Sometimes you just need a little sugar rush — that afternoon or morning pick me up of delicious baked goodness that helps you get through your day. These certainly aren’t all the wonderful bakeries in Wisconsin, but they are some of our favorites from all across the state. Whether you’re looking for fresh bread or a morning snack or something more elaborate for a special event, these folks provide some of the tastiest, most beautiful sweet treats you could ever imagine. In no particular order, here are 15 wonderful Wisconsin bakeries:
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1. Rosie's Coffee Bar and Bakery — Madison
There's nothing better than a steaming cup of coffee and a little sweet treat to start your day and Rosie's is perfect for that. Located at 4604 Monona Dr., Madison, Wisconsin 53716.
2. Manderfield's Bakery — Appleton and Menasha
These folks are legendary up in the paper valley area. They've been baking for decades and are a local favorite. No one can leave Manderfield's empty-handed — there's something for everyone. Three locations in Appleton East, Appleton West, and Menasha.
3. Norske Nook — Osseo
I cheated one or two times on this list and included spots that aren't just bakeries — but if you've ever had a Norske Nook pie, you'll totally understand and give me some leniency. They've won numerous national awards for their pies and they still have the same group of folks back in the kitchen making them from scratch that they did decades ago. It's literally the stuff grandma used to make. Locations in Osseo, Rice Lake, Hayward, and DeForest.
4. Greenbush Bakery — Madison
There are a ton of different options in Madison these days, but for me, Greenbush will always be something of the original. Located right on campus and serving up the very best in fluffy, unique and downright delicious donuts, Greenbush is as iconic for me as anything else on campus. The original is located at 1305 Regent St, Madison, WI 53715. A second spot recently opened at 5225 High Crossing Blvd., Madison, WI 53718.
5. Wayne's Family Restaurant — Oconto
Apparently great pies are what gets me to make an exception. Though lots of folks know and love Norske Nook, too few of you have visited and enjoyed Wayne's in Oconto. These folks absolutely mop up at national pie competitions. This small, unassuming little spot makes some of the most amazing pies you'll ever have the pleasure of tasting. They're totally worth planning a trip to visit.
Located at 805 Brazeau Ave, Oconto, WI 54153.
6. Tamara's The Cake Guru — Oshkosh
The Fox Valley area is rich in delicious bakeries. Tamara's is an inventive and delicious spot that has its own cult following. Whether you're getting some cupcakes or a more elaborate cake, this place is a must stop.
Located at 1529 Oregon St, Oshkosh, WI 54902. They also have two Appleton locations — one on Casaloma and one downtown.
7. Peter Sciortino's Bakery — Milwaukee
Sciortino's is as iconic as a bakery gets in Milwaukee. Not only do they make some amazing hard rolls that we all grew up eating hot ham on, but they've got stellar old-world style Italian pastries that folks travel far and wide for. You'll love a cannoli from here. Located at 1101 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202.
8. Door County Bakery — Sister Bay
What better time to splurge on some sugary deliciousness than on vacation in Door County? These folks have you covered with some amazing donuts and other hand-held stuffs as well as some old-world favorites.
Located at 10048 WI-57, Sister Bay, WI 54234.
9. Hill Top Bakery — Kaukauna
Donuts, cakes, buns and more — these folks have been here for more than 80 years and you can taste the love and dedication in every bite. Located at 100 E 7th St, Kaukauna, WI 54130.
10. Grebe's Bakery — Milwaukee
If given the choice, I don't know why you'd get your donuts from anywhere else in Milwaukee. They also have a great "hot ham and rolls" hard roll and the line is out the door on Fat Tuesday for their paczki's. Located at 5132 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53219.
11. The Candy Shoppe Ice Cream and Bakery — Bayfield
Another great spot for a vacation treat, these folks are known for their unique "wine bread." Located at 217 Rittenhouse Ave, Bayfield, WI 54814.
12. Uncle Mike's Bake Shoppe — DePere and Suamico
Not content to let those folks down in the southeastern part of the state get all the kringle love, Uncle Mike's makes some of the most amazing, delicious and over-the-top (in the best way possible) kringles you could ever imagine tasting. Located at 1840 Dickinson Road, De Pere, WI 54115 and 2514 Lineville Road,
Suamico, WI 54313.
13. Eagle Baking Company — Eagle River
It's all about the amazing breads, here. They've been making some of the most fluffy and delicious breads you could ever imagine for a long, long time. Located at 318 E Wall St, Eagle River, WI 54521.
14. International Bake Shoppe — La Crosse
If you can remember grandma making it, they probably have it here. You'll love the homey feeling of being here and the nostalgia of some of your best food memories. Located at 444 Main St, La Crosse, WI 54601.
15. Bloom Bake Shop — Madison
If you're going fancy, Bloom is the place to head. They make some of the most beautiful pastries you've ever seen, elevating even simple quick breads or cookies. Located at 1834 Parmenter St, Middleton, WI 53562.