Mia has traveled the globe for over seven years as an ESL teacher and solo female traveler. She’s now growing roots in her hometown of Indianapolis and loving every second of building community here. She works as a freelance copywriter, part-time marketing consultant, and drone pilot. In Mia’s free time, you can find her taking Salsa classes at Latin Expressions, coffee shop hopping around Indy, or planning her next big trip abroad!
Treat yourself to a bakery crawl in Indianapolis.
Photo of Beurre Sec Pastry, courtesy of Mia Townsend
A dear friend of mine recently turned 30, and she had a brilliant idea! Instead of celebrating her next chapter of life with a bar crawl and not-so-fun hangovers, she gathered us all together for a birthday bakery crawl across the Indy region. My friend loves supporting local businesses, and when it comes to baked goods, Indy knows how to do it right. With flaky croissants, pillowy donuts, artisan chocolate masterpieces, and so much more—say less! I’m there.
Our bakery crawl started in the beautiful streets of Broad Ripple and ended at the brand-new Amelia’s Bakery in the Stutz Building. We carpooled all across Indianapolis, sang happy birthday in five different bakeries, and then went home for a sugar-induced sleep right around the mid-afternoon mark.
Now, my friend, you deserve a bakery crawl yourself! We limited our trip to just a few bakeries so we wouldn’t get overwhelmed by too many sweets. But I’ve expanded my list here to include all of my favorite bakeries around the Indianapolis area (and this doesn’t even cover half the spots worth checking out!)
For the sake of convenience, I’ve divided up the bakeries by city, but don’t worry! Some of them have multiple locations, so they might be closer than you think. And if you go on your own bakery crawl, let me know which ones you loved the most!
Beurre Sec Pastry
Recently featured in the latest edition of Edible Indy, pastry chef Chantell Kayodd has even the late risers waking up early to wait in line for her baked goods. Chantell was classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but she’s been baking for most of her life. Now, her pastries are truly some of the most beautifully crafted and creative desserts in the city.
Right now, Beurre Sec is exclusively a pop-up shop, but Chantell hopes to have a physical bakery of her own in the future. For the sake of my taste buds, I am very much rooting for a permanent shop. But for now, I’m willing to wake up early to try and get my hands on her Tropical Rum Kouglof or a Pistachio Saint Honoré. Her pop-ups often take place at Lulu’s Coffee and Bakehouse, but I recommend following her instagram for news on where she’ll go next.
Rosie’s Place (Multiple Locations)
Rosie’s Place is a perfect brunch destination that draws in locals and visitors alike. For the menu, think classic American breakfast foods like a Pork Tenderloin Benny—with a wide array of rotating desserts and pastries to choose from. (My personal favorite is the chocolate macaroons!)
Beyond the plates of poached eggs and bacon, Rosie’s Place also demonstrates a heartwarming commitment to the community by actively supporting the local humane society. The café even extends its hospitality to our own furry friends, welcoming dogs inside and boasting a specially crafted menu for their four-legged needs.
My Sugar Pie
Tucked away on the cobblestone streets of downtown Zionsville, you’ll find a cute pink and white bakery called My Sugar Pie. And you guessed it: they’re known for their legendary sugar cream pie, which is Indiana’s “unofficially official” state dessert. Their take on this classic pie captures the creamy, sugary perfection we all know and love.
But My Sugar Pie has more than just sugar cream. They sell fruit pies, cream pies, s’more pie, and a whole bunch of other delectable creations that’ll have you coming back for seconds (and thirds, let’s be honest). So, next time you’re craving a slice of comfort with a dash of Indiana charm, My Sugar Pie is the place for you!
Debbie’s Daughters Bakery and Cafe
This next bakery has become a surprise favorite for me! Picture this: quaint streets, a warm community feel, and the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked goods wafting through the air. Stepping into this cozy haven, you’ll immediately feel right at home—just like I did when I first walked in. Their rustic decor and inviting atmosphere transports you to a place where time slows down and genuine connections are made over tasty treats and lunchtime eats.
