Looking for something to satisfy your sweet-tooth? Maybe the best ice cream in the region? Or perhaps you need to get an amazing birthday cake for someone special? Maybe you’re out for a bike ride along the Delaware and you need a little pick-me-up cup of coffee and some carbs? Look no further – the Sweets page has you covered!
The list is broken up by town, sorted approximately by position along the river from South to North, to make it easy to find the best place near you.
Let me know if there are outstanding places I’ve missed. Like my other lists, it’s not meant to be exhaustive – it’s meant to be good to great. I want places that you’ll leave saying, “wow, that was some of the best I’ve ever had!”
Cramer Bakery – Cakes, baked goods. One of the few “old school” bakeries left. Standout for birthday cakes made with white wedding cake and chocolate buttercream or ganache frosting. These are truly great cakes! But they have lots of other goodies, so be sure to check them out.
The Yardley Ice House – Water ice, gelato, custard. Without a doubt, it’s the best water ice around. Worth driving for. Open seasonally.
Washington Crossing, PA
Colonial Farms – Baked goods. Small grocery store with deli and bakery.
New Hope, PA
Pudge Cakes – Cupcakes, baked goods. Outstanding artistry on custom cakes/goodies. Spectacular cupcakes and brownies. So good it will ruin you for others.
Nina’s Waffles and Sweets – Waffles, ice cream, baked goods. Waffle with ice cream is worth the calories. Also locations in Sergeantsville, NJ and Doylestown, PA.
Clusters – Gourmet popcorn. Many delicious flavors.
Pierre’s Chocolates – Gourmet chocolates made on-site. Collection of beautiful small batch flavors that make great gifts. Related to Thomas Sweet, but maybe even better 😉
Thomas Sweet Ice Cream – also primary location in Princeton. Ice cream.
Lambertville Trading Company – Coffee shop, baked goods
City Market – baked goods
Cafe Galleria – Gelato, baked goods. Great restaurant but save room for dessert.
Homestead Farm Market – Pies, baked goods. Seasonal farm store with best pies I’ve had around here. These are really, really good pies!
The Chocolate Box – Gourmet chocolates selected from all over the world.
OWowCow Dairy – also in Ottsville and Wrightstown. Many interesting ice cream flavors and generous servings – a small cup will satisfy all but the hungriest. Many fans in the area would say OWowCow is the best ice cream in the area.
Lucky Cupcake – also in Pipersville. cupcakes. I haven’t tried them myself, but people I trust say they’re great.
Center Bridge, PA / Stockton, NJ
Dilly’s Corner – Seasonally open. Ice cream. Their soft serve is a favorite in the area. Also a variety of foods that are much better than you’d expect.
Market Cafe – Stockton Market, coffee shop, crepes, baked goods. Popular stop for cyclists on weekends.
Sciascia Confections – Stockton Market, gourmet chocolate, brownies, macarons. Brownies are to die for. This man knows chocolate.
Sweet Melissa Patisserie – Stockton Market, baked goods. Melissa wrote the book on sweets.
Max Hansen Grocery / Carversville Store – There’s only one store in Carversville and it’s worth going to. Caterer Max Hansen has some of the best baked goods around. Their gourmet Devil Dog is worth the calories!
Maria’s – Baked goods, coffee shop. A favorite stop for cyclists. The Jewish Apple Cake is said to be “Grandmother approved.” It is astoundingly good. I mean it. If you like apple cake and you’re in the area, you *must* try it.
Milford Station Bakery – Muffins, cakes, cookies and more. Coffee shop. A favorite stop for cyclists. Also has bagels and breakfast sandwiches.
Jimmy’s Ice Cream – Ice cream and fast food. Open seasonally. Come with your appetite!
Other locations in the region
Crossoads Bake Shop – also in the Stockton Market, Exceptional baked goods. Many consider Crossroads the best bakery in the region. Their chocolate croissants were better than the ones I had in Paris and their breakfast rolls are great alone or made into french toast. To do them justice, you really want to take them home and have them hot. Close your eyes, put on some French bistro music, and you’ll be transported.
Tabora Farm and Orchard – Pies, cakes, crepes, baked goods, ice cream. Also a prepared deli foods. A favorite stop for cyclists. And of course many types of apples during the season.
Factory Fuel Co. – Coffee house. A friend told me they have the best coffee around so I jumped on my bike and checked it out. This super friendly shop does indeed have excellent coffee. But it’s their salted caramel brownie that I’ll be dreaming of tonight…
Teaberry’s Tea Room – Don’t let your high-brow preconceptions scare you away. If you’re looking for a special lunch followed by amazing desserts, it would be hard to do better than Teaberries. Their orange cake is a “must try.” For my full write-up on this hidden gem, see this post.
Gardenville, Pipersville etc., PA
Gardenville Deli and Pizza – Under new management, this unassuming deli at the intersection of Rt. 413 and Point Pleasant Pike, makes standout muffins and breakfast sandwiches – staple foods of local cyclists and hungry contractors.
Caketeria – Cupcakes
Goodnoe Farm Dairy Bar – Ice cream
Sweet Pea – Ice cream
The Zebra Striped Whale – Ice cream, crepes
Boro Bean – Coffee shop, ice cream, baked goods
The Brothers Moon – Cakes, pastries, restaurant
Jack and Charlie’s 23 – Ice cream. Never been there but it looks good.
Bent Spoon – Ice cream, cupcakes, cookies, hot chocolate. Perhaps the best ice cream anywhere. Yes, that good. Cupcakes and cookies are also world class. Hot chocolate is thick, European style that is actually “hot chocolate” – not the watered down stuff we are used to. Worth driving to Princeton just for the ice cream. I have dreams about their stuff. Oh, so, so good.
Thomas Sweet – Ice cream. The other famous sweets place in Princeton. Multiple locations with different specialties.