There may be no sweeter morning routine than indulging in a freshly baked pastry and a cup of joe.

Spokane has bakeries drizzled all over the city, so which one should you choose? How about something fresh and local. We recommended a few favorites for you to start with.

Made with Love 

Delicate hues of green and red, cozy corners for conversation and delightful desserts prepared from scratch.

Founded in 2015 by Callie Johnson, Made with Love is the product of a young girl who wanted a place to share her love language with her community.

“People know that everything is made fresh here, and it is made with love,” said Jenna Lilly, an employee at Made with Love Bakery. “We put that extra effort into everything we make, and Callie, the owner, this is her baby. She has had this dream since she was in elementary school, and she made it happen.” 

Everyday desserts are created, and different flavors and specials are offered to the public. The menu is posted to the Made with Love Instagram page ( each morning. 

While the comforting pop-tarts seem to be the fan-favorite, Lilly said her favorite item would have to be the chocolate chip cookies because they are soft and fluffy with chocolate chips that melt in your mouth. 

Visit this quaint and picturesque shop Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2023 W. Dean Ave.  

Hello Sugar,

Sweet sugary scents are mingling with the aroma of steaming espresso shots, the perfect combo to create those sweet Sunday memories with your family and friends.

Hello Sugar, is a locally owned, family-run business providing mini-donuts and a cheerful atmosphere. The trendy shop is partnered with Indaba Coffee to provide steamy sips to go with your delectable donuts. The sugary, sparkly mini-donuts are fun, light and the perfect sharable snack.

“If I had to choose one donut, I would choose the Summit because it’s cinnamon, sugar, Nutella and marshmallow — it is one of my favorites,” said Skylar Robles, an employee at Hello Sugar,.

Robles added that she was not a donut lover until these mini bites of magic came into her life. 

“My favorite donuts are the basic cinnamon and powdered sugar ones. They are especially good when they are warm,” said Nicole Bien, a regular at Hello Sugar,.  

Want to watch your donuts being made and eat them while they are still warm? Visit Hello Sugar, open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 419 N. Nettleton St.

Rocket Bakery

Rocket Bakery has become a Spokane staple since its opening in 1992. There are now seven locations scattered around the city, making it accessible no matter where you are. 

This local chain is known for its welcoming environment and a quieter atmosphere.

“We have a more relaxed vibe here, and it’s less intimidating than some more modern-designed coffee shops. I think people get a little scared to walk into those places, like they aren’t cool enough,” said Connor Lee, a Rocket Bakery employee.

Rocket carries a diverse selection of sweet and savory options that vary from location to location. Lee recommends the triple berry scone to satisfy a sweet tooth, and for a more filling and savory item, his go-to is the breakfast bagel. 

Visit Rocket for a study session, a lovely catch up or a much-needed snack break. There are two shops located near campus: 207 N. Wall St. in River Park Square and 1325 W. 1st Ave. in the Eldridge Building. Both locations are open daily from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grain Shed 

Flaky croissants, moist loaves of bread and decadent cookies are all made fresh from the Palouse’s wheat and grains. While the Grain Shed is known for their baked goods, they also brew their beer and have a menu that includes avocado toast and various savory soups. 

The bakers here regularly change up the menu, making it easy to branch out and try their new and tasty creations. 

Shaun Thompson Duffy,  a baker with over 15 years of culinary experience, started this local gem with Don Sheuermen, a farmer from the Palouse, and Joel Williamson, the founder of Local Inland Northwest Cooperative Foods (LINC) foods.

The trio met by chance when Williamson was buying bread from Duffy.

They wanted to create a “space where lots of local grains could be used for the bread-making, and they could connect farmers directly with the people making the products,” said Natalie Weinmeister, an employee at The Grain Shed. 

Visit the Grain Shed to check out its carefully crafted grains. The shop is located at 1026 E. Newark Ave., and they open at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday through Monday with varying closing times. They are closed on Tuesdays.

Becca Murphy is a staff writer.

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