Local bakeries that raise the bar

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Petit Chat makes all of its croissants from scratch.

Bakery by the Lake Enjoy exploring McEuen Park with a hot, fresh cup of Caffe Umbria Italian coffee in your hand or pull up a seat inside the Parkside building and indulge in a freshly made éclair or chocolate-dipped macaroon. The flatbread pizzas (whole or by the slice) are perfect for an impromptu picnic by Lake Coeur d'Alene.  601 E. Front St., Coeur d'Alene • Idaho • 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., Spokane • Wash. • 413-3759

Bellacrosta The folks at Clover have been making artisanal bread, pastries, pies and other desserts for years. Now they've opened up their own stand-alone bakery in Liberty Lake. Everything here, from potato rosemary rustic bread to the apple turnovers and orange butter flake table rolls, is made with natural ingredients and locally grown and milled flour. Order your pumpkin pies here come Thanksgiving, and that's one more thing crossed off your list.  1235 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Liberty Lake • Wash. • 489-0836

Celebrations When the cupcake craze began in Spokane, Celebrations was one of the bakeries leading the charge. Several years later, cupcakes are still "in" at both of Celebrations locations, with a vast rotating assortment that spans from s'mores, lemon strawberry cheesecake, to Skittles and rootbeer float. Cheesecake, cake pops and other treats also fill the display case here.  713 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 327-3471 | 315 S. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • Wash. • 315-5973

Common Crumb 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, croissants and French macarons. And they have a chocolate room to make their own chocolate.  19 W. Main Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 315-4948

Morning Sun Bakery & Bean Inside the cozy Morning Sun Bakery & Bean, you're greeted by a collection of baked goods — muffins, tarts, croissants, cookies, coffeecakes, Danishes and three types of cinnamon rolls: cream cheese, caramel pecan and glazed. 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., Spokane • Wash. • 241-3871

Petit Chat Village Bakery Consistently one of the region's premier bakeries, the scent of freshly baked bread and the aroma of coffee are constantly in the air at this Whitworth-area favorite. Pick up loaves of bread that taste as good as they look and smell, or biscuits and rolls to take home. Or stay in and nibble on sweet or savory croissants in their expansive, inviting dining room. 9910 N. Waikiki Rd., Spokane • Wash. • 468-2720

Rockwood Bakery Rockwood Bakery is tucked away on a quiet, leafy residential street just blocks from Manito Park, but don't think its discreet location means that it's gone undiscovered. This large bakery is buzzing every morning with businesspeople brokering deals and friends catching up after yoga. Pick up a morning glory muffin or some house-made granola, or grab a salad or sandwich to go and stroll on over to Manito Park.  315 E. 18th Ave., Spokane • Wash. • 747-8691

Sweet Dreams Bakery Sweet Dreams is nestled in the center of a wedding center, but don't make the mistake of thinking that's the only reason to come here. If you only have to feed four people (or just want a treat for you, for that matter), Sweet Dreams makes a mean assortment of cupcakes, fresh macaroons and cookies. And if you're looking for a birthday cake creative enough to be on an episode of Cake Boss, then this is your place.  3131 N. Division St., Spokane • Wash. • 747-6900

Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakery Making decisions can be so hard. Especially when you're faced with a choice between Chocolate Decadence, Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and Lemon Raspberry — just some of the sinfully tasty flavors in Sweet Frostings' cupcake repertoire. With two locations in Spokane, downtown and at Wandermere, the cupcake shop and full-service confection bakery's perennial success has proven that the trendy rise of cupcakes years back is here to stay.  15 S. Washington St., Spokane • Wash. • 242-3845 | 12501 N. Division St., • 368-9811

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