Best Bakery, Language Barrier Be Damned

Diana's Bakery

When you walk into Diana's Bakery, your stomach's eyes pop with desire. Huge cakey disks labeled "Galletas," flaky triangles branded as "Empanadas de Calabaza" and swollen pastries covered in colorful confections left mysteriously unidentified line the (numerous) shelves. While English translations are offered for some of these delicious goodies (galletas/cookies and calabaza/pumpkin), the majority is left unexplained. Still, the key question at Diana's isn't "What is that?" but "How do I choose?" Located in the heart of St. Louis' Hispanic community, Diana's opens daily at 6 a.m. and makes all of its own baked goods, many of which are Mexican favorites. The tiny women who work at Diana's are as sweet as the churros they sell and will do their best to explain less familiar items to gringos. But the best thing about Diana's, apart from the pastries, is that it's self-serve; just grab a tray and load it up with whatever intrigues. No matter what you choose, you can't go wrong: ¡todos son deliciosos!

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