For me, the real star of the show is the cookies, which are the perfect amount of soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. But the struggle to choose just one treat is real! Debbie’s Daughters boasts an array of freshly baked breads including a delicious jalapeño cheddar country loaf, as well as a variety of salads and sandwiches made with locally grown produce. And if you’re eager to try a latte with a unique flavor, give the bronze fennel mocha a try!
PANA Donuts and Boba Tea (Multiple Locations)
Pichama Prum and Arron Sok relocated from Cambodia to Indianapolis and brought their family recipes with them. Since they opened PANA Donuts in 2019, they’ve quickly climbed the ranks and become one of the best donut shops in Indianapolis—which is not an easy feat! In fact, PANA Donuts has been so successful that they’ve expanded into a chain of five shops across Indiana.
Some of PANA’s most popular treats include their fried yeast donuts, cronuts (croissant-donuts), and apple fritters. The first time I visited, I only intended on getting one or two, but of course, I ended up leaving with a full dozen donuts, including some red velvet, buttermilk, and blueberry ones. PANA Donuts also has a wide selection of boba tea, smoothies, and even sandwiches. So, go ahead and treat yourself!
Titus Bakery (Multiple Locations)
In the heart of Westfield’s culinary scene, Titus Bakery is a cherished local gem that deserves a spot on any bakery enthusiast’s itinerary. Trips here feel like an everyday indulgence, highlighted by their renowned Pershing donuts and irresistible fritters.
If you need to balance the sweetness with a touch of savory, Titus Bakery even offers a variety of hoagies to choose from. I also highly recommend trying their maple bacon donut because they definitely don’t skimp on the bacon!
Rene’s has quickly become my favorite bakery in the city! They have a few tables for outdoor seating, a small indoor area for shopping, and some of the friendliest staff in town. Their bakery specializes in classic French pastries with a variety of delectable baked goods and gluten-free options, as well.
I’m a bit of a macaron addict, so my eyes were immediately drawn to their beautiful French pastries. I know a good macaron when I find it, and Rene’s taste like heaven—soft on the inside with a generous spread of filling and a perfect crispness on the outside. But aside from the macarons, they also have a dessert case filled with rotating croissants, cookies, cakes, and freshly baked breads to try.
Pots & Pans Pie Co.
Pots & Pans offers a unique selection of pies that go beyond the ordinary. Each pie is a culinary journey, drawing inspiration from diverse cultures while still featuring locally sourced ingredients. Their ever-evolving seasonal menu includes an enticing range of sweet and savory options—served both warm and cold.
They also go out to a variety of Farmers’ Markets to sell their pies during the summer. I picked up a paneer hand pie at my local market, which left me feeling full yet craving more! Their pie crusts definitely have a richness to them, which captures the taste of buttery goodness that’s perfect for a pie. And as a special bonus, Indy residents can get pies delivered directly to their door through Market Wagon!
Heidelberg Haus Cafe and Bakery
On the eastside of Indianapolis, the Heidelberg Haus gives you a little taste of Germany! The walls of the cafe are decked out with traditional German figurines, steins, and wood carvings—and there’s even a gift shop with souvenirs to commemorate the occasion.
Heidelberg Haus is a place that encourages people to slow down, munch on delicious baked goods, and have a Kaffeeklatsch—a chat with friends over a cup of coffee. Some of their most popular items include the German-style buttery pretzels, potato salad, brats from the cafe, and—of course—any of the Bavarian pastries from the bakery. Their plum cakes and black forest cakes are also a must-try, especially during Oktoberfest.
Whenever I take a stroll around the Bottleworks District, my taste buds can’t help but gravitate toward Leviathan—a place that never fails to deliver the promise of quality. Leviathan has mastered the art of crafting delectable treats, from zesty lemon meringue eclairs to their Basque cheesecake (which is a perfect companion to a hot cup of coffee.)
They also serve a variety of breakfast, brunch, and lunch options including their popular Chorizo Gravy Polenta. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, but if you go during the weekend, make sure you get there early so you have a wide selection to choose from. They even showcase local artists with a collection of ceramic mugs, chic t-shirts, and captivating paintings on their center table.
