Bakery Guide

Bakery Guide

🥖 Bread / 🍰 Cakes / 🍪 Cookies / 🧁 Cupcakes / 🥮 Pastry / 🥧 Pie

What makes a bakery a bakery? For the purposes of this guide, we’re keeping it simple and highlighting businesses that make and sell baked goods. Whether that be breads, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pastries, or pies, we’re interested! The businesses below are sorted by location (Downtown, Midtown, and East Memphis*) and then alphabetically. We’ve primarily focused on bakeries with storefronts. But we couldn’t help adding a few of our favorite farmers market regulars and bakers who provide pickup and delivery services.

*We’re defining East Memphis as everything east of Highland!

Downtown

Cupcake Cutie 🧁

Cupcake Cutie is a build-your-own-cupcake lounge that recently relocated to downtown’s South Main area. Each day their case is stocked with seven different cakes, six different types of icings, and 30-plus toppings—so that you can walk out with the exact cupcake you’ve been craving.

300 South Main Street
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Closed Monday

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Hustle & Dough 🥖 🥮

Located in the lobby of Arrive Hotel, Hustle & Dough is a one-stop shop for everything from baguettes to apple hand pies to avocado toast. The menu has a focus on natural fermentation, fresh stone-milled flour, and high quality ingredients sourced ethically.

477 South Main Street
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily

Makeda’s 🍪 🥧

Known for having “The Best Butter Cookies in the World,” Makeda’s has been baking up sweet treats since 1999. Their selection doesn’t stop at butter cookies. They have a long list of cookie flavors, including chocolate chip, macadamia nut, peanut butter, lemon goodness, and sensual strawberry. And you’ll also find other goodies, like pies and banana pudding!

488 South Second Street (Second location at 2370 Airways Boulevard)
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday

Primas Bakery + Boutique 🍰 🍪

RM Petit Cakes is the name of the bakery located inside of Primas Bakery + Boutique. Their specialty is traditional French pastries with modern designs. The pastry case is always full of macarons and sweets for every occasion. Custom cakes are available for special orders.

523 South Main Street
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday & Sunday

Midtown

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17 Berkshire 🥮 🍰 🍪

17 Berkshire is one of the dreamiest spots in town to enjoy a pastry. Located in Overton Square, 17 Berkshire specializes in macarons and other French pastries and entremets. We recommend afternoon tea complete with pastries, scones, savory sandwiches, and your choice of tea.

2094 Trimble Place
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

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The Ginger’s Bread & Co. 🥖 🍰 🍪 🧁 🥮

Jimmy Hoxie—Midtown-famous baker extraordinaire—started his own bread company in 2020. The Ginger’s Bread & Co. is an online shop. A selection of goods is available for pickup Tuesday through Saturday, or you can special order by 7 p.m. for next-day pickup. We highly recommend joining the bread-of-the-month club. (Read our story on Jimmy from 2019,New Baker on the Block.)

2085 Linden Avenue (Front)
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday

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Lucy J’s Bakery 🥖 🍰 🍪 🧁 🥮

Lucy J’s in the Crosstown Concourse is a bakery with the mission of helping people transition out of homelessness. In partnership with the Dorothy Day House, Lucy J’s hires and pays a living wage to those who are trying to escape the cycle of homelessness. Their storefront sells pastries and cookies each day, and they are also available for custom cakes and pastry orders.

1350 Concourse Avenue Suite 151
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, Closed Sunday & Monday

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LuLu’s 🥖 🍰 🍪

Regulars of the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market have been lining up to secure the homemade vegan goodness of LuLu’s for years. (The coffee cake is legend and pairs perfectly with a cup of Vice & Virtue, which occasionally sets up just a few booths away.) LuLu’s knows how to make sourdough bread look as beautiful as it tastes, and they offer a variety of city and country loaves. Stop by each week to see what new treats they have to offer. (Read our 2019 profile on Don Gaines,That Vegan Dude, or his 2020 essay on How Local Foods Became Local.)

Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market (1000 South Cooper)
Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.⠀

Muddy’s Bake Shop 🍰 🍪 🧁 🥧

Muddy’s has been a Memphis staple since they opened their doors in 2008. COVID-19 inspired owner Kat Gordon to consolidate all of her efforts into one storefront in the Broad Avenue Arts District and to launch a food truck for special occasions. Crowd favorites include “Pucker Up” lemon cupcakes, browned butter rice crispy treats, and vegan peanut butter bars. Custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies are available by special order. (Read more about Kat’s current business model in Pandemic Pivot.)

