Today we will be filling you in on the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in Rochester. 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 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 Rochester 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 local dessert map that has all these spots that we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it. Our other posts on this region are available at that link if you want to check them out.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you are craving the best ice cream in Rochester or want some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Abbott’s Frozen Custard at 4791 Lake Ave
- Russell’s Ice Cream at 2385 Chili Ave
- Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream & Chocolates at 672 South Ave
- Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard at 1900 Clinton Ave S
- Yolickity Frozen Yogurt Bar at 1000 Hylan
Abbott’s Frozen Custard is a long-running chain that serves sweet delicacies made with slow-churned frozen custard ranging from cones to cakes. Catering is offered upon request.
Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream & Chocolates is a local gourmet ice cream shop that also has great sorbet created on the spot.
Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard specializes in Italian ices and frozen custards as well as a variety of other cold delicacies plus they do catering.
Yolickity Frozen Yogurt Bar at 1000 Hylan Drive offers Perry’s hard ice cream and sorbet as well as chocolate and vanilla custard and a delectable selection of flavored yogurt and gelato. You can customize your frozen delight with over 30 toppings.
Bakeries In Your Area
Expect to find great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more at the best bakeries near you:
- Savoia Pastry Shoppe at 2267 Clifford Ave
- Cheesy Eddie’s at 602 South Ave
- Malek’s Brighton Bakery at 1795 Monroe Ave
Savoia Pastry Shoppe is an Italian bakery that excels in cakes, cookies, and pastries but also serves bread and personal pizzas. Beautiful wedding cakes and pastry trays are available for all of your special occasions.
Cheesy Eddie’s is a family-run bakery with cafe tables and a reputation for some of the best cheesecakes, carrot cakes, and pastries in your area.
Local Donut Shops
These donut shops are a great way to start your morning:
Ridge Donut Cafe is a family-run business that specializes in donuts, pastries, brownies, muffins, cookies, and other baked goods. Breakfast and lunch are available all day with three daily donut specials available and a few dozen more options.
Donuts Delite is a local bakery and donut shop that also sells pastries, brownies, muffins, cookies, and other baked goods. They also provide a wide variety of pies, wings, and Italian subs to choose from.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops in your area:
- Secret Ingredient Cupcakery at 1991 Empire Blvd
- Get Caked Bakery Inc at 274 N Goodman St B132
- Goodness Cakes Bakery at 720 University Ave
Secret Ingredient Cupcakery is a cupcakery in Webster that specializes in gourmet cupcakes for all occasions.
Handcrafted cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and some vegan and gluten-free options can be purchased at Get Caked Bakery.
Goodness Cakes Bakery is a fun place to get cakes, cupcakes, pastries, and other sweet delicacies for everyday and special occasions.
Candy Stores Near You
Local candy stores should have a wide variety of sugary treats to choose from:
Stever’s candies are created from scratch every day. Sugar-free, gluten-free, and nut-free options are also available.
Andy’s Candies is a candy and chocolate manufacturer that specializes in nut clusters, sponge candy, candy bars, Christmas, Easter, and valentines candy, for wholesale, corporate, and retail clients.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
Encore Chocolates at 147 Pattonwood Drive offers a wide range of chocolate and candy items including truffles, creams, clusters, bark, sponge candy, and hundreds of unique molded pieces to fulfill your chocolate and sweets needs. Platters, gift baskets, corporate gifts, sweets tables, wedding, and shower favors are among the gifts and favors they give for every holiday and event.
Many of the best candy stores near you from our initial list also have many chocolates for sale, and don’t forget about Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream & Chocolates either.
Gluten Free Bakeries
For a healthier alternative try one of these gluten free bakeries:
- Voula’s Greek Sweets at 439 Monroe Ave
- Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery at 900 Jefferson Rd Bldg 9 #5
Voula’s Greek Sweets is a full-service restaurant serving flavorful Greek vegan and vegetarian meals and baked goodies who is happy to cater events.
Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery has a focus on gluten-free breads, cookies, and specialty cakes with traditional flavor and texture, as well as dairy- and soy-free alternatives.
Get Caked Bakery also has many gluten free options.
Smoothies can be a great tasty and healthy snack:
- Refresh Cafe & Smoothie Bar at 691 Park Ave
- Smoothies Plus Ice Cream at 1592 Qualtrough Rd
- Nrgize at 1600 East Ridge Rd
Specialty smoothies, acai bowls, and more are available at Refresh Cafe & Smoothie Bar.
Nrgize is a counter-service restaurant that specializes in low-sugar smoothies, personalized protein shakes, and other beverages. Meal replacements, beneficial blends, and a variety of smoothies are also on the menu.
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
These Rochester restaurants have great desserts that come highly recommended:
- Shayla J’s Dessert Bar & Bistro at 539 South Ave
- Caramel Bakery & Bar at 647 Park Ave
- Village Bakery & Cafe at 145 Culver Rd
- Dolce Italy at 1803 East Ave
- The Mad Hatter Restaurant & Bakery at 176 S Goodman St
Over 31 flavors of banana pudding are available at Shayla J’s Dessert Bar and Bistro where they also provide upscale specialty custom treats and dessert preparation classes near you.
Caramel Bakery and Bar has some of the best sweet treats in town including milk n’ cookies, mini pastries, chocolate cherry French macarons, cheesecakes, raspberry thumb print cookies, and cake slices.
You can also get traditional non GMO cakes and cookie cakes in a variety of flavors at Village Bakery and Café.
Handmade and Italian artisanal food cakes, pastries, gelato, street food, and everything in between are available at Dolce Italy.
The Mad Hatter is a restaurant and bakery in Rochester known for great desserts like delicious homemade cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies and pastries with vegan and gluten free options.
By the way we have also written about:
- The Best Desserts in Buffalo
- The Best Desserts in Toronto
- The Best Desserts in Syracuse
- The Best Desserts in Albany
Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In Rochester
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.
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 Rochester.