The 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 diners can also find endless spots to get their dessert fix. Whether the moment calls for 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 it continues 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 15 minutes outside of New York City. The farm store also sells pies, ice cream cakes, chocolates, apple cider donuts, and other novelties. 

Absolute Zero Ice Cream | 410 Bloomfield Avenue

Absolute Zero Ice Cream

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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. They were inspired by the quintessential Italian experience of strolling through town, after dinner, enjoying gelato.  The gelato is made in-house, and flavors change regularly. There are also vegan, gluten-free, and CBD-infused gelatos available.  In addition to the gelato, sorbet, pastries, and other treats are on the menu. Patrons can pre-order goodies online. 

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

This local franchise originally started in Caldwell and has made its way to Montclair providing locals 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. There are vegan and gluten-free options, and patrons can pre-order treats online. 

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 a sweet craving.

Mattarello Bakery & Café | 254 Bellevue Avenue

Mattarello Bakery

Fan favorites at Mattarello include cannolis, sfogliatella, and lobster tails, but the extensive menu spans way beyond these top picks. This bakery also offers custom cakes, a coffee bar, breads, and regular holiday specials. Patrons can order online in advance for the ultimate ease. 

Montclair Bread Company | 16 Label Street

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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 including 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 a safe haven. The entire menu is peanut-free and the staff is known for producing seasonal classics to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and Easter.

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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This bakery specializes in European baked goods. Cakes, mini-cakes, cookies, dessert bars, and all kinds of other delicacies are available here. There is also a coffee bar and a wide variety of milkshakes and smoothies. With so many items on the menu, if an item can’t be found, it probably doesn’t exist. In addition to a pre-order option online, diners can order their favorites from many of the popular delivery apps, including Seamless and UberEats.

 

Vesta Chocolate | 598 Valley Road Suite 2

Vesta Chocolate

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Those in search of a clean organic luxury bean-to-bar chocolate will find the answer at  Vesta Chocolate. 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.


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