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Village Bakery: European-style bread, marzipan-covered Princess cakes and buttery desserts (not to mention the world's tastiest English muffins), this iconic bakery is a staple for both Santa Rosa and more recently at the Barlow in Sebastopol. 1445 Town and Country Dr, Santa Rosa, 707-527-7654. Also, 6760 McKinley St #150, Sebastopol.
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Lemon Tartlets and Apricot Tartlets at the Village Bakery in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Alvin Jornada)
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East Wind Bakery: A fusion of European baking techniques (buttery croissants and airy bread) and Asian ingredients (taro, red bean, Massaman beef and Chinese spices) make this a destination for bao, milk bread banh mi. 3851 Sebastopol Rd #109, Santa Rosa, 707-709-6098.
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Michelle Marie’s Patisserie: Luxe wedding cakes are a specialty, along with breakfast and lunch items at their casual cafe. 2404 Magowan Dr, Santa Rosa, 707-575-1214.
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Goguette: This European-style, family-owned bread bakery has drawn a following among local foodies for the flavorful, long-fermented sourdough loaves that owner Nas Salamati bakes to crusty perfection in a huge, masonry oven imported from France. 59 Montgomery Dr, Santa Rosa.
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Red Bird Bakery: French butter is what sets aside former Della Fattoria bakers' sweets. Sticky buns and perfect loaves are a special treat. 279 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa, 707-521-9838.
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Chloe's French Cafe: French pastry chef Alain Pisan whips up feather-light éclairs, tarts and buns each day, in addition to morning croissant, cream-filled pastries and weep-worthy cheesecake. 3883 Airway Dr., Suite 145, Santa Rosa, 707-528-3095.
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Basque Boulangerie: Over the last 20 years, the cafe has become the town’s gathering spot– where locals meet for coffee and fresh pastries or a sandwich. There’s usually a line of folks waiting to bring home a loaf of their Parisian style breads. 460 1st St E, Sonoma, 95476, 707-935-7687.
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Crisp Bakeshop: More than just a pretty case, Crisp Bakeshop has stacks of sea salt chocolate chip cookies, homemade vanilla marshmallows, bacon peanut toffee, white chocolate macarons, green tea cupcakes and brown butter cake with salted creme fraiche caramel and vanilla bean buttercream as soft and light as a lover's lips. 720 W Napa St, Sonoma, 707-933-9999.
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Moustache Baked Goods: Fueled by a love of caramel, chocolate, and sprinkles, two young gents are creating an ever-evolving lineup of desserts that incorporate produce from nearby farms and wineries to make their sweets truly farm to fork--or finger, depending. A favorite wedding baker. 381 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, 707-395-4111.
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Downtown Creamery and Bakery: Sticky bun heaven. Their crispy, buns of goodness are the best in Sonoma County, if not the planet. While you're there, check out the spiced donut muffin (part donut, part muffin, all delicious) and pick up some of their slice-and-bake refrigerator cookie dough for the holidays. 308 Center St, Healdsburg, 707-431-2719.
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Costeaux French Bakery: This sprawling sit-down cafe is both restaurant and walk-up bakery where you can pour over a morning coffee with a walnut sourdough baguette. Lunchtime’s sweet-savory Monte Cristo (turkey, ham and Jarlsberg cheese on cinnamon raisin bread) is a classic. Brunch is also a great time to taste some of their delicious desserts. 417 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, 707-433-1913.
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Patisserie Angelica: Using only GMO-free and organic ingredients, this luxe Sebastopol patisserie is hidden away in plain sight. Their local and mail-order bakery features rich European cakes and cookies, along with a selection of gluten-free items and "Better than Sex" chocolate that actually is. 6821 Laguna Park Way, 707-827-7998.
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BurtoNZ Bakery: Our very own New Zealand-style bakery features meat pies, custards, sausage rolls and custom bread loaves that will leave you hungry for more. 9076 Brooks Rd S., Windsor, 707-687-5455.
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Della Fattoria: What started as a simple bakery has become a signature cafe for Petalumans, offering desserts, fresh bread and steaming bowls of cafe au lait and coffee. 141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707-763-0161.
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Bright Bear Bakery: It isn’t easy to find, but a pilgrimage is worth the effort, as long as you’re early. Cronuts, twice-baked croissants (filled with lemon curd), vegan scrambles and more. 2620 Lakeville Hwy #350, Petaluma, 707-787-7411.
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Karina’s Mexican Bakery: Albino Carreno has been baking Mexican bread for the past 18 years at the panadería named for his oldest daughter. He specializes in bread from his home state of Oaxaca. A favorite is pan fino, fine bread made with anise and egg and usually paired with hot chocolate. 827 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, 707-765-2772.
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Supreme Sweets: Custom cakes plus delicious cookies, pies and chili dogs (yes, really) at this cafe. You have to see the unicorn cake to believe it. 228 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, 707-778-2253.
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Nightingale Bakery: This cult bakery is a favorite of West County restaurants, especially their tasty rye and seasonal Gravenstein apple bread.. 6665 Front St, Forestville, 95436, 707-887-8887.
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Pascaline French Patisserie: Truly French pastries from a real French baker means nearly everything is based on a brioche or layered dough. Killer croissants plus Breton's buttery, addictive kouign amann. 4552 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, 707-823-3122.
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Wild Flour Bread: Follow your nose to where weekenders congregate around a communal table with steaming plates of sticky buns and fruit-studded scones or chase children through the garden. Don’t leave without tucking away a dense, seeded boule and an extra fougasse stuffed with savory cheese and veggies straight from the brick oven. 140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, 707-874-2938.