We Asked, You Answered: The 6 Best Bakeries in North Carolina

We Asked, You Answered: The 6 Best Bakeries in North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Strong Arm Baking Co.

By Staff Reports

January 8, 2024

Whether we’re going for cookies or cupcakes, bread or brownies, we can’t resist a great bakery. And with so many tempting choices across the state, we decided to ask our readers for their favorites. 

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Thankfully, they had a few suggestions – even if they couldn’t all agree. We’ve narrowed their selections to half a dozen of the most popular options for you, sorted by what they’re best at: breads, cakes, cookies, pies, muffins, and pastries.


Best Bread in North Carolina: Strong Arm Baking Co.

Strong Arm Baking Co

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Where: 117 Main St, Oxford, NC 27565

What to order: Focaccia 

Yelp review: Wonderful bakery. Delicious bread, muffins, cookies. Everything I’ve had is delicious. Fun atmosphere. I stop here every time I come through town.” –Kerry M.


Best Cakes in North Carolina: Samantha’s Pupusas 

Where: 117 Cornelius St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

What to order: Coconut Cake

Yelp review: I made two trips in the last two weeks to this place because the food is amazing. Of course the pupusas are fantastic but also the quesadilla, guacamole, salsa and omg the desserts. Amazing cookies and cakes. I’ll be ordering a whole cake for my next bday..” –Cobey C.


Best Cookies in North Carolina: Yellow Dog Bread Company

Where: 219 E Franklin St, Raleigh, NC 27604

What to order: Chai Cookie

Yelp review: This is a great place to grab a coffee and cookie and watch the locals.” –Tresa W.


Best Pies in North Carolina: Groovy Duck Bakery

Groovy Duck Bakery

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Where: 3434 Edwards Mill Rd #110, Raleigh, NC 27612

What to order: Cherry Berry Pie

Yelp review: The pie did not disappoint. I will be going back.” –Robin C.


Best Muffins in North Carolina: Cup-A-Joe

Where: 112 W King St, Hillsborough, NC 27278

What to order: Chocolate Muffin

Yelp review: I go to Cup-A-Joe for the baked goods … It’s all homemade. Additionally, the service is friendly and with a smile. Such a neighborhood gem!” –Arisa S.


Best Pastries in North Carolina: Dom Bakeries

Dom Bakeries

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Where: 908 D St, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

What to order: Apple Fritter

Yelp review: Sub sandwiches on homemade bread were delicious (and huge!). The pizza and salads were delicious too. The donuts and pastries were the superstars though! The smell alone must have calories!” –Sherri Z.

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