“Man does not live by bread alone” is a saying that goes back to the Bible, but we know today that good bread does not just provide sustenance but also adds immeasurably to the quality of life. Today’s connoisseurs further understand that bread can be both delicious and nutritious.

Breadworks (credit: Audie Streetman)


Community Plaza Shopping Center
2644 N. Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 444-5667

Breadworks is now an expansive local bakery, patisserie, café and showcase for local artists, but it started out in 1995 as an artisanal bread bakery. The breads are still baked daily in a mammoth J. Llopis, 17-foot-diameter brick bread oven that can handle 200 loaves at a time. The oven components were imported from Spain and assembled in Boulder, where fabulous breads made with 100% certified organic stone-ground flour and other quality ingredients are mixed. Daily breads are baguettes, a French sourdough called pain au levain, robust bâtard, pain rustique, ciabatta and more. In addition, Breadworks bakes specialty breads on a rotating schedule. Examples? Calamata olive and thyme on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; deli rye on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and due formaggi on Tuesday and Saturday. In addition to great bread, they craft rolls, scones, muffins, Danish pastries and more.

Denver Bread Company (credit: Young Kim)

Denver Bread Company

3200 Irving St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 455-7194

From a modest-looking building in northwest Denver that once housed Carson’s Red and White Grocery Store come some of the Mile High City’s most impressive artisanal breads, baked from top-quality ingredients with Old World sensibilities. Owner/baker Greg Bortz was named 2010 Baker of the Year by Denver Magazine. His bakery’s signature is an imposing three-pound boule. Its focaccia is made in the northern Italian style, with toppings and flavors that vary from day to day and, season to season. The “Laundry” resembles a Frence baguette but differs significantly. With higher water content and different baking technique, Laundry breads stay fresher much longer than a baguette.

Entenmann’s Oroweat Bakery Outlets

5050 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, Co 80222
(303) 691-6342

3131 W. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80219
(303) 742-9505

13997 E. Exposition
Aurora, CO 80012
(303) 341-0345
2350 E. 120th Ave.
Thornton, CO 80233
(303) 452-5336

9192 West 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
(303) 424-1432

This is one of the best-kept secrets in town among budget-minded carb lovers. Owned by Bimbo (which bought out Mrs. Baird’s), the Entenmann’s Oroweat Bakery Outlet stores (there are five in the Denver metro area under the name Mrs. Baird’s, Oroweat, or Entenmann’s) sell Oroweat, Entenmann’s, Marinela, Boboli pizza crusts, Thomas English muffins and more. Most days you’ll find a Buy-One-Get-One-Free deal. Plus for every $5 you spend, you get an item from the “free” rack. Everything is sold below grocery store prices and nothing is more than three days old (after that the goods are donated to local food banks). Fresh items are marked down 20%, day-old items even more. Military members and their families always receive a 10% discount. Plus every shopper gets a Bakery Outlet Punch Card. Fill your punch card and receive extra freebies. Note: everything freezes quite nicely, typically up to three months.

Rheinlander Bakery (credit: Young Kim)

Rheinlander Bakery

5721 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80002
(303) 467-1810

This classic bakery in Old Town Arvada has been making authentic European baked goods for nearly half a century. The Dimmer family’s strudels, coffeecakes, cakes, pastries and breads -wonderful breads -are legendary in metro Denver. In recent years, they’ve become even more widely known for their enormous selection of sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan, wheat-free, pastries, cakes and breads. In fact, they are acknowledged as the largest in the U.S. and have a thriving mail-order business for people with allergies. Rheinlander’s handcrafted, gluten-free Moongrain bread, burger and hot dog rolls taste like the real thing with a nice crust and soft delicious inside.

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