Top 16 Bakeries in Columbus, Ohio to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Delectable cupcakes, mouth-watering cakes, and cookies that will melt your mind; check out the top bakeries that you can’t risk passing up.

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Sara Nuss

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Jan 21, 2021

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Whether you want something savory or sweet, something to enjoy with your family during dinner or wolf down a cookie on your lunch break, in a way you’re taking part in a ritual that has become directly tied to the human experience on this planet, something that connects each and every one of us. Every baker has their own personality, and with so many amazing bakeries to choose from, you’ll find endless satisfaction perusing this list of the finest bakeries Columbus has to offer.

Kittie’s Cakes

This German Village favorite is a must for one signature treat.

495 S 3rd St | German Village | kittiescakes.com

Quick Facts:

  • Two locations: Bexley and German Village
  • Known for their famous cinnamon rolls
  • Offer breakfast and lunch specials

Checking out their website, it’s clear that Kittie’s Cakes has a secret weapon to delight your taste buds. Their cinnamon buns were voted the best in all of Columbus by Columbus Monthly, and just thinking about their flakey, spongy cakes are enough to make my mouth water as I write this. But once you’re there, don’t stop there (after your 4th cinnamon bun, of course), check out their awesome cupcakes with different flavors every day! Whether it’s coconut cream, PB&J, or ooey gooey chocolate, their cakes stand out with originality and full-bodied flavor that are impossible to resist. Kittie’s Cakes are a must.

“What a lovely charming shop. The pastries look scrumptious and aren't your run of the mill treats. They are handmade with care. I ordered a cinnamon roll and small coffee with cream. Absolutely awesome.” - Yelp Review 

Patty Cake Bakery

Located in Clintonville, this vegan bakery refuses to sacrifice flavor in their baked goods

3009 N High Street | Clintonville | pattycakebakery.com

Quick Facts:

  • Offer vegan and organic pastries
  • Everything is always made from scratch
  • Offer delivery

It’s a great thing that vegan food has been on the rise in recent years. Not only does it allow people with specific food requirements a way to get the food they need, with more people cooking it there has been a renaissance in learning how to make vegan products absolutely delicious.

PattyCake Bakery is leading the charge with conscientious baking, with organic, locally-sourced ingredients, recycled and biodegradable packaging, and delivering their products to coffee shops and grocery stores on bikes instead of cars; what’s even more impressive is that they’re able to do this while also making delicious treats that don’t break your wallet either. Definitely try out Lauren’s snickerdoodles while you’re there.

‍”Pattycake is THE BEST! Most people don't even know that it's a vegan bakery because they do everything so well you don't miss the eggs or butter!” - Yelp Review 

Omega Artisan Baking

This North Market bakery will impress you with their expert breads, croissants, and muffins.

59 Spruce St | Downtown | omegaartisanbakingoh.com

Quick Facts:

  • Offer baking classes
  • Refrain from using preservatives or additive chemicals
  • Make bread in small batches instead of being mass produced

If you’ve ever wanted to visit Paris, but never wanted to leave Columbus, you’ve probably faced a little difficulty fulfilling your plan (not to mention failing geography class). Thankfully, Omega Artisan Bakery can transport you across the world with some of their famous croissants, like the cinnamon twist croissant, the ham and swiss croissant, or even the classic butter croissant. Make sure to get the blueberry cream cheese one too, it sounds so good it’s making me want to head out there right now and get one. 

They’ve also got a whole range of other foods though as well, from scones, muffins, and cinnamon rolls to delicious ciabatta and challah. If you’re in the mood for some delicious and “transportive” food, Omega Artisan Baking is where you need to go!

“If you're in need of good bread, especially great local bread, do yourself a favor and stop by this spot in the North Market. It's worth the extra stop.” - Yelp Review

Resch’s Bakery

If you’re looking for a cake, muffin, or other baked goods, this Columbus classic has what you need.

4061 E Livingston Ave | Columbus | reschbakery.com

Quick Facts:

  • Over 100 years of business
  • Makes wedding cakes, birthday cakes, etc.
  • Order online too

If you’re looking for bakeries to try out, then you might already be familiar with this really wonderful category of baked goods called cakes. Now, cakes come in all different forms dozens, if not hundreds of different occasions. Weddings, birthdays, graduations, birthday showers, to really stand out they all need a proper cake. 

Resch’s Bakery has been around since 1912, and believe me, they know everything you need to know about how to make a perfect cake for any event you could possibly host. With their deep history of providing Columbus with cakes to suit everyone’s needs, this bakery has earned its spot in this list, and it’s absolutely worth a visit.

