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Essence Bakery Café

Bakery and French Restaurant$$$$
Tempe
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  • Ranked #3 for bakeries in Tempe
  • Cory K.
    "Amazing croissants, macarons, pastries, tarts and so forth."(16 Tips)
    Cj S.
    "delicious egg salad sandwich and the Macaroons"(11 Tips)
    Christine B.
    "The croissants are the best I've found anywhere in Phoenix."(23 Tips)
    Cheryl ❤️ M.
    "Grilled Cheese And Croque Monsieur"(3 Tips)
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  • Cory K.
    Cory Kincaid4 days ago
    Upscale food in an approachable atmosphere. Amazing croissants, macarons, pastries, tarts and so forth. Delicious sandwiches and specials.
  • Cj S.
    Cj SternishaFebruary 21, 2016
    Great food, good service. I had a delicious egg salad sandwich and the Macaroons were excellent.
  • Jill M.
    Jill MurphyJuly 28, 2015
    Macaroons, croissants, and breakfast foods
  • Tiffany A.
    Tiffany AndersonApril 3, 2015
    The macaroons are amazing!!!!! It was a little crowded but it was to be expected because the food is amazing.
  • Jacq D.
    Jacq DavisMarch 6, 2015
    Best chocolate croissant in the world!
  • Jessica E.
    Jessica EckmanNovember 4, 2014
    Croissants look better than the ones in France. Granola is excellent.
  • Tessa M.
    Tessa MalayanAugust 12, 2014
    Their croissants are delicious. If you get the cheese one ask if you can get it heated up slightly. It's much better warm.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FordAugust 7, 2014
    Everything is great here. Fresh, local and delicious.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BaerJuly 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The croissants are the best I've found anywhere in Phoenix.
  • Olinda H.
    Olinda HApril 10, 2014
    Come early for fresh croissants that are the best I ever had in the south west
  • Rachael M.
    Rachael MyersApril 4, 2014
    Really great food, and great prices!!
  • Pheenix B.
    Pheenix BrownNovember 18, 2013
    My favorite is the cinnamon raisin croissants, it's great if you're on the go. Or try the fruit tart, not sure what sauce they use but it's amazing!
  • Cassie A.
    Cassie AndersonNovember 17, 2013
    Probably the most underrated spot in town. Fantastic pastries and real deal croissants that are as good as any bakery in France. Great to take home and share with the whole family.
  • Marlee B.
    Marlee BeverNovember 13, 2013
    If you are craving the perfect macaron then come to Essence! Make sure you try their caramel macarons, they are to die for!
  • Ron H.
    Ron HarperNovember 5, 2013
    Had the fruit tarte and the banana chocolate tarte. A plate of heaven!
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesSeptember 24, 2013
    You won't be disappointed by the French toast. Essence's signature brioche bread is the perfect building block for this breakfast treat, served w/ fresh fruit & a caramel sauce with toasted hazelnuts. Read more
  • Vicki
    VickiSeptember 14, 2013
    The macaroons are better than the ones in France.
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea StriemerSeptember 13, 2013
    I loved this place until I was treated rudely for having my puppy on the patio. Here's a tip: post the sign on the inside of the gate if you're gonna leave your gate hanging open all the time! :( fail
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 28, 2013
    The Double Bar Chocolate Croissant here will transport you to the cafes of Paris.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BanksJuly 27, 2013
    The pastry selection is limited to fruit tarts & macaroons. This is a pro as well as a con; selection is limited but executed deliciously. They also offer basic breakfast fare which won't disappoint.
  • Brianna F.
    Brianna FolkJune 5, 2013
    mmmmM, raisin rolled croissant!
  • Alec
    AlecMay 30, 2013
    Best breakfast in Tempe! The eggs (scrambled) are the best I've ever had, rich & creamy. Delicious homemade sausage complete with potato cake :)
  • Casey B.
    Casey BMay 21, 2013
    I was, unfortunately, disappointed by these macarons. They are not the light crispy traditional french macaron that I am used to. <sigh>
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SantanaMay 12, 2013
    Nice low key place great choices for organic hot tea. Music is a little loud inside for my taste.
  • Mike O.
