If you are trying to figure out the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Grand Rapids this post will surely help you out. There are plenty of great shops selling sweets around town and we will do our best to point you in the right direction.
We will start off with the best ice cream shops in your area. Anyone that is searching for vanilla, chocolate, gelato, frozen yogurt, malts, ice cream cakes, and other frozen delights has plenty of options to choose from.
Up next we will get into local bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats. Then we will niche down and get into donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops near you.
Following that we will discuss some healthy dessert options in Grand Rapids like gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops. Our last section will be about restaurants known for must have desserts in your area.
Towards the end you will find a local dessert map that has all the various venues we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it. And all of you are welcome to look through our other posts on the Midwest area at that link if you want.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you want to eat the best ice cream in Grand Rapids or some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Pinkie’s Ice Cream & Desserts at 1127 Wealthy St SE
- Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate at 435 Ionia Ave SW #106
- Furniture City Creamery at 958 Cherry St SE
- Frosty Boy at 1757 Plainfield Ave NE
- Jersey Junction at 652 Croswell Ave SE
- The Pump House Frozen Yogurt Bar at 2090 Celebration Dr NE #120
- Sweet Yo’s at 134 Monroe Center St NW
Pinkie’s Ice Cream and Desserts offers premium ice cream in 30 flavors in their store and their vintage ice cream truck for catering. Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate is an artisan shop that makes ice cream, vegan gelato, and other sweets in a hip, modern setting.
They also have dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options and are happy to cater ice cream, desserts, and chocolate. Furniture City Creamery is a quaint shop with a patio that serves creative flavors of locally sourced, homemade ice cream.
Their homemade waffle cones and sauces are dairy-free and vegan friendly allowing them to offer vegan sundaes, shakes, and ice cream sandwiches.
The Pump House is a locally owned frozen yogurt bar where you can customize your frozen treat’s size, flavors, and toppings. It brings a unique fun experience to town with artisanal flavors of frozen yogurt, ripe fresh fruit, and decadent toppings.
Sweet Yo’s is a premium self-service frozen yogurt shop in your area that serves 8-12 flavors daily. hey have over 65 toppings available including granola, fresh fruits, all of your favorite candies and cereals, as well as specialty items like popping boba bubbles and creamy rich peanut butter sauce.
Bakeries In Your Area
These bakeries in your area should have great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more:
- Arnie’s Bakery & Restaurants at 815 Leonard St NW
- Wealthy Street Bakery at 610 Wealthy St SE
- Nantucket Baking Co. at 615 Lyon St NE
- Paris Cafe & Desserts at 2950 28th St SE
- Le Bon Macaron at 951 Cherry St SE
Arnie’s Bakery produces a wide range of goods including fresh breads, coffeecakes, danishes, famous tortes, gourmet filled cupcakes, and more. Wealthy Street is a bakery and cafe that serves bread, pies, pastries, pizza, sandwiches, beer, and wine in a relaxed setting with gluten-free options and catering available.
Nantucket Baking Co. specializes in European artisan breads, new age breakfast pastries, cupcakes, cakes and tortes, cheesecakes, croissants bars, and other baked goods. Paris Cafe & Desserts is a laid-back modern café and bakery that serves light fare and espresso drinks as well as pastries and custom cakes.
Local Donut Shops
Start your morning off right at one of these donut shops:
- Bro’s Doughs at 2042 E Beltline Ave NE
- Sandy’s Donuts at 2040 Leonard St NW
- Cindy’s Donuts & Ice Cream at 4020 28th St SE
Bro’s Doughs offers 50 different flavor options in addition to a catering service for parties, weddings, corporate events, and other occasions. Sandy’s Donuts is a straightforward establishment with a wood-paneled interior that serves classic donuts made from scratch and coffee.
Cindy’s Donuts & Ice Cream is a neighborhood café with a large glass counter that serves fresh daily handmade donuts, Hudsonville ice cream, delectable hot chocolate, cappuccino, Ferris Coffee, and a variety of drinks.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops around town:
- The Salted Cupcake at 2481 32nd St SE
- Cakabakery at 919 Fulton St E
- SmallCakes A Cupcakery at 2107 E Beltline Ave NE
The Salted Cupcake is a cupcake shop where customers can choose from a variety of 12 unique and delicious flavors every day. They offer a large variety of cupcakes including gluten-free and vegan options and can accommodate a wedding as well as a cupcake truck.
Cakabakery is a custom dessert bakery that serves self-serve caramel corn, cupcakes, customizable cakes, daily special treats, and more. They make desserts in a variety of flavors, fillings, shapes, and sizes. Vegan and gluten-free options are always available.
Candy Stores Near You
These local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
- Rocket Fizz at 2090 Celebration Dr NE #122nd
- Sweetland Candies at 5170 Plainfield Ave NE
Rocket Fizz is a candy store that also sells unique bottled sodas in flavors like s’mores and mud pie. Sweetland Candies is a fourth generation family business that has been making candy in your area since 1919.
They are known for their handcrafted chocolates and confections which are made on-site.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
Buy homemade chocolate and fudge at these shops:
Kilwins is a traditional confectionery chain that sells chocolates, ice cream, handmade sweets, and gift baskets. Mokaya specializes in handcrafted chocolates and desserts plus they can cater.
Remember that Sweetland Candies Love’s Ice Cream are two more great places to buy chocolate near you.
Gluten Free Bakeries
Rise Authentic Baking Co. at 1220 Fulton St W is a gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free bakery that uses no artificial flavors or colors. They offer a wide variety of pastries, cakes, and tarts as well as a savory menu of small bites for in-store or on-the-go and have a cafe menu available for breakfast and lunch.
Wealthy Street Bakery also has many gluten-free options available, and don’t forget about Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate shop from a previous list either. Plus the local cupcake shops have plenty of gluten-free stuff to choose from.
Smoothies are a good combination of tasty and healthy:
- Malamiah Juice Bar & Eatery at 122 Oakes St SW #110
- Sip Organic Juice Bar at 888 Forest Hill Ave SE
- Mix at 2159 Wealthy St SE
- Clean Juice at 2213 Wealthy St SE Suite 110
Malamiah Juice Bar is a family-owned company that serves made-to-order juices, smoothies, coffee, teas, kombucha, salads, grain bowls, acai bowls, and juice cleanses. Sip Organic Juice Bar specializes in detox, customizable juices, and smoothies, and their staff is knowledgeable and eager to assist you.
Sip is proud to be 100 % guaranteed organic and eco-friendly. Clean Juice’s menu features fresh, organic juices, smoothies, and healthy snacks made with immune-boosting superfoods such as acai bowls and avocado toast.
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Brewery Vivant at 925 Cherry Street SE is a vivid brewery housed in a former chapel that offers tours and a pub serving craft beers and French fare. On the lunch and dinner menus there is a Chocolate Board which is one of the best desserts in Grand Rapids.
We have also discussed:
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Detroit
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Milwaukee
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Chicago
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Toledo
Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In Grand Rapids
For now that is all we have to share but check back in because we plan to update this post often. After reading about all these local shops to buy ice cream, frozen yogurt, cookies, cakes, pastries, other bakery items, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate, fudge, candy, gluten free baked goods, smoothies, and even restaurants with can’t miss desserts in your area you should be ready to find your next sweet indulgence.
Please use the comments to let us know if any shops have closed down, or if we posted anything that is incorrect. Now have fun eating your ice cream, cookies, and cakes in Grand Rapids.