As a native South Dakotan, it’s a little weird for me to highlight something there as a travel find. This is especially true in Sioux Falls, since I lived there for four years as a college student. That said, I’ve visited Queen City Bakery on each of my last few trips home and it definitely deserves a mention.
Like me, the owners spent a few years in Brooklyn and, as a result, the bakery has a subtle New York vibe. The coffee is from Gimme! Coffee in Ithaca, the hot chocolate is from Jacques Torres in Brooklyn and the tea is from SerendipiTea on Long Island. Also, and perhaps more important for my recommendation, every baked good that I’ve tried there has been fantastic.
In additional to the bakery’s excellent offerings, it’s also located in my favorite part of town: near downtown, by the river (hello, memories of my 21st birthday). And, it’s housed in a charmingly renovated industrial building. Good food, good coffee, lots of character; stop by the next time you’re passing through town.