5 Places to Grab a Loaf of Artisan Bread in Rhode Island
This list of bakeries produces high-quality bread that is made from scratch and baked fresh daily.
This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.
Crispy, golden baguettes. Soft, chewy sandwich loaves. Hearty, rustic country boules. Few food items are as versatile and beloved as bread. Check out these bakeries where high-quality bread is made from scratch and baked fresh daily.
Seven Stars Bakery
Recently selected by The Food Network as one of the best bread bakeries in the United States, Seven Stars does not disappoint. The deep flavor of the slow-fermentation loaves and the crispy, golden crusts are testaments to the bakery’s twenty years of experience. In 2015, Seven Stars began stone-milling all the flour used for their breads in-house. The quality of their bread, whether a rustic Country Loaf or a soft Pain de Mie, cannot be beat. Their pastries are to die for, too.
How to visit: Providence, East Side (Hope St.): Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Providence, West Side (Broadway) and Rumford locations: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cranston: Monday to Sunday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
The details: 820 Hope St., Providence; 342 Broadway, Providence; 20 Newman Ave., East Providence; 1255 Reservoir Ave., Cranston. 401-521-2200, sevenstarsbakery.com
South County Bread Company
Tucked into the corner of URI’s Kingston Pizza, this newly opened sourdough bread bakery was founded by Jeff, who many South County locals know as the former baker at Belmonts Market. His first independently-owned bakery features a vast selection of slow-fermentation sourdough breads made using Kenyon Grist Mill flour. Try the baguette or the cranberry-nut loaf. On the weekends, pick up some freshly baked scones. Place an order online forty-eight hours in advance or stop by and see what’s left on the shelves.
How to visit: Thursday to Friday, noon-5 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
The details: 63 Briar Ln., Kingston, socobreadco.com
Le Bec Sucre
Offering an authentic taste of France in Rhode Island, this bakery features freshly-made French bread as well as a plethora of French pastries all made by hand. Parisian pastry chef Bélinda Quinn opened the bakery just last year. In France, she was one of the bakers at the Presidential Palace and now, she and her husband work tirelessly to preserve the French baking traditions and turn Americans on to quality bread and pastry. One bite of their baguettes, one taste of the pain au chocolat and you will be transported to Paris.
How to visit: Wednesday to Sunday, 7 a.m. until sold out.
The details: 696 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 401-662-0448, lebecsucre.com
Provencal Bakery and Cafe
This Aquidneck Island bakery is known for its European-style breads. Since 1998, the bakers have been making bread from scratch daily. The time-tested loaves of sourdough, whole wheat and Italian bread are all hearty and filling. Keep your eyes peeled for their stand at local farmers markets and grab a sticky bun while you’re there. Stop by their cafe in Newport to pick up one of their daily specials, like rye bread on Tuesdays or asiago bacon bread on Saturday.
How to visit: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The details: 311 Broadway, Newport, 401-619-8440, provencalbakery.com
La Salle Bakery
A Rhode Island staple, La Salle has been providing locals freshly-baked bread since the 1960s. The bakers here know the comfort that comes with warm, artisanally-made bread and have been upholding their promise of quality for generations. Pick up a Scilian Loaf or a baguette. While you’re there, pick up some pastries and make sure to pre-order their Zeppoles for St. Joseph’s Day.
How to visit: Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
The details: 993 Smith St., Providence, 401-831-9563; 685 Admiral St., Providence, 401-228-0081, lasallebakery.net