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“Small town bakery with DELICOUS treats for everyone!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Johnson's Bakery & Coffee Shop

Johnson's Bakery & Coffee Shop
Ranked #3 of 5 Bakeries in Duluth
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Princeton, Minnesota
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106 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Small town bakery with DELICOUS treats for everyone!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Our family has a tradition of finding a good bakery in every city we travel to. This place we came across because it was the only bakery in our GPS! It was in an older part of town, tucked away in a neighborhood that had we not searched the GPS, we would have never found!

Don't let appearances fool you, from the outside it's not the most cute/updated place you'll ever visit, and even once inside, it's fairly worn down, but the customer service and the treats MORE than make up for appearances!

The nice lady behind the counter gave us a little history behind the the bakery, letting us know it's in the 3rd generation of ownership, and it's been around for 67 years! The day we were there, all the donuts were 50% off, so we bought several to taste! Each one was delicious! It was a nice treat on a chilly day! There was lots to choose from, and I"m sure we'll be back on our next visit to Duluth!

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Duluth, Minnesota
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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“Johnson Bakery in Lakeside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Nice little place that remembers you from your last visit. Great breads and fresh sweet rolls, great almond danish but get there early if you want one!

Visited September 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“An Oldie and a Goodie!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

I have childhood memories of this place, so...about 25 years ago...and during a recent visit to Duluth I stopped by and was pleased to see it was still open and still making great baked goods! You cannot find bakeries like this in the suburbs big cities, I know, because Ihave looked! If you do find one in the big city, it will cost you an arm and a leg for a single pastry. My husband and I popped in to this place and bought a dozen of my favorite frosted cookie cutouts, which are amazing at this place! I was shocked when we paid and it was less than $8! I pay more than that for a typical quick stop at Starbucks! Gotta love small town pricing.

The place itself definitely feels small town, nothing fancy interior or exterior-wise. The neighborhood is your typical old Duluth with a huge church on the corner of every other block, a mix of shuffling old people and young gangster wannabe looking kids wandering along the tree-lined streets.

This is a great place to go at both the start of your trip to Duluth. You get into the old, small town mentality, and get a tasty baked good as well. The cream puffs are phenomenal as well.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Two locations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

A really great family owned and run corner bakery in Lincoln Park on 3rd St. and 23rd Ave. W. (open Mon-Sat) and in Lakeside on Superior Street approx. 43-44th Avenue East(this one is not open on Mon). The doughnut holes are great as are the assorted fruit breads. They make a great muffin and our absolute favorite thing is their Strawberry Torte. It is the best. They only make the torte from late Spring into the Fall, so pick it up if you can.
You can also get homemade sandwiches and soup to pick up and take with you and they have great coffee.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank BusybeeMN
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Iron River, Wisconsin
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“Family Run Goodies!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

I worked in Duluth up until July of 2011. One of the things I miss most about working in Duluth is swinging by (or a co-worker) swinging by Johnson's Bakery and bringing some goodies to work. Our favorite--the donut holes. Too die for! I absolutely love them. The service was always genuinely friendly. Not over the top concerned about your experience but rather just nice, caring people. The bakery isn't polished. But it is comfortable. And, these folks clearly know the bakery business. Overall, you wouldn't expect this bakery to make the centerfold spread of "baking today" but like your favorite slippers you wear everyday, this bakery delivers piece of comfort heaven every time!

  • Visited July 2011
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