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Zachary Fagenson | Miami New Times

International Bakeries in Broward: 15 Hidden Gems

Miami-Dade dwellers, step away from the pastelitos

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Whereas a wealth of Latin American and Caribbean eateries characterize Miami’s culinary landscape, Broward’s dining scene is abundant with venues featuring cuisines from almost every continent. This diversity extends, of course, to bakeries. While pastelitos and empanadas abound in Miami, Broward offers a little more variety when it comes to baked goods with options ranging from South African bobotie to Korean pizza buns. To help navigate Broward’s global bakery scene, here is a list of some of Broward County’s most unique international bakeries.

Note: Venues are listed in geographical order from north to south.

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La Union Bakery

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When it comes to bakeries, Mexicans believe that bigger is better, and no space too large for a Mexican baker to fill with a seemingly endless variety of cookies, breads, and cakes. While it may not be as large as some of the giants in Mexico City, this bakery offers an entire wall of baked goods from which customers are encouraged to serve themselves. There is ample seating to enjoy the selection of concha buns, Technicolor cookies, and sweet empanadas. La Union also offers traditional breads with which to make favorite Mexican sandwiches like tortas and cemitas.

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Padaria Brasil

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This pristine, modern bakery is located in what many consider to be South Florida’s Little Brazil, which means that it has a customer base that knows what to expect from good Brazilian baked goods. A selection of traditional breads and rolls offers authentic accompaniments to typical Brazilian meals and vehicles for traditional sandwiches, which the bakery also offers. The list of snacks, however, is what makes it a destination. From the coxinha fritters stuffed with shredded chicken and creamy catupiry cheese to the addictively cheesy (and gluten free) pão de queijo, there is enough variety of savory nibbles to never get bored here.

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Edelweiss Bakery & Café

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Many of the world’s favorite pastries, like the croissant, actually originated in Austria, and this bakery near Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is one of the best locations to sample the Austrian mastery of patisserie in South Florida. There are homemade croissants here, as well as traditional brown breads and pretzels. The bakery also features a long list of pastries and cakes, but perhaps none are more decadent or iconic than the sachertorte. This dense chocolate cake is layered with apricot jam, covered in chocolate ganache, and is so intense that it is traditionally served with whipped cream to cut the richness. Edelweiss offers several sizes of this chocolate lover’s fantasy.

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Greek Pasteries & Deli

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Greek bakers prove that the possibilities for phyllo dough are nearly endless, and this bare-bones bakery in Fort Lauderdale demonstrates just how versatile the impossibly thin sheets of pastry are in creating some of the world’s most memorable desserts. The bakery employs phyllo to make its popular baklava, as well as everything from bird’s nests made with shredded phyllo to pinwheels holding together ground walnuts. All of these are dripping in syrup, keeping the pastries moist while offering an intense burst of sweetness. Apart from the selection of flaky, syrup soaked pastries, this bakery also offers an array of crumbly Greek cookies scented with spices like anise, cardamom, and mastic.

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Meal In A Pie

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Although it is not quite a bakery, the main attraction at this small South African outpost in Fort Lauderdale is the assortment of buttery puff pastry pies enclosing a variety of assertively spiced fillings. The signature pie is the sweet and spicy bobotie filled with curried ground meat. Other offerings include a fiery lamb curry pie and a milder sausage roll. And yes, the pies are large enough to constitute a meal. The owners of also deal in their own homemade biltong, South Africa’s arguably superior version of beef jerky, as well as South African pantry staples.

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Maxim Oriental Bakery

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While the uninitiated may react bewilderedly to the mention of a Chinese bakery, China actually has a very long history of pastry and bread making. Tucked into a strip mall in Lauderdale Lakes, Maxim Oriental Bakery offers a glimpse of the vast roster of Chinese baked goods. Vitrines display a selection of yeast buns with savory fillings like roast pork and curried ground beef, as well as sweet Taiwanese pineapple buns and Portuguese-inspired egg tarts. The bakery also offers traditional Chinese cookies and more western cupcakes and tarts.

