The quaint seaside town of Newburyport has plenty of fantastic shops to explore in an afternoon. We love walking the historic streets and often find ourselves in need of a coffee and sweet treat in the afternoon. Newburyport has several independently-owned bakeries where you can enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a cookie or scone. On your next visit to our Plum Island boutique hotel Blue—Inn on the Beach, enjoy our recommendations for the best bakeries in Newburyport.
Newburyport's best-known bakery, Buttermilk Baking Company makes its signature treats—as expected, a buttermilk biscuit—fresh daily. The bakery case is full of sweet and savory treats, all baked in-house from scratch. Try a cinnamon roll, a blueberry turnover, or a macaroon—the selection varies, but is always worth the splurge. If you're in town for it, catch the bakery's "after dark" pop-ups, with a special menu served out of the back door after 9PM.
Just down the street from Buttermilk Baking is another great Newburyport bakery, this one known for its kouign amann. This buttery French pastry resembles a croissant, with flaky layers and caramelized sugar that makes for crunchy edges. Pro tip: it's pronounced "queen ah-man," so you can order one without hesitation. A selection of savory tarts, wraps, and other sweet treats round out the bakery's selection.
A visit to this bakery is worth the detour to Salisbury. Annarosa's makes bread from specialty grains in its brick oven, which results in loaves with crackly crusts and tender interiors. Several kinds of breads are available daily, from raisin walnut whole wheat to eggy brioche. The deep dish focaccia, topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil is one of our favorites. The small selection of pastry shouldn't be overlooked, with some of the best pecan rolls and cannolis in the area.