced ingredients and local flavors to make their classic New Mexico recipes.
We personally love their white chocolate pistachio cookies and their blue corn cookies. If you’re feeling inspired, try the bisco bar. which is an innovative take on the famous New Mexico state cookie (spoiler: it’s so good).
You’ll find Fat City Eats, Treats & Sweets at 5200 Eubank Blvd., B-2.
4. Rude Boy Cookies
If Fat City won in the naming category, Rude Boy comes in a close second. This cookie joint offers all the classics, like red velvet, peanut butter, snickerdoodles, and more. But that’s not at all. They also have sizable ice cream sandwiches and what might be the most ingenious edible item we’ve ever heard of: a cookie shot glass.
You can order a glass of milk or almond milk to go with your cookie (is there anything more wholesome than that?) Rude Boy also offers a selection of vegan and gluten-free cookies. They don’t use preservatives or artificial colors, and as a Black-owned and woman-owned business they are also dedicated to anti-racism. We love a cookie with a purpose!
You’ll find Rude Boy Cookies at 1916 Central Ave. SE, Suite E.
5. Bittersweets Bakery
Definitely one of the best bakeries in Albuquerque, Bittersweets Bakery is our go-to place for mouth-watering cupcakes. They rotate through over 60 unique cupcake flavors. Any given day you’ll be surprised by the delicious flavors you can find in-store. They also offer six staple flavors you can count on finding every day, including salted caramel and strawberry lollipop.
Apart from their incredible cupcakes, Bittersweets also offers pies, cookies, and cakes – you can even have your wedding cake made here! Order ahead for vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free options of most menu items, or pop in on any Saturday to snag some fresh gluten-free cupcakes.
You’ll find Bittersweets Bakery at 9401-A Golf Course Rd. NW, Suite A.
6. Rebel Donut
Pick up a hand-made donut or a dozen at this fun bakery. They offer classic flavors (including the “Homer”), apple green chile fritters, red chile chocolate bacon donuts, and liquor-infused donuts for their 21+ customers. Our favorites are the French toast donuts – they taste like a delicious fried breakfast.
Vegan and gluten-free options are available, and you can even order a stacked donut cake. We’re going to remember the donut cake idea when it’s time for one of us to get married!
You’ll find Rebel Donut at 9311 Coors Blvd NW, Ste QA.
7. ABC Cake Shop & Bakery
ABC’s half-century of operation alone should be enough to convince you of what a fixture this bakery is in Albuquerque. This place first opened its doors 50 years ago and has been providing locals with yummy and beautiful cakes and pastries ever since. This is more of an order-ahead type of place. Where you can get delicious and beautiful treats made for your event.
ABC makes truly gorgeous wedding cakes, and they also offer fun cakes decorated for any occasion. Their cookies and cupcakes will also be a big hit at your event. You can even order gluten-free and sugar-free treats. Note that they have minimum orders on most of their small treats. So, they recommend ordering with at least 48 hours notice before your event.
You’ll ABC Cake Shop & Bakery at 1830 San Pedro Dr NE.
8. Crème de la Crème
We had to include something a little different in our list of fantastic bakeries in Albuquerque. This place specializes in crème brûlée and artfully decorated European cakes. We had to double-check, but crème brûlée is technically a baked dish and so Crème de la Crème made it onto our list of the best bakeries in Albuquerque.
The cake flavors here have names like Rumore Gioioso (“joyful noise”) and Sempre Grato (“always thankful”). Crème brûlée flavors include masala chai, lavender, and coconut. The flavors are subtle and delicate, with that satisfying crack when you break the surface.
You’ll find Crème de la Crème at 9904 Montgomery Blvd NE.
With so many great bakeries in Albuquerque, we’re not sure how you’re going to choose just one. Perhaps the best option is to just sample all of them.