You’ll Want to Load up Your Suitcase with Goodies from These Shops and Bakeries
The best kind of souvenirs are found at these spots.
Every year the Sunset Travel Awards honor the best in travel in the West. This year we had over 600 entries across all categories (a record number!). These stores are the 2023 winners of the Where to Eat and Drink: Best Shops and Bakeries category. Check out the complete list of winners here. For our definitive directory to travel in the West, click here.
Best Shops and Bakeries
Quail & Condor
Run by Michelin-pedigreed chefs Melissa and Sean McGaughey, this thrilling bakery serves goods made from naturally leavened dough, croissants, and unique desserts crafted from Northern California’s finest produce, dairy, and game.
Troubadour Bread and Bistro
Just up the street from its sister bakery Quail & Condor is this one-stop culinary shop. You’ll find coffee and fresh baked bread in the morning, francophile sandwiches for lunch, and a prix-fixe French bistro at night at this unassuming boulangerie. Don’t miss out on the perfectly done canelés, which will whisk you right back to France.
Bob’s Well Bread
A hub of the Santa Ynez Valley, Bob’s bakes up the valley’s best boules each morning for its two indoor-outdoor cafés serving the area—the original in Los Alamos and a second in Ballard.
Marin French Cheese Co.
The country’s oldest cheese company produces exceptional cheese but is also a community hub and destination in and of itself, with a property home to myriad farm animals, a vegetable garden, an elementary school, and a fire station.