3 cheers for these 5 Twin Cities neighborhood bakeries

November 16, 2018

Augustines Bar Bakery

Yes, theres a bakery counter tucked inside this restaurant-bar, a source for flaky croissants, diet-wrecking cinnamon rolls (drop in on weekends for the decadent pecan-caramel rolls), muffins, breads and more. 1668 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-447-3729, augustinesmn.com

Dennys 5th Avenue Bakery

This 49-year-old institution has a big wholesale operation (the kitchens buns are the foundation of many top Twin Cities burgers), but the retail side is a treat literally with a crowd-pleasing list of bars, cookies, doughnuts (including excellent Bismarcks), pastries, cakes and other temptations. 7840 5th Av. S., Bloomington, 952-881-4445, dennysbakery.com

PJ Murphys Bakery

Newish owners Franandccedil;ois Kiemde and Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde have reinvigorated this Capital City classic (croissants! challah!) while preserving its many traditions. Love the ever-changing Cupcake of the Week. 1279 Randolph Av., St. Paul, 651-699-9292, pjmurphybakery.com

Sarah Janes Bakery Northeast

The hardworking Botzet family lovingly turns out all kinds of goodies coffee cakes, fruit and cream pies, turnovers and really has a way with cake doughnuts and Long Johns. 2853 NE. Johnson St., Mpls., 612-789-2827, sarahjanesbakery.com

Valley Pastries

Doughnuts, doughnuts and more doughnuts. Doughnut holes, too, along with fruit-filled Danish. 2570 Hillsboro Av. N., Golden Valley, 763-541-1535, valleypastries.com

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