In Bristol, you’re never far away from the scent of freshly baked bread or a counter chock-a-block with impressive cakes. Here are 12 of our favourite bakeries where you can satisfy any hankering for great bakes.

Bakers & Co

Part of the hospitality group that runs Gambas, Bravas and Cargo Cantina, Bakers & Co is an artisan sourdough bakery and café on Gloucester Road.

As well as knocking up excellent loaves of sourdough bread, they’re big on pastries and sweet treats, with delicious croissants, chocolate babka and brownies often on the menu. Pair with a coffee, which come courtesy of local roastery Extract, for the perfect pit stop on your way up Gloucester Road.

Cakes, pastries and bread on the counter at Bakers & Co

Image - Bakers & Co, credit Jason Ingram

Papadeli

Based in Clifton, just off Whiteladies Road, Papadeli’s cake counter is legendary. Pay a visit and you’ll be greeted with sweet treats such as New York cheesecake, rocky road and spiced carrot cake, alongside an equally tempting selection of savoury food. 

While you’re there, raid the deli for everything from cheese and condiments to wine and beer, sourced from quality producers across the UK and Europe. Prepare to leave with more than you went in for.

Cakes on display at Papadeli

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Ahh Toots

Formerly based in St Nicholas Market, today you’ll find Ahh Toots in their new home at the bottom of Christmas Steps. The cakery is run by two bakers known for their incredible decorating skills, resulting in cakes that are as amazing to look at as they are to eat. As well as grabbing cake on the go from here, you can order showstopping bespoke cakes for special occasions.

Cupcakes decorated with purple and white flowers from Ahh Toots

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Pinkmans

Sour-dough-nuts are the star of the show at Pinkmans on Park Street. Their signature bake is super light and filled with scrummy flavours like chocolate pecan brownie. The team also whip up stand-out cakes, breads and pastries as well as breakfast and lunch dishes such as toasties and soup.

Raspberry sour-dough-nut from Pinkmans

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Hart’s Bakery

One visit to Hart’s Bakery and you’ll find it hard to resist popping in anytime you’re passing through Temple Meads, where it’s located under one of the station arches. They’ve recently launched an online shop too, so you can give yourself something to look forward to by ordering their delicious breads, pastries and savouries for collection later in the week.

Friands from Hart's Bakery Bristol

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The Bristol Loaf

After proving a hit with the people of Redfield, The Bristol Loaf opened a second branch of their bakery and café in Bedminster. Swing by either branch for brilliant bakes and light bites including plenty of veggie options, all made using organic ingredients sourced as locally and ethically as possible.

Millionaire's shortbread from the Bristol Loaf

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Farro

Even before opening the bakery in St Pauls, Farro’s breads and pastries were well loved by Bristol foodies, thanks to their regular appearances at local markets. Expect nothing less than expertly made, beautifully presented bakes, especially the flaky pastries which they specialise in.

Loaves of stoneground rye bread from Farro

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Mark’s Bread

Locals in Bedminster will already know about Mark’s Bread, whether they’ve picked up a loaf themselves or have walked past the queue outside the North Street bakery. The original bakers behind this south Bristol institution hung up their aprons at the start of 2021 but their talented team have kept up the award-winning standards.

Loaves of bread lined up on shelves at Mark's Bread in Bedminster

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East Bristol Bakery

Watch the bakers work their magic at this open plan craft bakery on St Mark's Road in Easton. With a big focus on top quality local ingredients, their award-winning ‘real bread’ is about as far from a bog-standard supermarket loaf as you can get. The seasonally changing cake counter is a real treat too.

Bread on display at the East Bristol Bakery

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The Assembly Bakery

There are actually two branches of The Assembly Bakery: one in Old Market and one in Wapping Wharf. The team use slow baking methods to create their sought-after breads, pastries and cakes. It’s especially worth swinging by for the daily special sandwiches made with their freshly baked bread and hearty fillings.

Vegan patty sandwich on Foccacia from Assembly Bakery

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Joe’s Bakery

Joe’s Bakery on Gloucester Road is the oldest working bakery in the city, with a 150-year history. The current owners have been running it for more than 30 years and keep customers returning with their cracking mix of classic, artisan and craft bread and confectionery.

Hot cross buns from Joe's Bakery

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Hobbs House Bakery

Family-run chain Hobbs House Bakery also goes way back, having started out in the 1920s in the Cotswolds. Their Bristol branch is on Gloucester Road where you can pick up their renowned sourdough bread, made with a 65-year-old starter, along with a host of other handmade treats.

Croissants and other pastries from Hobbs House Bakery

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Even more brilliant Bristol bakeries:

  • Mokoko in Wapping Wharf
  • The Park Bakery in Bedminster
  • Deli @ Sandy Park in Brislington
  • Sotiris Greek Bakery on Park Row
  • The Forest Bakery in St Philip’s Marsh
  • Dawson’s Bakery at Bristol food markets
  • Earthcake in Bedminster

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Bakers & Co
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Bakers & Co

Bakers & Co is a sourdough bakery and coffee shop, specialising in bread, pastries, sweet treats & provisions. Situated at 193 Gloucester Rd in Bristol.

Papadeli Cafe/Deli
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Papadeli cafe counter

The deli is open for takeaway salads, savouries, bread, coffee, cake, frozen meals and all the delicious treats. To order hampers and frozen meals, cakes, catering, check out their shop or email info@papadeli.co.uk. Delivery available in Bristol with Good Sixty.