5. Inès Patisserie | Seattle, WA
Authenticity sticklers will find much to devour at Inès Pâtisserie where Nohra Belaid serves up regular cooking and baking classes alongside stunningly crafted sablés, religieuse, cannelés, and the three-day croissant that has earned the Northern French chef-owner a ravenous cult following.
6. Vergennes Laundry | Vergennes, VT
Julianne Jones and her French-born husband, Didier Murat, built the sleekly styled, wood-fired bakery of their dreams in a former laundromat, initially funded by a Kickstarter campaign and memberships redeemable in pastry. Throughout the day, the case fills up with tartes salées, gougères, cannelés, financiers, chouquettes, and puff pastries—perfect for pairing with a lunchtime glass of old world wine.
7. Babette’s Artisan Breads | Denver, CO
Cyclist-turned-artisan bread maker Steve Scott honed his craft at bakeries around the country, but when he moved to the Mile High City, he ran into a roadblock: The altitude’s effect on the dough’s rate of fermentation. At Babette’s, he’s adapted classic methods to turn out stunning French country-style loaves with a dark, crunchy, caramelized crust—and they’re just racing out the door.