While the signature small plates breakfast at our Portsmouth boutique hotels has plenty of baked goods to get your day started, we know the craving for pastry can strike at any time. Fortunately, Portsmouth has several great bakeries to meet your needs for flaky dough and sweets. Keep our list of the best bakeries in Portsmouth (and one just over the river in Kittery) handy for when the sugar craving strikes.
Named for its former location on Ceres St. this bakery's name also references the Roman goddess of agriculture. A Portsmouth staple since 1980, Ceres serves breakfast and lunch and has a wide selection of baked goods available until 5 p.m. We recommend the seasonal fruit muffins (especially almond peach) and the coconut shortbread. Look for its signature bright blue exterior and bring cash, as they don't take cards.
The French have the whole dessert thing down pat, so we love the focus on French pastry at La Maison Navarre. From tarts and mousse cakes to crêpes and of course, macarons, your inner Francophile will swoon over the selection here. With wifi and wine available too, you could easily spend a very civilized afternoon here and see why this is one of the best bakeries in Portsmouth.
It's worth venturing over the river into Kittery to explore some of the restaurants and shops on this small town's foreside. Lil's Café, in particular, is a worthy destination, serving Portland's Tandem Coffee and making its own baked goods. In particular, the crullers have their own dedicated following—and for good reason. They're light and eggy, almost like a popover, with a sweet glaze. Get two, you won't be sorry and then head over to the back of the café where you can peruse records in the tiny Vinyl Vault.