Pan Dulce Perfection

San Antonio

Mornings in San Antonio won’t be complete without a hot plate of pan dulce to start the morning. This sweet bread originated in Mexico, with flavors and textures distinct from its French pastry influences. As time passed, more and more Latino-owned bake shops thrived in the city—thanks in large part to San Antonio’s large community of Mexican-American locals. Whether you grew up with pan dulce on the table or you’re looking forward to trying one for the first time, these shops in the Alamo City are ready to serve you oven-fresh nibbles that make the calories extra worth it!

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La Panadería Bakery Café

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San Antonio, United States • Recommendation • 

Brothers José and David have always been proud of their Mexican roots. Representing their homeland was one of the driving forces that motivated them to put up La Panadería Bakery Café—next to their love for churning out pastries, of course! The café’s handmade creations go through a 48-hour fermentation process that lets them absorb the ingredients thoroughly, making it tastier than others. It’s just bursting with sweet, gooey goodness in your mouth!

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Chica's Bakery y mas

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San Antonio, United States • Recommendation • 

Pan dulce with a twist has been Chica’s Bakery’s specialty for decades. San Antonians love this local pastry shop because everything here is made from scratch, so you know their pan dulce is always fresh. Sample their concha with a scoop of ice cream, combining the flavors of two classic desserts in one satisfying bite.

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Panifico Bake Shop

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San Antonio, United States • Recommendation • 

San Antonians say that Panifico Bake Shop has perfected the art of creating delightful pastries. Baking since 2004, the cheerful shop grew its menu to over 20 baked treats that include an array of pan dulce favorites, from conchas to empanadas, marranitos, and pink cakes. How can you say no to that? That’s right. You can’t.

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Bedoy's Bakery

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San Antonio, United States • Recommendation • 

Bedoy’s Bakery is a huge part of San Antonio’s rich food heritage. It’s been in the hands of four generations of bakers to this day, with colorful and tasty pan dulce treats that’ll make you smile with every mouthful. Concha is a classic crowd favorite, and it’s easy to understand why—the seashell-shaped bread is fluffy, sprinkled generously with sugar to give you just enough sweetness. Their conchas are available in pink, white, yellow, and chocolate colors.

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Panaderia Jimenez Coffee Shop

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San Antonio, United States • Recommendation • 

This local neighborhood panaderia has always been a go-to spot for bread lovers to enjoy the freshest pan dulce. The shop’s warm, homey atmosphere and the wide array of pastries remind you of meriendas with your abuela. They have sweet empanadas to satisfy your fruity cravings like pineapple, blueberry cream cheese, cajeta apple, and guava with cream cheese. Panaderia Jimenez Coffee only uses its decades-old family recipes, so you know you’re eating baked treats that are rich in flavor history!

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El Folklor Bakery

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San Antonio, United States • Recommendation • 

Spoil your sweet tooth and your tummy in El Folklor Bakery. They have a variety of pan dulce on the menu, such as pan de muerto, quesadilla salvadoreña, and conchas. The bakery always smells of delectable freshly baked bread, and you can instantly taste the sugary flavor as you take a bite of these beloved treats. Order a bit of everything on the menu to make your day sweeter!

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