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Tired of the same old holiday cookies? If you’re seeking new flavors this holiday season, these locally owned bakeries offer treats from around the globe. From one hemisphere to another, explore the world of international delights around the Valley. And if you’re already set on sweet treats this year, these places are open year-round.
La Purisima Bakery is about as authentic as it gets. There’s usually a line, especially around the holidays, but it’s well worth the wait. The conchas, empanadas, tortillas and dozens of other delicious treats are made in-house, fresh daily. And for the tamale lover in your life, you can get prepared masa and corn husk shells.
Macarons from Paris Rendez-Vous or Essence Bakery are always très bien. La Madeleine offers a traditional Bûche de Noël, a rolled sponge cake decorated to look like an actual log and served for Christmas dessert.
The owners of Lior the Baker are no strangers to the spotlight. They’ve been featured in several local publications for their pastries and bread. The owners, Lior and Lili, serve up different flavors of challah, croissants, rugelach and one-of-a-kind babka. Everything they make is certified kosher. Shalom!
If you’re craving flaky dough and nutty fillings, the Balkan Bakery has you covered. Open since 2007, this authentic Bosnia bakery serves up everything from freshly baked bread to savory pastries and sweet desserts. But don’t go in expecting to try to best dish. According to the owner Jasenko Osmic, “We don’t have a special because everything we make is special. We are the specialty.” And it shows. This bakery consistently sells out fast, so do yourself a favor and get there early.
Located in the Mekong plaza, the AA Ozzy Bakery (formerly known as AA Wholesome) has a wide array of familiar and foreign delights. You can play it safe with a mini pecan tart or get more adventurous with their lotus & yolk pastry. If you’re not sure, just ask. The friendly staff is happy to hand out free samples and answer any questions.