Whether satisfying your sweet tooth means picking up a box of hand-dipped truffles or peeling back the parchment on a gourmet cupcake, unique sweet shops from bakeries to chocolate boutiques are sprinkled all throughout the city. Check out a few of our favorites and get ready to sink your teeth into these decadent treats!
Le Bon Macaron — Family-owned French macaron bakery, serving up its colorful, dainty treats inside a cozy, Parisian-inspired cafe in East Hills. Delight in traditional French macarons — in flavors like Chocolate Salted Caramel, Honey Lavender, or Matcha Green Tea — while you sip French press coffee and espresso from the roasters at Rowster Coffee. Or, try a craft ice cream sundae and a French or Italian soda with house-made fruit puree!
MoKAYA — Artisan chocolate boutique whipping up uncommon chocolate goods from truffles to confections, pastries to house-made ice creams and syrups. Try small-batch treats crafted by a chocolatier who studied under a world-renowned pastry chef, and even enjoy a “beer flight” of artisan chocolates and caramels made with the good stuff from some of Grand Rapids’ local craft brewers.
Cakabakery — Inventive, crave-worthy cupcakes served up in signature parchment liners, plus gourmet cheesecakes and cakes by the slice — all in a modern and minimal, yet inviting bake shop. Sample from a lineup of cookies and cake pops that changes daily, and get there early; Cakabakery’s treats fly off the counters of their two West Michigan locations faster than they can cool! Try signature cupcake flavors like Banana Peanut Butter — even gluten-free and vegan options — and grab a box of extras to take home.
Rise Authentic Baking Co. — Vegan bakery whipping up soy-free, gluten-free treats from doughnuts to cupcakes, cookies to cheesecake bars. Find their gourmet creations at over a dozen Grand Rapids coffee shops — from Outside Coffee Co. to Ferris Coffee — and try inventive flavor combinations like Orange Cardamom and Cranberry Clove.
Sweetie-Licious Bake Shoppe — From-scratch, national-award-winning pies with hand-crimped crusts and house-made fillings — served up inside Downtown Market Grand Rapids. Try a baked-fresh-daily pie with seasonal fruit filling or other treats like Choc-o-Bomb Cookies or Terrific Turtle Buttercream Brownies.
Nantucket Baking Co. — Specialty tortes and cheesecakes to fresh pies and pastries, enjoy every decadent treat from the display cases found here, tucked inside Martha’s Vineyard. Fresh, seasonal fruit purees to from-scratch buttercream frostings — each and every detail is crafted in-house. Indulge in options like Chocolate Raspberry Torte or the Kameelian Bar — sweetened condensed milk with hazelnut liquor, coconut, chocolate and butterscotch chips, and walnuts, all atop a graham cracker crust!
Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolates — Organic, grass-fed dairy ice cream, vegan gelato, and scratch-made, artisan confections from intentionally sourced ingredients — all crafted in an open kitchen inside Downtown Market Grand Rapids’ Market Hall. Small-batch caramels and toffees to frozen treats, try inventive flavors like Madcap Coffee vegan gelato or Mexican Chile Hot Chocolate dairy ice cream.
The Salted Cupcake — Uncommon cupcakes — some highlighting unexpected savory ingredients — on a menu with six staple flavors and five to seven additional flavors switched up daily. Try their flagship flavor — The Salted Cupcake — or unique, rotating selections from Farmhaus Brunch Cider to Tres Leches and Thai Tea.
Wealthy Street Bakery — Muffins and monkey bread to scones and cinnamon rolls — even breakfast cookies — this family-owned Wealthy Street staple serves up its baked-to-perfection treats and pastries on a rotating menu with monthly features.
Van’s Pastry Shoppe — Traditional Dutch pastry shoppe and a Grand Rapids staple since the 1920s, with baked-fresh-daily goodness from donuts to filled pastries and pecan rolls.
Sweetland Candies — Fourth-generation confectioner founded in 1919, with shops in Grand Rapids and Downtown Rockford. Truffles to turtles, chocolate seafoam to sea salt caramels, enjoy on-site and grab a gift box to go!