While I have my go-to coffee and sweets shop in my neighborhood (The Village Bakery), there is another local gem that tugs at my heartstrings – Proof Bakery. Proof Bakery is a small and quaint coffee shop with a dangerously delicious selection of pastries. Located on a stretch of Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village that is home to many of my favorite things (Vietnamese food, Sweets for the Soul and zumba class) it is hard not to frequent Proof.
If you are looking for a nice place to leisurely enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet treat this is the place to go. But be warned, the coffee is good, the sweets even better!
They offer a variety of croissants that are baked fresh daily. My favorite of these is the decadent almond croissant ($4). It is nutty, buttery and sweet. The exterior is super flaky while the interior has just the right of marzipan tucked between the folds of soft dough. It appeals to everything I love – sweetness, dough and butter!
I am not a big chocolate fan, but the flourless chocolate cake ($4.50) was calling my name. It was dense, gooey and sprinkled with cocoa nibs that provided a nice crunch. This cake was semi-sweet with slightly bitter notes from the dark chocolate base.
The pavlova with fresh berries and chantilly cream ($5.50) is a whimsical dessert. The berries and cream collapse into the crisp meringue base. The contrasts of textures are pleasing. It is a delicate and light dessert that provides a nice compliment to a mid-day espresso.
The pastries at Proof Bakery are a little pricey, but well worth the splurge for the small batch, high quality confection you receive.
3156 Glendale Blvd.
Atwater Village, CA