By Kathy Chouteau
With the heart of the holiday season upon us, there’s no better time to cast stringent dietary goals aside and indulge in some heavenly sweet treats.
As it happens, there’s no shortage of talented bakers in Richmond, poised to provide the sugary goods. Here are some of The Rich Life’s recommendations on where to hit your sweet spot in town during the holidays and beyond.
Gran Milan Café
Cannolis, croissants, eclairs, beignets, tiramisu and fresh fruit tarts—Richmond’s Gran Milan Café has it all and then some when it comes to its selection of delicious sweet treats. As an added bonus, you can enjoy an espresso with your chocolate croissant if you like. During the holidays, the café’s top seller is panettone, a traditional Italian bread.
Info: 5327 Jacuzzi St., Suite 2e2, Richmond. 510-984-0679, www.granmilan.com.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sundays.
Moises Bakery (Formerly Angie’s)
Located at the San Pablo Avenue spot Angie’s Bakery once occupied, Moises Bakery touts that its sugary creations are “a delight to the palate.” Go to check out the bakery’s eye-popping array of Guatemalan and Salvadoran specialty dessert breads, small cakes, muffins, donuts, sugar cookies, tortas, dessert empanadas and so much more.
Info: 12889 San Pablo Ave., Richmond, 510-778-8523, https://moises-bakery.negocio.site/.
Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; closed Sundays.
Cassandra’s Wedding Cakes & Beyond
Cassandra’s made its name baking for retail outlets and then expanded to open its own bake shop in the heart of Richmond’s 23rd Street corridor that’s charmingly decorated with chandeliers, display cases and bright pink walls, one of which features a beautiful mural. The bakery asserts on Yelp that they have “the best cakes in Richmond;” go there to order baked goods like holiday/wedding/birthday cakes, edible image cakes, cupcakes, pies and more.
Info: 321 23rd St., Richmond, 510-232-4616, Yelp listing.
Hours: Sun.-Tues. & Thurs.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9-2, closed Wednesdays.
Andy’s Donut Stop
There’s nothing like a batch of donuts to take a load off when entertaining holiday guests for breakfast. A Richmond institution, Andy’s is ready, willing and waiting to fulfill your donut dreams anytime of the day or night. Not surprisingly, while visiting you’ll find an impressive selection of donuts, but perhaps more surprising is that Andy’s also bakes up a whole host of other pastries too, including apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, raised cakes, Danish and the like.
Info: 971 23rd St., Richmond, 510-232-6057, Yelp listing.
Hours: Open 24/7.
Mira Vista Donut’N Deli
Another lesser-known but crowd-pleasing donut shop in Richmond is the Mira Vista Donut’N Deli, which sits on San Pablo Avenue at the opposite end of the same mini-mall as popular eatery Huong Tra. Aside from delicious donuts, Mira Vista also offers raised cakes, apple fritters, cinnamon twists and many more sugary treats. Patrons can also order up some good deli food while there.
Info: 12221 San Pablo Ave., #1, Richmond, 510-234-8300. Yelp listing.
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 5 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
Other Richmond-based bakers worthy of a mention—but which don’t have store fronts—are Rubicon Bakery, Galaxy Desserts and Sweet Dreams Bake Shop. Visit their websites to find out where to purchase their delectable desserts in local stores—or in Sweet Dreams’ case—to order from them directly.
Do you have a go-to place for sweets in Richmond that we didn’t mention? Tell us about it in the comments!
All photos by Kathy Chouteau