lost larson

but found pastries

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.

Update December 2020: They have opened a second brick and mortar location in Wicker Park, making it 3 places to curb your pastry cravings (the second being the stall at TimeOut Market)

the details

AddressAndersonville: 5318 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
Fulton Market: inside TimeOut Market
Wicker Park: 2140 W Division St, Chicago
Hours7am to 3pm on Mondays, 7am to 9pm every other day
Price$$ – standard pretty bakery prices, really fairly priced for quality goods 
AestheticScandinavian chic? think pretty pastels and wood accents in a bright, inviting, cozy space

good to know

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: 

  • Andersonville: 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. 
  • Wicker Park: unfortunately not particularly close to any of the blue line stations (~15 min walk from Damen), but easy by bus (70)
  • TimeOut Market: is a stone’s throw from Morgan station (pink, green).


Other things to note: 

  • They transition from bakery to “vinbar” at 3pm, when you can swap coffee for natural wine and curate your own smorgasbord.
  • They have some baked goods (ie: cookies, princess cake, lingonberry almond cake) available for pre-order too.
  • They sell bread by the loaf and by half loaves (yay portion control!), but come early as selections vary by day.

Last visited: August 2019

Last updated: December 2020

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