Best Bakeries In Las Vegas

January 4, 2011 7:53 PM

Long before celebrity chefs, television food personalities and other culinary big shots descended upon this desert oasis and gambling mecca, Las Vegas was perhaps known for two things: one, its rather colorful origins (think Bugsy Siegel), and two, its delicious bakeries. You heard that right — bakeries. Ask any serious local worth his confectioner-in-the-know, and they’ll proudly rave about their favorite Las Vegas sweet tooth destination. Who you callin’ Cannoli, Cupcake? Here are some of the best. — Marco Medrano

Freed’s Bakery of Las Vegas

9815 South Eastern Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89183
(702) 214-3500

Cakes! Cakes! Cakes! Perhaps Sin City’s best known cake-rific bakery (and recently featured on TLC’s hit show Fabulous Cakes), Freed’s offers the city’s largest variety of cakes. And, boy, are they something. For more than half a century, Freed’s has been the place in Las Vegas to get your cake on. This is one of the top “go-to” places when you want to let the bakers suggest a terrific concoction for any occasion. Main location and cake gallery hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Web site for multiple location hours.

Marie’s Gourmet Bakery

2600 West Sahara Avenue, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 367-1065

A staple at celebrity birthdays and other A-list celebrations, Marie’s Gourmet Bakery is the bakery of choice for all young Hollywood. Paris Hilton, Audrina Partridge, Jared Leto, Brody Jenner, Heidi Montag, Pete Wentz, Fergie, Britney Spears and, of course, everyone named Kardashian all have had Marie’s unique, tasty and gravity-defying concoctions. Celebs may not eat the entire cake, but no one can resist one mouth-watering bite. It’s really worth the trip for a few sinful bites or to pick up an impressive baked gift or sweet for that sweet deserving of the celebrity treatment. Don’t forget Marie’s exquisite catering menus and planning services for business lunches, corporate affairs or formal occasions. Sometimes you just have to break down and let the experts do their thing! Marie’s Web site is a great start if you need to point, click and order in a hurry. Hours: Monday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, by appointment only; closed Sunday.

Leopold’s Bakery

10260 West Charleston Boulevard, Suite 4
Las Vegas, NV 89135
(702) 407-8686

A little off the beaten path in nearby Summerlin, Leopold’s Bakery has been in business for more than 45 years and is only getting better — and more delicious — with age. Chef Leopold has won several gold medals from the American Culinary Federation and the Fraternity of Executive Chefs and certainly knows his way around a specialty or wedding cake. Though 15 minutes outside The Strip, this sweet destination is very much worth the trip. Come hungry and see why this upscale neighborhood loves Leopold’s. Its tasteful pride and tradition will remind you of the days when your mom wore gloves on Saturday. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday (with deliveries available).