Bonjour! A visit to France may be closer than you think. Fresh Baked, a newcomer storefront to downtown Oconomowoc, specializes in handcrafted bakery items that make you feel like you’re in an authentic little french cafe.
Made fresh every morning, these handcrafted bakery items are known to sell out very quickly. Fresh Baked is not a new business to Oconomowoc entirely, they’re known to pop up in farmers markets all over southeast Wisconsin!
The cafe is not large, and very busy. A constant stream of customers is a sure sign that they’re doing something right, and some patrons crowd into little tables in the small seating area, while many of them get their order to go.
Immersed in the French experience, you’ll hear french music, smell the fresh flowers by Becca Eckblad of Florabelle Wisconsin, and see Parisian accents throughout. Large window lighting creates visual variety and the wood tones create a warm environment.
If all of this isn’t adorable enough for you, they also carry macarons by Madame Macaron MKE. These colorful little creations are sold prepackaged for easy take-home to the family (or eating alone on the couch, we get it).
Fresh Baked brews Valentine Coffee – a wise decision in our book. We are familiar with their Espresso Dolce, and it’s one of our favorites. However, we got to try something new this time…
We ordered both a latte and a cappuccino, and both tasted pretty similar. It was hard to tell the difference between the two. The espresso was not strong but the Espresso Dolce blend made it smooth and drinkable.
We ordered just a shot of the Espresso Dolce because, well, we love it. And it didn’t disappoint. Rich and full-bodied, this espresso shot was nicely pulled and tasted as great as always.
In with the new! This drip coffee was Valentine’s Bering Sea blend, which is a blend we haven’t tried before. A blend of coffee from Africa, Indonesia, and the Americas, this was a slightly acidic dark roast that paired really well with the sweeter bakery items we sampled today.
While we obviously love experiencing the coffee, we had heard good things about the bakery items and it was of top priority to taste test today!
Prosciutto & Mozzarella – This was flaky, soft, and salty. A delicious option for the savory lover!
Pain au Chocolat – This nice flaky croissant had dimension with a lovely chocolate layer. The chocolate was quite tasty, so we wouldn’t complain if there were more chocolate layers.
Belguium Chocolat Brioche – Soft with generous chinks of dark chocolate, this was a pleasantly sweet combination that paired well with the drip coffee.
Nutella Croissant – The surprise inside this semi-hollow pastry was Nutella, wrapped in a delicious flaky croissant. It wasn’t incredibly moist or sweet, but still very authentic tasting and delicious!
Toffee Croissant – This cute little pastry has layers upon layers of sweet toffee, and it’s densely packed with flavor. A drip coffee companion is advised.
Apple Tart – One will not be enough. It’s thin, flaky, and exactly like its name: tart. This isn’t sugary sweet, so one could easily enjoy this with a sweet latte or cappuccino. Word of advice: no sharing.
Come early, come often. Whether you want to score a table spot or you’re just passing through, there’s sure to be something here that you’ll love.
114 W Wisconsin Ave,
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Phone: (262) 490-0224
Monday-Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – Sunday – 8am-2pm