‍”Literally one of the best places in the Columbus area! Definitely the best bakery. Stick donuts, grandma rolls, hot cross buns (only around Easter), apple fritters and petit fours are some of my favorites.” - Yelp Review 

Belle’s Bread

This Japanese- and French-inspired bakery in Kenny Centre is sure to surprise and delight.

1168 Kenny Centre Mall | Kenny Centre | bellesbread.com

Quick Facts:

  • Family-owned Japanese bakery
  • Five additional locations with 30 years of experience
  • Everything is baked fresh daily

Baking is such a staple for cultures all around the world, that there’s no shortage of amazing recipes from practically every person on the planet. Since there is already so much history that comes from baking, it’s a true delight when someone sets out to join two different visions side-by-side: Belle’s Bread at the Kenny Centre Mall has just that vision with their distinct combination of Japanese and Parisian baking styles. Whether it’s the infamous macarons, or their sweet red bean roll, you’ll be able to experience the best of both countries’ baked goods while staying close to home.

“Favorite bakery in town!!!! My go-to items are cream puffs, red bean paste bread, and their curry buns !! If you want Asian style sponge cakes (with no frosting), this is really the place to get them.” - Yelp Review

Mozart Piano Bakery and Cafe

Enjoy this Austrian-themed bakery with friends, family, or random strangers.

4784 N High St | Beechwold | mozartscafe.com

Quick Facts:

  • Known for being a great place to hold weddings at
  • Offer lots of European dishes
  • In business for over 25 years

Looking at this list, it’s clear that Columbus has a huge number of bakeries with inspirations from foreign lands and peoples. Mozart’s Cafe is no exception, with their Austrian bakery offering delectable European treats like cream horns, coconut rum balls, and truffles. They also have traditional cookies like florentines, lebkuchen, and ischler, but also American favorites like chocolate chip and peanut butter. 

The bakery also offers gluten free options in the forms of coconut macaroons and truffles, which aren’t easy to come by in bakeries. In addition to being a bakery, the cafe also offers a full restaurant menu, with delicious options that also carry their distinctive Austrian and European flavors. If you’re curious about some Eastern European cuisine, Mozart’s can deliver.

“Hands down the best freaking Quiche Lorraine in Columbus! I haven't had anything this delicious since living in NYC. Fluffy eggs, flaky tasty crust, perfectly cooked to perfection.” - Yelp Review 

Suisse Shop

The Polaris Neighborhood Center is lucky to have this award-winning bakery in its midst.

2119 Polaris Pkwy | Polaris Neighborhood Center | thesuisseshop.com

Quick Facts:

  • Known for their cupcakes and custom cakes
  • Opened in 1983
  • All ingredients are imported from Europe

Another specialty cake shop in Columbus, this bakery is known for its truly amazing creations. Voted the best wedding cake bakery in all of Central Ohio, The Suisse Shop was actually voted into the top 2% of the country’s wedding cake bakeries in 2018. 

Their gallery shows cakes shaped like the Titanic, ornate christmas decorations, football helmets, and even a monkey. Where The Suisse Shop really shines is in the creation of custom cakes that you can tailor to any occasion, or even just for fun! Another favorite is what they call the cute cake, a two-layer, 5-inch cake that comes in 22 different flavors. Check out The Suisse Shop for your new favorite cake creations!

“Suisse shop is my favorite bakery in Columbus. I was introduced to them almost 15 years ago when I got married - my in-laws are German and really wanted a European style wedding cake. Over the years, we've stopped in for their cookies, cupcakes and cakes!” - Yelp Review 

Pistacia Vera

This Columbus bakery serves both North Market and German Village with its amazing pastry creations.

541 S 3rd St | German Village | pistaciavera.com

Quick Facts:

  • Known for their homemade macaroons
  • Offer breakfast and lunch options
  • Feature their own signature coffee and espresso drinks

This delectable pastry shop has delicious options with some of the best-sounding dishes I’ve seen. I was drawn in by the blueberry almond frangipane, tomato galette, and chocolate coconut feuilletine; I have no idea what any of those even are, and now I’m dying to taste them! 

This restaurant prides itself on its high quality bakes, something that isn’t widely available with budget-friendly bakeries. Luckily, Columbus has Pistacia Vera to provide patrons with high-end baked goods that will leave you hooked and begging for more.

“The German Village location is amazing for a relaxed brunch and the North Market location is great to visit when shopping for other goods. I have never had a single thing from Pistacia Vera that I did not like.” - Yelp Review 

Fox in the Snow Cafe

A one-of-a-kind bakery/cafe that’s taking German Village by storm.