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Hammonds Bakery

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Driving into Lauderhill is like stepping into the English-speaking Caribbean. Every strip mall seems to have eateries specializing in Trinidadian or Jamaican cuisines, and the city even boasts its own cricket pitch and yearly carnival. Needless to say, Jamaican patty purveyors abound here, and every local fiercely defends his or her favorite. Hammond’s patties stand out for their extremely juicy fillings and very delicate crusts, requiring them to be nestled inside coco bread lest they rip apart and spill all over everywhere. This veritable patty sandwich makes for a filling and quintessentially Jamaican meal on the go.

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Noor Bakery

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While aficionados rave about this bakery’s pies, what they are talking about is not anything one would eat with a scoop of ice cream. Instead, this Lebanese bakery specializes in manakeesh - thin flat breads baked with herbaceous za’atar, Mediterranean cheeses, meats, and other toppings. Considered the Levantine relative of the pizza, each manakeesh at Noor is baked to order in a conveyor belt oven. At only a few dollars each, Noor Bakery also makes it affordable to sample the numerous varieties of this savory “pie.”

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Paris Morning Bakery

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Fanatics of chains like Paris Baguette and Tous Les Jours can rejoice in knowing that South Florida has its own homegrown purveyor of Korean baked goods. Locations in Davie and Lauderhill provide locals with many of the cakes, breads, and pastries that have made Korean bakeries mainstays in cities like Los Angeles and New York. Most of the bakery is self-service, and it is hard to not get carried away overloading a tray with cream filled rolls, kimchi croquettes, and the perennially favorite hotdog and pizza buns. The spacious Davie location features comfortable easy chairs in which to enjoy a selection of coffees and traditional Korean beverages with the addictive baked goods.

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Miski Bakery & Cafe

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While Peruvian restaurants seem to be almost everywhere in South Florida these days, Peruvian bakeries are few and far between. Miski Bakery in Davie is the only place in Broward County where expats can gather to enjoy short crust empanadas, pan francés rolls, and a variety of cakes and pastries filled with manjar blanco, Peru’s answer to dulce de leche. The empanadas filled with ají de gallina, a creamy chicken stew, are rarely seen outside the South American country. This bakery also serves exemplary renditions of classic Peruvian sandwiches like the butifarra filled with homemade country ham.

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The Scandinavian Bakery & Coffee House

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Wholesale clubs have arguably ruined the image of Danish pastries, making them stale, dense, and filled with artificial goop. The real thing is a far cry from what is served at office meetings, and this Hollywood bakery is looking to prove that to South Florida. The bakery flies in its dough weekly from Denmark to create its light, flakey pastries filled with apples, jam, or custard. In addition to Danish pastries, the bakery also imports ingredients from Scandinavia to prepare other regional baked goods like Norwegian buns and traditional rye breads.

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Chocolada Bakery & Cafe

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Hollywood can be seen as a little slice of Romania in South Florida, and there is no better place to taste that slice than at Chocolada Bakery. Located in Hollywood’s quaint downtown, this bakery draws in the city’s Romanian community, as well as other sweet-toothed locals, to enjoy its ornately decorated, cream-filled cakes and pastries. Chocolatey Jofra cake, caramel-laced Amandina cake, and Hungarian-inspired Dobosh cake are just a few of the bakery’s many sweet offerings. A café menu also offers savory Romanian specialties.

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La Bonne Adresse

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This French bakery in downtown Hollywood offers an assortment of expected patisserie, but its specialty is choux pastry used to make cream puffs and éclairs. While the sweet pastries are expertly made and resemble miniature works of puffy art, it is the bakery’s selection of savory éclairs that truly sets it apart. Fillings may vary from day to day but can include smoked salmon and green apple or a vegetable medley. In addition to pastries and cakes, the chef here also creates homemade bonbons, chocolates, and fruit pastes.

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La Bakerie

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It is easy to miss this diminutive Haitian bakery in Miramar, but it is worth it to make a U-turn to sample the perfectly made patties here. Not to be confused with the Jamaican variety, these consist of puff pastry enclosing a spicy meat or fish filling. La Bakerie also offers a vegetarian variety, a rarity among Haitian bakeries. Apart from its patties, the bakery also has a selection of breads, homemade crackers, and ginger-spiked peanut brittle.

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Europa Gourmet

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This Russian market with locations in Hollywood and Pompano Beach has a little bit of everything. Hot and cold food buffets, a deli, and a formidable bakery make Europa Gourmet an ideal locale to have a full Russian meal or to just grab a pastry. The Georgian-inspired, flaky khachapuri pastries stuffed with cheese are a must-have savory option, as well as any one of the meat or vegetable filled pies called piroshky. Sweet offerings include adorable oreshki sandwich cookies shaped like little walnuts and filled with a creamy ground walnut spread.

