For the 1921 film starring Oliver Hardy, see The Bakery
Bakery window with breads and cakes on display, 1936
A bakery (or baker's shop) is an establishment that produces and sells flour-based food baked in an oven such as bread, cakes, pastries, and pies. Some retail bakeries are also cafés, serving coffee and tea to customers who wish to consume the baked goods on the premises.
Some bakery shops provide services for special occasions such as weddings, birthday parties, anniversaries, or even business events. Bakery shops can provide a wide range of cakes designs such as sheet cakes, layer cakes, tiered cakes, and wedding cakes. Other bakeries may specialize in traditional or hand made types of bread made with locally milled flour, without flour bleaching agents or flour treatment agents, baking what is sometimes referred to as artisan bread.
While grocery stores and supermarkets in many countries now carry prepackaged, pre-sliced bread and cakes, or offer in store baking and basic cake decoration, some people may prefer to get their baked goods from a specialist baker's shop, either out of tradition, for the availability of a greater variety of baked goods, or from the higher quality practice of the trade of baking.