Five unique bakeries in San Jose, CA


San Joseans will recognize the creamy custard and crushed almonds of Peters’ Bakery’s specialty dessert. | Photo via No Shame Sisters

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This article was written by Jessica Te, SJtoday’s editorial intern.

You might remember our May excursion to some of San Jose’s local panaderíasand now we’re back with another bake off.

Here’s a starter guide for five unique bakeries in San Jose. Do you have what it bakes to try them all?

🍰 Peters’ Bakery, 3108 Alum Rock Ave.

Opened in 1938, this San Jose staple is the oldest family-owned bakery in the Silicon Valley + was founded by Tony Peters, who perfected the craft working in his uncle’s bakery. Their beloved burnt almond cakes + strawberry rings are must-trys for residents and visitors alike.

This cornerstone of the Little Portugal district has served Portuguese desserts + breads for over 30 years. Only here can you find traditional Marie Amelie tarts, queijadas (cheese pastries), or their famous pasteis de nata (mini custard tarts).


Every egg tart bakes the heart grow fonder. | Photo via @sf.eatss

🧇 CA Bakehouse, 979 Story Rd. #7066

If you’re looking for all things pandan, don’t miss out on the creators of the original green waffle. The vanilla-coconut flavor is blended into egg tarts, croissants, cakes, and even water to satisfy all your green needs.

🍞 Valerio’s City Bakery, 2518 Berryessa Rd.

Celebrate Pinoy dishes at San Jose’s only locally-owned Filipino bakery. After opening in 1979, they gained popularity through their pan de sal (Filipino bread rolls), but we also recommend the cream cheese bread + ube rolls.

🧁 Frost Cupcake Factory, 1305 N. Bascom Ave.

In 2013, these bakers appeared on the Food Network series,Cupcake Wars,” and emerged as the season winners. From custom catering to quick bites, this shop’s flavors change daily to keep customers on their toes.

Did we miss your favorite bakery? Let us know.

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