Instagrammable Connecticut: Bakeries Worth Traveling For Last Updated 3/20

In Connecticut, it’s rare to find a bakery that doesn’t use fresh, locally-made ingredients for its delectable treats. A handful of pastry places also offer remarkable atmospheres, artisanal drinks, and seasonal goods like no other. Whether you want to munch on macarons in Wonderland or sip on tea next to a “fire breathing” dragon, these unique bakeries are worthy of a trip. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their eye-catching pictures! Check back often for new topics. If you have some photos to share, tag your photos with #CTvisit!

 

Alice in the Village in Mystic, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Take a trip down the rabbit hole and experience a real-life Wonderland at Alice in the Village. Enjoy “Alice in Wonderland” themed treats in their cozy Mad Hatter tea room.

“Being a huge Alice in Wonderland fan, the name alone drew us in, but once I saw the window display I knew I HAD to go in. From the ceiling to the desserts and tea, the attention to detail is astounding. They even had a wide selection of one-of-a-kind Alice in Wonderland trinkets!” - @masteringmomlife.

Lorca Coffee Bar in Stamford, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Filled with Spanish flair, Lorca Coffee Bar will serve you cups of artisan coffee with freshly made churros.

“Lorca is a fantastic little coffee bar that serves high quality coffee and snacks that you won’t find at any of the chain restaurants. Their churros were delicious and a totally unique menu item. The space itself is super vibrant and colorful.” - @chelseamhurley.

NoRa Cupcake Company in Middletown, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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NoRa Cupcake Company’s treats, atmosphere, and staff are as spunky and vibrant as ever. Using ingredients that support local farmers and businesses, they regularly rotate their flavors of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.

“I love the atmosphere at NoRa – it has a cool, rockabilly vibe. I really like their chocolate peanut butter explosion cupcake! It’s also great that they have vegan/gluten free options, so everyone can enjoy a visit.” - @jamieperry_x.

Scratch Baking in Milford, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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At Scratch Baking, there are no shortcuts – every product is made and shaped from real ingredients by hand. Owner Lesli Flick’s treats have been featured in Food and Wine, O–Maagazine, and Wired.

Sift Bake Shop in Mystic, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Specializing in artisanal breads, pastries, macarons, and more, Sift is a family-owned, French focused bake shop. The head chef, Adam Young, was crowned "Food Network’s Best Baker in America" in 2018.

“I think what sets Sift aside from other bakeries is their wide selection of European pastries in a popular New England setting. The location is to die for because sipping a latte on their rooftop deck is what New England summers are made for!” - @charissa_poli.

Taste by Spellbound in West Hartford, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The macarons and cupcakes are just as unique and bold as the interior of Taste by Spellbound. The goods are baked fresh daily and reflect their belief in contemporary designs.

“This is the first dessert bar in the area that offers the 'coffee shop' atmosphere with the perk of delectable pastries served on gorgeous fine China. I really felt like I had indulged in a once in a lifetime opportunity.” - @noneesworld.

Sweet Cupcasions in Milford, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gourmet sweets is the name of the baking game at Sweet Cupcasions, where you can try the award-winning flavors that crowned them winner of season 8, episode 6 of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

“Being inside Sweet Cupcasions makes you feel like a kid again. They have some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tasted. The location can’t be beat, it's a very walkable area.” - @foodiephotoct.

Dee’s One Smart Cookie in Glastonbury, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Dee’s One Smart Cookie is a gluten, dairy, and allergen free bakery all in one. No matter if you suffer from celiac disease or lactose intolerance, there are muffins, cakes, breads, bars, and more ready for you to consume without harm. Customers go crazy over the delicious flavors they experience after every bite.

Hartford Baking Company in Hartford, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hartford Baking Company is all about doing things the hard way. Every baked good is made with the finest ingredients, tastes, and textures straight from local farmers.

“I was visiting a friend in Connecticut and heard all good things about Hartford Baking Company, so I had to check it out. I live in Brooklyn and spend a lot of weekends drinking coffee, so this was a no brainer for me!” - @nyccoffee.

Sugar Cupcakery & Bakery in East Haven, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Another past winner of Cupcake Wars, Sugar Cupcakery and Bakery has flavorful cupcakes and cakes for every season, holiday, or major event.

“Their cupcakes taste as good as they look and the flavors they choose are amazing! The fact that they won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars was a definite factor in choosing to go there, but even without that the cupcakes are so good. It’s worth the drive.” - @tdwtravelblog.

Victoria Station Café in Putnam, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Complete with a dragon sculpture and a winding staircase, The Victoria Station Café will make you feel like you’re eating in an enchanted library.

“I was exploring Windham County and I saw this across from a big antiques store. I had an iced coffee and a chocolate chip cookie. I think just checking out how beautiful the inside of the store is was my favorite part!” - @bookworm12378.

Hunny Bunns Café & Bakery in Winsted, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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With flavorful coffees and a homey aesthetic, people drive hours to Hunny Bunns Café & Bakery or their fresh-baked breads and treats. The “milk and honey” bread is worth an hour’s drive alone.

“Hunny Bunns has an awesome variety of homemade delicious foods offered in the coziest environment, outside of your home. Their baked goods are a wonderful treat and they should be nibbled slowly, devoured completely.” - @sincerelyalyssa.

Hardcore Sweet Bakery in Watertown, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Besides serving up spunky cakes and cupcakes for all seasons, Hardcore Sweet Bakery regularly hosts musical guests, comedy nights, and baking classes. Their treats have been featured on the Cooking Channel and Food Network's Cupcake Wars.

“We love to use not-so-typical flavors when creating desserts! We aren't afraid to do the "strange and unusual" cake. Hardcore Sweet takes this art and makes it FUN!” - @hardcoresweet.

Moneta Moments in Windsor, CT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mother-daughter baking team at Moneta Moments is dedicated to making your wildest cake and cupcake dreams come true. All of their treats are peanut and tree nut free.

“We never stop striving to be better than we were yesterday, and we love every aspect of our business. Moneta Moments can either provide finished edible creations or send you off with all of the pieces for you to create yourself!” - @monetamoments.