Anyone that wants to learn about the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Oakland has found the right post. There are plenty of great dessert 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 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 Oakland 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. Some of you may also want to read our posts on San Francisco and San Jose.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you want to eat the best ice cream in Oakland or some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Curbside Creamery at 482 49th St
- Lana’s at 517 8th St
- Fentons Creamery at 4226 Piedmont Ave
- Smitten Ice Cream at 5800 College Ave
- Yogurt Park at 2433 Durant Ave A
- Yogofina at 6140 Medau P
- Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt at 4214 Piedmont Ave
Curbside Creamery is a well-known ice cream shop in your area that offers classic flavors in both traditional dairy and cashew-based vegan versions. You might know Lana’s by their old name Cookiebar Creamary and they serve up a variety of flavors in a minimalist, contemporary setting
Retro ice cream parlor Fentons Creamery is known for its large sundae and cone sizes as well as a wide variety of flavor options. Grilled sandwiches, burgers, and salads are also on the menu.
Smitten Ice Cream is a trendy ice cream parlor that uses ingredients from the region in small-batch ice creams made with liquid nitrogen. Yogurt Park has been in business since 1977 and serves frozen yogurt in modest surroundings with a rotating menu of flavors.
Over 27 toppings including fresh fruit, cereal, sprinkles, and even chocolate, are available at Yogofina in addition to a wide range of sweet and tart yogurt flavors.
Bakeries In Your Area
These bakeries near you should have great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more:
- La Farine Boulangerie Patisserie at 6323 College Ave
- Firebrand Artisan Breads at 2343 Broadway
- Sweet Bar Bakery at 2355 Broadway at 2355 Broadway
- Arizmendi Bakery at 3265 Lakeshore Ave
At La Farine you’ll find delicious fruit tartes, classic cake and cookie recipes as well as artisanal breads for all occasions. Industrial-style bakery Firebrand Artisan Breads offers handcrafted breads, sandwiches, and pastries plus they even offer baking classes.
Pastries, light fare, coffee and tea are served in a vintage building with a patio at Sweet Bar Bakery who has vegan and gluten-free muffins and cookies available. Pizza, cookies, bread, and more can be found at Arizmendi Bakery, a worker-owned bakery that also makes vegan treats.
Local Donut Shops
Start your morning off right at one of these donut shops:
- Dream Fluff Donuts at 2637 Ashby Ave
- Colonial Donuts at 3318 Lakeshore Ave
- Rainbow Donuts at 2025 San Pablo Ave
- Donut Savant at 3000 38th Ave
- Golden Gate Donuts at 4201 Telegraph Ave
In a relaxed atmosphere Dream Fluff Donuts offers a wide variety of donuts including crullers as well as breakfast sandwiches and coffee. Donut Savant is a local bakery that specializes in bite-sized donuts in a variety of flavors that is happy to cater your next event.
Donuts like fritters and bear claws are available at Golden Gate Donuts which is a no-frills establishment serving home-baked goods.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops around town:
- James & Giant Cupcake at 6326 San Pablo Ave
- Angel Cakes Cupcakes at 745 5th St
- Sugarsweet Cookie + Cake Studio at 5855 MacArthur Blvd
- Cupcakin Bake Shop at 907 Washington St
In addition to cupcakes James & the Giant Cupcake creates custom-made cakes near you in a wide variety of flavors. There are more than 120 flavors to choose from at the cupcake bakery Angel Cakes who also makes cakes and cookies.
The desserts they make are available for all kinds of events from intimate parties to large weddings and corporate gatherings. Vegan and gluten-free options are available for most of their cake flavors.
Small and intimate Sugarsweet Cookie + Cake Studio serves up cakes, cupcakes, cookies and coffee alongside vegan fare. There are a wide variety of cupcakes to choose from at Cupcakin Bake Shop including a variety of creative flavors and sizes.
Candy Stores Near You
These local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
- Le Bonbon at 2050 Mountain Blvd
- It’Sugar at 5624 Bay St
- Dulceria La Rosa at 3606 International Blvd
European-style candy boutique Le Bonbon specializes in confections made in house and imported chocolates and candy. Large assortments of jelly belly, gummi candy, lollipops, mugs and teapot are available for self-service in a bulk candy wall.
They also have delicious chocolates, truffles, and gelato on the menu. In addition to candy and apparel It’Sugar also carries novelty gifts and accessories.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
Buy homemade chocolate and fudge at these shops:
- Casa de Chocolates at 2629 Ashby Ave
- Barlovento Chocolates at 638 2nd St
- Chocolaterie at 1964 University Ave
Chocolates inspired by Latin American culture and cuisine can be found at Casa de Chocolates which is a small shop specializing in sustainable confections. Chocolates, candies, and boxed truffles are all on offer at Barlovento who makes Venezuelan chocolates that are all-natural and handcrafted.
Chocolatiere is an elegant chocolate shop in your area with a wide selection of colorful handcrafted bonbons to choose from.
Gluten Free Bakeries
From pastries to croutons the Mariposa Baking Company at 5427 Telegraph Avenue D3 offers a wide variety of gluten-free baked goods. There are options for everyone, including nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and vegan breads, pastries, and sweets.
Many of the best bakeries from our initial list also have many gluten free options like Sweet Bar Bakery, Arizmendi Bakery, and Angel Cakes.
Smoothies are a good combination of tasty and healthy:
- Super Juiced at 540 9th St
- Main Squeeze at 3435 Lakeshore Ave
- Jamba Juice at 500 12th St
- Rush Bowls at 350 17th St
- Earthbar at 1911 Fourth St
Super Juiced is a modern juice bar that also serves smoothies made with superfoods, nut milks, and hot teas and who caters to vegans. Freshly blended smoothies, bowls, juices, cold-pressed shots, boosts, snacks, and meal replacements are all on offer at Jamba’s counter-serve chain of stores.
All-natural fruits and vegetables are combined with granola, honey, and your choice of fresh fruits and toppings in Rush Bowls’ bowls and smoothies to create a delicious nutritious meal. Earthbar provides a wide range of offerings including itamins and supplements, fresh grab-and-go meals, superfood smoothies, wellness shots, acai bowls, hot infused herbal tonics, and healthy snacks are all part of their holistic health offerings.
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Millennium at 5912 College Avenue is a rustic-modern vegetarian restaurant with a patio that serves inventive locally sourced dishes and their grilled polenta plum cake is one of the best desserts in your area.
We have also discussed:
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Stockton & Modesto
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Sacramento
- Where To Eat Great Desserts in Fresno
- Where To Eat Great Desserts around the Pacific NW
Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In Oakland
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 Oakland.