Our favorite bakery is Golden's Grateful Bread Co — The Know

Editor’s note: This is part of The Know’s new series, Staff Favorites. Each week, we will offer our opinions on the best that Colorado has to offer for dining, shopping, entertainment, outdoor activities and more. (We’ll also let you in on some hidden gems). Find our previous Staff Favorites here.

Some turn to yoga; others to the outdoors.

I turn to carbs. (Don’t judge me.)

During this past year of isolation, without the ability to visit my happy place (a beach) or my East Coast family, there are times I will confess that I’ve been a mess. (Yes, I know I’m in good company.)

And then someone reaches out with a surprising treat of carbolicious kindness: homemade coffee cake (thanks, neighbor); a chocolate croissant or two (thanks, BFF); and — oh, oh, oh — these little iced chocolate babka buns of love delivered to my doorstep (thanks, book club buddy!).

What better way to say “I care?” (OK, maybe a nice bottle of wine would work, too.)

So, at the risk of you all buying them up before I get there, may I recommend to you the breads and pastries at Grateful Bread Co. in Golden. And especially the chocolate babka loaves and rolls. They are dense braids, doughy and just sweet enough, every bite guaranteed to coat your lonely palate with joy.

A truly, blissfully heartfelt craving-buster. (Have I gone too far? Pish.)

Runner-up: The chocolate croissants at Les Delices de Paris, a little family-owned French bakery on South Holly Street in Denver. If you can stand to wait that long, toss ’em into a toaster oven for a couple of minutes when you get home to get that dark chocolate all melty. C’est bon!

Grateful Bread Co., 425 Violet St., Golden; 303-681-5406. Open 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Taking pre-orders Friday-Monday for pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. See details (and photos of the bakery’s gorgeous products) at gratefulbread.com. 

Les Delices de Paris, 600 S. Holly St., Denver; 303-320-7596. Open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. les-delices-de-paris.edan.io 

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