Updated: Aug 1, 2022
Jump to Tijuana Bakeries or Jump to Ensenada Bakeries
Since I've started traveling in Baja California, I've made it my mission to discover all the best bakeries the state has to offer. With this mission nearly complete, I've put together a list of my favorite bakeries from Tijuana to Ensenada, that you should try the next time you visit Baja!
Map of Bakeries in Baja Nord
Bakeries in Tijuana
Atelier Sucré in Col. Dávila
Atelier Sucré has been operating in Tijuana for a number of years as a high end bakery with distribution channels through local cafés and restaurants. In April 2022, all that changed as they opened their first brick and mortar café and bakery. It's filling a niche in the Tijuana café space, as this is one of only a few cafés in the city with a robust offering of house made french pastries. Atelier Sucré is known to produce one of the best croissants in Tijuana-it's flaky crispy and buttery, everything that you want! Look out for their caracola de guayaba or guava roll, a unique offering in the city. To drink, try one of their flavored affogatos. The vibe is bright, airy, Parisian and glamorous, with seating available inside and outside.
Open: 7am-8:30pm Monday - Saturday
+52 664 207 7586
L'Abricot in Zona Urbana Rio
L'Abricot is a café bakery that specializes in cookies and desserts- think apricot cookies and fresh fruit tartlets. The vibe is very San Francisco neighborhood café, with vintage architectural details and antique furniture sprinkled around the space-more chic than cutesy. Keep L'Abricot in mind if you're in need of a special cake for a celebration as their offerings in this category are crowdpleasers to say the least. Stop by for a coffee and a sweet treat, or a full breakfast. Their chocolate mouse might be the richest one you’ve ever had. L'Abricot is typically chill enough to get some work done, so bring your laptop and make an afternoon of it.
Open: 9am-6pm Monday - Saturday
+52 664 634 0643
Clásica Panadería Artesanal in La Cacho
Opening in 2021, this classical Mexican bakery with a few French additions specializes in small batches of traditional Mexican breads enriched with butter rather than shortening. Expect a fun twist on the traditional, like their matcha flavored conchitas or pumpkin empanadas. They make seasonal treats throughout the year, like pan de muerto with fresh orange zest and rosca de reyes spiked with traditional toy babies. The "artesenal" in the name is not for show. They hand stretch their laminated pastry, which tend to include croissants, chocolatín / pain au chocolat and esnaimadas. Stop by for a slice of quiche and take a loaf of garlic rosemary sourdough home for dinner. The vibe is welcoming and warm, with bistro seating available outside.
Open: 8am-8pm Monday - Friday
+52 664 975 8703
Tahona Pan Artesanal in Calete
Tahona is purely a bakery operating in the traditional Mexican style. Grab the tongs and a tray and make your selections, before brining all your treats to the till to pay. They offer traditional Mexican breads and European specialties with more savory breads than sweet ones. Pan dulce, chocolatín, almond croissants, berry cheese danishes, dinner rolls, brioche buns, sandwich loaves and french bread are all on offer. Their laminated pastries sell out early so show up around noon to make sure you get one. Sourdoughs and baguettes are quite good here, though a slightly less crunchy crust than you might be used to, which caters to the local preference for softer breads.
Open: 8am-7:30 pm Monday - Friday
+52 664 632 4242
La Ventanita del Pan in La Cacho
This little bakery window has got to be the most creative bakery in the city. While their footprint is modest, their range of products is generous and always changing. A recent scroll of their Instagram shows: cronuts, apple pop tarts, nutella bread pudding, sesame chocolate chip cookies, mini chocolate pies, blackberry danish, Homer Simpson doughnuts, raspberry brownies, honey cheese danishes and almond berry croissants. The products are high quality and their flavor combinations are top notch. Stop by early and with an open mind and you will surely be pleased... as long as they're open! Their hours of operation can be confusing, with different times during the week for special order pickups. However, you should see a line for their walk up pasty window on:
Panadería Conde Duque in Playas and Revolucíon
Panadería Conde Dunue has positioned itself as a "masa madre" aka sough dough bakery, so they're bit more about the crusty rustic loaves than the sweet treats. They offer a large variety of beautiful artisanal breads and a small quantity of pastries. Check out their sourdough focaccia (sweet and savory varieties), jalapeño cheddar sourdough loaf, sourdough whole wheat sandwich loaves, bagels and buns. In terms of sweets, they produce anything from scones to galettes to laminated pastries, but their blueberry focaccia has got my attention.
Open: 8am-8pm Monday - Friday
9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday
+52 664 889 9686
Integral Bakery "La Alegria"
As the name suggests, Integral Bakery "La Alegria" is a whole grain bakery specializing in all of the products found at a typical Mexican bakery, but made with whole grain flours. They also have a fairly robust gluten free case and a mini bakery market with gluten free flours, seeds and harder to find flours in Mexico, such a rye flour. Try their gluten free mini nut tarts, banana bread or empanadas.
Open: 7:30am-8pm Monday-Sunday
+52 664 630 9699
+52 664 621 7084
Bakeries in Ensenada
Kofken Panificación Local
In my eyes, Kofken can do no wrong. I try to make it there every time I'm in Ensenada, just to see what they're up to and sample their latest experiments. Their products are all delicious, and they boast the best baguette in Ensenada. They also put out mini Italian focaccias, mini tarts and tiramisu, as well as really beautifully laminated croissants and chocolatín, which rival any in Tijuana. Try literally everything as the menu is seasonal and always changing! The vibe is like a bright and airy European rustic bakery. It's really unfortunate that they don't have any eat-in space, but they make lovely sandwiches for picnics. On June 30th 2022, they opened new location in Valle de Guadelupe, just around the corner from the cheese shop. So you can now grab a lovely breakfast or picnic items before heading out to the wineries!
Ensenada Location Open: Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4:30pm
Closed: Sunday and Monday
+52 646 185 8353
Valle Location Open: Thursday - Sunday 9am-4pm
Despite their unenthusiastic social media presence, Hogaza Hogaza is quite an established bakery in Ensenada, with 3 locations in the center of town and one location in Tijuana. Their cafe bakeries in Ensenada sport an attractive industrial chic vibe. While the Plaza Santo store has limited seating, the Adolfo López Mateos location is a full cafe with lots of seating and a substantial food menu. The bakery puts out fresh loaves of crunchy bread, desserts and cakes as well as laminated pastries. Try the pan de elote, made with fresh corn and baked in corn husk cups.
Open 8am-3pm Monday-Sunday
+52 646 175 2208
+52 646 980 0050
Open 7:30-6pm Monday - Saturday, 8am-2pm on Sunday
Open: 8am-9pm Monday-Friday
+52 646 980 0050
Tucked a bit away from the center of town, this little neighborhood bakery is as stylish as it is delicious. At its core, it's an extra chic traditional Mexican bakery. In 2021 they started to branch out into more international products and continue to perfect their recipes. It seems from their Instagram that they've started making french macaron - this is probably the only place to get them in Ensenada, so snatch them up if they're available!
7am-8:30pm Monday - Sunday
+52 646 190 9410
Cafe Petra in Ensenada
This home-turned-cafe is kind of a hidden gem in Ensenada. While their coffee is delicious and vibe is welcoming and warm, their pastries and desserts are really fantastic. They may not classify as a full bakery, but they have 1 baker who makes everything in really small batches, just for the cafe. The baked goods at this spot are very well done and deserve praise. Stop by Cafe Petra when you're in Ensenada for a chill coffee and croissant in their lovely outdoor space. The newly renovated upstairs space should be open soon!
Monday - Sunday 8am-9:30pm.