Whether you're after an artisan loaf of bread, a sweet or savoury pastry, or a tasty sandwich, you can go wrong with a local bakery.

Here are five must-visit bakeries in Hertfordshire.

1. Quotidian - Hitchin

Nestled at the end of Hitchin's bustling and historic Sun Street, Quotidian is an award-winning bakery offering the best breads, treats and sandwiches around.

Quotidian in Hitchin.Quotidian in Hitchin. (Image: Google Maps)

Since launching way back in 2000, Quotidian has become a popular spot for Hitchin residents, and prides itself on baking the best fresh produce every day.

You can even watch their brilliant bakers in action from the street, so you know you're food is being made with care.

2. Artoplasia Greek Bakery - St Albans

If you fancy a different type of bakery, Artoplasia Greek Bakery in London Road is a great option.

Artoplasia Greek Bakery.Artoplasia Greek Bakery. (Image: Google Maps)

Offering the very best in baked goods, there is plenty of traditional Greek food to choose from, including peinirlis, koulouris, filled pies, baklava.

For those who just fancy a sausage roll or a sandwich, Artoplasia has you covered too, as well as range of hot and cold drinks.

3. Leavened - Stevenage

Leavened Bakery was opened in Stevenage Indoor Market by Izabela Stuchlik back in 2020, and its popularity has seen it expand to a site in the Old Town and new bakery in Weston.

Leavened.Leavened. (Image: Izabela Stuchlik)

Made fresh every day, all ingredients used in their sweet and savoury snacks are homemade, but it's their sourdough loaves that stand out about the rest.

If you're in Stevenage or Weston, you really must check them out.

4. Simmons - Hertfordshire

A beloved bakery, Simmons was founded back in 1838 and can only be found in Hertfordshire, with locations across the county.

Simmons Bakery.Simmons Bakery. (Image: Google Maps)

From doorstop sandwiches and jacket potatoes, to savoury snacks and sweet treats, you really spoiled for choice, but you're guaranteed to get something you'll enjoy.

Whether you're in Stevenage, Hitchin, Welwyn Garden City, St Albans or beyond, you'll be able to find a Simmons near you.

5. Days - Hertfordshire

With sites in Hitchin, Royston, Stotfold, Ashwell, Codicote and more in Cambridgeshire, Days offer all you could ever want from a bakery.

Sandwiches filled to the brim, pastries, hot and cold food, cakes and freshly baked bread, what's not to love?

Some sites even have delis to help fill your cupboards with tasty produce.

Days.Days. (Image: Google Maps)