Essence Bakery Café

Bakery, French
$ $
825 W University Dr (at S. Hardy Dr.)
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 966-2745
7:00am - 3:00pm
7:00am - 3:00pm
7:00am - 3:00pm
7:00am - 3:00pm
7:00am - 3:00pm



  • Don't walk out the building without a macaron.
  • The Double Bar Chocolate Croissant here will transport you to the cafes of Paris.
  • Best croissants in the Valley. The line is pretty convoluted so try to go during off times.
  • Holy Moly!!! The ham and cheese jalapeo sandwich is unreal.
  • Start off with something delicious from the French-inspired breakfast and lunch menus, like the Quiche Lorraine or Croque Madame, before diving into the irresistible pastry case.
  • Weekend brunch is omg good. Fluffy eggs, great coffee and pastries. And those macarons!
  • Sooo bloody slow. The cashiers always have something far more important to do than take your order.
  • Best of Phoenix 2011 Winner: Best Breakfast, Tempe! From the housemade granola to the hot breakfast cereal to the Quiche Lorraine, every dish is exquisite!
  • If you are so lucky to go in on a day they are serving pink grapefruit macarons don't leave without one.
  • Great croissants and other yum baked goods
  • Amazing Crossaints and tasty maccroons; they are not a breakfast to be missed.
  • Best spanakopita in town.
  • If you haven't tried an Essence caramel macaron yet, you haven't lived.
  • The macaroons are amazing!!!!! It was a little crowded but it was to be expected because the food is amazing.
  • Try the Grilled Cheese And Croque Monsieur Sandwiches - Half of each sandwich #nom
  • Leave your email address at the register! They will tempt you weekly with AMAZING lunch specials that make you drool! ;) enjoy!
  • The chicken salad sand-which will change your life.
  • Don't forget to grab a 'Croissant' before you leave! It was voted one of the top 100 favorite dishes in 2011 by the Phoenix New Times!
  • Awesome breakfast/lunch/sweets spot that composts and recycles! All you earth-conscious, hungry ASU students take note! Hardy and University
  • Their caramel and pumpkin French macarons are insanely good. Be sure to stop by early, as they sometimes run out of their most popular flavors by afternoon. Large pre-orders are great hostess gifts.

Nearby places

871 W University Dr
225 W University Dr #101 (at S Ash Ave)
1201 N Galvin Pkwy (Btw McDowell Rd & Van Buren St)