Life is pretty sweet here in Bath! Whether you fancy a coffee and a slice of cake, a fancy pastry from a patisserie, or even need a whole cake for a special occasion, there’s something for you.
Fortunately for readers of Love Bath, you’ll be glad to know that we have tested every single cake shop on this list, not because we are greedy… well, maybe sometimes but because we have lived in the city for many years!
So, here are our personal best cake shops in Bath.
1. Choux Box Patisserie
Known for its ‘patisserie with personality’ the little Choux Box Patisserie can be found at Alexandra Park viewpoint Friday-Sunday, serving up sweet treats created by pastry chef Orlando Partner.
Raised in nearby Frome, Orlando worked as a pastry chef in Michelin starred restaurants before deciding he wanted to make high-quality patisseries that are also fun.
Using local ingredients from within a 20-mile radius of Bath, and combining classic French techniques with modern flvaours, his choux buns are a delightful little pick me up (and worth the walk up to Alexandra Park, as is the view of Bath from up there!). You can also collect orders from Stable Yard and their Bristol shop in Wapping Wharf.
Try seasonal specials like Baileys creme brûlée choux buns, or tasty fully loaded choux buns topped with treats such as the Oreo cheesecake choux, or indulge with a full size ‘bling choux torte’ with a range of tempting toppings.
Address: Alexandra Park Viewpoint
2. LoQum BathZaar
Take a trip to Turkey (or just The Corridor), to tuck into traditional Turkish treats at LoQum BathZaar!
Enjoy a Turkish coffee and super fresh baklava, which is layers of filo pastry filled with delicately spiced nuts and covered in honey syrup.
Here you’ll find freshly made classic pistachio and walnut baklava, as well as chocolate versions for a little twist on tradition. Turkish delight fans can also enjoy delicately perfumed rosewater and pistachio morsels.
Address: 17 The Corridor, Bath, BA1 5AP
3. Edible Art
Self-taught pastry chef Damien Wager first opened Edible Art Patisserie in Cheltenham with a modern take on patisserie classics, giving them an elegant and colourful twist (literally, making edible art).
Bath is home to his takeaway ‘Macaron Boutique’, which offers a rainbow of delicate macarons in a selection of 24 flavours that change seasonally and have included gingerbread, mulled wine, cassis, coconut milk chocolate, strawberry, mocha caramel, red velvet, green apple, banana, and peach.
Address: 7 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX
Phone: 0800 8044606
4 . Sugarcane Studio
Offering another twist on a classic French patisserie, Sugarcane Studio has an Asian influence brought by founder Fang-Yu Lin. The Taiwanese pastry chef trained in fine hotels and patisseries in London and Taipei, before deciding to open a shop in Bath in 2018.
Specialising in macarons that combine favourite flavours with more exotic concoctions, here you can enjoy classic macarons such as chocolate, mixed berries, lemon, orange, and pistachio as well as earl grey, black sesame, matcha, and yuzu & genmaicha.
Address: 1 Grove Street, Bath, BA2 6PJ
Phone: 01225 251707
5. Sweet Little Things
Tuck into afternoon tea in this Insta-friendly pink palace and plough your way through a pile of cakes and sandwiches.
Sit down, relax, and enjoy sumptuous cakes with a coffee (or some savoury treats) at Sweet Little Things. Choose from cupcakes, choux, macarons, and fudgy gooey brownies with chunks of chocolate (and special flavours like Terry’s chocolate orange).
Look out for their new bakery coming soon in 2023 in the city centre between the Sweet Little Things tea room on Lower Borough Walls and the second location at the bottom of Milsom Street on Old Bond Street.
Address: 6 Lower Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1UQ
Phone: 01225 571580
6. Didi Cakes
Do you need a beautiful intricate cake for a special occasion? Order one here on Walcot Street at Didi Cakes.
If, oops, you’ve forgotten something you can grab a ‘last-minute’ cake that is handmade but not customized. This cake studio and coffee shop in Bath’s Artisan Quarter has gluten-free and vegan options, too.
Bite into a delicious cupcake, topped with fun stuff like chocolate-dipped strawberries, classic flavours like lemon or chocolate, and even rainbow icing. Didi Cakes also creates cupcake ‘bouquets’ that look like flowers, so you can give someone special (or yourself) the sweetest gift.
Address: 132 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG
Phone: 01225 444465
7. Good Day Cafe
Taking brownies and cookies to new heights, Good Day Cafe’s pink room is home to some of the most fun, and delicious, combos you’ve ever seen.
Sure, you can grab a big brownie in a fun flavour like happy hippo rocky road, cookie dough slice, Malteaser cheesecake or a gingerbread and chai blondie, but why not go fully in and try a brookie?
Brookies are a brownie stuffed into a cookie, and if that’s not enough sweet stuff for you, dig into a cookie pie. These come in quirky designs and flavours like the Elmo Cookie Pie, which has a baked cookie crust filled with M&Ms, white chocolate spread and chunks of classic brownie.
Address: 12 Upper Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1RH
Phone: 01225 684284
Stock up on beautiful breakfast pastries like cardamom knots, cinnamon ‘bunz’, as well as pistachio croissants and almond croissants.
Gluten-free and nut-free options are available and the changing array of cakes features vegan versions of classics like the Victoria sponge, and house favourites like Toni’s chocolate cake, coconut, lime & pistachio sponge, and rose and vanilla cake with strawberry and chia jam.
Address: 3 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RG
9. Nata & Co
Pick up a Portuguese classic cake; a pastel de nata (custard tart). Just off Pulteney Bridge in a Georgian two-storey building, with a Portuguese deli on the ground floor, Nata & Co is the place to go for authentic sweet treats.
Watch them making fresh nata in the window, and pop in for a warm, freshly baked gooey tart. Choose from classic custard or enjoy a different take on it like a peanut butter nata!
You can also get a full size nata tart, bolo brigadeiro (a chocolate cake covered in Brazilian style brigadeiro chocolate balls), and traditional festive bolo rei cakes with raisins, various nuts and crystallized fruit during Christmas time.
Address: 8 Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AS
Phone: 01225 421850
10. Landrace Bakery
Coffee shop/restaurant/bakery Landrace focuses more on the savoury side, specialising in sourdough bread from stone ground UK grains. However, their cardamom buns and cinnamon buns deserve a special shout out!
On the menu of the restaurant upstairs you’ll find tasty treats like bergamot and lemon posset with shortbread, too.
Address: 61 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BN
Phone: 01225 424722
Got room for some more sweet treats? Check out our list of the top 10 places to get an afternoon tea in Bath!
Amy is an award-winning travel writer born and bred in Bath. She has written for national newspapers and magazines from the Guardian and Mail on Sunday to Conde Nast Traveller and Good Housekeeping. Now she’s helping travellers explore Bath, one story at a time.