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The Best Bakeries in Tijuana and North Baja

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

A woman's hand holding a chocolatin or pan au chocolat from bakery Atilier Sucre in La Cacho, Tijuana.

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

8am-4pm Sunday

+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

8am-4pm Saturday

Closed Sundays

+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

9am-4pm Saturday

Closed Sundays

+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:

Thursdays 10am-6pm

Saturdays 10am-2pm

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

Hogaza Hogaza

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

Open: 7:30am-9pm

+52 646 980 0050

Open 7:30-6pm Monday - Saturday, 8am-2pm on Sunday

Open: 8am-9pm Monday-Friday

+52 646 980 0050

Panaderia Bedolla

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.



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