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La Union Bakery

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When it comes to bakeries, Mexicans believe that bigger is better, and no space too large for a Mexican baker to fill with a seemingly endless variety of cookies, breads, and cakes. While it may not be as large as some of the giants in Mexico City, this bakery offers an entire wall of baked goods from which customers are encouraged to serve themselves. There is ample seating to enjoy the selection of concha buns, Technicolor cookies, and sweet empanadas. La Union also offers traditional breads with which to make favorite Mexican sandwiches like tortas and cemitas.

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Padaria Brasil

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This pristine, modern bakery is located in what many consider to be South Florida’s Little Brazil, which means that it has a customer base that knows what to expect from good Brazilian baked goods. A selection of traditional breads and rolls offers authentic accompaniments to typical Brazilian meals and vehicles for traditional sandwiches, which the bakery also offers. The list of snacks, however, is what makes it a destination. From the coxinha fritters stuffed with shredded chicken and creamy catupiry cheese to the addictively cheesy (and gluten free) pão de queijo, there is enough variety of savory nibbles to never get bored here.

Google Maps

Edelweiss Bakery & Café

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Many of the world’s favorite pastries, like the croissant, actually originated in Austria, and this bakery near Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is one of the best locations to sample the Austrian mastery of patisserie in South Florida. There are homemade croissants here, as well as traditional brown breads and pretzels. The bakery also features a long list of pastries and cakes, but perhaps none are more decadent or iconic than the sachertorte. This dense chocolate cake is layered with apricot jam, covered in chocolate ganache, and is so intense that it is traditionally served with whipped cream to cut the richness. Edelweiss offers several sizes of this chocolate lover’s fantasy.

Yelp

Greek Pasteries & Deli

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Greek bakers prove that the possibilities for phyllo dough are nearly endless, and this bare-bones bakery in Fort Lauderdale demonstrates just how versatile the impossibly thin sheets of pastry are in creating some of the world’s most memorable desserts. The bakery employs phyllo to make its popular baklava, as well as everything from bird’s nests made with shredded phyllo to pinwheels holding together ground walnuts. All of these are dripping in syrup, keeping the pastries moist while offering an intense burst of sweetness. Apart from the selection of flaky, syrup soaked pastries, this bakery also offers an array of crumbly Greek cookies scented with spices like anise, cardamom, and mastic.

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Meal In A Pie

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Although it is not quite a bakery, the main attraction at this small South African outpost in Fort Lauderdale is the assortment of buttery puff pastry pies enclosing a variety of assertively spiced fillings. The signature pie is the sweet and spicy bobotie filled with curried ground meat. Other offerings include a fiery lamb curry pie and a milder sausage roll. And yes, the pies are large enough to constitute a meal. The owners of also deal in their own homemade biltong, South Africa’s arguably superior version of beef jerky, as well as South African pantry staples.

Yelp

Maxim Oriental Bakery

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While the uninitiated may react bewilderedly to the mention of a Chinese bakery, China actually has a very long history of pastry and bread making. Tucked into a strip mall in Lauderdale Lakes, Maxim Oriental Bakery offers a glimpse of the vast roster of Chinese baked goods. Vitrines display a selection of yeast buns with savory fillings like roast pork and curried ground beef, as well as sweet Taiwanese pineapple buns and Portuguese-inspired egg tarts. The bakery also offers traditional Chinese cookies and more western cupcakes and tarts.

Foodspotting

Hammonds Bakery

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Driving into Lauderhill is like stepping into the English-speaking Caribbean. Every strip mall seems to have eateries specializing in Trinidadian or Jamaican cuisines, and the city even boasts its own cricket pitch and yearly carnival. Needless to say, Jamaican patty purveyors abound here, and every local fiercely defends his or her favorite. Hammond’s patties stand out for their extremely juicy fillings and very delicate crusts, requiring them to be nestled inside coco bread lest they rip apart and spill all over everywhere. This veritable patty sandwich makes for a filling and quintessentially Jamaican meal on the go.

