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Pekara Bakery & Bistro

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116 N Neil St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4023
(217) 359-4500
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Champaign, Illinois
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133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

I just had the best sandwich I've had in Champaign-Urbana. It was the warm Banh-Mi pork sandwich at Pekara, which I took home. The bread was tender and fresh, the pulled pork very well seasoned, the pickled onions, cilantro, lime, and other toppings made a perfect flavor combination. I enjoy spicy food, and it had just the right amount of... More 

Thank TamuSabby
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This bakery is a favorite of mine for bringing small groups (3 or less). It has incredibly small seating so it can be difficult to find seating for 3. Everything is baked fresh and the groups I'm with have never had a bad dish. My guests and I have gotten crepes, sweets, sandwiches, and quiche. I have never bought the... More 

Thank biogirltraveling
New Castle, Indiana
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48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

I am very much a lover of all things European, especially French since I am a French teacher. Everything looked delicious and top quality, which pleased me greatly due to my travels in Europe. Today, I had a top-notch croissant and an iced chai latter. I loved the atmosphere and the décor. If I come back to Champaign, I would... More 

Thank Robbie S
Champaign, Illinois
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133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This is a nice place for lunch, or coffee and pastry. The baked goods are absolutely fabulous! It seems to be a local gem.

Thank TamuSabby
Indianapolis, Indiana
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I love crepes and there's not an abundance of places to get those around here. Quick service, decent prices, excellent food.

Thank enrica3anatra
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

They make their breads, deserts, and soups in house, and they are amazing. Most of my friends are all for Cafe Kopi (which is yummy in its own regard) but for me Pekara has things going for me 1 their deserts are all house made and delcious. 2. They have this thing called a Belgian Chocolate Milkshake its to die... More 

Thank Josh E
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Be sure to grab a lemon bar from this amazing bakery! Their food and desserts make this location a must stop. Sit and enjoy the character along with the great service they have to offer.

2 Thank Kayleigh D
Bloomington, Illinois, United States
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Downtown Campaign has been revived! Many shops and eateries to chose from and you meander your way around. this small intimate setting offers fresh made soups, delicious sandwiches, and many different baked goods. We had lobster bisque, Cuban sandwich and a french Philly sandwich. All were superb. The bread is made from fresh ingredients with no preservatives and is sooo... More 

Thank Sue A
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

My husband and I walk to pekara and love their breads, pasties and ( on request) egg white omelette . Staff is always friendly- can't leave without taking home a loaf of bread

Thank CKcox
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I come here quite a bit and they have very good soups, kitsch, sandwiches and bake goods. Try the hot chocolate, it is excellent especially with something from the bakery case.

Thank newarknancy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 116 N Neil St, Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, IL 61820-4023
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Champaign-Urbana  >  Champaign
  • Phone Number: (217) 359-4500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?