Since taking home the bronze in Yelp’s roundup of the top 100 U.S. restaurants of 2023, Archibalds Village Bakery in North Beach Village has gone from a quiet neighborhood hangout to a national, must-try attraction. Opened in 2021, the venue specializes in scratch-made pastries, pies, quiches, and sandwiches crafted with love by co-owners chef Justin Mathys-Archibald and his husband, Christopher, plus their charismatic crew.
An American-British duo, Justin and Christopher tapped into their cultural backgrounds to open a bakery offering treats uncommon in South Florida. “We wanted people to try things they were not accustomed to but that we knew and loved,” says Christopher. So, Justin developed his own recipes for U.K. favorites like jam-filled or blueberry scones and sausage rolls, as well as lesser-known American goodies like the morning glory loaf (a bread-cake hybrid packed with carrots, pineapple, raisins, walnuts, and more). He also looked to the past for inspiration. “A number of recipes I use are my grandmother’s original, handwritten recipes from back in the day, with slight modifications,” Justin sys. This includes the colossal chocolate chip cookie, while the heavenly cinnamon rolls are, in fact, his mom’s recipe.
Given the bakery’s small-scale operation and the high demand for Justin’s sweet and savory delights, many items tend to sell out early in the day. But even if you arrive around noon and there’s not a single scone to be had, you’ll still find something delectable—and get a taste of the heartfelt hospitality that makes Archibalds so special.