Name: Essence Bakery Cafe
Location: south east corner of Hardy and University Drive near ASU
Address: 825 West University Drive, Tempe, Arizona
Phone Number: 480-966-2745
Hours: Summer Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 7 AM to 3 PM and closed Sunday and Monday
Known For: French Macaroons
Essence Bakery in Tempe is known mainly for their French Macaroons. And I have to say...they are pretty amazing. Today I tried the Hazelnut Macaroon. Last time I tried the Meyer Lemon Macaroon. Both very, very good. But today I couldn't just try one thing...I of course had to also buy this sugary brioche bun with caramel cream in the center...yum.
They also have a breakfast and lunch menu including salads, sandwiches, quiche and tarts made with local produce. Their savory items run about $8.00. Macaroons are about $3.00. Other items like fresh fruit tarts and that sugary crusted caramel pastry I got today run around $5.00. I think the pastries are a little over priced, but then again I don't know of another bakery in my area that makes pastries like these. Do you?