Best Bakeries for a Spring Morning in Austin

Nikolas Maffei

With Spring under way, the time has once again come to highlight some of Austin’s finest. Because of the sheer number of excellent bakeries and cafés in such a culinarily diverse city, it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly is the best given the options available. In our humble opinion these are some of the best bakeries in Austin of your spring morning.

Texas French Bread: Home to Croissants and More Delicious Things

First opening its doors in 1981, this cozy little bakery and brunch destination at 29th and Rio Grande is a campus-area classic that recently celebrated its 40th birthday. The embodiment of a Texas-style bakery, its workers are there an hour before its 8 AM opening time, 7 days a week, all year long. Texas French Bread prides itself on baking all its recipes from scratch using only organic, wholesome ingredients. The croissants, specifically the Cinnamon & Sugar Croissant, are some of the flakiest and soft I’ve ever eaten.

Although its dining room is currently closed due to COVID, guests can still reserve ahead of time for full service in its beautiful garden seating or opt for curbside pick up. Texas French Bread is a bakery at heart, but to not mention its delicious brunch and dinner menu would be a disservice to the restaurant. TFB works with local farms to source all of its ingredients, and its selection of meals rotates throughout the seasons.

Capital City Bakery: It’s All 100% Vegan

Situated in a cozy turquoise house-turned-shop, Capital City Bakery is one of the best choices around for 100% vegan pastries and cakes. Since opening its first storefront location back in 2012, it has quickly earned a name for itself with its cupcakes and brownies made fresh daily. When I first visited, I was completely unaware of the vegan aspect of the brownie I was eating. On another note, the S’mores Loaded Brownie is one of the tastiest things on the menu and I highly recommend it!

Capital City Bakery is open to anyone who seeking a completely vegan (though not necessarily healthy) source of baked goods in the Austin area. It is an independently owned and operated business opened to guests from Thursday – Sunday every week. In-store seating is limited right now, but the bakery is currently providing curbside delivery so all of your custom vegan cake needs can be met.

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop: Bring on the Cupcakes

Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop is a shining example of what a little creativity can do for one’s baking. First opening its doors back in 2008, owner Olivia O’ Neal has continued her mission to provide some of the best cupcakes in Austin. Featuring a monthly rotating menu made with high quality and fair-trade ingredients only, Sugar Mama’s is dedicated to quality in everything it makes. Expertly crafted and decorated cakes of all sizes are cooked to order every morning, from the tiny yet delicious Hummingbird cupcake to their personalized Pet Portrait or Creature Cakes.

If you want to discover the truth for yourself, Sugar Mama is serving up sweets from Tuesday to Saturday, every week, from 10 AM – 7 PM. All orders are to be placed in advance to be given enough time to cook fresh, with curbside pickup and delivery currently being the only options for guests due to COVID.

Brentwood Social House: English-Style Breakfast and Brunch

Brentwood Social House may have the appearance of a small neighborhood café, but it is home to some of the best English-Style breakfast and brunch this side of the pond. The coffee and tea house features a huge selection of European-inspired pastries both sweet and savory. Speaking of savory, I know that the showcase has been overwhelmingly sweet thus far and wanted to give a special shout out to Brentwood’s Texas Sausage Roll, which is otherworldly. Being a family-friendly spot, the menu is designed to be appealing for people of any age. The atmosphere of the building is carefully kept, with games for kids to play and the ability to rent out individual rooms for private occasions.

Being a restaurant that depends on its status as a social space, the spread of COVID has caused Brentwood Social House cleverly adapt to the times in order to keep up. Guests may not currently be able to eat in the main hall, but BSH is now offering a backyard rental service which allows visitors to reserve their own tea party/picnic for up to 10 people. Orders are placed through an online system, with the pastries being available for curbside pickup upon arrival. Guests can take advantage of this service 7 days a week, as the restaurant is open from 8 AM – 3 PM every day.