Around the World in Four Downtown West Palm Bakeries

Gourmands can discover a wide variety of international coffee shops, bakeries, and deli in Downtown West Palm Beach.

Are you longing for the scent of fresh baked baguettes from your trip to Paris years ago? Do you miss the taste of authentic hummus from your Birthright trip to Israel? All within a few blocks, Downtown West Palm Beach offers a selection of global bakeries and coffee spots to satisfy those cravings—no plane ticket required.

Loïc Bakery Café Bar, French


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Adorned with banana leaf wallpaper and a neon sign, this French bakery combines the style of Palm Beach with the cuisine of France. Loïc Autret, a former French paratrooper who cut his teeth locally at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, has been perfecting his croissants for over two decades. His secret? Adding slightly more water to the dough to offset Florida’s humidity. Menu items include sweet and savory croissants, sandwiches, quiche, soups, and salads, plus tarts, cookies, and specials like a cheesy focaccia bread baked with herbs, tomatoes, and eggs.

Johan’s Jӧe, Swedish


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Indulge in fika, the art of the Swedish coffee break, at this coffee house and café. Whether it be the organic coffee and tea from Löfbergs, a fair-trade Swedish coffee roaster, or the notoriously minimalistic design of its interiors, Johan’s Jӧe will transport you to Scandinavia. Be sure to try “The Bӧrk Bӧrk,” flatbread a dish of grass-fed Swedish meatballs, melted Swiss, and arugula topped with a lingonberry drizzle, or one of the many traditional sweets, such as princess cake, a confection of alternating layers of sponge cake, jam, and cream, covered in marzipan.

Makeb’s, Jewish


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West Palm Beach’s water supply may not boast the calcium and magnesium levels needed to produce an authentic New York bagel, but Makeb’s beigel, beygl, bajgiel, or however you choose to spell it, comes close. The Jewish deli’s bagels are 100 percent natural and baked onsite to ensure optimum freshness. Popular menu items include the “Tom Selleck Sandwich” made of turkey breast, cole slaw, and Russian dressing on rye bread. Plus, Makeb’s door handle is a bagel—how could you not fall for that?

Mediterranean Market & Deli, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern

Don’t think twice about its nondescript façade—this bakery, grocer, and caterer is a true hidden gem. A popular lunch spot for those in the know, Mediterranean Market & Deli serves up authentic bites like stuffed grape leaves, Israeli couscous, tabouli, and gyros. While you’re picking up lunch, be sure to stock up on hard-to-find pantry items, homemade hummus, a wide variety of olives, and the must-try pistachio baklava.

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