210 Thurman Ave | Columbus | foxinthesnow.com

Quick Facts:

  • Known for the “world’s best egg sandwich”
  • Three locations around Columbus
  • Offer espresso drinks and tasty coffee too

Fox in the Snow is a truly unique place, and its atmosphere is apparent from just one look at the interior of the space. The founder Lauren Cully wanted a space where she could go and get homemade pastries and an espresso and hang out for hours talking with family and friends; since Columbus had nothing like this yet, Cully decided to build it herself! 

Their menu features less options than other bakeries on this list, but what they lack in quantity they more than make up for in the mastery of the pastries they do make, as well as the delicious flavors they infuse into everything they create. Fox in the Snow is the perfect place to wile away a few hours during the blazing summer heat, make sure to stop by.

“Soufflé egg sandwich (4.75 stars) - all that it's cracked up to be! Egg was indeed super fluffy and tender. Cheese was still melty even after getting it to go and walking to the park. Bacon was perfectly crispy, and that sauce! Make sure you get extra.” - Yelp Review 

Kolache Republic

This Frankfort delight offers delicious Central European baked goods for any discerning pastry lover.

702 S High St | Columbus | kolacherepublic.com

Quick Facts:

  • Make Czech kolache pastries
  • Everything is made with the freshest locally-sourced ingredients
  • Their delicious Beer Bites are a hit you have to try 

There’s nothing wrong with specializing in a specific dish; think of any pizza place you know that only serves pizza, and you know exactly what I’m talking about. Spending your time honing your craft on a single kind of dish eventually makes you an expert on it, and with baking it’s no exception. Kolache Republic takes this exact approach with the baking of its titular dish, kolache. 

Originally a Central European wedding dessert, Kolache Republic has gotten creative and created savory dishes like kielbasa and cheese or bacon egg and cheese kolache, as well as serving classic sweet options like blueberry and cheese or sweet cheese (a lot of cheese). For a straightforward menu that’s mastered their craft, Kolache Republic is a great place to try a very special dish.

“They make enjoying this delicacy approachable by providing cards explaining what a kolache is and why they're so good. The staff is always so nice and helpful in assisting you in choosing which type of kolache fits your taste.” - Yelp Review

Fantasy Cupcake

These Canal Winchester cupcakes are nothing short of extraordinary.

3 S High St | Canal Winchester | fantasy-cupcake.square.site

Quick Facts:

  • All of their baked goods are made fresh daily
  • Also make cakes for any occasion
  • Offer gluten-free treats too

Fantasy Cupcake, despite its name, actually makes more than only cupcakes. They also serve cookies, cake pops, and homemade ice cream, as well as a variety of cakes. As the name implies though, their specialty is their huge variety of delicious cupcakes, ranging from chocolate mint, raspberry white chocolate, and cookie dough, to wedding cake, chocolate fantasy, and red velvet.

Their cupcakes only run at $3 per cupcake, which makes them one of the cheaper cupcake vendors on this list, and with flavors as delectable and varied as any other artisanal bakery, Fantasy Cupcake is worth your patronage.

“I have had a few different types of cupcakes from Fantasy, their chocolate mint and lemon poppyseed. Both are DELICIOUS and packed with flavor. I was hesitant about the mint icing at first, but it was so good!! Honestly the best cupcake I've ever had.” - Yelp Review 

Short North Piece of Cake

This bakery takes its name from its location in the Short North Arts District, and it carries its artistic roots through its beautifully-crafted baked goods.

772 N High St | Short North | shortnorthpieceofcake.com

Quick Facts:

  • Specialize in making cakes, and other baked goods
  • Make tasty breakfast sandwiches as well
  • Can literally make any kind of cake you want

As they’ll tell you themselves on their website, their specialty is cakes. Whether it’s wedding cakes, baby showers, birthdays, or even any of your numerous “liquor themed” events, Piece of Cake has the solution for you. They create extravagant, elegantly-crafted 3-D cakes that are absolutely stunning and sure to make an impression on anyone who has the pleasure of eating one. 

They have an entire menu devoted to food-shaped cakes, including cakes shaped like steak and a wheel of cheese. I’ve never been more in love with a cake shop in my life. If you’re looking for joy and whimsy in your baked goods, look no further than Piece of Cake.

“My girlfriend wanted a lemon cake with blueberries. I started calling around and Piece of Cake was the first place that said they could do it. I'm so glad because working with them was fantastic.” - Yelp Review

Cherbourg Bakery

Bexley baked goods bring best buds by (yay alliteration!).

541 S Drexel Ave | Bexley | cherbourgbakery.com

Quick Facts:

  • Make gluten-free, nut-free, and dye-free baked goods
  • Have the best pour-over coffee around
  • Everything is made by hand

For the final bakery on this list, we’ve chosen a real humdinger for you. With savory treats as well as some options for those with a sweet-tooth (meaning me) the Cherbourg Bakery is a lovely shop filled with bright spaces and bright, cheerful people. A menu item that stuck out to me was their Zucchini Mini Loaf, served with hazelnut butter; I was also drooling over the double lemon bar option, which also happens to be their bestseller. 

