Today we will be filling you in on the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Riverside and San Bernardino. There are plenty of great dessert shops selling sweets around town and this guide will try to focus on the best of the best.
There is no better way to get the ball rolling than with a list of the best ice cream shops near you. Frozen yogurt, gelato, malts, and ice cream cakes are found with ease here.
Once the frozen delights are out of the way it will be time to pivot to local bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats. Then we will get into some specific things like donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops too.
Healthy dessert options in San Bernardino and Riverside like gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops are easy to find as well. And our final topic will be all about restaurants that are known for must have desserts in your area.
Stick around for our map that has all these spots that we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it. You can find out about more of our favorite desserts around the Southwest at that link.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you are craving the best ice cream in Riverside and San Bernardino or want some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Afters Ice Cream at 1201 University Ave
- La Michoacana at 3961 Chicago Ave
- Cold Stone Creamery at 3540 Riverside Plaza Dr
- Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights at 10347 Magnolia Ave
- Cold Stone Creamery at 5244 University Pkwy #D, San Bernardino
- Afters Ice Cream at 1775 Northpark Blvd W #B7, San Bernardino
- Build A Scoop at 424 E Hospitality Ln B-7, San Bernardino
- Nieto’s Ice Cream at 959 W State St unit h, Ontario
- Yogurtland at 1242 University Ave #A
- Cherry On Top at 3560 Riverside Plaza Dr
- Nubi Yogurt at 12420 Day St #B1
Afters’ core is homemade ice cream and signature flavors like milk and cereal, cookie monster, and jasmine milk tea are just a few of the unique options that make them one of the top ice cream shops near you.
Mexican ice cream and frozen desserts are the highlight at La Michoacana, a down-to-earth strip-mall counter serve establishment that offers over 50 distinct flavors as well as a variety of snacks.
Cold Stone Creamery is an ice cream chain that serves hand-mixed masterpieces on a granite slab in addition to shakes and a variety of gourmet desserts for all occasions.
Frostbites Crepes & Frozen Delights is a busy dessert business that serves ice cream, crêpes, and other desserts in unprepossessing surroundings who also does catering.
Nieto’s Ice Cream in Ontario has a nice toppings bar with plenty of tasty treats to choose from.
Yogurtland is a local self-serve frozen yogurt shop with many toppings in a modern yet relaxed setting.
Cherry On Top is a self-serve frozen yogurt business that serves a variety of classic and innovative flavors as well as a variety of toppings.
Nubi Yogurt is a vibrant, stylish cafe that serves self-serve frozen yogurt with a variety of toppings and that has fat-free choices.
Bakeries In Your Area
Expect to find great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more at the best bakeries near you:
- Simple Simon’s Bakery & Bistro at 3639 Main St
- Uncle Chuang’s Bakery at 3740 Iowa Ave #109
- Nothing Bundt Cakes at 639 Riverside Plaza Dr #502
- Riverside Cookie Shoppe at 6737 Brockton Ave
- Noyes Bakery at 341 W Highland Ave, San Bernardino
- Spike’s Bakery at 1708 W Highland Ave, San Bernardino
- Lupe’s Bakery Panaderia at 1460 W 5th St, San Bernardino
Simple Simon’s Bakery and Bistro is a laid-back American cafe with brick walls that serves breakfast, sandwiches, and baked goods.
Uncle Chuang’s Bakery is known for its Asian baked goods in addition to cookies, pastries, and cakes.
Nothing Bundt Cakes offers over sixty unique handcrafted cake designs throughout the year, all themed around holidays and celebrations. Birthdays, showers, marriages, and graduations are just a few of the occasions for which they can be customized.
Riverside Cookie Shoppe is recognized for their 20+ inventive twists on classic recipes ranging from the chip-less chocolate chip cookie to the luscious s’mores-inspired campfire cookie.
At Noyes Bakery you’ll find everything from danishes, muffins, and cookies to the fancy éclairs, cream puffs, cheesecake, cannoli, and pound cakes. They excel at wedding cakes, party cakes, and are very open to helping you customize your very own cake for your special event.
Lupe’s Bakery has been providing a selection and variety of Mexican bread, tamales, and menudo.
Local Donut Shops
These donut shops are a great way to start your morning:
- Winchell’s Donut House at 1705 University Ave
- Donut Bar Riverside at 3750 University Ave
- Linda’s Donuts at 3950 Pierce St
- Yum Yum Donuts at 932 W Highland Ave, San Bernardino
- Mimi’s Donuts & Ice Cream at 4000 University Pkwy #4012, San Bernardino
- Miss Donuts at 1835 E 4th St, Ontario
- Ontario Donuts at 1923 E 4th St, Ontario
Winchell’s Donut House has an extensive menu including some of the best donuts near you as well as cinnamon buns, muffins, bagels, croissants, and sandwiches. A wide variety of beverages are available including specially blended coffee prepared from the finest dark roasted Arabica beans.
