The Low Down
The Extras: Ordering a custom cake is convenient using the bakery's online order form. Simple cakes take about 48 hours to create, while more ornate designs require 72 hours.
Fun Fact: Owner Peter Rios has competed in many national and international pastry competitions, including a Food Network Challenge and the Grand Prix of Chocolat in Paris.
Know Before You Go: By virtue of the access to free WiFi, the bakery's next-door lounge space is more a second office for students and work-from-home types than a place to meet and mingle. If you're planning to chat, keep the volume down to avoid looks of unveiled scorn from fellow patrons.
What to Drink: Try the custom-roasted "Librarian Blend" coffee from local roaster Intelligentsia.
Rants, Raves & Reviews
Citysearch Editorial Review
by Emilie Zanger at Citysearch
The staff behind the counter at this Wicker Park bakery must not flinch when passersby do a double-take, then backtrack to stare at the eye-popping window display of elaborate, rolled-fondant wedding and special occasion cakes. Manyâ¦
Not Just Fondant...
By smallfry at Menuism
Just passing by it, you will notice the window display of many fondant cakes. I've never had fondant cakes... Read More
Nice when the weather's warm
By Elizabeth R at Insider Pages
It's nice to sit outside of this bakery and coffee shop when the weather's warm. The baked goods are very good. Otherwise, though, I wouldn't bothe... Read More
good study spot
By sarah a at Insider Pages
Good study spot with a variety of teas and coffees. Baked goods are great. Quiet room usually full of people studying. Makes you feel like you shou... Read More
Always bad service - pastries O.K.
By wfree at Citysearch
I've tried Alliance Bakery a few times, hoping to see an improvement. But the staff is consistently rude and spacey, they seem to be annoyed to ser... Read More
I love this place
By klhaag at Citysearch
I look forward to Saturdays when I don't have to hurry to work, and can instead head to Alliance Bakery for fresh made bagels, crossiants, and coff... Read More