I once was gifted a $30 gift card exclusively for Leviathan, which is a testament to how much I talk about this bakery. But trust me, you’ll soon find yourself declaring Leviathan as your new go-to spot in the city!
Gallery Pastry Shop (Multiple Locations)
Ready to indulge in a little luxury without burning a hole in your pocket? Look no further than the three Gallery Pastry locations around Indianapolis. Each spot boasts a unique menu with desserts that are nothing short of artistic masterpieces. But the location that stands out to me the most is Gallery Pastry Shop up in Meridian-Kessler.
Their newly opened and beautifully designed location has both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as some of my favorite menu items out of the three locations. My go-to orders are either the hot chicken sammie or mixing and matching their sweet and savory crepes. And if brunch isn’t your thing, you can always try their dinner options instead. Just don’t forget to check what weekly specials they’re running!
Mama Ines Mexican Bakery (Multiple Locations)
If you’re interested in supporting an amazing women-owned business that’s been around for generations, check out Mama Ines Mexican Bakery! They offer a wide variety of Mexican baked goods—with their highlights including custom cakes, churros, flan, tamales, and Pan Dulce (often dipped in coffee or Champurrado.)
I take it back, everything here is a highlight! Mama Ines’ is a very budget-friendly bakery that doesn’t slack on quality. Everything is made from scratch, and (like most bakeries) their employees work throughout the night to put out the freshest items for you. So, grab a tray, fill it up, and try as many delicious desserts as possible!
Photo of Amelia’s Bakery
Photo of Amelia’s Bakery
Amelia’s Bakery (Multiple Locations)
If you happen to live or work near an Amelia’s location, consider yourself lucky because this is one of Indiana’s finest bakeries! Each location has a slightly different feel, but they all carry a selection of fresh breads, delicious pastries, and other gourmet grocery goods—such as local meats, cheeses, and top-quality pantry items. Their Fletcher Place location has a smaller storefront, but that’s because it’s the hub of baking for all their sourdough loaves.
Personally, my favorite Amelia’s Bakery is the newly renovated Stutz Building location. Not only because it has courtyard seating, but also because I love looking around at the decorations and noticing something unique in every nook of the store.
I always arrive saying “just ONE thing today,” but without fail, I find myself leaving with another loaf of their classic sourdough bread and a savory Capacollo. If I’m in a really good mood, I might even succumb to the temptation of their gluten-free brownies and velvety gelato, too!
Long’s Bakery (Multiple Locations)
If you’re new to Indy, it’s only a matter of time before you hear about Long’s. They made a name for themselves ages ago, and now Long’s Bakery is a time-honored community staple. Locals will always rave about their affordable yet delicious baked goods, but even top-tier reviewers like Food & Wine have recognized Long’s as one of the best bakeries in America! Over the years, countless celebrities like Elton John, David Letterman, Mike Epps, and Martha Stewart have all fallen in love with Long’s Bakery.
With donuts, fritters, pies, cakes, pecan rolls, and more, Long’s will have you coming back to try one of everything. They make everything fresh from scratch and open their doors bright and early at 5:30 AM. There’s often a line around the block first thing in the morning, but not to worry! They don’t close until 10 PM, so you can always come back later in the day. Just remember that Long’s is a cash-only establishment and make sure you come prepared!
Le Croissant French Bakery
Located just 20 minutes south of Indianapolis, this bakery is one that I heard about through word of mouth. Le Croissant was started by owner and baker Pedro Ulloa in 2022, after he recognized a demand for more French bakeries in Indiana. Now, patrons line up outside of the doors to get their hands on their beautifully crafted baked goods.
If you are looking for hard-to-find Napoleons, strawberry croissants packed with chantilly cream, or savory quiches, you need to get yourself to Le Croissant Bakery. They clearly serve quality goods made with love, and it’s been exciting to see the bakery grow such a loyal following so quickly.
Fridays and Saturdays are usually their busiest days, so I recommend going during the week if you can. But pre-orders are always available if you call in advance!