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Treat yourself with huckleberry macarons, cinnamon-chip swirl bread and chocolate-infused croissants

click to enlarge Mika Maloney presents her goodies at Batch Bakeshop. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Mika Maloney presents her goodies at Batch Bakeshop.

Alpine Bakery Co. Check them out in-shop or at a local farmers market for fresh, homemade bread. Pick up a loaf of their jalapeño cheese bread for a spin on the ever-classic ham and cheese sandwich. Or try one of their many gluten-free options, also available at restaurants and grocery stores throughout Spokane. 810 N. Monroe St. • 327-7040 •

Bakery by the Lake  Take a stroll to the Parkside building, enjoy a drink of Caffè Umbria Italian coffee and indulge in a freshly made éclair or chocolate-dipped macaroon, or pick up a flatbread pizza (whole or by the slice) and some beer or wine for an impromptu picnic by the lake. 601 E. Front St., #104, Coeur d'Alene • 208-415-0681 •

Batch Bakeshop Batch Bakeshop is said to have some of the best muffins in town. Check out their new space and try their always-fresh lemon lavender poppyseed, vanilla honey bran, or one of their seasonal fruit muffins. If you've really got a sweet tooth, try one of their other goodies like sandwich cookies and hand pies. 2023 W. Dean Ave. • 413-3759 •

Boots Bakery and Lounge  High ceilings, exposed brick walls and artsy murals make this one of the prettiest spots downtown, but it's the creative and artfully executed vegan and vegetarian bistro fare that's creating such a buzz. Try the vegan gluten-free pumpkin waffles. And yes, the vegan carrot cake is that good. 24 W. Main Ave. • 703-7223 •

Celebrations Sweet Boutique Bakery  Whipped cream atop a cupcake? Sure! Celebrations reimagines cupcakes with flavors, frostings and toppings that feel like a party in your mouth. Try the Banana Split, a fragrant banana cupcake filled with strawberries and topped with a swirl of whipped cream, chocolate syrup and, of course, a cherry. 713 W. Garland Ave. • 327-3471 •

Common Crumb Artisan Bakery Opened in fall 2014, the owners of Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie expanded into the world of pastries and breads — all made from scratch. The goods change constantly, but items they feature include palmiers, tarts, petits gateaux (little cakes), éclairs, cream puffs and croissants. French macaroons are always on hand in a variety of flavors, including lemon, strawberry, huckleberry and caramel. And they have a chocolate room to make their own chocolate. Saranac Commons, 19 W. Main Ave. • 315-4948 •

Great Harvest  The inside's not glamorous — just a seating area surrounded by what is obviously a full-fledged bakery. But therein lies Great Harvest's charm: eating a sandwich on fresh-baked bread. Besides that, there's an espresso bar and fresh-baked muffins, cookies, and so many breads, including the jalapeño bacon cheddar swirl or the cinnamon chip. 2530 E. 29th Ave. • 535-1146 | 3510 N. Government Way, Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-0606 •

Madeleine's Madeleine's offers a "window to France in downtown Spokane." On top of serving delicious coffee and pastries, Madeleine's also dishes up some hearty breakfasts and lunches. Quiches, sandwiches and soups are all on the menu. Can't decide what you want? Get our favorite pairing, the croque monsieur and Madeleine's tomato basil soup. 415 W. Main Ave. • 624-2253

Morning Sun Bakery & Bean Inside the cozy Morning Sun Bakery & Bean, you're greeted by a collection of baked goods — muffins, tarts, croissants, cookies, coffee cakes, Danishes and three types of cinnamon rolls: cream cheese, caramel pecan and glaze. The chocolate croissants are cake-like and get more than just the drizzle treatment; they're chocolate-infused. And of course there's the bean portion: They have espresso, drip coffee and pour-over, all brewed from Roast House coffee, Spokane's organic fair trade roasting company. 5602 N. Wall St. • 241-3871

Petit Chat Village Bakery The scent of freshly baked bread and the aroma of coffee are constantly in the air at this Whitworth-area bakery. Pick up bread loaves, biscuits and rolls to take home, or stay in and nibble on sweet or savory croissants in their expansive and inviting dining room. 9910 N. Waikiki Rd. • 468-2720 •

Rocket Bakery This locally owned bakery and coffee shop has grown to become a Spokane institution, with seven locations in the area. Unlike that behemoth coffee franchise from Seattle, each Rocket location has its own unique vibe. A relaxed atmosphere and free Wi-Fi make these coffee havens ideal places to linger. The Rocket features art by local artists and serves Doma coffee. The scones are a must-try. No wonder Inlander readers have voted them a favorite in the Best Of readers' poll for more than 16 years. New to the West First Avenue location are eight taps and a refrigerator full of craft beer. || 1325 W. First Ave. • 747-1834 | 903 W. Garland Ave. • 325-8909 | Holley-Mason Bldg., 157 S. Howard St. • 838-3887 | 3315 N. Argonne Rd. • 462-2345 | 1201 W. 14th Ave. • 456-3534 | 319 W. Hastings Rd. • 466-1500 | 4124 N. Burns Rd. • 927-2340 •

Rockwood Bakery  This bakery feels like stepping into a huge dining room with a well-equipped kitchen in somebody's home. This makes sense, given that it's sandwiched between houses on a quiet street across from Manito Park. The catch is that most people's houses aren't this crowded all the time, since Rockwood Bakery is one of the South Hill's most popular bakeriesl. The cuisine befits the setting, with ready-to-go sandwiches, coffee and treats to take to the park. Their selection of quiches is good; better is the different varieties of muffins they carry. 315 E. 18th Ave. • 747-8691

Sweet Dreams Bakery The bakery's raison d'etre is wedding cakes, but nuptials aren't the only reason to stop by: deep, resonant chocolate frosting tops delicate chocolate cupcakes. Coconut macaroons have a toasty sweet outer edge and a light, fluffy interior. The coconut frosting shot (yes, shot glasses full of frosting are available for purchase in the cupcake lounge) contains shreds of coconut saturated in the creamy flavor of coconut milk. 3131 N. Division • 747-6900 •

Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop The staff at this darling bakery is just as sweet as the cupcakes, macaroons and no-bake cookies they sell, making a visit to either of their boutique bakeries a treat on so many levels. Red velvet, salted caramel, toasted coconut, lemon smoothie, Key lime pie — trying to choose just one cupcake from the colorful display at Sweet Frostings is hard, but with a super-fine crumb and magical frosting, there are no bad options. 15 S. Washington St. • 242-3845 | 12501 N. Division St., #3 • 368-9811 •

Sweet Tooth Bakery and Espresso Gary Wheeler has previously baked for Winchell's Donuts and owned other establishments before opening Sweet Tooth in Newman Lake. One bite into a vanilla Persian (a light, flattened, frosted cinnamon roll) and it becomes obvious that Wheeler knows his way around batter, butter and sugar. Their drive-thru is a convenience for fishermen, who can call ahead on their way to the lakes and pick up sack lunches by 6 am. 24921 E. Trent Ave., Newman Lake, Wash. • 226-4444 •

Whitebox Café and Bakery  While keeping its tasty gluten-free and takeout options, Whitebox Café and Bakery nearly tripled its size and added an outdoor patio. The former café-turned-restaurant now offers breakfast, sandwiches and burgers in addition to the fresh-baked bread, pies, cupcakes and dessert bar. And everything is still made on site. 1215 N. Ruby St. • 927-8850 •

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