AFAR Media

Noor Bakery

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While aficionados rave about this bakery’s pies, what they are talking about is not anything one would eat with a scoop of ice cream. Instead, this Lebanese bakery specializes in manakeesh - thin flat breads baked with herbaceous za’atar, Mediterranean cheeses, meats, and other toppings. Considered the Levantine relative of the pizza, each manakeesh at Noor is baked to order in a conveyor belt oven. At only a few dollars each, Noor Bakery also makes it affordable to sample the numerous varieties of this savory “pie.”

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Paris Morning Bakery

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Fanatics of chains like Paris Baguette and Tous Les Jours can rejoice in knowing that South Florida has its own homegrown purveyor of Korean baked goods. Locations in Davie and Lauderhill provide locals with many of the cakes, breads, and pastries that have made Korean bakeries mainstays in cities like Los Angeles and New York. Most of the bakery is self-service, and it is hard to not get carried away overloading a tray with cream filled rolls, kimchi croquettes, and the perennially favorite hotdog and pizza buns. The spacious Davie location features comfortable easy chairs in which to enjoy a selection of coffees and traditional Korean beverages with the addictive baked goods.

Paris Morning Bakery Facebook

Miski Bakery & Cafe

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While Peruvian restaurants seem to be almost everywhere in South Florida these days, Peruvian bakeries are few and far between. Miski Bakery in Davie is the only place in Broward County where expats can gather to enjoy short crust empanadas, pan francés rolls, and a variety of cakes and pastries filled with manjar blanco, Peru’s answer to dulce de leche. The empanadas filled with ají de gallina, a creamy chicken stew, are rarely seen outside the South American country. This bakery also serves exemplary renditions of classic Peruvian sandwiches like the butifarra filled with homemade country ham.

Miski Bakery & Cafe Facebook

The Scandinavian Bakery & Coffee House

The Scandinavian Bakery & Coffee House

Wholesale clubs have arguably ruined the image of Danish pastries, making them stale, dense, and filled with artificial goop. The real thing is a far cry from what is served at office meetings, and this Hollywood bakery is looking to prove that to South Florida. The bakery flies in its dough weekly from Denmark to create its light, flakey pastries filled with apples, jam, or custard. In addition to Danish pastries, the bakery also imports ingredients from Scandinavia to prepare other regional baked goods like Norwegian buns and traditional rye breads.

The Scandinavian Bakery & Coffee House

Chocolada Bakery & Cafe

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Hollywood can be seen as a little slice of Romania in South Florida, and there is no better place to taste that slice than at Chocolada Bakery. Located in Hollywood’s quaint downtown, this bakery draws in the city’s Romanian community, as well as other sweet-toothed locals, to enjoy its ornately decorated, cream-filled cakes and pastries. Chocolatey Jofra cake, caramel-laced Amandina cake, and Hungarian-inspired Dobosh cake are just a few of the bakery’s many sweet offerings. A café menu also offers savory Romanian specialties.

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La Bonne Adresse

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This French bakery in downtown Hollywood offers an assortment of expected patisserie, but its specialty is choux pastry used to make cream puffs and éclairs. While the sweet pastries are expertly made and resemble miniature works of puffy art, it is the bakery’s selection of savory éclairs that truly sets it apart. Fillings may vary from day to day but can include smoked salmon and green apple or a vegetable medley. In addition to pastries and cakes, the chef here also creates homemade bonbons, chocolates, and fruit pastes.

Yelp

La Bakerie

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It is easy to miss this diminutive Haitian bakery in Miramar, but it is worth it to make a U-turn to sample the perfectly made patties here. Not to be confused with the Jamaican variety, these consist of puff pastry enclosing a spicy meat or fish filling. La Bakerie also offers a vegetarian variety, a rarity among Haitian bakeries. Apart from its patties, the bakery also has a selection of breads, homemade crackers, and ginger-spiked peanut brittle.

Google Maps

Europa Gourmet

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This Russian market with locations in Hollywood and Pompano Beach has a little bit of everything. Hot and cold food buffets, a deli, and a formidable bakery make Europa Gourmet an ideal locale to have a full Russian meal or to just grab a pastry. The Georgian-inspired, flaky khachapuri pastries stuffed with cheese are a must-have savory option, as well as any one of the meat or vegetable filled pies called piroshky. Sweet offerings include adorable oreshki sandwich cookies shaped like little walnuts and filled with a creamy ground walnut spread.