Your Ultimate Guide to Desserts in Montclair

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With all of the local eateries and outdoor dining options that Montclair has to offer, it is only fitting that one can also find endless spots to get their dessert fix. Whether you are craving fresh baked goods, a gluten-free treat, or ice cream with any topping imaginable, it is unlikely you will leave the area without satisfying your sweet tooth. Read on for our complete guide to all things dessert in Montclair.

Disclaimer: This is a growing list, and further suggestions are welcomed. Please email hello@themontclairgirl.com with any additions. 

Applegate Farm {616 Grove Street}

Applegate Farm

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Dating back to 1848, Applegate is excited to celebrate its 173rd anniversary as they continue the motto of serving #SweetScoopsFromThePast. Visitors can enjoy almost every variation of hard ice cream, soft serve, and toppings one could possibly dream of in an old-fashioned farmhouse-style venue just fifteen minutes outside of New York City. 

Absolute Zero Ice Cream {410 Bloomfield Avenue}

Absolute Zero Ice Cream

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Open since 2016, the staff hand makes ice cream rolls, starting with fresh milk and cream to create a base. The shop proceeds to mix in fresh fruit or cookies for additional flavor before rolling up the mixture to create Thai-inspired ice cream rolls. There is absolute{ly} nothing not to love.

Benvenuti Montclair {20 Church Street}

Benvenuti Montclair

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Two first-generation Italian-American families, the Browns, and the Mazzeos bring an authentic Italian gelato and café experience right here to the heart of New Jersey. Inspired by their experiences during annual summer trips to Italy the families provide Montclair locals with a surplus of their traditions including gelato churned fresh daily. 

Creative Confections Cafe {206 Bellevue Avenue}

Creative Confections Cafe

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This custom cake shop creates custom desserts, including gluten-free options, for locals. While the shop is currently in the process of renovations for a new storefront, customers can still order pick-up and order online or via phone for custom flavors and designs for any celebratory occasion including birthdays, weddings, and more. 

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Guerriero Gelato {571 Bloomfield Avenue}

Guerriero Gelato

Originally started in Caldwell, this local franchise has made its way to Montclair providing residences with dozens of gelato, hard ice cream, and Italian ice flavors. Fun fact: chef turned CEO Mike Guerriero has been with the company since 2005 back when it was called Gelotti before major growth and a few name changes. The shop is now ranked #1 Gelato in the USA and will be representing in the 2021 Gelato World Masters. 

Le French Dad Boulangerie {10 Church Street}

Le French Dad Boulangerie

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Bringing traditions of France to the streets of Montclair, the owner takes pride in “producing daily boulanger{è}s and pâtissier{è}s handcraft bread, viennoiseries, and pastries for the community.” Menu staples range from more simple Cinnamon Buns and Apple Turnovers to Pistachio Escargot and Fougasse Cheese.

Let’s Yo!! Montclair {31 Valley Road}

Let's Yo!!

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With three locations in New Jersey, this shop is known for its extensive options of self-serve nonfat, low fat, no-sugar-added, tart, and premium frozen yogurts with unlimited toppings including sweet treats, and healthier fruit + nut options. A vanilla and chocolate plant-based option, along with a handful of custards, gelato, ice cream, and dairy-free sorbets are also regularly available in-store and for delivery.

Marcel Bakery + Kitchen {631 1/2 Valley Road}

Marcel Bakery Kitchen

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Sharing popular specials “from our Mediterranean home to yours,” the staff at Marcel opens its doors daily from 8AM-8:30PM. While sandwiches, salads, and hearty breakfast dishes are the main attraction one can always stop by for a cookie, muffin, or pastry to satisfy their sweet craving.

Mattarello Bakery & Café {254 Bellevue Avenue}

Mattarello Bakery

Fan favorites at Mattarello include cannolis, sfogliatella, and lobster tails, but their extensive menu spans way beyond these top picks. This bakery also offers custom cakes, a popular draft latte drink, and regular holiday specials.

Montclair Bread Company {16 Label Street}

montclair bread

Founded by Baker & Doughnut creator Rachel Wyman, Montclair Bread is open Wednesday through Sunday 7AM-2PM serving a variety of baked goods with the strongest emphasis on doughnuts. 

Nicolo’s Italian Bakery and Deli {6 Baldwin Street}

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If you are looking for a sandwich made on fresh homemade bread followed by a muffin, cookie, or slice of pie, then Nicolo’s on Baldwin Street is the place to be. The deli started out as a small neighborhood shop just making bread in 1967 and now has advanced to full daily menus, wholesale and retail options, catering, and more. While desserts aren’t their main specialty, Nicolo’s is still known for their Grandma Galasso Sesame Seed cookies, homemade fresh fruit pies, apple turnovers, chocolate croissants, and seasonal pastries. 

Plum Bakery Gluten-Free {179 Glenridge Avenue}

Plum Bakery

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Plum Bakery is a woman-owned business in Downtown Montclair that proudly brings a mix of the world’s most popular desserts {birthday cakes, rugelach, doughnuts, and much more} all without a trace of gluten. Stop by the store or check out the website and Instagram page for free tutorials on how to make these gluten-free treats right from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Sweet Kitchen {533 Bloomfield Avenue}

Sweet Kitchen

While this restaurant does offer a more formal sit-down brunch option, it also encourages customers looking for a quick snack to grab-and-go from the extensive selection of homemade pastries. According to the chef, current fan favorites include the Napoleon, carrot cake, and different variations of cheesecakes. 

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The Little Daisy Bake Shop {622 Valley Road}

The Little Daisy Bake Shop

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For anyone with a nut or peanut allergy, this bakeshop is your safe haven. The entire menu is peanut-free and the staff is known for producing seasonal classics to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and even make light of COVID-19 with a colorful “Stay At Home” cake during the heat of the virus in 2020.

The Pie Store {100 Watchung Avenue}

The Pie Store

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Focused on sweet and savory, this shop is known for carrying a variety of imported goods from the UK. The menu, which is a tribute to traditions across the Pond, is a mix of savory Thanksgiving classics including Shepherds Pie and Turkey + Stuffing Pie, along with more dessert-focused dishes such as various renditions of double-crusted Apple Pie. A few of the weekend-only specials include coconut custard pie, chocolate mousse pie, and banoffee.  

Vanilla Heaven {342 Bloomfield Avenue}

vanilla heaven

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With a specialization in European Style baked goods, three of the many popular pastries include cheesecake brownies, pineapple pina-colada mousse cakes, and red velvet mini cakes topped with fresh strawberries.

Vesta Chocolate {598 Valley Road Suite 2}

Vesta Chocolate

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If you are looking for clean organic luxury bean-to-bar chocolate then Vesta Chocolate is the place for you. With a large portion of the menu being vegan, Vesta is a small craft chocolate company that roasts cacao beans to first make chocolate, and then using their own chocolate creates a variety of confections and baked goods. Don’t worry if you can’t visit the store location, as nationwide shipping is regularly available. 


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After eight years in NYC, last summer Kim made the big decision to permanently join her boyfriend on the other side of the river and officially become a Jersey Girl. However, this wasn't too big of a change as Kim has spent her recent years taking weekend trips to the suburbs of NJ. These days when not recruiting for her full-time job as a Talent Acquisition Manager at Wunderkind, she can be found running outdoors to the latest country hits, spending hours putting her Lifetime Movie Club subscription to good use, or likely plotting her next Seamless order to #supportlocalbusinesses.