6 reasons we love Geraldine’s Bakery

Geraldine’s Bakery in North Asheville is such a hidden gem bakery in Asheville. They have a classic old-school New York bakery feel, an unassuming but delicious menu, amazing pastries and the world’s best Boston Cream. I stand by that claim!

We love Geraldine’s so much that we made a whole post about it! Read on about why we love this nostalgic Asheville bakery and would recommend it to anyone– whether local to Asheville or just visiting Asheville for the weekend.

The Best Boston Cream Donut

Starting the list off with the best! Their Boston Cream donut is amazing and wildly full of custard. And despite the excess of custard, the donut is not overly sweet. Definitely, definitely, please, please, please try one if you haven’t!!

Geraldine’s is featured on our Asheville Donuts Guide! Check it out to get all of the info on where to get the best donuts in Asheville!

Geraldine’s has a Great Breakfast Menu

Geraldine’s breakfast menu always catches people by surprise. And honestly, if you didn’t know better, you’d probably miss their classic breakfast options altogether.

Their breakfast sandwiches are on the chalkboard menu but you won’t see any sign of them in the pastry cases (which is where my eyes typically go!)

You can get a bagel with cream cheese or a breakfast sandwich with egg and a protein. The sandwiches are made fresh and wrapped in foil. You can also add a hashbrown for $1 and you can get a lox special on the weekends for $6.95.

Awesome Pastry Selection

Geraldine’s pastry case is full of fun and authentic pastries! We love their apple fritters and almond cigars! They also have a ton of fresh danish (ex. cheese, guava, cinnamon, chocolate), chocolate cigars, French cruller, apple jack pastries, cherry and apple turnovers… it’s hard to choose!

You’ll also find savory pastries in their pastry cases. Savory flavors include ham and swiss, turkey and swiss, pimento cheese and bacon, fire-roasted tomato + provolone and spinach + artichoke. If you want, they’ll heat the savory pastries up for you.

Wide assortment Of Cookies

Apart from sweet and savory pastries, you’ll also find some really great cookies in their pastry cases. I’m specifically thinking of their sprinkle cookies, shortbread and raspberry rugelach, though everything we have tried has been great.

Speaking of cookies, their vegan chocolate pecan cookie is so unexpectedly good.

Birthday Cakes and Wedding Cakes

Whether you need a cake for a birthday or a wedding, Geraldine’s Bakery can do it! They have several flavors to choose from and multiple sizes available (6″, 8″, 10″, 12″ and sheet.) They need two days’ notice for their standard cakes and additional notice for weddings and other special events.

Old-School Bakery Feel

Geraldine’s is a family business and you can feel it. The owner grew up in his father’s Long Island bakery and brought the charm of it to Asheville. He opened Geraldine’s Bakery on Merrimon with his wife in 2013 and it feels like it has always been there.

Everything from the nostalgic menu to the way you are treated keeps us coming back. We love their diner-style coffee pots and the wall of swivel chairs that transport you back in time!

Hopefully this list inspires you to visit Geraldine’s the next time you are in need of breakfast, a donut or a cake in Asheville!

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