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Augustine’s Bar & Bakery

Yes, there’s a bakery counter tucked inside this restaurant-bar, a source for flaky croissants, diet-wrecking cinnamon rolls (drop in on weekends for the decadent pecan-caramel rolls), muffins, breads and more. 1668 Selby Av., St. Paul, 651-447-3729,

Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery

This 49-year-old institution has a big wholesale operation (the kitchen’s buns are the foundation of many top Twin Cities burgers), but the retail side is a treat — literally — with a crowd-pleasing list of bars, cookies, doughnuts (including excellent Bismarcks), pastries, cakes and other temptations. 7840 5th Av. S., Bloomington, 952-881-4445,

PJ Murphy’s Bakery

Newish owners François Kiemde and Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde have reinvigorated this Capital City classic (croissants! challah!) while preserving its many traditions. Love the ever-changing “Cupcake of the Week.” 1279 Randolph Av., St. Paul, 651-699-9292,

Sarah Jane’s Bakery Northeast

Sarah Jane’s Bakery in northeast Minneapolis.
Sarah Jane’s Bakery in northeast Minneapolis.

Rick Nelson, Star Tribune

The hardworking Botzet family lovingly turns out all kinds of goodies — coffee cakes, fruit and cream pies, turnovers — and really has a way with cake doughnuts and Long Johns. 2853 NE. Johnson St., Mpls., 612-789-2827,

Valley Pastries

Doughnuts, doughnuts and more doughnuts. Doughnut holes, too, along with fruit-filled Danish. 2570 Hillsboro Av. N., Golden Valley, 763-541-1535,