Kensington Market Specialty
Blackbird Baking Co.
172 Baldwin St., Kensington Market
While this bakery looks fairly nondescript from the outside, rest assured, Blackbird churns out the best bread in town. With British chef April Blomfield (also of NYC gastropub The Spotted Pig) as an investor, no stone is left unturned in the quest for the perfect slice. Blackbird uses only the freshest, stone-ground, unbleached flour—older flour really does have a negative impact on the taste—made from a heritage Canadian grain called Red Fife. (Traditional fermentation methods are used to give their sourdough that signature sourness.) Lines wind down to the street come the weekend for Blackbird's baguettes, focaccia, spelt and sesame loaves as well as their flaky pastries. For the ambitious at-home baker with room to spare in their luggage, bags of their custom flour are available for purchase.
28 Kensington Ave, Kensington Market
This beautiful, Scandinavian-style café centers around the Swedish tradition of 'fika'—which essentially means taking a break through the day for a coffee and small—ideally sweet—snack with friends or colleagues. The interior is an oasis of Scandi calm—all bleached wood, and greenery. (There's even a sweet nook lined with old books.) The menu is a healthy but deeply delicious mix of Nordic granola with stewed fruit, banana on toast, and signature Swedish treats like cinnamon and cardamom buns, alongside inventive riffs on classics like lavander-infused brownies and chamomile cookies.
Witches Brew Kombucha
160 Baldwin St., Kensington Market
In Kensington Market, Kombucha taproom The Witches Brew uses ancient fermentation techniques to create their live drinks—all small batch, served in biodegradable cups or reusable glass bottles with names like Divine Intervention and Embrace Me. Your body will feel better after a glass of their thoughtfully crafted blends infused with cardamom, hibiscus, and ginger. Trust.
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