What is your sweetest weakness in Norfolk?
We often rave about Norfolk’s ever-growing food scene but don’t always shed light on the deliciousness that lies within the dessert section. Let me begin by stating there is no absence of sweet treats in this city, from freshly churned gelato to homemade cupcakes and all the old-fashioned candies in between!
French Bakery & Delicatessen
4108 Granby Street
Some refer to this bakery as the “OG” of Norfolk bakeries. The pastries are to die for and the pastrami sandwiches (made with freshly baked bread) are a must, but beyond the sugar lies a heartfelt story. This family came to America in the early 1900’s fighting for that “American dream.” Well lucky for us they found that dream here in Norfolk and have continued to share their passion. Grab some cash and head to French Bakery in Riverview, you won’t be disappointed.
116 Granby St. & 1907 Colonial Ave.
Amongst the locals’ favorite, Café Stella holds high standards for desserts here in Norfolk with their extremely authentic atmosphere and equally as tasty cuisine. We challenge you to walk into Café Stella and not leave with a sweet treat. Made fresh daily these desserts are always rotating from Tiramisu, Berry Tarts, Pecan Sticky Buns, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cheese Cake and so much more.
1501 Colley Ave.
Let’s take a break from baked goods and head on over to Strawberry Fields, an authentic gelato shop in the heart of Ghent. They offer flavors as simple as Vanilla Bean that is made with real Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, or as daring as Lemongrass Turmeric Sorbetto. Strawberry Fields’ creations don’t stop there, offering you a flavor palate that varies with the seasons, and accommodates each holiday season how could we not rave about this gelato gem.
501 Botetourt St
Walk through Freemasons cobblestone streets and you’ll be sure to stumble upon Hummingbird Macarons! Grab a macaron or twelve but the real sweet treat is their macaron ice cream sandwiches, do we need to explain more?
913-A W 21st St
Tack a step back in time to this old fashion candy & bake shop. The Bonbonnier features chocolate covered apples, home-style candies and treats made by hand, old-time confections, coffees, specialty sodas, and hot drinks. Stop by on a Friday and you’ll be lucky enough to munch on their fresh Humdinger. A scrumptious handmade marshmallow sandwiched between rich, gingery, Southern molasses cookies, and half-dunked in a dark chocolate coating.
340 W. 22nd St
Craving a cupcake? Just Cupcakes (as seen on Food Network's Cupcake Wars) has every flavor imaginable with frosting that’s too pretty to eat! With seasonal and holiday-themed cupcakes this local bakery will have you feeling festive no matter what the holiday is. Maybe the best part of Just Cupcakes is that it’s not “just cupcakes.” They offer freshly baked brownies and cookies that you’re encouraged to pair with a cup of joe or a complimenting glass of wine.
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