With humble beginnings in a home kitchen, Sweet Bliss was the first to introduce American-style carrot cake, cheesecake, and double-chocolate cake – to the standing ovation of Tehranis. It has since blossomed into four branches, which also cater and customize cakes for special events.
In addition to heavenly pies, tarts, cakes, cupcakes, and buns, the café now serves gourmet sandwiches, wraps, and other savory baked goods, plus artisanal breads are on the way. Prime locations in the north of the city make it a superb locale to grab a salty or sweet bite, while checking out the posh Tehran crowd.
Despite what the name might imply, the favorite treats to come out of this bakery are a rich variety of sweet and savory macarons. The first confectionery to bring a taste of these fancy French bites to Tehran, Éclair has been serving macarons alongside their namesake pastry since 2010. Other popular items here include the pistachio cheesecake and seasonal grapefruit tart.
Cookie Box is a favorite among locals, but if you are an expat or visitor to Tehran missing those American-style cookies, no place can deliver a slice of home better. Cheesecakes, brownies, and croissants are also on the menu, but nothing fills the trademark red-and-white dotted box better than a mix of chewy chocolate-chip and gooey Mars bar cookies, plus a smattering of other flavors in between. Kill two birds with one stone at Saboos Bakery-Café, where you can try a Cookie Box ice-cream sandwich.
The excitement at the sight of a pastry box from Bibi is palpable, because it usually means one thing, chocolate cake. Not too sweet, these indulgent treats are a work of art: rich layers of succulent sponge, a dusting of cocoa powder, and the signature triple-chocolate creme lines.
The patisserie is well prepared every day for the floods of cake lovers streaming through its doors all day, requesting orders large and small, with only the briefest of pauses if customers want a special message written on top. If chocolate is not your thing, the other sponge and tart options are also delicious.
Lord Café and Pastry Shop
One mention of the Lord Café, and Iranians are instantly flooded with memories of the past. Located just across from Saint Sarkis Cathedral in a once predominantly Armenian neighborhood, this much-loved haunt is one of the most well-known Armenian bakeries with classics like apricot tart and gata (a buttery, flaky bread). Though some argue the quality is not up to previous standards since a change in management, it has not stopped locals from pouring into the upstairs space for coffee and the sweet taste of nostalgia.