    Mike OlsenApril 19, 2013
    Absolutely the worst. Slow and rude staff, the inside was stuffy and smelled bad. After already paying $3 for an iced tea they have the audacity to charge another $.50 to take it to go. 0/5 stars
  • Greg T.
    Greg TaylorMarch 16, 2013
    This place is great, but it's always a debate if it's worth the really long wait for food.
  • Ron A.
    Ron ArchuletaFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent food, but a tiny dining room.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesFebruary 20, 2013
    Start off with something delicious from the French-inspired breakfast and lunch menus, like the Quiche Lorraine or Croque Madame, before diving into the irresistible pastry case. Read more
  • Shelby S.
    Shelby StaatsFebruary 14, 2013
    The atmosphere here is amazing. Sit on the patio with a cup of coffee. The food is wonderful. My favorite: The Big Breakfast. Yumm!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WithamFebruary 14, 2013
    Double Chocolate-Bar Croissant!
  • Shawn L.
    Shawn LFebruary 13, 2013
    Heed the note on the front door about outside drinks. They can be quite rude about it.
  • Kelly N.
    Kelly NishFebruary 13, 2013
    The macarons are the best macarons I've ever tasted, and I've had them all over the country! I've tried a couple, but the caramel is by far the best! Go early in the day so they don't run out!
  • Diana R.
    Diana RodriguezJanuary 11, 2013
    If you want state of Heaven, you have to get there at 7.. Their Chocolate, Almond Croissants sell out in a New York minute.
  • Alice D.
    Alice DaerJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is usually busy, but for good reason. Food is terrific; fresh, organic, handmade everything. But be prepared to wait for your food & for a table. No one's in a hurry here.
  • Ben A.
    Ben A.December 4, 2012
    The big breakfast is my only joy in life.
  • David H.
    David HuertaNovember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic lunch and ever better macarons.
  • AM C.
    AM COctober 1, 2012
    Promptly stops serving any breakfast at 10:30!
  • Anna M.
    Anna MillerSeptember 27, 2012
    Best macaroon in town!
  • edward p.
    edward proctorMarch 28, 2012
    small hole in the wall bakery with some of the freshest bread in AZ. Croissants are a must here.
  • Sara H.
    Sara HMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the iced coffee :-) great patio for lunch
  • Hilton Phoenix Airport P.
    Their Macaroons are amazing! Perfect for any occassion! Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, or our favorite...Just Because! Don't leave the place without one!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisMarch 13, 2012
    Try the Egg Sandwich With Ham - Delicious brioche
  • Kiara W.
    Kiara Williams-MarksMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sooo bloody slow. The cashiers always have something far more important to do than take your order.
  • Jess T.
    Jess TrounceFebruary 9, 2012
    Yikes. Very slow service. :(
  • Deanna S.
    Deanna SchaffinoFebruary 4, 2012
    The french toast brioche is pretty good... French influences!
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesJanuary 27, 2012
    Best of Phoenix 2011 Winner: Best Breakfast, Tempe! From the housemade granola to the hot breakfast cereal to the Quiche Lorraine, every dish is exquisite! Read more
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WilliamsJanuary 23, 2012
    Croque Monster was delish! Don't leave without a macaroon or ten.
  • Shasta P.
    Shasta PayneDecember 31, 2011
    Everything here is so fresh and delicious! The ingredients are all wonderful.I love the sandwiches and salads! The macarons are to die for.I asked for those for my birthday instead of cake, yippee!
  • Cheryl ❤️ M.
    Cheryl ❤️ MarquezDecember 31, 2011
    Try the Grilled Cheese And Croque Monsieur Sandwiches - Half of each sandwich #nom
  • Christina R.
    Christina RamosDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you are so lucky to go in on a day they are serving pink grapefruit macarons don't leave without one.
  • Jan
    JanDecember 17, 2011
    Always seems to be busy. Be patient. It's worth it.
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RickettsNovember 15, 2011
    Great for breakfast, lunch, and dessert.
  • tiffia e.
    tiffia e.October 27, 2011
    Great croissants and other yum baked goods
  • venus j.
    venus jOctober 19, 2011
    Leave your email address at the register! They will tempt you weekly with AMAZING lunch specials that make you drool! ;) enjoy!
  • manuel c.
    manuel chavezOctober 4, 2011
    Amazing Crossaints and tasty maccroons; they are not a breakfast to be missed. Read more
  • Deana G.
