There are bakeries and then there are bakeries. Anyone armed with a recipe and the right ingredients can bake a cake or cookies, but real, nay – true bakers, are part scientists and part artists -- rolling, kneading and proofing with expert precision.

So put those pre-mixed box sets down and stop by these five places where the aroma of things getting baked will give you the munchies in all the right (and legal) ways.

The Bread Shop

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Despite its name, The Bread Shop is more than just that; yes, you can pick up some loafs to go, but also some buttery pastries to chew on on-the-go or sit down and help yourself to a hearty breakfast. Learn more about them.

Tommy Le Baker

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Tommy opts for the traditional route few consumers are familiar with – long fermentation. Some of Tommy’s breads proof for days before hitting the over, making for a firmer but more easily digested bread. Learn more about Tommy.

Kenny Hills Bakers 

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Amidst the aromas that only bakeries provide, you will find all manner of cakes, breads and pastries handmade by the maestros at Kenny Hills Bakers. Some of the goods are also used at their sister restaurant, Kenny Hills bistro. Learn more.

Der Backmeister 

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I’m not sure if ‘Der Backmeister’ is German for ‘The Bake Master’ (because my German starts and stops at ‘Prost!’) but it should be. Preservative and additive-free freshly baked breads and pastries are the stars here. Learn more.

Huckleberry Food & Fare 

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Before Huckleberry after Dark quenches your thirst, Huckleberry in the day is a place to satisfy your hunger for carbs with some interesting French breads, Danishes and loafs, like the apple pie loaf. Learn more about them.

For other baked wonders, check out these 5 places for creamy Japanese cheese tarts.

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