Few things in life rival the sensation of breaking open a freshly-baked roll, or biting into a perfect pastry. Luckily, New Hampshirites are at no loss for high quality bakeries. Whether you want to branch out from your usual, or plan a culinary tour of the Granite State, our list of top New Hampshire bakeries has something for every palate. Whether you’re gluten or sugar-free, or your life’s quest is to find the most decadent, buttery croissant in the state, add a little sweetness to your life and help support local business along the way.
Abigail’s is the best of all worlds—a certified organic facility, producing whole grain breads from passed down recipes, with the intent to promote healthy, delicious living. The result is preservative and chemical-free loaves and rolls that rival those made for Kings and Queens. Abigail’s is also a solid choice for difficult-to-find products, such as their incredible millet and sweet rice flour sticky buns, a gluten-free treat of epic proportions.
Baked is not so much a place as it is an experience, undertaken in the heart of downtown Manchester. Named the winner of Hippo’s Reader’s Picks for “Best Manchester Dessert” and “Best Manchester Whoopie Pie,” Baked holds a secure spot on our list and in our hearts. All ingredients are curated from local farms and transformed into culinary magic at one of two locations. Be sure to ask about their loyalty rewards program app.
Sugar and Spice Bake Shoppe in Salem offers dazzling desserts that taste as good as they look. Quality ingredients and an attention to detail make it one of the finest bakeries in the great state of New Hampshire. Be sure to try a piece of the carrot cake or the sugar and spice combo cake, a hodgepodge of decadence.
A trip to Concord’s Bread and Chocolate is like taking a step back in time. This quaint bakery with incredible goods relies on the old-fashioned notion of quality products and friendly service to make it a community staple. A trip to Bread and Chocolate is simply not complete unless you try the chocolate mousse (or mousse bomb), or one of their famous eclairs.
Jacques’ serves up seriously good pastries, but their well-earned claim to fame is custom cakes, from wedding to birthday. The Knot Magazine awarded them a perfect score of 100 for their bridal baking, and one look at their history shows just why. No need to wait for the perfect partner to enjoy one of these masterpieces—Jacques produces stunning cakes for any occasion, from baptism to birthday. Uncanny sugar reproductions of high-end handbags, lush landscapes, and exotic animals bring every event to the next level, and the friendly staff at Jacques is more than happy to help you create your perfect custom cake.
Every item turned out by Vintage Baking Company in Glen falls into one of three categories: treats, sweets, or bread. Make it your one stop shop for a picnic or light dinner, and grab some cheese, antipasto, an incredibly fresh baguette, and a selection of mini cakes to enjoy (all in store). Take advantage of Vintage Baking’s relaxed, warm environment and pop in on the weekend for one of their breakfast boules, an open faces concoction of egg, cheese, and brioche that will make you question every breakfast sandwich you’ve ever eaten.
Buckwheat’s is dedicated to providing fresh, local, and delicious gluten-free options for those who must or prefer to avoid it, without sacrificing taste. Open Saturdays only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buckwheat’s crowning achievement is a flaky baguette that tastes just as good as any wheat-filled loaf. Other noteworthy offerings include their hamburger buns and flatbread pizza crusts.
Founded in 2008 by Magdalena Randall, Lancaster’s Polish Princess Bakery turns out hearty, wholesome breads, delightful sweets, and quality savory offerings. Inspired by the owner’s experience of quality products made in her native Poland, the menu is somewhat brief but thoroughly developed and delicious. Try a soup, or an egg nest, and round it out with Lithuanian honey cake or a fruit tart.
Imagine a place filled with incredible baked goods, all without added sugar or gluten, low in sodium, and high in fiber. This Eden exists, helpfully in our very own Salem, and goes by the name of Chatila’s Healthy Bakery. Stop in to try their sugar, lactose, and fat-free ice creams, or a similarly clean doughnut. Treat yourself or someone you love and subscribe to Chatila’s “Pastry of the Month” club.
Favorites at Amherst’s Dutch Epicure Bakery include Irish soda bread, macaroons, coconut brioche, and all things chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. Truly European techniques go into their confections, and a long list of local fans confirm Dutch Epicure as one of the top bakeries in New Hampshire.