    Deana GraySeptember 23, 2011
    The blueberry bostock is wonderful!
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerSeptember 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Parking is hard to find at lunch time...
  • Genesis N.
    Genesis NicholsSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Better get here a little early to beat the crazy lunch lines.
  • Joe J.
    Joe JohnstonAugust 28, 2011
    Best croissants in the Valley. The line is pretty convoluted so try to go during off times.
  • Carol C.
    Carol ClarkAugust 23, 2011
    Yum! Get there early for lunch. It fills up fast!
  • Marisol C.
    Marisol ChavezAugust 17, 2011
    The Greek caesar salad is amazing if you love calamata olives.
  • Elyssa U.
    Elyssa UrquhartAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The chicken salad sand-which will change your life.
  • Mick D.
    Mick DaveyAugust 12, 2011
    Who's buying?
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesAugust 3, 2011
    Don't forget to grab a 'Croissant' before you leave! It was voted one of the top 100 favorite dishes in 2011 by the Phoenix New Times!
  • Amber H.
    Amber Huntley-RuizJune 2, 2011
    I've searched the world from NY to Paris and the Essence caramel macaron is still the best!
  • Tanae L.
    Tanae LaneseApril 15, 2011
    I really didn't like this place, it was a little to "healthy" for me. The place is always busy, just wasn't my cup of tea
  • Sara R.
    Sara RichterApril 1, 2011
    Awesome breakfast/lunch/sweets spot that composts and recycles! All you earth-conscious, hungry ASU students take note! Hardy and University
  • Kalia
    KaliaJanuary 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The chocolate croissants are bliss. I've Never had anything on the lunch menu that I didn't enjoy!
  • Nadia T.
    Nadia ThinksJanuary 14, 2011
    These are no Laduree macarons, but they're still very good cookies.
  • Philippos
    PhilipposNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best spanakopita in town.
  • Delilah L.
    Delilah LoveNovember 10, 2010
    Get here early: at 11am they had already run out of croissants. :(
  • David@MusicPlayce ♫.
    David@MusicPlayce ♫October 25, 2010
    Holy Moly!!! The ham and cheese jalapeño sandwich is unreal.
  • Cooper D.
    Cooper DeMarseOctober 11, 2010
    Egg sandwich + bacon + side of bacon.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HornSeptember 23, 2010
    The Quiche Lorraine is tasty-good.
  • Valerie G.
    Valerie GriswoldSeptember 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good here. But specifically - chocolate croissant & vanilla bean iced coffee. Do it.
  • Leah S.
    Leah StarrSeptember 15, 2010
    Their caramel and pumpkin French macarons are insanely good. Be sure to stop by early, as they sometimes run out of their most popular flavors by afternoon. Large pre-orders are great hostess gifts.
  • Mandy M.
    Mandy MinetteAugust 20, 2010
    Try the iced caramel coffee! Yummmmy!
  • Gideon H.
    Gideon HJune 9, 2010
    If you're across the parking lot waiting for a Starbucks, get out of line and come here. Best breakfast/lunch you'll have around here! Caramel iced coffee + croissant is perfect!
  • Whitney K.
    Whitney KranerJune 1, 2010
    Get the Grilled Cheese with tomato and basil, it's perfect lunch amount and great flavors!
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny CarnieMay 29, 2010
    Don't wait in the line hanging out the door unless you specifically want a croissant!
  • Barbara T.
    Barbara ToombsMay 16, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you haven't tried an Essence caramel macaron yet, you haven't lived. Read more
  • Ty L.
    Ty LargoApril 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't walk out the building without a macaron.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BurchettMarch 27, 2010
    Potato cake: good.
  • Monica T.
    Monica TakacsFebruary 11, 2010
    Try the almond croissant. It's delicious.
  • Alice D.
    Alice DaerDecember 2, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Weekend brunch is omg good. Fluffy eggs, great coffee and pastries. And those macarons!
  • FrenchConnect
    FrenchConnectJuly 31, 2011
    Tu trouves des supers brioches decapitees, car les Americains les preferent ainsi d'apres ce que disent Eugenie et Gilles, les proprietaires, tres sympa,qui me vantent leurs macarons.
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