Croissant dough, lovingly tended, baked just long enough to yield a crisp and flakey crust but, maintain a soft, airy interior. Dense, chewy cookies oozing with melted chocolate. The yeasty sent of freshly baked baguettes. Miniature pie shells piled high with the seasons ripest fruits. Who, can resist the charms of an exceptional bakery? Certainly not the visitors to Salt Lake City, who have the chance to sample the wears of world class bakeries here.
Eva’s Boulangerie is a little jewel box with a charming bright blue shop front, the picture of a storybook French bakery. The bakery is named in honor of owner Charlie Perry’s great grandmother Eva Coombs. Certainly the plates piled high with pastry, croissants, and cookies are a perfect homage to a woman renowned for her cooking and love of butter. Try the morning bun, made from a sweetened croissant dough. They are simple but, hit the perfect balance between buttery and sweet flavors.
Carlucci’s, a small family owned and operated bakery and a local favorite. This little Italian bakery serves pastries, cake, breakfast, lunch, coffees, Italian sodas, and breads. The fruit tarts are so lovely you may have trouble taking your first bite but, you will be rewarded when you finally do! Fresh, juicy fruits pairs perfectly with the flakey pie shell. The tofu sandwich with balsamic vinegar comes highly recommended, even by those who usually prefer their meat.
La Bonne Vie, a French expression meaning the good life, is located in The Grand America Hotel. The Grand America was built by Earl Holding owner of Sinclair Oil and intended to accommodate visitors to the Salt Lake Olympics in 2002. The hotel includes several little boutique shops including La Bonne Vie which is patterned after the style of a European confection house. Executive Pastry Chef Alexandre Henocq offers beautiful chocolates, handcrafted macaroons, and French pastry.