Looking to try the top bakeries around?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable bakeries in Oakland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill.
1. A Taste Of Denmark
Topping the list is A Taste of Denmark. Located at 3401 Telegraph Ave. (between 580th and 34th streets.) in Pill Hill, the bakery is the highest-rated affordable bakery in Oakland, boasting four stars out of 344 reviews on Yelp.
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"I started in the bakery business in 1971," it states in the bio section of the business's Yelp profile. "In 1974 I went to work at Neldam's Bakery. Over the years working for them I learned and developed my skills."
In terms of signature items, "Our decorators have made thousands of wedding cakes over the last four decades," it writes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "We welcome the chance to do your cake for your wedding on that special day. We offer many styles of decoration to choose from, but you can also bring us your own design and we will be happy to do that too. We take great pride in our ability to do whatever it takes to make you happy with your cakes. We will work with you to customize your cake to make yours one to remember."
2. Arizmendi Bakery
Next up is Trestle Glen's Arizmendi Bakery, situated at 3265 Lakeshore Ave. (between Lake Park Avenue and Trestle Glen Road). With 4.5 stars out of 1,327 reviews on Yelp, the bakery, which offers pizza, coffee and tea and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option.
If you're looking for more, we found these details about Arizmendi Bakery.
"Arizmendi is the shortened name of Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta, a young priest who inspired and helped found the Mondragon Cooperatives in the Basque Country of Spain in the 1950s," the business says in the history section of its Yelp profile. "Although worker cooperatives have functioned in most parts of the world since the 19th century, the success of the Mondragon Cooperatives has attracted worldwide attention. What started as one firm and roughly 25 people in 1956 is now a major international business with a work force of over 100,000, employed in some 250+ worker-owned enterprises and affiliated organizations."
Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "At Arizmendi Bakery on Lakeshore, we offer our community artisan breads, morning pastries and gourmet pizza, prepared right in front of you and brought fresh from our ovens daily," it writes on Yelp in the section about specialties.
3. Ruby King Bakery Cafe
Chinatown's Ruby King Bakery Cafe, located at 718 Franklin St. (between 7th St. and Eighth Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable bakery 4.5 stars out of 186 reviews.
Yelper Joyce T., who reviewed Ruby King Bakery Cafe on Nov. 18, wrote, "The curry beef puff pastry is one of the best things I've eaten from a Chinese bakery."
Faith M. noted, "We ordered some egg tarts, coconut tarts, cocktail buns and some white tarts. The egg tarts are so good. They are easily the best I've found so far in the Bay Area. The filling is warm, very smooth and just slightly sweet and the crust has super flaky layers."
4. Gregory's Gourmet Desserts
Gregory's Gourmet Desserts, a bakery that offers desserts and cupcakes in Waverly, is another much-loved, budget-friendly go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 389 Yelp reviews. Head over to 285 23rd St. (between Waverly and Harrison streets) to see for yourself.
Yelper Nicole D., who reviewed Gregory's Gourmet Desserts on Oct. 30, wrote, "I can't say enough good things about this place. I've been coming here for years and the pastries here are incredible."
Yelper Richard R. wrote, "There is nothing extra I need to say about this place but "it's darn good."
5. Aroma Bakery & Cafe
Check out Aroma Bakery & Cafe, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 307 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the bakery, which offers coffee and tea and more, by heading over to 1900 Franklin St. (between 19th and 20th streets).
The site has lots more information on Aroma Bakery & Cafe.
"For a delicious breakfast, try one of Aroma Bakery's freshly-baked pastries and breakfast sandwiches," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "Drop by for a bagel or cup of brew in the morning and let our aromas envelope you. When lunch time comes around, we serve gyros, hand-made sandwiches and wraps prepared using fresh and quality ingredients that you can taste."