On the southeast corner of 7th Street and Santa Fe Avenue in DTLA’s Arts District is a nondescript building that houses one of the best bakeries ever. There’s no obvious sign. You just need to know that it is there. It’s called Bread Lounge and you need to add it to the top of your DTLA restaurant list.
All their bread and pastries are baked on-site daily. They make more than a dozen different types of breads (whole wheat, multigrain, kalamata olive, potato rosemary, sunflower poppy seed and more). According to their website, the way they make their bread, from mixing the dough, letting it rise, baking it, to pulling it out of the oven takes almost 48 hours. And in addition to their breads, they also make amazing pastries, croissants, Danish, etc.
This place is more than just a bakery. It’s also a café that serves up awesome sandwiches, paninis, quiche, salads and soups. I stopped in a few days ago and ordered their “On the Bird” sandwich ($10.95) on their baguette. It was turkey breast, with Brie cheese, fresh spinach, pickled red onion and Spanish smoked paprika aioli. It’s served with a side salad and pickles. This was a perfect lunch.
On the way out I could not resist grabbing a Pistachio Danish ($3.50). Again, so good.
Bread Lounge is open every day until 5:30pm. It’s located just north of Bestia on Santa Fe Avenue. There is free parking in the lot behind the building accessed through the alley just south of the 7th Street bridge.
Bread Lounge 700 South Santa Fe Avenue (at 7th Street) 213.327.0782 breadlounge.com