Many people aren’t aware of Cleveland’s extensive pastry arts scene. From strudel to artisan breads and fruit tarts to cassata cake, Cleveland’s bakeries offer internationally-inspired and classic American pastries. Here are some of the best bakeries in Cleveland. – LeeAnn Mullen

Rudy’s Strudel Shop and Bakery

5580 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
(440) 886-2010

Rudy’s Strudel Shop and Bakery is a locally-owned business in Cleveland’s largest suburb, Parma. Specializing in European bakery such as fruit, nut and cream cheese strudels; kuchens; tortes; kolaches and pacskis on Fat Tuesday, Rudy’s Strudel shop is a go-to for locals looking for international favorites. In addition to sweets, Rudy’s is also well-known for its homemade pierogi, stuffed cabbage rolls, and cabbage and noodles. The shop is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.

A Cookie And A Cupcake

2173 Professor Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113-6104
(216) 344-9433

Located in the eclectic Tremont neighborhood, A Cookie and a Cupcake is a small bakery boutique that cooks up cute specialty cupcakes, cookies, brownies and mini cheesecakes. Favorite items include the vintage-style carrot cake, Oreo cheesecake and lemon-raspberry cupcakes. The bakery also makes custom wedding and special occasion cakes. A Cookie and a Cupcake is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bakery is closed on Monday.

Blackbird Baking Company

1391 Sloane Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
(216) 712-6599

Patrons looking for freshly-baked artisan breads of all varieties will find a plethora of it at Blackbird Baking Company in Lakewood. The bakery makes its breads fresh daily, and the menu includes items like crusty baguette, rosemary focaccia, white levain, multigrain, rye and even chocolate-cherry bread. In addition to breads, Blackbird also features pastries, croissants, scones, sticky buns, macaroons and cookies. Blackbird Baking Company is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bakery is closed on Monday.

Presti’s Bakery and Café

12101 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 421-3060

Located in the heart of Little Italy, Presti’s Bakery and Café is well known for its cheesecakes, cannolis, Italian cookies, tiramisu, tartlets, cookies and pastries, breads and even gelato. The interior offers ample seating for guests, as well as a fairly large selection of savory Italian take-out dishes like lasagna and stromboli. Presti’s is open Monday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.