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1. Ipsento Coffee House2035 N Western Ave, Chicago
2. TipsyCake1944 N Damen Ave, Chicago
3. Luscious Layers Bakery2315 N Damen Ave, Chicago
4. La Farine Bakery & Cafe2909 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
5. Bang Bang Pie Shop2051 N California Ave, Chicago
6. Katherine Anne Confections2745 Armitage Ave,
7. Black Dog Gelato859 N Damen Ave, Chicago
Named after two latin roots meaning "to discover," Bucktown's Ipsento serves craft coffee drinks roasted with global, sustainable beans as well as a slew of baked goods and sandwiches, which are all named after beloved writers (try the F. Scott Fitzgerald, a ham, tomato, muenster, spinach, mayo and honey mustard sammy on multigrain bread). You can order your coffee to go or camp out at the bar in the modern-industrial interior — if there's space (this joint is popular).
This Bucktown cakery is the answer for all kinds of sugar rush seekers. They dole out cookies, cupcakes, and other fine pastries in addition to their cakes, which come in all shapes and sizes and are fully customizable.
With the most exceptional cupcakes in Bucktown, it's hard to let Luscious go untalked about. The precision and careful execution make a difference, as does their friendly customer service.
Located in Avondale, La Farine Bakery & Café originally opened with the sole purpose of baking for wholesale only. Over a decade later, and in a new location, La Farine offers more than just bread -- though the loaves are worth the long lines they draw. Seven days a week, you can also indulge in Bridgeport coffee, “morning goods” like pastries and croissants, savory items like sandwiches and quiches, as well as their sizeable repertoire of macarons (in nearly 20 different flavors) and seasonal cakes.
Logan Square's Bang Bang Pie Shop is a reminder of a simpler time, when everyone's favorite neighbor Ethel would let her pies cool on the windowsill. The pies at this bright and buzzy corner bake shop are handmade daily using the freshest seasonal ingredients, and their comforting scent alone will have you floating through the entrance. There are classics like key lime and apple, plus unique recipes like butterscotch meringue and maple bourbon pecan. You won't want to miss the small-batch sour cream biscuits either, which are served with ginger-sage sausage, gravy, a poached egg, and a side of seasonal jam.
Everyone loves candy shops (even 50 Cent)! Thankfully, Katherine Anne Porter (and NOT 50 Cent) is providing indulgent treats like truffles, marshmallows, caramels, and pastries.
From the ice cream queen whose small-batch, handmade frosty treats long graced local restaurants and specialty stores, Black Dog is an adorable corner parlor with pink, white, and floral-striped walls, a handful of wooden tables, and -- most important -- velvety gelato in unique flavors. Trust on this one: the goat cheese cashew caramel is a bowl of tangy, nutty goodness that will make you question why more frozen desserts don't involve goat cheese. Some other bizarre yet genius flavors? Sesame fig chocolate chip, blueberry French toast, and maple cayenne bacon.