Mar 082010
FINDING A CAFE and bakery so charming and agreeable that even two freeways and a river won’t keep you away is no small thing.
St. Paul’s Bread & Chocolate is just such a spot, its siren call known to lure Minneapolis sluggards with aging cars to head to St. Paul in hailstorms and blizzards .

The casual little sister of stylish bakery/cafeteria/wine bar Cafe Latte at the corner of Victoria & Grand Avenues in St. Paul, B & C is the place to go for heavenly cookies and pastries … for tasty sandwiches on fresh-baked bread … and for spending an exceedingly pleasant hour at a sunny window table with a well-made latte and the New York Times.

Bread & Chocolate Bakery, St. Paul

Bread & Chocolate Bakery, St. Paul

I’ll just flat-out say it: Bread & Chocolate by rights is a contender for the best bakery in the Twin Cities. The vibe is simpático; the treats delectable. For those who make a habit of checking out pastries, cookies, and bars around town, it’s clear that many of Bread & Chocolate’s baked goods are far and away the best in class.

AMONG THE BEST of the best at Bread & Chocolate:
B & C all but sings arias with its perfect almond croissant, very-berried blueberry muffin, bewitching toffee bar (most Wednesdays), and shake-me-up-Judy chocolate-coconut marvel called a Harlequin Bar (Fridays).

Bread and Chocolate building in 1923

THAT WAS THEN: 1923 photo of B&C building, then the Grand Avenue State Bank. MN Historical Society.

Bread & Chocolate Bakery

867 Grand Ave., St. Paul | 651-228-1017

Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. M-F; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat & Sun

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