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20 San Antonio Panaderias Even Your Abuela Will Approve Of 

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All pan dulce tastes pretty great with a cup (or pot) of coffee on a hungover Sunday morning, but anyone sober will tell you that not all panaderias are created equal. Even harder to please are our abuelas, who remind us that San Antonio knows Tex-Mex, but not "real" Mexican food and drink. We’ve found the most authentically delicious panaderias so abuela can put her concha where her mouth is.
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Panifico Bakery Shop
602 NW 24th St., (210) 434-9290
Classics like maranitos and pan de huevo are always available in large numbers, perfect for parties or whenever you want to eat like a maranito. Your abuela will be extra impressed by the Pan de Muerto and Rosca de Reyes in observance of traditional Mexican holidays.
Photo via Instagram, lovebriecheese
La Panaderia
8305 Broadway, (210) 375-6746, lapanaderia.com
Don’t expect unbelievably cheap prices or Mexican-style classics like most panaderias. While abuela might raise her nose at the pan artesano style of baking, she won’t be able to resist these conchas.
Photo via Instagram, lapanaderia
La Familia Bakery
2314 S. Flores St., (210) 320-6079
It's all in the name with this place, because what better place to treat your abuela to than La Familia?
Photo via Instagram, starwheel66
Los Cocos Bakery
3309 West Ave., (210) 349-3373
Don’t miss out on these chamucos or fun empanada fillings like caramel or raspberry.
Photo via Instagram, maksimovavava
La Poblanita Bakery
2411 N. Zarzamora St., (210) 732-1554
This panaderia has a framed picture of the Virgin Mary, so it’s probably already a hit with abuela. Treat her to a cream empanada just for good measure, though.
Photo via Instagram, keith_diarmit
Las Palmas Bakery
528 Iowa St., (210) 532-2161
They might not have the biggest selection, but they make up for it with flavor. Be sure to order a cinnamon twist and pan de huevo for abuela.
Photo via Instagram, champagnelindsay
Bedoy’s Bakery
Multiple locations, bedoysbakery.com
This San Antonio staple opened in 1961 and has been a favorite since. Get some menudo and barbacoa tacos to accompany your holiday (or every day) pan dulce. You won’t be sorry.
Photo via Instagram, eatdrinkandberichard
El Folklor Bakery
Multiple locations, (210) 532-3767
A favorite among townies and transplants from the Valley, this local chain will feel like second home for your loved ones after tasting their regalitos and barbacoa tacos.
Photo via Instagram, bkschor
Mayra’s Bakery
3155 Ackerman Road, 210-310-0100
Whether your abuela wants to stick to the usual pan dulce or treat herself to an good ole American donut, Mayra’s Bakery will have her licking the sugar off her fingers.
Photo via Facebook, Mayra's Bakery
Joaquins Panaderia Y Mas
455 S. Main St., Boerne, (830) 331-9338
Shoutout to Boerne for stepping up their panaderia game. You and abuela must try the empanadas - creamy lemon or pineapple, take your pick. And since you made the drive out there, be sure to stock up on cream filled churros and Mexican wedding cookies.
Photo via Instagram, visitboerne
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La Superior Bakery
Multiple locations, (210) 924-1616
If your abuelita has a sweet tooth for cookies, you’ll soon be her favorite when you take her a bag of colorful La Superior galletas next time you visit.
Photo via Instagram, leafalu
The Bunuelo Pastry Factory
1905 West Ave., (210) 735-3737
Do bunuelos count as bread? Probably not, but abuelita will still want a dozen just for herself.
Photo via Instagram, rockin_robyn_14
La Esmeralda Bakery
739 New Laredo Hwy., 210-922-3063
If it’s basketball season, be sure to pick up a bag of Spurs-themed cookies to score a few brownie points with your abuelo. You can’t make a visit without trying (but actually, devouring) their camote empanadas.
Photo via Yelp, Grace G.
Cristy’s Bakery
13777 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 300-4225
Your visit won’t be complete unless you order some churros and a stack of bunuelos. Abuela will thank you for introducing her to Cristy’s.
Photo via Yelp, Pedro G.
Mario’s Bakery
Multiple locations, (210) 434-2017
The best thing you can do on an early morning is go down to Mario’s and get extra warm sweets. Do abuelita a favor and treat her to some cuernitos.
Photo via Instagram, grandpabutcher
Pico De Gallo
111 S. Leona St., (210) 225-6060, picodegallo.com
Tourists hit up Mi Tierra for their fix of pan dulce, but locals know about the lesser known gem that is Pico De Gallo. You and abuelita will come for the food and stay for the sweet bread.
Photo via Facebook, Pico de Gallo Restaurant
La Condesa
604 Bandera Road, facebook.com
These galletas will melt in your mouth, as will everything else you order. Trust us, it’s worth the drive out there.
Photo via Yelp, Vinny H.
Nuevo Leon Bakery
1106 S. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 533-9086
Tacos, fresh tortillas, barbacoa and pan dulce, of course; what else could abuela ask for?
Photo via Facebook, Nuevo Leon Bakery
Chico’s Bakery
9155 S. Zarzamora St., (210) 922-4793
Chico’s is your standard panaderia with cases full of pan dulce and San Antonio-themed artwork on brightly colored walls. Just as bright is the pink icing on their piedras. If abuela needs to snack on something softer, you can buy a seasonal favorite: cheesy and sugary capirotada.
Photo via Instagram, coolhaandluke
Las Carretas
3975 Perrin Central Blvd., (210) 590-6254
We know it’s not a bakery, but the pan dulce is a must try. Huge displays in the restaurant tempt you while you eat your food. If you can’t make through your meal and wait for dessert, you and abuela can share some pan and call it an appetizer.
Photo via Instagram, keith_diarmit
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Panifico Bakery Shop
602 NW 24th St., (210) 434-9290
Classics like maranitos and pan de huevo are always available in large numbers, perfect for parties or whenever you want to eat like a maranito. Your abuela will be extra impressed by the Pan de Muerto and Rosca de Reyes in observance of traditional Mexican holidays.
Photo via Instagram, lovebriecheese

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