The Donut Bar offers a variety of classic and innovative tastes which includes some vegan options. Their donuts go great with their collection of exquisite craft beers from around the world and they are happy to do catering.
Donuts, fancies, coffee hot and iced, and breakfast items are some of the specialties provided at Yum-Yum Donuts.
Mimi’s Donuts & Ice Cream is a good place to try out fresh coffee and donuts in San Bernardino.
Ontario Donuts specializes in daily fresh traditional donuts, buttery croissants, breakfast croissant sandwiches, and coffee. They also serve muffins, ham or turkey sandwiches on fresh baked croissants, bagels, smoothies, and of course ham and cheese croissants with jalapeños too.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops in your area:
- Isabella’s Cupcakes & More at 5225 Canyon Crest Dr #28
- Cupcakes & Curiosities at 3569 Main St
- Casey’s Cupcakes at 3649 Mission Inn Ave
- My Delight Cupcakery at 1520 N Mountain Ave B-108, Ontario
Isabella’s Cupcakes and More is a cafe and bakery that sells fancy, decorated ready-to-eat and custom-made baked products. Gourmet cupcakes, wedding cakes, custom cakes, French macarons, cookie bar, pastries, eclairs, and cream puffs are some of their specialties.
Cupcakes and Curiosities has a variety of gluten free cupcakes available, in addition to the normal offerings.
Beautiful cupcake towers, wedding cakes, and delectable party treats are among Casey’s Cupcakes’ offerings who also has their own line of products like creamy hot chocolate, herbal tea, sweet honey pearls, aprons, bubble soap, clothes, and accessories. Oh ya, Casey’s also has some gluten free options.
My Delight Cupcakery sells handcrafted edible works of art made from the highest quality ingredients.
Candy Stores Near You
Local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
- Arcis Candy Riverside at 2870 University Ave
- See’s Candies at 1239 Tyler St
- Sweet Tooth Candy Buffets at 4270 Riverwalk Parkway #102
See’s Candies is a chocolate shop with a candy counter where you may make your own unique chocolate and candy packages. They also carry their signature candies which include boxed chocolates, truffles, nuts and chews, lollipops, and sugar-free confectionery.
Sweet Tooth excels in creating custom candy and dessert displays in your area for all types of social and corporate gatherings.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
See’s Candies could have arguably gone in our chocolate shops list, but because they have a wide variety of products we chose to list them in the best candy stores in town list. Don’t worry, if you want to buy good chocolates they have you covered.
Gluten Free Bakeries
Cupcakes and Curiosities and Casey’s from the cupcakes list are good places to find gluten free baked goods in your area.
Smoothies can be a great tasty and healthy snack:
- Nekter Juice Bar at 5225 Canyon Crest Dr #7B
- Juice It Up! at 2995 Van Buren Blvd
- Jujubar at 19040 Van Buren Blvd
- Bobaloca at 19009 Van Buren Blvd
- Jamba at 3747 Central Ave
- Surf City Squeeze at 500 Inland Center Dr #107, San Bernardino
- Jamba at 990 Ontario Mills Dr #B, Ontario
- Juice It Up! at 1150 E Philadelphia St #107, Ontario
Nekter is a modern juice bar experience offering a delectable menu of fresh juices, superfood smoothies, acai bowls, and healthy snacks that are 100 percent, freshly made, clean, and nutrient-rich, and can be customized based on individual diet or lifestyle preferences, such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-sugar.
Juice It Up! offers fresh-squeezed juices, acai bowls, and other healthy snacks and beverages made to request.
Bobaloca is a regional chain that offers bubble tea, fresh juices, smoothies, and other drinks, as well as light cuisine.
Jamba Juice is a simple counter-serve chain that specializes in smoothies, juices, and healthy light meals. Their mixes have no artificial flavors or preservatives and are created with superior ingredients.
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
These restaurants with great desserts near you are a can’t miss:
- Baguette Bakery & Cafe at 767 W Blaine St B
- Funnel Cake Fridays at 3176 Del Rey Dr, San Bernardino
- D J Coffee Shop at 265 E 40th St, San Bernardino
You can also get cookies, scones, chocolate chips, oatmeal raisins, brownies, yogurt parfaits with fresh berries and pumpkin flaxseed granola, and many more desserts at Baguette Bakery and Café.
A wide array of fresh funnel cakes, stacker Sundays, churros with cinnamon and sugar, and wild berry lemonades are available at Funnel Cake Fridays.
There are fine servings of hot fudge cakes, banana splits, thick old fashioned milkshakes, ice cream plates, root beer floats, root beer frosty 3, pies, and cakes at DJ Coffee Shop.
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Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies & Cakes In Riverside & San Bernardino
We wish we had more to share but for now that is all we’ve got. 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 finding your next sweet indulgence shouldn’t be too hard.
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