Food & Drink

LA's 8 best Mexican bakeries

Published On 05/05/2014 Published On 05/05/2014
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1. Guadalajara Bakery 4506 Inglewood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (Culver City)

This no-frills Mexican bakery is the perfect place to pick up something sweet to munch on. From pastries, to tarts and bread, they've got you covered. But make sure and arrive early to get it straight out of the oven. Plus it's pretty cheap, so, win-win.

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2. Antequera Bakery 1704 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This family-run hole-in-the wall churns out pan dulce, pastries and anything else you'd expect from a Mexican bakery. Turn up cash-in-hand if you plan on leaving with a bag of sugary goodness.

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3. Sonora Bakery 4484 Whittier Blvd, East Los Angeles, CA 90022 (East La)

At this East LA spot, the pan dulce is always fresh, and their tamales, croissants, and other savories are also high quality. And if you get the chance, try out their custom cakes (one of their specialties), as well.

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4. La Espiga de Oro 20931 Roscoe Blvd, Canoga Park, CA 91304

The Canoga Park Mexican bakery doles out the usual cakes, bolillos, and conchitas, but they also carry empanadas con fresa, and instead of a meat filling, they’re overflowing with a sweet strawberry jam.

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5. El Gallo Bakery 4546 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022 (East La)

Pyaso, elotes, and galletas make this third generation Mexican bakery the perfect remedy for a sweet tooth. Expect a line for their worth-the-wait, deceivingly simple orejas (ear-shaped, flakey sweet breads).

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6. La Favorita Bakery 2305 E 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (East La)

With crazy-sweet bolillos and conchitas, this Mexican bakery will soon be your favorite (get it?) in Boyle Heights.

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7. La Monarca Santa Monica 1300 Wilshire, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

Because everyone in Santa Monica is always like "where the hell are my cazuelas?!", La Monarca responded with their traditional Mexican bakery slinging drinkables like organic Oaxacan coffee and specialty Mexican sodas, along with breakfast (croissants filled with guava, palmier-style Orejas), and sandwiches on artisan rolls or traditional Mexican bread.

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8. La Mascota Bakery 2715 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

This Boyle Heights bakery's been whipping up the same lunch staples and sweet treats since it opened its little corner operation back in 1952. If you don't get there by the time the day's fresh-baked breads and pastries run out in the afternoon, it's no big deal. There'll always be a few basic sandwiches made from the leftover rolls, a pile of hot beef, chicken, or pork tamales, and a steaming vat of spicy menudo stew just waiting to be devoured instead.

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