Does delicious, doughy, fluffy bread even need an introduction?
Probably not, but I like to talk and I like talking about bread, so here it goes. Bread and the human race go back a long time. Like, 14,000+ years long. Without bread and beer, the world as we know it would be a very, very different place.
So in celebration of one of the greatest human innovations of all time, let’s talk about the best bread in Columbus.
About: If you’re looking for the kind of place where you leave smelling like fresh-baked bread and sunshine, then you definitely want to check out Dan the Baker. Not only can you find his amazing bread and pastries at his Toast Bar, but you can also find them all around town at other cafes as well.
Location: The Toast Bar is located at 1028 Ridge St.
About: Lucky Cat Bakery is a great option when just one loaf won’t remotely be enough. This bread wholesaler is committed to making delicious bread with high-quality ingredients, and if you aren’t looking for bread in bulk, you can pick up some of their wares at dozens of Columbus establishments.
Location: Available at multiple locations, which you can view here.
About: From the first moment I heard about Flowers & Bread, I was incredibly excited. It isn’t just a place to eat delicious food or order floral arrangements. It is a place where anyone can go and learn baking skills and tips of the trade about flowers from some of the best people in the industries. Since this is a post about bread, we’ll stick with that. I don’t know what sort of magic they use in their Cinnamon Raisin Bread, but I can tell you this: it’s my absolute favorite.
Location: Flowers & Bread is located at 3870 North High Street.
About: Wandering through North Market can prove to be a little dangerous if you’re trying to watch your carb intake. But a stop at Omega Artisan Baking is 100% worth it. They have classics like ciabatta and sourdough, but they excel at being extraordinary. Go for the Campagna, stay for the Challah.
Location: Omega Artisan Baking is located in North Market at 59 Spruce Street.
About: I could probably write 1,000 words about the Brioche from Laughlin’s Bakery. But I’m kind, so I’ll just get to the point. The Brioche Nanterre loaf is so freakin’ good both on its own or how I prefer to use it for french toast. Just trust me, go buy a loaf, and let Laughlin’s change your life.
Location: Luahglin’s Bakery is located at 15 E 2nd Ave in the heart of the Short North.
About: If you’ve never had Shokupan from Belle’s Bread, are you even living? This Japanese delight is most similar to white loaf bread, but please don’t let that description fool you. It’s fluffy and perfect in every way. It would be criminal not to mention Belle’s perfectly made An Pan, a sweet roll with filling. Belle’s likes to mix it up when it comes to fillings and these adorable bears have a strawberry filling.
Location: Belle’s Bread is located at 1168 Kenny Centre Mall.
About: When is the last time you had a pastry so good that it brought you to tears? If you head to Auddino’s at your earliest convenience and order one, you can answer that question with a firm “right effing now”. I love croissants, I love donuts, so why on earth did I ever think I wouldn’t fully be on board with a doughsant? (alternatively known as a “cronut”) It’s a mystery. Additionally, this Italian bakery has all kinds of other yummy pastries and bread, so no matter what you like, it’s worth a visit.
Location: Auddion’s Italian Bakery is located at 1490 Clara St, near the fairgrounds.
Happy eating, Columbus!
Originally published 10/3/18. Updated 10/22/19.
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