For a long time I was addicted to the sticky buns. These are the best I have ever had, I can say I have never had a bad thing from here, Great breakfast and lunch, Awesome selection of cheeses also. This is one of those Don’t Miss places in Key West.
Old Town Bakery
930 Eaton Street, Key West, Florida 305-396-7450
The Old Town Bakery is located at the corner of Eaton and Grinnell Streets, five blocks east of Duval in Key West’s Old Town. The bakery offers pastries and breads baked on the premises in traditional, Old-World style. Breakfast and lunch sandwiches are made to order, and Island Joe’s coffee, plus tea and cold drinks, are also available.
Every day the cases are filled with croissants, cakes, tarts, eclairs, cookies, brownies, and other sweet and savory items; baskets of freshly baked bread are on the counter. Besides what’s on display in the store, Niall Bowen (the owner and baker) makes cakes to order, including wedding cakes. And they’re made from scratch in classic style, with buttercream icing and hand-made decorations.
Niall earned his degree in pastry arts at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island and started his career working in pastry shops around Boston. He moved to Atlanta, where he worked as pastry chef in a large hotel and later with a major caterer, for whom he established a wholesale dessert business. Later, he returned to Boston, where he helped open a new bakery.
The lure of fishing and warm weather brought Niall to the Keys. In Key West, he was the pastry chef at Louie’s Backyard for several years, and ran his own wedding cake business, serving the local hotels. After an exploratory move to Austin convinced him and his family that Key West is their home, they moved back to stay. Before opening the Old Town Bakery, he was the pastry chef at the Strip House at The Reach Resort.
The Old Town Bakery is a family affair. Niall’s wife and partner, Elzbieta Krysztofiak, can be found behind the sales counter most days, and she’s responsible for the welcoming decor that greets customers. The historic building had been unoccupied for some time, and it took careful planning and hard work to renovate the interior, with its Dade County pine walls and exposed beams. Niall and Elzbieta’s six-year-old daughter Nina serves the bakery in a supervisory role.