Los Angeles: 13 Breakfast Pastries We Love

[Photographs: Katie Robbins, unless otherwise noted]

Is there a sweeter way to start a day than with cup of really good coffee or tea and a perfect pastry? On a particularly blah morning, this combination can be the gentle nudge you need to get your day going. And with a repertoire of sweet breakfast treats from meticulously constructed croissants to sloppy, ooey-gooey sticky buns, L.A.'s bakeries are fully primed to give you that needed morning lift.

After rigorous study, we've put together a list of our favorites (to narrow down an embarrassingly impressive playing field, we limited our search to bakeries with the option of take-out counter service. These are pastries you can take home or to the office.) Whether as an occasional splurge or a must-have morning starter, here are 13 treats (a baker's dozen!) that are sure to give you a little boost.

Go straight to the breakfast treats:
Maple Bacon Biscuit at Huckleberry »
Almond Croissant at Amandine »
Guava and Cheese Taco at La Monarca Bakery »
Blueberry Muffin at Atwater Crossing Wood Fire Kitchen »
Strawberry Bun at Donut Hut »
Sweet Focaccia at Deli at Little Dom's »
Morning Bun at Proof Bakery »
Pastries at Hygge Bakery »
Blueberry Scone at Bricks & Scones »
Pain au Chocolat at La Maison du Pain »
Guava and Cheese Pie at Café Tropical »
Cinnamon Roll from Jamaica's Cakes »
Fonuts at Fonuts »