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6 Hawaii bakeries you haven't visited yet but should

Sweets at Short N Sweet Bakery in Hilo, on the Big Island

• Short N Sweet Bakery Market Cafe

374 Kinoole St., Hilo, Big Island, (808) 935-4446, www.shortnsweet.biz

Its offerings dreamy and creative, Short N Sweet’s fresh pastries, desserts, artisan breads, bagels and croissants are some of the best you’ll find on the Big Island. Its menu also includes breakfast and lunch items such as salads, sandwiches and paninis, and quiches. For dessert, try the fresh mango custard torte, lemon clouds or flourless chocolate cake topped with an airy dollop of whipped cream.

• Fendu Boulangerie
Manoa Marketplace, 2752 Woodlawn Drive, Manoa Valley, Oahu, (808) 988-4310

There aren’t many bakeries in Hawaii that specialize in European-style breads and pastries. But Fendu Boulangerie, located in a small neighborhood shopping center in Oahu’s Manoa Valley, offers some of the best Euro dessert treats you’ll find in the Islands, including classic Danish pastries, croissants and macarons. One of Fendu’s most popular menu items is its lychee streusel Danish with frangipane, sweet lychee and a nutty streusel. Don’t miss Fendu’s Valrhona chocolate mousse—silky-smooth and perfectly paired with a fresh lilikoi (passion fruit) sauce.

Lemon crunch cake from The Alley in Aiea, on Oahu

• The Alley at Aiea Bowl
99-115 Aiea Heights Drive, Aiea, Oahu, (808) 488-6854, www.aieabowl.com/restaurant

It’s not often you find a great little bakery in a bowling alley. The Alley, though, is more than just a bakery. It also serves a full menu of food items including a popular oxtail soup (voted “Best Oxtail Soup” in HAWAII Magazine’s 2013 “Best of Hawaii” issue), fried noodles and its award-winning Tasty Chicken. But hungry fans of The Alley come for the desserts, too—blueberry and cream cheese scones and chocolate and marshmallow blondies are favorites. The bakery’s main attractions?  Cakes! In particular, The Alley’s lemon crunch cake, with layers of sponge cake and a rich, homemade lemon curd, all of it topped with whipped cream and bits of toffee.

• The Right Slice

1543 Haleukana St., Lihue, Kauai, (808) 212-8320, www.rightslice.com

The best place on the Garden Island for edible omiyage is also the best place to sate your sweet tooth. Baker/owner Sandy Poehnelt’s pies are the best on Kauai, crafted with as much locally procured ingredients as she can find. The pies here come sweet or savory. When angling for something sweet, we go for the mango-lillikoi, tropical trio (with mango, pineapple and candied ginger), island lime or lemon, or seasonal mountain apple pies. Savory?  You won’t go wrong with The Right Slice’s classic chicken pot pie, shepherd’s pie or special savory of the day.

Photos by Catherine E. Toth

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