And guess what: all of their products are gluten free! That’s right, even with all of their delicious options spanning all tastes and desires, their products are accessible to everyone, so if you’re looking for a gluten free bakery that also serves delicious, daily-made baked goods, there’s no better option for you than Cherbourg Bakery.

“Their baked goods are made daily, are of a fantastic quality and very much NOT gritty, gummy, dry or blah like some of the stuff you find at the store or other specialty shops. - Yelp Review 

Auddino’s Italian Bakery

Enjoy some Italian pastries that will melt in your mouth because they’re that good!

1490 Clara St | Linden | facebook.com/auddinositalianbakery

Quick Facts:

  • Get pastries and even pizza
  • Open since 1968
  • Get pizza kits to make your own pizza

We know that there’s nothing better than some delectable Italian dishes, but what about Italian baked goods? If you’re craving them and just can’t get the thought of cannoli’s off of your mind, then you need to check out Auddino’s Italian Bakery where they not only make baked goods, but also make pizza and sell pizza survival kits too!

At Auddino’s, they even make their own fresh Italian bread daily that is perfect to use for sandwiches, and so much more. Fresh donuts, scones, and so much more we can’t even list it all is really all you need to hear to head over to Auddino’s Italian Bakery today!

“Nothing like walking into the bakery where the smell makes you instantly hungry. I went for a loaf of Italian bread. Ended up leaving with pastries and doughnuts and the loaf of bread.” - Yelp Review

Bake Me Happy

An all gluten-free bakery that we know you need to come to ASAP!

106 E Moler St | Columbus | bakemehappygf.com

Quick Facts:

  • Yes, everything is gluten-free
  • Can watch the employees make the baked goods right there
  • Make vegan products too

We know that you just can’t get enough of gluten-free pastries, so here’s another place to go to in Columbus that offers some of the best pastries ever, Bake Me Happy. Bake Me Happy is a bakery that specifically focuses on making all of their pastries gluten-free because it makes people feel better, and they want everyone to enjoy a treat every now and then.

Bake Me Happy serves everything from cakes, pies, cookies, donuts, and anything else that you can think of. They also make a select few pastries vegan as well, and this place is all about customer service, so they will definitely be able to help you with whatever you’re looking for. Check out Bake Me Happy today! 

“I eat gluten but if I couldn't, I would be at Bake Me Happy all the time! This LGBTQ+ owned small business has some of the best gluten free products I've ever tasted.” - Yelp Review

Soodles Bake Shop

An allergy-friendly bakery might just be what you’re looking for!

14 Dillmont Dr | Springbourne | soodlesbakeshop.com

Quick Facts:

  • Everything is allergy-free
  • Make breads, pizza, crust, and sweet treats
  • Cinnamon coffee cake is their staple

Do you have allergies to specific kinds of ingredients in baked goods and wish you could indulge in the tastiest cinnamon coffee cake around Columbus, Ohio? If so, you need to stop by and try out Soodles Bake Shop today for some great baked goods that are all made allergy-free! This place is perfect to swing by and grab something sweet to eat before you go to work, or if you just want to treat yourself to something that everyone can enjoy.

From cookies, cakes, fresh breads, donuts, and even pizza crust, it seems like there isn’t anything that Soodles Bake Shop doesn’t bake! A lot of their products are made gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and even soy-free so many people who have severe allergies can enjoy a tasty treat too. Make sure to stop by Soodles Bake Shop today!

“Wonderful experience! We ordered a gluten-free cake for my gluten-intolerant aunt's birthday. I'm not usually a cake fan, but this one was so good! Not too sweet, just the right balance of sweetness and cake.” - Yelp Review 

The Tip of the Icing-berg

Experience Columbus’ bakeries that we know you’ll fall in love with!

Columbus has so many amazing bakeries that make amazing food, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve created this list to share with you some of our favorite places for the best baked goods in town, but to really get a grip on just how good, and how varied, the bakeries are in Columbus, you’ll have to go and try them yourself. We hope you’ve enjoyed this list, and that you’ll use it as your starting point for exploring everything Columbus has to offer.

It is a scientific fact that pastries and baked goods are mankind’s gifts to the universe. Whether it's a flakey, buttery scone, or a dense pound cake, baked goods are enjoyable whether alone or with friends, at any occasion. Humans have actually been baking for thousands of years, and the traditions and cultural meaning have great significance for all of humankind, all over the globe.

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