Bakery Walk: Lower Manhattan

My colleague and I were only in NYC for 24 hours after a training in upstate, so I reached out to my women’s travel Facebook groups (feel free to ask me and I’ll invite you to the groups) and requested suggestions for bakeries, cafes, and restaurants. These ladies showed up! With so many awesome suggestions, we decided to do a Bakery Walk – Lower Manhattan style.

Once Upon a Tart

The streets of New York City are lined with restaurants and cafes that I think you could go to a new place every day for the rest of your life and never repeat. I was happy to have received so many suggestions so our choices could be narrowed, though I’m sure that if we’d just seen Once Upon a Tart while walking past, we would’ve stopped in no matter what. As you can see by the pictures, this place is adorable. Our barista was lovely and that chocolate chip cookie was snarfed in 2.5 seconds.




Dominique Ansel Bakery

Known for so many delicious things, Dominique Ansel is a stop not to be missed by anyone while in NYC. We tried four different beauties:

  1. Chocolate chip cookie shots! What’s that you say?! Yes, cookie shaped shot glasses filled with Tahitian milk. Good thing these weren’t around in college!
  2. The frozen s’more is a marshmallow wrapped around vanilla ice cream & chocolate. It’s skewered and torched. So damn good.
  3. The half-donut, half-croissant known as the cronut is the signature pastry at this bakery. Each month they have a new flavor. Sadly, we didn’t capture pictures of this – we ate it too fast to remember to take out our cameras.
  4. The DKA aka “Dominique’s Kouign Amann” is flaky and tender bread with caramelized layers. If I could eat this every day for breakfast, I would be a happy girl…with diabetes.



Right out of the pages of a hygge handbook, Maman is beautiful inside. The chai tea latte was perfection (as a connoisseur, I try them everywhere) and the pain au chocolat was straight out of Paris. J’adore Maman and I am so excited to go their sister store in Toronto next month!






Do – as in cookie dough – is the newest dessert craze. With all sorts of flavor options, we opted for the salted chocolate chip cookie. It’s dough you can eat without the fear of salmonella.



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