2497 Broad Avenue
12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

East Memphis

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Caminos de Michoacán 🍰 🍪 🥮

When she was a child, Marisela Pérez and her seven siblings used to help their grandfather bake bread in a small village far from supermarkets, restaurants, and grocery shops. Today Marisela has shelves full of pan dulce (the name for a variety of sweet pastries), pudín de pan (spiced bread pudding), roscas (similar to donuts), roscónes (large, ring-shaped “donuts” meant to be shared), pasteles (birthday cakes), and more. (Read more about Marisela and her bakery in “Caminos de Michoacán.”)

3896 Macon Road
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily

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Frost Bake Shop 🍰 🍪 🧁

Frost Bake Shop is a family-owned bakery with East Memphis and Collierville locations. Combining a love of great food with modern baking techniques, they offer a case full of gorgeous goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth, along with a full menu for bulk and event orders.

394 South Grove Park Road (Second location at 1016 West Poplar Avenue, Collierville)
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

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Grandma’s Desserts Etc. 🥧

Grandma’s Desserts Etc. is a Southern-style bakery that specializes in cobblers and pies. Their goal is to sell made-from-scratch goods full of as much of love and flavor as Grandma’s baking. We can’t get enough of their honey walnut pie!
3108 Park Avenue
Pickup by appointment only 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday

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Kay Bakery 🍰 🍪 🥮

Kay Bakery has been open for 88 years, making it one of Memphis’s oldest bakeries. Their cakes and cookies are staples for weddings and events. Many delicious cookies, breads, and even some traditional Mexican-inspired pastries are available in the case each day.

667 Avon Road
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily

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La Baguette 🥖 🍰 🥮

La Baguette has been a Memphis classic since it opened in 1976. It’s centrally located on Poplar Avenue and offers a wide array of French-inspired pastries. It’s impossible to walk out of the shop without getting a loaf of their fresh french bread or a chocolate croissant. Wanting something a bit more savory? Their chicken salad on a buttery, flaky croissant will do just the trick. Whether you want a sweet treat or lunch, La Baguette has you covered.

3088 Poplar Avenue
6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

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Panaderia San Juan 🍰 🥮

Panderia San Juan has been owned by the same family for over 20 years. You’ll be able to taste the experience baked into each cake, pastry, or bread that you purchase. Whether you are a longtime lover of pan Mexicanos y pasteles (Mexican breads and pastries), or you want to give them a go for the first time, you can’t go wrong here.

4668 American Way
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daily

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The Pie Folks 🥧

How often do you crave the perfect slice of pie, but aren’t quite ready to do the work of making one? That’s where The Pie Folks come in. They believe in making pies like Grandma used to make. The slice of “Slap Yo Mama” chocolate pie that we tried was definitely Grandma-approved. They are currently takeout only, so call ahead to place your order, and then pick up from their location in Cordova.⠀

1028 North Germantown Parkway
10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday

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Ricki’s Cookie Corner 🥖 🍪 🍰 🥮

First things first—all first-time visitors to Ricki’s Cookie Corner in the Eastgate Shopping Center get a free bakery item upon checking out! Ricki’s is a longtime Memphis favorite. The business started in owner Ricki Krupp’s kitchen in 1980. Once word got out, there was no choice but to open a storefront. Ricki’s is best known for their original chipsticks, but they now have a variety of baked goods, all of which are completely kosher. What is a chipstick? Well, it’s like a cookie that’s been baked in a sheet, almost like a brownie. Ricki has sold over 10,000,000 chipsticks and shipped them all over the country, so all you really need to know is that they are delicious!
5068 Park Avenue
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday

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Sweet LaLa’s Bakery 🥖 🍰 🍪 🧁

Sweet LaLa’s is a family owned bakery with the desire to “Make Life Sweeter.” They started out of a juvenile intervention facility called JIFF and have grown into a full-scale bakery with a mission. Their storefront contains food and items from many other small, local brands such as My Cup of Tea and Thistle & Bee as they strongly believe “we all rise together when we work together.” The bakery also offers coffee, breakfast, and lunch for dine in or takeout.

6150 Poplar Avenue Suite 118
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday