When you’re spacing out on the Red Line, it feels like Andersonville is so. far. away. But it’s honestly not that far, and it’s certainly a more that justifiable distance to travel for pastries, at least in my book. Then again, we’re the kind of people who go out of our way for a good bakery with pretty interiors. And Lost Larson more than fits the bill.
If the strip of North Clark St carries an old world charm, Lost Larson brings a refreshingly modern perspective to the Scandinavian roots. Part bakery, part daytime cafe, part nighttime wine bar, it caters to the foodie crowd and has racked up accolades in and beyond Chicago for it. It’s an intimate space, but that just means you’re that much closer to the pastry case, which let me tell you, is drool-worthy. From Scandinavian classics to creative flavors (ie: dark chocolate blood orange croissant 🤤) to an impressive selection of fresh baked breads, Lost Larson is right up there with Floriole in my Chicago favorites.
On second thought, it’s probably better that it’s a little out of the way, or I’d be systematically eating my way through their pastry case on a daily basis.
|Address||5318 N Clark St, Chicago, IL|
|Hours||7am to 3pm on Mondays, 7am to 9pm every other day|
|Price||$$ – standard pretty bakery prices, really fairly priced for quality goods|
|Aesthetic||Scandinavian chic? think pretty pastels and wood accents in a bright, inviting, cozy space|
Go here for: a killer pastry order, a self-care weekday breakfast, to fantasize that you’re in Europe, etc
Order this: literally anything from that pastry case, plus maybe a tartine if you’re feeling lunch-y
Amount of time to spend: perfect for a stop by pastry and coffee run, or a quick lunch or casual dinner
When to come: while they are open for dinner, it just feels more like a daytime place. Plus the morning light is 😍
Getting here: can be annoying by train, as the closest station is Berwyn on the Red Line, which is still a half mile away. Probably better to go by bus if possible.
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Last visited: August 2019
Last updated: February 2020